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Mario Soares, President of Portugal as the result of the Carnation Revolution. --

In 1958, Soares was very active in the presidential election supporting General Humberto Delgado. Later, he would become Delgado's family lawyer, when Humberto Delgado was murdered in 1965, in Spain, by agents of the dictatorship's secret police (PIDE). As a lawyer, he defended some of Portuguese political prisoners and participated in numerous trials conducted in the Plenary Court and in the Special Military Court. Represented, particularly, Álvaro Cunhal when he was accused of several political crimes, and along with Adelino da Palma Carlos he also defended the dynastic cause of Maria Pia of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Braganza.

In April 1964, in Geneva, Switzerland, Soares together with Francisco Ramos da Costa and Manuel Tito de Morais created the Acção Socialista Portuguesa (Portuguese Socialist Action). At this point he was already quite distant from his former Communist friends (having quit the Communist Party in 1951); his views were now clearly inclined towards economic liberalism.

In March 1968, Soares was arrested again by PIDE, and a military tribunal sentenced him to banishment in the colony of São Tomé and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea.[1] His wife and two children, Isabel and João, accompanied him. However, they returned to Lisbon eight months later for in the meantime dictator Salazar had been replaced by Marcello Caetano. The new dictator wanted to present a more democratic face to the world, so many political prisoners, Soares among them, were released and allowed exile in France.[2]

In the October 1969 general election, which was rigged, the democratic opposition (whose political rights were severely restricted) entered with two different lists. Soares participated actively in the campaign supporting the Coligação Eleitoral de Unidade Democrática or CEUD (Electoral Coalition for Democratic Unity). CEUD was clearly anti-fascist, but they also reaffirmed their opposition to Communism.

In 1970, Soares was exiled to Rome, Italy, but eventually settled in France where he taught at the Universities of Vincennes, Paris and Rennes. In 1973, the 'Portuguese Socialist Action' became the Socialist Party, and Soares was elected Secretary-General. The Socialist party was created under the umbrella of Willy Brandt's SPD in Bad Münstereifel, Germany, on 19 April 1973.

On 25 April 1974, elements of the Portuguese Army seized power in Lisbon, overthrowing Salazar's successor, Marcelo Caetano. Soares and other political exiles returned home to celebrate what was called the "Carnation Revolution."

In the provisional government which was formed after the revolution, led by the Movement of the Armed Forces (MFA), Soares became minister for overseas negotiations, charged with organising the independence of Portugal's overseas colonies. Among other encounters, he met with Samora Machel, the leader of Frelimo, to negotiate the independence of Mozambique.

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Mário Soares, 1978

Within months of the revolution however (and in spite of the April 1975 Constituent Assembly election results which gave victory to the Socialist Party and clearly favored the pro-democracy political parties), it became apparent that the Portuguese Communist Party, allied with a radical group of officers in the MFA, was attempting to extend its control over the government. The Prime Minister, Vasco dos Santos Gonçalves, was accused of being an agent of the Communists and a bitter confrontation developed between the Socialists and Communists over control of the newspaper República.

President Francisco da Costa Gomes dismissed Vasco Gonçalves in September 1975 and a failed far-left coup in late November ended the far-left influence in Portuguese government and politics. After the approval of the 1976 Constitution, a democratic government was finally established when national elections were held on 25 April 1976.

The 1976 legislative election gave the Socialists a plurality of seats in the newly created Assembly of the Republic and Soares became Prime Minister. Deep hostility between the Socialists and the Communists made a left-wing majority government impossible, and Soares formed a weak minority government. Vast fiscal and currency account deficits generated by previous governments forced Soares to adopt a strict austerity policy, which made him deeply unpopular. Soares had to resign from office after only two years, in 1978.

The wave of left-wing sentiment which followed the 1974 revolution had now dissipated, and a succession of conservative governments held office until 1983, with Soares' Socialist Party unsuccessful in the 1979 special elections and 1980 elections. Soares again became Prime Minister following the 1983 elections, holding office until late 1985. His main achievement in office was negotiating Portugal's entry into the European Economic Community. Portugal at the time was very wary of integrating itself into the EEC, and Soares almost single-handedly turned public opinion around.

