May 1, 2010
Actress Helen Wagner, who played
mild-mannered Nancy Hughes on the CBS
soap opera "As the World Turns" for more
than a half-century and spoke its first
words, has died at age 91.
She died Saturday, said the show's New
York-based production company, TeleNext
Media Inc., which didn't say where she died
or what was the cause of her death.
Wagner opened "As the World Turns" when
it premiered on April 2, 1956, with the
words: "Good morning, dear." She held the
Guinness World Record for playing the
same role on television for the longest
amount of time
May 2, 2010
Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and
independent player in her family's acting
dynasty who became a 1960s sensation
as the unconventional title character of
"Georgy Girl" and later dramatized her
troubled past in such one-woman stage
performances as "Shakespeare for My
Father" and "Nightingale," has died. She
Her publicist Rick Miramontez, speaking
on behalf of her children, said Redgrave
died peacefully Sunday night at her home
in Kent, Conn. Children Ben, Pema and
Annabel were with her, as were close
May 9, 2010
Lena Horne, who was the first black
performer to be signed to a long-term
contract by a major Hollywood studio
and who went on to achieve
international fame as a singer, died on
Sunday night at New
York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical
Center in New York. She was 92 and
lived in Manhattan.
Her death was announced by her
son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.
Ms. Horne might have become a major
movie star, but she was born 50
years too early, and languished at
MGM in the 1940s because of the
color of her skin.
May 3, 2010
Jimmy Gardner, stage, film and
television character actor best known
for his role in the 3rd Harry Potter,
has died. He was 85.
Gardner was the son of leading jockey,
Ted Gardner and was initially supposed
to follow in his father’s footsteps but
didn’t. His brother Vic explained, “He
didn’t like it very much and he always
said as a child that he wanted to be an
actor and appear on stage.”
Jimmy was a familiar face, if not a name,
in dozens of stage, film and television
productions in a career that spanned
more than half a century. One of his last
roles, when he was 80, was playing
Ernie Prang, the driver of the Knight
Bus, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of
Sporting a splendid white beard and
wearing big round glasses, he offered
trips “to all destinations . . . nothing
underwater”. Asked if he regarded the
film as the summit of his career, he said
he hoped that the best was still to come.
May 23, 2010
The husband of Brittany Murphy was
found dead at his Los Angeles home
late Sunday, five months after the
Hollywood actress died, police said.
Firefighters responding to an
emergency call found British
screenwriter Simon Monjack dead at
the Hollywood Hills residence, police
spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said.
The preliminary cause of the 39 year
old Monjack's death is natural
causes, Lozano said.
May 26, 2010
Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular
TV shows "People Are Funny" and
"House Party" in the 1950s and 1960s,
has died. He was 97.
His son-in-law Art Hershey says
Linkletter died Wednesday at his home
in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.
"Art Linkletter's House Party," one of
television's longest-running variety
shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and
was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to
Though it had many features, the best
known was the daily interviews with
schoolchildren. Linkletter collected
sayings from the children into "Kids Say
The Darndest Things," and it sold in the
May 28, 2010
Gary Coleman, the child star of the
smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent
Strokes" whose later career was
marred by medical and legal problems,
has died after suffering an intercranial
hemorrhage. He was 42.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
spokeswoman Janet Frank said life
support was terminated and Coleman
died at 12:05 p.m. MDT.
Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and
perfect comic timing, became a star
after "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted in
1978. He played the younger brother in
a pair of African-American siblings
adopted by a wealthy white man.
His popularity faded when the show
ended after six seasons on NBC and
two on ABC.
Coleman suffered continuing ill health
from the kidney disease that stunted
his growth and had a host of legal
problems in recent years.
Coleman suffered the hemorrhage
Wednesday at his Santaquin home, 55
miles south of Salt Lake City.
May 29, 2010
Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood
wild man whose memorable and erratic
career included an early turn in "Rebel
Without a Cause," an improbable smash
with "Easy Rider" and a classic character
role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.
Hopper died Saturday at his home in the
Los Angeles beach community of Venice,
surrounded by family and friends, family
friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper's manager
announced in October 2009 that he had
been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The success of "Easy Rider," and the
spectacular failure of his next film, "The Last
Movie," fit the pattern for the talented but
sometimes uncontrollable actor-director,
who also had parts in such favorites as
"Apocalypse Now" and "Hoosiers." He was a
two-time Academy Award nominee, and in
March 2010, was honored with a star on
Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
May 18, 2010
James McLaurin, member of famed
Tuskegee Airmen; at 87
When World War II hit, 21-year-old
Roxbury machinist James Wardell McLaurin
joined the Tuskegee Airmen and became
one of 994 black aviators for the Army Air
Corps who endured discrimination in
America even though they fought the Nazis.
Mr. McLaurin of Weymouth, a retired
lieutenant colonel and former assistant
regional director of the Small Business
Administration, died May 18 at
Massachusetts General Hospital of cancer.
He was 87.
May 26, 2010
Actress Patricia Stevens, who voiced the
character of Velma Dinkley from 1976 to
1979 on the Scooby Doo cartoons, passed
away Wednesday, May 26th. She was 64.
Stevens also appeared in at least thirteen
episodes of M*A*S*H between 1974 and
1978, Her first episode was “For Want Of A
Boot” during Season Two. She was credited
first as Nurse Mitchell, then Nurse Baker,
Nurse Stevens, Nurse Brown and Nurse
Able, before settling on Nurse Baker
beginning with with “Margaret’s Marriage” in
Season Five, with the exception of her final
appearance in “Major Ego” during Season
Seven, when she was credited as Duty
Nurse. In addition to these credited
appearances, she had uncredited roles in
several other episodes, including
“Springtime” and “Check-Up” during Season