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Sen. George McGovern Dies

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sen. George McGovern lost the 1972 presidential bid to Richard Nixon yet inspired a new generation of voters with his candidacy and opposition to the Vietnam War. A family spokesman told the AP McGovern died Sunday at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D., surrounded by family and friends. He was 90.

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Actor Herbert Lom, Exasperated 'Pink Panther' Police Chief, Dies

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Driven mad by the comic incompetence of Inspector Clouseau, Lom's police chief Charles Dreyfus grew increasingly unstable (and increasingly funny, many would say) in seven Pink Panther movies.

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'All That's Great About America': Nation Bids Neil Armstrong Farewell

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Armstrong was remembered at the Washington National Cathedral by regular folks and dignitaries.

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Slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens Thrived On Tough Assignments

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The ambassador always wanted to get out of the embassy and experience events firsthand. Stevens spent much of his career in North Africa and was thrilled to be in Libya at this crucial time in its history.

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NFL Owner Art Modell Dies; He Was 'Vilified' In Cleveland, A Hero In Baltimore

Thursday, September 06, 2012

To Cleveland fans, his decision to move to the team to Baltimore in 1996 was one of the darkest days in the city's sports history. But to Baltimore fans, he was the man who brought the city a Super Bowl.

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'Green Mile' Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dies At 54

Monday, September 03, 2012

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.

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Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Founder Of Unification Church, Dies

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Moon had been hospitalized in South Korea two week ago with pneumonia. He was 92 years old.

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Malcolm Browne, Journalist Who Took The 'Burning Monk' Photo, Dies

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing and spend decades as a writer for The New York Times, but it's that picture that he's remembered for.

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Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. His words about "one giant leap for mankind" became the stuff of history and were sealed forever in the memory of those who were lucky enough to hear them. The moonwalk was the climax of the U.S.-Soviet space race. He was 82.

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Phyllis Diller, Legendary Comedian, Is Dead

Monday, August 20, 2012

Diller, who presented herself as a odd-ball housewife with a husband name Fang, was a staple on '50s television.

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'I Function Off Fear,' Said Director Tony Scott, Who Died Sunday

Monday, August 20, 2012

Best known for Top Gun and other action movies, Scott was 68. Witnesses say he jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles County. Law enforcement sources tell news outlets that a suicide note has been found.

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Actor Ron Palillo Dies, He Was Horshack On 'Welcome Back, Kotter'

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

His "ooh, ooh, ooh, Mr. Kotter!" is a classic line from a classic '70s show. Palillo was 63.

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On The Media

Coming Out Posthumously

Friday, August 03, 2012

When news broke last week that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, had died, the world learned something new about the pioneering astronaut: that Dr. Ride was in fact a lesbian, survived by her partner of 27 years. Bob speaks to The New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald about how much obituaries should explore the private lives of public people.

Michael Linnen - Cantus for Bob Hardison

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The Takeaway

Remembering Gore Vidal

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Few embraced their place in American culture with such passion and relish. Gore Vidal was the ultimate man of letters who once said "There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise."

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Remembering Sherman Hemsley

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Actor Sherman Hemsley, who was famous for playing George Jefferson in the 1970s sitcom "The Jeffersons," died in El Paso Texas yesterday at the age of 74. Celeste Headlee remembers Hemsley in this audio essay.

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Remembering Sally Ride: High-Flying Female Astronaut and Pioneer for Science Education

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A look back at Sally Ride: Her legacy, first space mission, and her work to bring science to the youth of America.

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Richard Zanuck, Producer Of 'Jaws' And 'Driving Miss Daisy,' Dies

Friday, July 13, 2012

Zanuck, along with Steven Spielberg, the young director he championed, ushered in the era of summer blockbusters.

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Remembering Nora Ephron

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A friend looks back on the life and legacy of Nora Ephron, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and movie director.

 

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Filmmaker and Writer Nora Ephron Has Died at 71

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Filmmaker, playwright and novelist Nora Ephron has died. She was 71 years old. The cause was acute myeloid leukemia. Watch clips from her most famous films.

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Composer, Lyricist Richard Adler Dies at 90 in NY

Friday, June 22, 2012

Composer and lyricist Richard Adler, who won Tony Awards for co-writing the songs for such hit musicals as "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees," has died. He was 90.

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