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Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff (June 10, 1925 – January 7, 2017) was an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media. Hentoff was the jazz critic for The Village Voice from 1958 to 2009.[2] Following his departure from The Village Voice, Hentoff moved his music column to The Wall Street Journal, who published his work until his death.

Hentoff was formerly a columnist for Down Beat, JazzTimes, Legal Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Progressive, Editor & Publisher and Free Inquiry. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker, and his writing was also published in The New York Times, Jewish World Review, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Commonweal and in the Italian Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo.

Hentoff began a career in broadcast journalism in the closing days of World War II on WMEX, a Boston radio station. Among his early assignments were live broadcasts of professional wrestling from the old Boston Arena. In the late 1940s, he hosted two radio shows on WMEX: JazzAlbum and From Bach To Bartók. Hentoff continued to do a jazz program on WMEX into the early 1950s, and during that period was an announcer on WGBH-FM on a program called Evolution of Jazz. By the late 1950s, Hentoff was co-hosting a program called The Scope of Jazz on WBAI-FM in New York City.[7]

He joined Down Beat magazine as a columnist in 1952.[8] From 1953 through 1957, he was an associate editor of Down Beat. In 1958 he co-founded The Jazz Review, a magazine that he co-edited with Martin Williams until 1961. In June 1955, Hentoff co-authored with Nat Shapiro Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz by the Men Who Made It. The book features interviews with jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Paul Whiteman. Hentoff went on to author numerous other books on jazz and politics.
In 1960, Hentoff served as the A&R director of the short-lived jazz label Candid Records, which released albums by Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor and Max Roach, among others.

In 2002, Hentoff became a member of the Board of Directors of The Jazz Foundation of America.[9] He has worked with the foundation to help save homes and lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians, including musicians who survived Hurricane Katrina. Hentoff has written multiple articles to draw attention to the plight of America's pioneering musicians of jazz and blues. These articles were published in the Wall Street Journal[10] and the Village Voice.[11]

Hentoff was known as a civil libertarian, free speech activist, anti-death penalty advocate and anti-abortion advocate. He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq; he supported Israel's right to exist, but opposed Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory.
In June 1970, he criticized Ted Sorensen, who was running in the primary election for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, because Sorensen had lived for a time at the "restricted" New York Athletic Club, writing: "what kind of man would choose to live in one of this city's redoubts of bigotry?"[17]

Hentoff espoused generally liberal views on domestic policy and civil liberties, but in the 1980s, he began articulating more socially conservative positions—opposition to abortion, voluntary euthanasia, and the selective medical treatment of severely disabled infants. Hentoff argued that a consistent life ethic should be the viewpoint of a genuine civil libertarian, arguing that all human rights are at risk when the rights of any one group of people are diminished, that human rights are interconnected, and people deny others' human rights at their own peril.[18]

While at one time a longtime supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Hentoff became a vocal critic of the organization for its advocacy of government-enforced university and workplace speech codes.[19] He served on the board of advisors for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, another civil liberties group. Hentoff's book Free Speech for Me—But Not for Thee outlines his views on free speech and excoriates those whom he feels favor censorship in any form.

Hentoff was critical of Bush Administration policies such as the Patriot Act and other civil liberties implications of the recent push for homeland security. He was also strongly critical of Clinton Administration policies such as the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

Starting in March and April 2003, Saddam Hussein was deposed in a U.S.-led invasion and Iraq war. In summer 2003, Hentoff wrote a column for the Washington Times in which he supported Tony Blair's claimed justifications for the war.[citation needed] He also criticized the Democratic Party for casting doubt on President Bush's pre-war assertions about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction in an election year.

