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Legendary DJ Mr. Magic Dies at 53

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Legendary New York radio disc jockey Mr. Magic died on Friday at the age of 53. DJ Mister Magic born John Rivas is credited with launching and hosting the first all-rap radio show in the US. WNYC's Janaya Williams has this remembrance.

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Patrick Swayze

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze mixed grace with athleticism in his movies – and rose to stardom with roles in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.” He died just recently after a battle with pancreatic cancer. And you can hear his interview with Leonard Lopate from July 16, 2002, when he came by to discuss appearing in the film, “Green Dragon.”

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Dominick Dunne

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dominick Dunne was a famous novelist and Hollywood producer. But he may be best remembered for covering trials of the rich and famous – from Claus von Bulow to O. J. Simpson. He died just recently at the age of 83. But you can still hear his interview with Leonard from November 23, 2001, when he was discussing crimes, trials, and punishments.

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Les Paul, Legendary Guitar Virtuoso and Inventor, Dies at 94

Friday, August 14, 2009

Local musicians are honoring the legacy of Les Paul, the guitar virtuoso and inventor who died yesterday at the age of 94.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock 'n' roll, and multi-track recording. That's the technology that lets artists record layers of different sounds, and ...

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Merce Cunningham Dies at 90

Monday, July 27, 2009

The famed avant garde dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham has died at age 90. A spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Leah Sandals, says Cunningham died on Sunday at his Manhattan home of natural causes. His career spanned more than 60 years and some 150 works. He revolutionized dance ...

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Photographer Helen Levitt Dead at 95

Monday, March 30, 2009

Photographer Helen Levitt has died. She was renowned for her street scenes of New York City life -- especially of children in the 1930s and 40s. Levitt died Sunday in her sleep in her Manhattan apartment.

Her death was confirmed by Thomas Roma, a close friend and the director of ...

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Natasha Richardson Dies at 45

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson

The actress Natasha Richardson, whose career highlights included the film 'Patty Hearst' and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of 'Cabaret,' has died.

A statement issued Wednesday evening by a publicist for Richardson's husband, the actor Liam Neeson, described Neeson ...

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William Tatum Dies at 76

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The publisher emeritus of the New York Amsterdam News has died. The Harlem newspaper announced that Wilbert Tatum died Wednesday evening at a hospital in Croatia, where he was vacationing with his wife Susan. Tatum, who was diabetic, died after multiple organ shutdown, according to his daughter Elinor Tatum, who ...

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Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.

 

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Gerald Schoenfeld Dies

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The longtime head of the powerful Shubert Organization has died. Gerald Schoenfeld was 84. He helped bring "A Chorus Line," "Cats" and "Amadeus" to Broadway. Mayor Bloomberg expressed his condolences.

BLOOMBERG: "G.S. was one of those bigger than life people who it was my pleasure to know and I will ...

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Gerald Schoenfeld, Tireless Promoter of Broadway, Dies at 84

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights tonight at seven in memory of a giant of New York theater – Gerald Schoenfeld, a New York native and theater impresario died today. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more.

REPORTER: From "A Chorus Line" to "Ain’t Misbehavin" to this year’s revival of "Equus," Gerald Schoenfeld ...

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Life and Work of Mahmoud Darwish Remembered

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who died in August, was considered the most distinguished literary voice of his community. So much so, in fact, that he received a state funeral from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Last week Darwish's New York admirers got together to celebrate his work. WNYC's Siddhartha ...

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NY Mag Founder Dead at 82

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The founder of New York magazine, Clay Felker, is dead. The magazine says the 82-year-old died with his wife, writer Gail Sheehy, at his side in their New York City home after a battle with throat cancer.

Felker is credited with revolutionizing the genre by creating a magazine with a ...

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Sarah Gambito: Poet, Mentor and Teacher

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Sarah is a co-founder and Executive Director of Kundiman, a Filipino term for a patriotic love song, that now represents a network of writers and poets dedicated to the cultivation of new Asian-American writing. Sarah studied Creative Writing at Brown, did a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony and now teaches ...

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William Modell, 86, Dies

Friday, February 15, 2008

William Modell, an iconic figure in retailing for 6 decades as head of the nation's oldest family-owned sporting goods company, died yesterday.

Modell took over as chairman after World War II and began to grow the chain as a major sports retailer from 4 New York City stores to 136 ...

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Actor Heath Ledger Dies at 28

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

REPORTER: The Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger has died.

The Police Department says Ledger's body was discovered by a housekeeper and masseuse at a SoHo apartment yesterday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Australian actor earned an Oscar nomination for his work in "Brokeback Mountain." He and his ex-girlfriend Michelle Williams moved to Brooklyn ...

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Michael Kidd Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Broadway choreographer Michael Kidd has died. WNYC's Marc Garber reports.

Kidd died at his LA home Sunday night of cancer at age 92.

His joyously athletic dances for ballet, Broadway and Hollywood delighted audiences for half a century and won him five Tonys and an Oscar.

To moviegoers, Kidd was ...

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Author Norman Mailer Dead at 84

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Norman Mailer, the Pulitzer Prize Winning novelist and journalist died today. He was 84 years old.

REPORTER: Mailer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn. He became a national celebrity in his 20s for his novel "The Naked and the Dead," which was inspired by ...

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Poet Grace Paley is Dead at 84

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Poet, short story writer and self-described "combative pacifist" Grace Paley has died. She was 84.

Her husband, playwright Robert Nichols, says Paley died in her Vermont home. She had battled breast cancer.

Over a half century of writing, Paley never wrote a full length novel. Instead, she released a handful ...

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Leona Helmsley Dies

Monday, August 20, 2007

Leona Helmsley’s publicist says the 87-year-old real estate billionaire died from heart failure at her summer home in Greenwich today.

Helmsley helped her husband, Harry, run a $5 billion real estate empire that included managing the Empire State Building. She was tried in 1989 on tax evasion in a sensational ...

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