September 14, 2009
Actor Patrick Swayze passed away at the
age of 57 after a long battle with cancer.
Swayze's career included memorable roles
in "Dirty Dancing," "Road House," "Ghost"
and "Point Break," and he recently starred
in the supremely underrated series "The
Beast." Swayze was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer last year and was initially
given only six months to live, but he
persevered and continued working.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was an American
actor, dancer, singer and songwriter. He
was best-known for his roles as romantic
leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and
Ghost. He was listed by People magazine as
its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.
September 14, 2009
Henry Gibson, the veteran comic
character actor best known for his
role reciting offbeat poetry on
"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," died
Monday at his home in Malibu after a
brief battle with cancer. He was 73.
After "Laugh-In," Gibson went on to
appear in several films, including
"The Long Goodbye" and "Nashville,"
which earned him a Golden Globe
nomination. His most memorable
roles included playing the menacing
neighbor opposite Tom Hanks in
"The 'Burbs," the befuddled priest in
"Wedding Crashers" and voicing
Wilbur the Pig in the animated
September 16, 2009
Mary Travers, the glamorous blond
who sang into the middle
microphone with folk trio Peter, Paul
and Mary, died September 16 at 72
after a long battle with leukemia.
Born in 1936, Mary Travers was two
years old when her parents moved
the family from Kentucky to
Greenwich Village in New York City.
By the time she was a teenager,
Mary was a full-fledged member of
the 1950s Village folk scene,
though, at the time, she said music
was just a hobby, and she had no
plans to sing professionally.
September 20, 2009
John Hart, 91, the handsome and
athletic actor who also starred in the
1940s movie serial "Jack Armstrong:
The All-American Boy" and the 1950s
TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of
the Mohicans," died Sunday at his
home in Rosarito Beach in Baja
California, said his wife, Beryl.
He acted in two episodes of "The
Lone Ranger" before he himself
portrayed the famous Masked Man
for 52 episodes from 1952 to 1953
replacing Clayton Moore.
September 22, 2009
Lucy Vodden, who provided the
inspiration for the Beatles' classic
song "Lucy in the Sky with
Diamonds," has died after a long
battle with lupus. She was 46.
Her death was announced Monday
by St. Thomas’ Hospital in London,
where she had been treated for the
chronic disease for more than five
years, and by her husband, Ross
Vodden. Britain’s Press Association
said she died last Tuesday. Hospital
officials said they could not confirm
the day of her death