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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...