April 12, 2009
Adult film star Marilyn Chambers dies at 56
Marilyn Chambers, the pretty Ivory Snow soap
girl who helped bring hard-core adult films into
the mainstream consciousness when she starred
in the explicit 1972 movie “Behind the Green
Door,” has died at 56.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
A family friend, Peggy McGinn, said Chambers’ 17-
year-old daughter found the actress’ body
Sunday night. Chambers was pronounced dead
at the scene, the county coroner’s office said
Chambers and fellow actresses Linda Lovelace
and Georgina Spelvin shot to fame at a time in
the early 1970s when both American social
mores and the quality of hard-core sex films
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
April 13, 2009
Mark Fidrych, whose aw-shucks charm
and colorful on-the-mound antics helped
make him a national phenomenon with
the Detroit Tigers in 1976, was killed in
an accident while working on his dump
truck at his Northborough Massachusetts
farm. He was 54.
With his out-of-nowhere success, affable
grin and unkempt curls, he was
nicknamed ‘‘The Bird,’’ after the Sesame
Street character to whom he bore a
resemblance. It wasn't long before the
21-year-old had an enormous following.
He once appeared on the cover of Sports
Illustrated with Big Bird.
Fidrych attempted a comeback in 1983
with the Red Sox, pitching for Triple A
Pawtucket. He retired at age 29 following
the season with a 29-19 record and a
3.10 ERA in parts of five major league
April 25, 2009
Beatrice Arthur, the larger-than-life
actress who scored on Broadway as
the original matchmaker in Fiddler on
the Roof and the hard-drinking actress
in Mame before she went on to star in
the groundbreaking '70s TV series
Maude and, in the '80s, the beloved
sitcom The Golden Girls, died early
Saturday morning. She was 86. Dan
Watt, a spokesman for Arthur's family,
told the Associated Press that the star
had been suffering with cancer,
though he did not specify what kind.
She died peacefully at her Los Angeles
home with her family by her side.