An ardent critic of the Bush administration's expansion of presidential power, Hentoff in 2008 called for the new president to deal with the "noxious residue of the Bush-Cheney war against terrorism". Among the national security casualties have been, according to Hentoff, "survivors, if they can be found, of CIA secret prisons ("black sites"); victims of CIA kidnapping renditions; and American citizens locked up indefinitely as "unlawful enemy combatants".[20] He advocated prosecuting members of the Bush administration, including lawyer John Yoo, for war crimes.[21]

Hentoff vigorously criticized the judicial gag order involved in the "Fistgate" controversy.[22]
In an April 2008 column, Hentoff stated that while he had been prepared to enthusiastically support Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, his view changed after looking into Obama's voting record on abortion. During President Obama's first year, Hentoff praised him for ending policies of CIA renditions, but has criticized him for failing to fully end George W. Bush's practice of state torture of prisoners.[23]

In a May 2014, column titled My Pro-Constitution Choice for President, Hentoff voiced his support for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's potential 2016 run for president. Hentoff cited Paul's support for civil liberties, particularly his stand against the indefinite detention clauses in the National Defense Authorization Act as well as Paul's opposition to the Obama administration's use of drones against American citizens.[24]

On December 31, 2008, the Village Voice, which had regularly published Hentoff's commentary and criticism for fifty years, announced that he had been laid off.[12] In February 2009, Hentoff joined the libertarian Cato Institute as a senior fellow.[13] In January 2010, however, Hentoff returned and wrote one article for the Voice. Beginning in February 2008, Hentoff was a weekly contributing columnist at[14]

In 2013, a biographical film about Hentoff, entitled The Pleasures of Being Out of Step explored his career in jazz and as a first amendment advocate. The independent documentary, directed by journalist David L. Lewis,[4][15] won the grand jury prize in the Metropolis competition at the DOC NYC festival[16] and played in theaters across the country.[citation needed]
The Pioneer Cabin Tree, also known as The Tunnel Tree, was a giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California, United States. It was considered one of the US's most famous trees,[4] and drew thousands of visitors annually.[5] It was estimated to have been over 1,000 years old,[4] and measured 33 feet (10 m) in diameter; its exact age and height are not known.[A][7][8] It fell during a storm on January 8, 2017.[2][4]

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In the 1880s, a tunnel in the trunk of the Pioneer Cabin Tree was hollowed out by a private land owner at the request of James Sperry, founder of the Murphys Hotel, so that tourists could pass through it.[9][10][11][8][12] The tree was chosen in part because it bore a large forest fire scar. The Pioneer Cabin Tree emulated the tunnel carved into Yosemite's Wawona Tree, and was intended to compete with it for tourists.[13][14][15]

Since the 1880s, visitors were encouraged to etch their names into the tree.[2] At first only pedestrians were allowed to pass through the tree.[6] Later, for many years, automobiles drove through it as part of the "Big Trees Trail".[6] It was one of several drive-through trees on the California coast.[B] Subsequently, only hikers were allowed to pass through the tree's tunnel as part of the North Grove Loop hiking trail.[2][17]

The Pioneer Cabin Tree fell during a rain storm and flooding on January 8, 2017.[2][6] The storm was the strongest to hit the area in over a decade.[4] The flooding, combined with the shallow root system of giant sequoias, likely caused it to fall.[2] A park volunteer reported that the tree had been weakening, becoming brittle and leaning to one side for several years, with only a single branch remaining alive.[2] It had been weakened by the severe damage caused by the tunnel carved through its trunk.[13][14] The tree shattered on impact with the ground.[2][6]

(I have had Presidential pets, last animals of their species, and "Big Tex", a giant anthropomorphic statue greeting people to the Texas State Fair on the Obituaries column... so why not an iconic tree)?
Clare Hollingworth (10 October 1911 – 10 January 2017) was an English journalist and author. She was the first war correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II, described as "the scoop of the century".[1]

A rookie reporter for The Daily Telegraph in 1939, she spotted German forces massed on the Polish border, while travelling from Poland to Germany. She later helped rescue thousands of people from Hitler's forces by arranging British visas.[1]

