November 5, 2010
Jill Clayburgh, whose Broadway and
Hollywood acting career stretched through
the decades, highlighted by her
Oscar-nominated portrayal of a divorcee
exploring her sexuality in the 1978 film "An
Unmarried Woman," died Friday. She was
Her husband, Tony Award-winning
playwright David Rabe, said she died after a
21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic
leukemia. She was surrounded by her
family and brother when she died at her
home in Lakeville.
November 5, 2010
Actress Michelle Nicastro died from
cancer on November 5. Nicastro
provided the voice for Princess Odette
in the Swan Princess series of animated
films and also was the singing voice for
Callisto in Xena: Warrior Princess. Early
in her career, she appeared in an
episode of Knight Rider.She also had
guest starring roles in Airwolf and
Knight Rider. She appeared, briefly, as
the college sweetheart of Billy Crystal in
When Harry Met Sally. In 1996 she
played Snow White in Coach episode
"Grimmworld" as the girlfriend of
Michael "Dauber" Daubinski (Bill
Fagerbakke). Nicastro also had a small
role in Full House as Roxanne. She has
appeared on Broadway in the musical
Merlin in 1983 and as Eponine in a
national tour of Les Miserables.
Dino De Laurentiis
November 10, 2010
Dino De Laurentiis, an Academy
Award-winning film impresario and
producer of "Serpico" and "Barbarella,"
who helped revolutionize the way
movies are bankrolled and sold, has
died. He was 91.
The producer's daughter said her
father was surrounded by family when
he died Wednesday night at his home
in Beverly Hills. The statement from
Raffaella De Laurentiis did not give a
cause of death.
"My grandfather was a true inspiration.
He was my biggest champion in life and
a constant source for wisdom and
advice. I will miss him dearly,"
granddaughter Giada De Laurentiis
November 4, 2010
Sparky Anderson, the white-haired Hall
of Fame manager who directed
Cincinnati's Big Red Machine to
back-to-back World Series
championships and won another one in
Detroit, died Thursday. He was 76.
Anderson died from complications from
dementia, family spokesman Dan Ewald
said. A day earlier, Anderson's family
said he had been placed in hospice care.
Anderson was the first manager to win
World Series titles in both leagues and
the only manager to lead two
franchises in career wins.
His total of 2,194 wins as a manager
were the third highest when he retired
after the 1995 season, trailing only
Connie Mack and John McGraw.
November 27, 2010
Irvin Kershner, a versatile movie
director best known for "The Empire
Strikes Back," the acclaimed 1980
sequel to George Lucas' blockbuster
" Star Wars," has died. He was 87.
Kershner, who taught screenwriting
at USC in more recent years, died
Saturday at his home in Los Angeles
after a 3 1/2-year battle with lung
cancer, his family said.
He went on to direct 14 other
feature films, including "The Hoodlum
Priest," "The Luck of Ginger Coffey,"
"A Fine Madness," "The Flim-Flam
Man," "Loving," "Up the Sandbox,"
"The Return of a Man Called Horse,"
"Eyes of Laura Mars," the James
Bond film "Never Say Never Again"
and "RoboCop 2."
November 28, 2010
Few people watching the career of the
tall, husky and fair-haired Leslie Nielsen,
who has died aged 84, could have
predicted that the stolid actor who
specialised in authority figures would
become known as a comedy star after
two and a half decades in show
business. His reputation was
transformed by playing Dr Rumack on
board the threatened airliner in Airplane!
(1980) and Frank Drebin, the hilariously
inept plain-clothes cop, in three Naked
What the writer-directors Jim Abrahams
and David and Jerry Zucker saw in
Nielsen, silvery grey and in his mid-50s,
was his previously po-faced persona.
"They spotted me for being what I really
was, a closet comedian," he said. "And
how lucky can you get? It's like they
said to me, 'Leslie, come out and play.'
Thank God for them."
In fact, Nielsen's acting style altered not
one iota from when he played a man in
jeopardy in a couple of disaster films,
the ship's captain in The Poseidon
Adventure (1972) and the mayor in City
On Fire (1979), which led to Airplane!, a
take-off of the very films in which he
had been appearing. The success of
Nielsen's latter performances derived
from his playing it straight, as if he
believed in the crazy goings-on around
him. "Surely, you can't be serious," a
pilot says to him in Airplane! "I am
serious, and don't call me Shirley!" he