February 6, 2009
Actor JAMES WHITMORE has died of lung cancer, aged
87. The Emmy and Tony award winning star was
diagnosed with the illness in November and passed
away on Friday afternoon at his home in Malibu,
California. Whitmore was famed for his one-man
shows about former American presidents Harry
Truman and Theodore Roosevelt. He won a Tony
Award in 1948 for his role in Broadway show
Command Decision and in 1975 received an Academy
Award nomination for best actor for his portrayal of
Truman in Give 'em Hell, Harry! He was also the
recipient of an Emmy Award in 2000 as outstanding
guest actor in drama series The Practice. Whitmore
starred in over 50 films throughout his career, most
recently in 1994's critically acclaimed The Shawshank
Earning distinction throughout his six-decade career,
Whitmore showed worthy Oscar potential once again
with his touching role as an aged, ill-fated prison
parolee in "The Shawshank Redemption", and copped
an Emmy for a recurring part on "The Practice" in the
Philip Jose farmer
February 25, 2009
Award-winning science fiction writer Philip Jose Farmer
has died, aged 91. Farmer passed away on
Wednesday "peacefully in his sleep," according to a
posting on his official website.
His first success initially shocked audiences in 1952,
when the American author depicted humans having
sex with aliens in his tale 'The Lovers'. The book
became more widely accepted in the years after its
release and won Farmer the title of "most promising
new writer" at the 1953 Hugo Awards, which
celebrates authors for outstanding contributions in
the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
He won another Hugo for his 1967 novella 'Riders of
the Purple Wage' and again for his 1971 release 'To
Your Scattered Bodies Go'. Farmer wrote over 75
books during his career, which have been translated
into 22 languages and published in more than 40
countries. The winner of three Hugo awards and
named a Grand Master of Science-Fiction in 2001 is
best known for his Riverworld series of books.
February 20, 2009
Socks, a White House official during the first
Clinton administration is shown peering over
the podium in the White House briefing room.
Socks was usurped as the first pet when the
Clintons acquired Buddy, the chocolate
Labrador Retriever in 1997. Socks and Buddy
never got along so President Clinton had to
ask him to step aside.
Heartbroken after his resignation Socks moved
in with Betty Currie, the presidents secretary.
Socks lived the remainder of his life with Currie
in Maryland for whom he had deep affection
and respect. He died February 20th after a
series of health problems. He was 19.
February 7, 2009
Singer Molly Bee became an instant sensation
when at age 13 she recorded the classic
Christmas song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Satnta
Clause". Bee's recording career was at its
height during the remainder of the 1950s and
part of the 60s.
Bee died February 7th of complications from a
stroke. She was 69.
February 28, 2009
Paul Harvey, 90, US broadcaster with the
ABC radio network. He once commanded a
huge audience across America and
internationally through the Armed Forces
network, and was working up until last year.
He is best remembered for his "Paul Harvey
News and Comment" and "The Rest of the
Story" broadcasts which were a daily staple
for tens of millions of Americans.
February 25, 2009
Clarence Swensen, one of the marching
Munchkin soldiers in 'The Wizard of Oz'
and among the last surviving members
of that beloved fraternity of actors, died
Feb. 25 in Texas following years of poor
health. He was 91. The Munchkin
scenes lasted 14 and a half minutes in
the classic 1939 film, but Swensen
enjoyed decades of fame.