On 31 August 1939, Hollingworth had been working as a journalist for less than a week for The Daily Telegraph when she was sent to Poland to report on worsening tensions in Europe. Hollingworth persuaded the British Consul-General in Katowice, John Anthony Thwaites, to lend her his chauffeured car for a fact-finding mission into Germany.[3] While driving along the German-Polish border, Hollingworth chanced upon a massive build-up of German troops, tanks and armoured cars facing Poland. The following morning Hollingworth called the British embassy in Warsaw to report the German invasion of Poland. To convince doubtful embassy officials, Hollingworth held a telephone out of her room window to capture the sounds of German forces.[3] Hollingworth's eyewitness account was the first report the British Foreign Office had about the invasion of Poland.[4]

During the following decades, Hollingworth reported on conflicts in Palestine, Algeria, China, Aden and Vietnam.[4] In 1946 she was among the survivors of the King David Hotel bombing in Jerusalem that killed 91 people.[5]

John Simpson described her as the reporter who first interviewed the Shah of Iran, and, decades later, who last interviewed him too: "she was the only person he wanted to speak to".[6]

She was the author of five books: The Three Weeks' War in Poland (1940), There's a German Right Behind Me (1945), The Arabs and the West (1950), Mao (1985), and her memoirs, Front Line (1990, updated with Neri Tenorio in 2005).
William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker.[1] The Exorcist, written in 1971,[1] is his most well-known novel; he also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, for which he won an Academy Award, and wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III.[1]

His most recent works include the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010), and Crazy (2010). In 2013, Demons Five, Exorcist Nothing: A Fable (1996) and Dimiter (2010) were re-released as revised editions with new covers and interior artwork. Each were limited to 250 signed copies.[2] The former had its subtitle changed from A Fable to A Hollywood Christmas Carol.

Blatty's upcoming publications include The Exorcist For The 21st Century featuring "an original and never before published adaptation for a new miniseries of Blatty's classic novel,"[3] and a non-fiction book that is "part funny memoir and part proof of life after death," titled Finding Peter: A True Story Of The Hand Of Providence And Evidence Of Life After Death.[4]
Youguang Zhou (Chinese: 周有光; Zhou Yaoping, 13 January 1906 – 14 January 2017) was a Chinese linguist, sinologist, and supercentenarian, often credited as the "father of (Hanyu) Pinyin",[1][2] the official romanization for Mandarin in the People's Republic of China.

Zhou was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province on 13 January 1906.[1][3] Zhou enrolled in St. John's University, Shanghai, in 1923, where he majored in economics and took supplementary coursework in linguistics.[3] He left during the May Thirtieth Movement of 1925 and transferred to Guanghua University, from which he graduated in 1927.[3] Zhou spent time as an exchange student in Japan,[3] and spent his early career working as a banker and economist overseas (mainly in New York City), but returned to Shanghai[3] in 1949 when the People's Republic was established.[1][2]

In 1955, the government placed Zhou at the head of a committee to reform the Chinese language in order to increase literacy. While other committees oversaw the tasks of promulgating Mandarin Chinese as the national language and creating simplified Chinese characters, Zhou's committee was charged with developing a romanization to represent the pronunciation of Chinese characters.[1] Zhou said the task took about three years, and was a full-time job.[1] Pinyin was made the official romanization in 1958, although then (as now) it was only a pronunciation guide, not a substitute writing system.[4]

During the Cultural Revolution Zhou was sent to live in the countryside and be "re-educated", like many intellectuals at that time.[1][2] He spent two years in a labour camp.[5]

