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R.I.P. Actress Anne Meara

Actor and comedian Anne Meara, mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

All of the headlines I’ve seen include “mother of Ben Stiller,” which irks me. She had her own career and earned fame well before anyone knew of her son, Ben.

I loved her, both as a member of Stiller and Meara, and on her own in a variety of movie and TV roles.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Mathematician John Nash, Jr.

Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash, police say

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police said.

Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Musician B.B. King

The Thrill Is Gone

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New York Times: B. B. King, Defining Bluesman for Generations, Dies at 89

B. B. stood for Blues Boy, a name he took with his first taste of fame in the 1940s. His peers were bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, whose nicknames fit their hard-bitten lives. But he was born a King, albeit in a sharecropper’s shack surrounded by dirt-poor laborers and wealthy landowners.

Mr. King went out on the road and never came back after one of his first recordings reached the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts in 1951. He began in juke joints, country dance halls and ghetto nightclubs, playing 342 one-night stands in 1956 and 200 to 300 shows a year for a half-century thereafter, rising to concert halls, casino main stages and international acclaim.

A voice and a talent that will last forever as recordings.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Puppeteer Judith Shutt

Thunderbirds Puppeteer Judith Shutt Has Died

THE MEJANDES MARIONETTES: Muriel, Ernest, Judith and Ernest Shutt

On a rainy afternoon in 1951, Judith Shutt and her family saw The Laurey Puppets (later of “Mr Turnip” TV fame) while on a seaside holiday — an event which was to change all of the Shutt family’s lives thereafter.

And:

It was around this time that fellow puppeteer and Guild Member, Christine Glanville, who had been working for AP Films, contacted Judith to say that they were looking for a new floor puppeteer and would she be interested in applying? Judith soon found herself working with Christine Glanville and Mary Turner on Fireball XL5, the first of many TV series in a long and distinguished association with television puppetry.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

A chance encounter that changed their lives and so many other lives around the world.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Actress Grace Lee Whitney

RIP Star Trek’s Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk’s yeoman Janice Rand on the first season of the classic show, has died aged 85.

She was one of the sexiest women on TV, and probably the sexiest woman in SF TV. It was no surprise that Charlie X fell for her. We all did.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Writer Don Mankiewicz

Don Mankiewicz dies at 93; novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter

Of the illustrious Mankiewicz writing dynasty (so to speak).

He wrote the pilot for Ironside, wrote for Marcus Welby, M.D., and an episode of Star Trek.

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R.I.P. Suzanne Crough

Partridge Family Daughter Suzanne Crough Dies at 52

Suzanne Crough, the youngest star of The Partridge Family, died Monday at her home in Nevada, TMZ reports. She was 52.

The Partridge Family was must-watch TV back in my day.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Voice Artist Robert Rietti

RIP 007 voice artist Robert Rietti

Someone who did many voices we never even knew wasn’t the voice of the actor!

British TV fans should note that he did episodes of Space: 1999, UFO, The Prisoner, The Avengers, and Secret Agent (aka Danger Man), and many more, according to his extensive list of credits at IMDB.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P Artist Herb Trimpe

“Incredible Hulk,” “G.I. Joe” Artist Herb Trimpe Passes Away at Age 75

With a career that spanned more than 45 years, Trimpe worked on a wide variety of the comic industry’s most recognizable characters, notably an era-defining seven-year run on “The Incredible Hulk” in the 1970s. That run included “The Incredible Hulk” #181, which marked the debut of Wolverine; plus the first appearances of Hulk supporting characters including Jim Wilson and Doc Samson, both of whom Trimpe co-created with writer Roy Thomas. In 2014, a page of original art from “The Incredible Hulk” #180, depicting the first cameo appearance of Wolverine, sold for a record-tying $657,250 at auction.

Back in my day, Herb Trimpe = Hulk.

Rest in peace.

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R.I.P. Singer Percy Sledge

R&B singer Percy Sledge dies at 73

Ah, what a song.

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