After 1980, Zhou worked with Liu Zunqi and Chien Wei-zang on translating the Encyclopædia Britannica into Chinese, earning him the nickname "Encyclopedia Zhou".[3] Zhou continued writing and publishing since the creation of Pinyin; for example, his book Zhongguo Yuwen de Shidai Yanjin 中國語文的時代演進, translated into English by Zhang Liqing, was published in 2003 as The Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts.[6] In total he wrote ten books since 2000, some of which have been banned in China. In his old age he became an advocate for political reform, and was critical of the Communist Party of China's attacks on traditional Chinese culture when it came into power.[5]
RIP astronaut Gene Cernan
Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirty-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis; and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother.[1][2][3][4] Her notable film work includes 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.[5][6][7]

Moore was active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights and diabetes mellitus type 1. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes early in the run of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.[8] She also suffered from alcoholism, which she wrote about in her first of two memoirs. In May 2011, Moore underwent elective brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma.[9] She died from cardiopulmonary arrest because of pneumonia at the age of 80 on January 25, 2017.[10]

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(01-25-2017, 03:50 PM)pbrower2a Wrote: [ -> ]Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirty-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis; and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother.[1][2][3][4] Her notable film work includes 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.[5][6][7]

Moore was active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights and diabetes mellitus type 1. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes early in the run of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.[8] She also suffered from alcoholism, which she wrote about in her first of two memoirs. In May 2011, Moore underwent elective brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma.[9] She died from cardiopulmonary arrest because of pneumonia at the age of 80 on January 25, 2017.[10]

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Oh No!!! Sad
Yes, another figure of Silent comedy... someone who kept us from getting too full of ourselves by compelling us to contemplate our own fallibility.

Now we get a sick joke of a President. He really is a sick joke. My apology if you think that excessively partisan... but we are too deadly serious today.
Last Perry Mason main character has died.

Barbara Hale, who played Della Street on ‘Perry Mason,’ dies at 94

Barbara Hale, a Hollywood leading lady in the 1940s and 1950s, in an undated photo. (Universal Pictures )
By Adam Bernstein January 27 at 5:00 PM

Barbara Hale, a wavy-haired model and Hollywood leading lady of the 1940s and 1950s who warbled with Frank Sinatra in his first big film role and had a long television career as the devoted secretary Della Street to Raymond Burr’s tireless defense lawyer Perry Mason, died Jan. 26 at her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She was 94.

Ms. Hale was the matriarch of a show business family that included her late husband, actor Bill Williams, who starred in the 1950s western series “The Adventures of Kit Carson,” and their son, William Katt, who played the title role in the early 1980s TV series “The Greatest American Hero,” confirmed the death and said the cause was complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Although Ms. Hale had a flourishing career in movies — often in wholesome roles opposite stars such as James Stewart, James Cagney and Robert Mitchum — she found her big-screen career overshadowed by her work on CBS’s “Perry Mason.”

The series aired from 1957 to 1966, making it one of the longest-airing courtroom shows in history, and Ms. Hale earned an Emmy Award for her role as Street. Two decades later, she reprised her role in more than two dozen made-for-TV movies for NBC.

Mason, who solved murder mysteries with his savvy as a cross-examiner, is the creation of novelist Erle Stanley Gardner.

Actress Barbara Hale in a promo shot for the movie "First Yank Into Tokyo" circa 1945. (RKO Radio Pictures )
There had been many Mason iterations: a low-budget movie series in the 1930s with titles such as “The Case of the Lucky Legs” and “The Case of the Curious Bride” and then as a radio show on CBS from 1943 to 1955, with a rotating cast of Masons and Streets.

The television series was propelled by the chemistry among its top cast: Burr as the brilliant courtroom tactician, William Hopper as the private investigator who helps Mason pull off his legal victories in down-to-the-wire dramatics, and Hale as the glamorous and unflappable secretary who gamely stays late at the office every day. The perpetually stymied adversary was the district attorney played by William Talman.

Ms. Hale, who won a 1959 Emmy for best supporting actress in a dramatic series, stayed with the show until it folded. Burr once called her “a remarkably intuitive actress. She has an instinct for doing exactly the right thing when it is needed.” The actor, who cultivated orchids in his spare time, named one after her.

She later appeared in movies such as the all-star disaster film “Airport” (1970) — as the wife of a pilot played by Dean Martin — and had a long sideline as a commercial pitchwoman for Amana kitchen appliances.

Ms. Hale and Burr — the surviving members of the old principal cast — reunited in 1985 for “Perry Mason Returns,” in which Mason takes leave from a judgeship to exonerate his former secretary from a murder charge. Ms. Hale’s son, William, played the private-eye role.

“Perry Mason Returns” was an enormous hit and led to a run of made-for-television movies. They tended to accent the personal, thoroughly platonic bond between Mason and Street far more than the old series.

As Ms. Hale was doing interviews to promote “The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host,” which aired in 1993, she confided to a reporter, “This week, at the end of the show, very quietly and very surprisingly, Perry plants one on Della. It’s a first!”

After Burr’s death in 1993, the TV movies continued briefly with Ms. Hale as Street and Hal Holbrook playing a defense lawyer named “Wild Bill” McKenzie.

Barbara Hale was born April 18, 1922, in De Kalb, Ill., and grew up in Rockford, Ill., where her father was a landscape gardener. She won a beauty contest while in high school, and while attending the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, she began modeling.

For a time, she became known as the “Long Woolies Girl” for her form-fitting allure in warming undergarments.

RKO studios in Hollywood took notice of her striking looks and put her under contract for movie work. In a small role, she sang with Sinatra in “Higher and Higher” (1943). “I never had been so scared in my life,” she later told the Los Angeles Times, “but he’s been a very dear friend ever since.”

She rose to leading parts opposite Mitchum in “West of the Pecos” (1945) and the comedy-romance “Lady Luck” (1946) with Robert Young.

In “The Window” (1949), a first-rate thriller, she and Arthur Kennedy played the preoccupied parents of a tenement youth (Bobby Driscoll) who witnesses a murder and becomes the target of the killers. Ms. Hale also starred with Williams, her husband, in “The Clay Pigeon” (1949), a taut drama about a veteran who is framed on a murder charge. In “A Lion Is in the Streets” (1953), she was the sweet-natured wife to Cagney’s rabid political demagogue.

She co-starred with Larry Parks in “Jolson Sings Again” (1949), playing a wife of the entertainer Al Jolson, as Stewart’s spouse in the light comedy “The Jackpot” (1950), and in the title role in the costume romance “Lorna Doone” (1951), with Richard Greene.

Ms. Hale also was a leading lady in westerns such as “The Lone Hand” (1953) and “The Oklahoman” (1957), both with Joel McCrea, and “7th Cavalry” (1956), with Randolph Scott. In “The Far Horizons” (1955), with Fred MacMurray and Charlton Heston as the westward explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Ms. Hale played a love interest of the two men, along with Donna Reed as the Indian maiden Sacagawea.

In addition, Ms. Hale became a prolific performer on TV anthology series such as “Climax!,” “Schlitz Playhouse” and “Playhouse 90.” In the early 1980s, she appeared on “The Greatest American Hero” playing the mother of Katt’s character.

Ms. Hale wed Bill Williams, whose real name was Herman Katt, in 1946. He died in 1992. Besides their son, of Woodland Hills, Calif., survivors include two daughters, Johanna Katt and Juanita King, both of Van Nuys, Calif.; two half-brothers; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In 1993, Ms. Hale told the Chicago Tribune that playing Della Street for so long was appealing for many reasons — among them, the character did not threaten to throw off her family life when she was a young mother.

“When we started, it was the beginning of women not working at home,” she said. “I liked that she was not married. My husband didn’t have to see me every week married to another man, and our children didn’t have to see me mothering other children.

“When [my son] Billy was in the first grade, we went to school for the first parent meeting, and on his desk were little projects he’d made — pictures of Daddy and Mommy and his sister and his animals. And underneath my picture . . . he’d written in inch-high block letters, ‘This is my mom. I love her. She is a secretary.’ ”

Interesting that I watched Bill Williams as the temperamental client in "The Crippled Cougar" last night on MeTV. I didn't know he was her husband. William Katt, their son, played Paul Drake Jr. in the early Perry Mason TV movies in the late 1980s.
Mike Connors, brawny star of ‘Mannix’ TV detective series, dies at 91
Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor and voice actor whose career spanned six decades. He initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All Seasons (1966). After this, he played leading roles as John Merrick in David Lynch's biopic The Elephant Man (1980), Winston Smith in a version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Mr. Braddock in the Stephen Frears drama The Hit (1984) and Stephen Ward in the drama depicting the Profumo affair, Scandal (1989). He is also known for his television roles such as Quentin Crisp in the television film The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Caligula in I, Claudius (1976) and the War Doctor in Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor (2013).[1][2]

Hurt's other films include the prison drama Midnight Express (1978), the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), the adventure film Rob Roy (1995), the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006), the super-natural thriller "The Skeleton Key" (2005), the sci-fi adventure film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the Harry Potter film series (2001–11), the Hellboy films (2004 and 2008) and the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His character's final scene in Alien has been named by a number of publications as one of the most memorable in cinematic history.[3]

Recognised for his distinctive rich voice,[4] he also enjoyed a successful voice acting career in films such as Watership Down (1978), the animated The Lord of the Rings (1978), The Black Cauldron (1985) and Dogville (2003), as well as the BBC television series Merlin.

One of Hurt's last films is the biopic Jackie (2016). He will next be in the 2017 film Darkest Hour, as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, due to be released in November 2017. Among his honours, he received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.[5] He was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

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Really noteworthy character here, as one of the most convincing villains in cinematic history:

A former Conservative Member of Parliament and Under-Secretary for Defence, Chancellor Sutler is the founder of Norsefire and is Britain's dictator. Hurt played a contrary role in another dystopian film: Winston Smith, a victim of the state in the film adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four.[11][12]

Smug, ruthless, bigoted, and despotic... I couldn't be thinking of... oh, no. It's not safe to think about such things.

Barbara Hale (April 18, 1922 – January 26, 2017) was an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 270 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason movies for television.

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John Hurt had some heavy duty roles over the yrs, but l remember him best as the dragon in Merlin. I've always been partial to Camelot stories
Richard Hatch 71, actor, pancreatic cancer. The original Apollo from Battlestar Galactica, and the only main actor to star in the remake.
(02-08-2017, 10:25 AM)Bad Dog Wrote: [ -> ]Richard Hatch 71, actor, pancreatic cancer. The original Apollo from Battlestar Galactica, and the only main actor to star in the remake.

I thought you meant this Richard Hatch.

(02-08-2017, 03:28 PM)The Wonkette Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-08-2017, 10:25 AM)Bad Dog Wrote: [ -> ]Richard Hatch 71, actor, pancreatic cancer. The original Apollo from Battlestar Galactica, and the only main actor to star in the remake.

I thought you meant this Richard Hatch.


No, that was the Cylon...

NBC story:
The Springfield MO ABC affiliate used to cancel the old Battlestar Galactica, and replace it with religious programming. They feared right-wing pressure.
(02-08-2017, 04:07 PM)Bad Dog Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-08-2017, 03:28 PM)The Wonkette Wrote: [ -> ]
(02-08-2017, 10:25 AM)Bad Dog Wrote: [ -> ]Richard Hatch 71, actor, pancreatic cancer. The original Apollo from Battlestar Galactica, and the only main actor to star in the remake.

I thought you meant this Richard Hatch.


No, that was the Cylon...

NBC story:

-- yeah, he was on All My Children back in the day too
Michael "Mike" Ilitch, Sr. (July 20, 1929 – February 10, 2017) was an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owned the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.

Ilitch was at the center of Detroit's downtown redevelopment efforts; he purchased and renovated the Fox Theatre and relocated his business headquarters (Ilitch Holdings) there. He also owned Olympia Entertainment. A first generation American of Macedonian descent,[2][3] he was married to Marian Bayoff Ilitch.

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