September 1, 2010
Cammie King Conlon, who played Bonnie,
the ill-fated daughter of Scarlett O'Hara and
Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind died
earlier this week at age 76. She largely
retired from show business as a child, but
did provide the voice of Faline in Disney's
Bambi. Ironically, she had spoken by phone
with GWTW star Olivia de Havilland just
before her death.
Conlon landed the tragic role of Bonnie Blue
Butler - the daughter of the 1939 film's
lead characters Rhett Butler and Scarlett
O'Hara - at the age of four. She went on to
voice characters in Disney's 1942 film
"Bambi", but her career ended almost as
soon as it had begun after her mother
pulled her out of Hollywood.
She frequently joked about how she
"peaked at five", and, in a post on her blog
in 2009, she wrote, "My mother decided
she wanted me to have a normal
childhood." Conlon later earned a degree in
communications and pursued a career as a
museum director and publicist.
September 3, 2010
Comedian Robert Schimmel has died after
suffering injuries in a car accident in late
The star's spokesperson Howard Bragman
confirmed to The AP that Schimmel died on
Friday in a Phoenix hospital of complications
stemming from the recent collision.
The spokesman says that Robert was a
passenger in a car driven by his 19-year-old
daughter Aliyah on August 26 when she
swerved to avoid another vehicle and ended
up crashing into the side of the freeway.
Robert was rushed immediately to the
hospital, where he died eight days later.
Bragman stated that Aliyah is currently
hospitalised in stable condition.
The 60-year-old comedian was a regular
guest on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and
wrote a book in 2008 about his battle with
September 7, 2010
Glenn Shadix, 58, a character actor best
remembered for his portrayal of the portly,
pretentious interior designer Otho in
director Tim Burton's 1988 ghost comedy
"Beetlejuice," died Tuesday at his home in
Birmingham, Ala., according to his personal
manager, Juliet Green. Shadix's sister,
Susan Gagne, told the Birmingham News
that he had been using a wheelchair for
mobility and appeared to have fallen in his
kitchen and struck his head.
Green said the prolific actor had one of his
closest professional relationships with
Burton, who also cast him in "The
Nightmare Before Christmas" as the voice
of the mayor of Halloweentown and in
2001's "Planet of the Apes" as Sen. Nado.
September 11, 2010
Character actor Harold Gould, a familiar
face with more than 300 television
shows and 20 films to his credit, died
over the weekend at the age of 86. An
actor who got his start late in the
game after spending many years
teaching drama, Gould was perhaps
best known for playing Martin
Morgenstern, father to Rhoda, on both
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its
Valerie Harper-starring spinoff, a role
that earned him one of five career
Emmy nominations in 1978.
He also made an indelible impression
playing con man Kid Twist in The Sting,
opposite Robert Redford and Paul
But of course, these are mere drops in
the bucket of Gould’s expansive
résumé, which stretched over 50 years
and included everything from Hawaii
Five-O to The Golden Girls (where he
played Betty White’s boyfriend) to
Gunsmoke to Dallas (and on and on
and on), with Gould most often playing
dapper, dignified men who have a
soothing way with the ladies—and
most of whom had Gould’s signature
September 11, 2010
Kevin McCarthy, the suave, square-jawed actor
who earned accolades in stage and screen
productions of “Death of a Salesman” but will
always be best known as the star of the 1956
science fiction movie “Invasion of the Body
Snatchers,” died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital
in Hyannis, Mass. He was 96 and lived in
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Mr. McCarthy matured quickly into roles as
judges, generals, politicians and other men of
power — sometimes not very nice ones. On
“Flamingo Road,” the soapy 1980s television
series, he was a greedy small-town Florida
millionaire. On the screen, in “The Best Man”, he
was a presidential candidate’s henchman,
specializing in dirty tricks, and he played a
similarly ignoble political type in “The
Distinguished Gentleman”. In “Innerspace” he
was a devious industrial spy, in “Buffalo Bill and
the Indians”, a grabby publicist.
And although he did relatively little science fiction
after “Body Snatchers,” he did star in the horror
comedy “Piranha” as a mad scientist breeding
killer fish. He also made a cameo appearance in
the 1978 remake of “Body Snatchers,” playing a
man who throws himself at the car driven by
Donald Sutherland (the remake’s star), shouting,
“Help! They’re coming! Listen to me!” and
sounding much like his character in the original
September 18, 2010
James Bacon was a reporter and columnist
specializing in the entertainment industry. He
began as a writer for the Associated Press,
then spent almost 20 years with the Los
Bacon was an AP reporter from Chicago when
he arrived in Hollywood in 1948, a time when
Los Angeles had six daily newspapers and
rival Hollywood gossip columnists Hedda
Hopper and Louella Parsons reigned supreme.
He is the only actor to appear in all five films
in the 'Planet of the Apes' series. He played
an ape in all of them except for Escape from
the Planet of the Apes in which he played a
human, General Faulkner. It was also the only
one of the films in which he was credited.
Billie Mae Richards
September 10, 2010
A Christmas classic has been silenced.
Billie Mae Richards, the Canadian radio
actress who provided the male voice for
plucky Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
died Friday at her home near Toronto. She
"Kids won't believe it when my grandchildren
tell them that their grandmother is really
Rudolph," Richards said in a 2005 interview
with Filmfax magazine. She was credited as
"Billy Richards" to mask the fact that she
was a woman.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," based
on the eponymous 1949 song, premiered in
1964 and CBS airs it to this day around the
"What better legacy can you leave than a
show that everybody loves?" Richards told
NPR in 2004.
The grandmother of 12 also voiced the
sequels "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" and
"Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July,"
and she was Tender Heart Bear in the "The
Care Bears Movie."
September 22, 2010
Eddie Fisher, whose huge fame as a pop singer
was overshadowed by scandals ending his
marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth
Taylor, has died. He was 82.
Fisher's clear dramatic singing voice brought
him a devoted following of teenage girls in
the early 1950s. He sold millions of records
with 32 hit songs including "Thinking of You,"
"Any Time," "Oh, My Pa-pa," "I'm Yours," "Wish
You Were Here," "Lady of Spain" and "Count
His fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to
movie darling Debbie Reynolds — they were
touted as "America's favorite couple" — and the
birth of two children.
Their daughter Carrie Fisher became a film star
herself in the first three "Star Wars" films as
Princess Leia, and later as a best-selling author
of "Postcards From the Edge" and other books.
Stephen J. Cannell
September 30, 2010
Stephen J. Cannell - creator of juggernaut TV
shows, from "The A-Team" to "21 Jump
Street" -- has died of complications from
melanoma, becoming only the latest in a
series of high profile deaths this week,
including actor Tony Curtis, comedian Greg
Giraldo, director Arthur Penn and actress
Cannell started out as a writer on "Columbo"
and "Adam-12" before evolving into a
producer. He created (according to
Wikipedia) nearly 40 television series with
credits including "The Rockford Files," the
afore-mentioned "21 Jump Street" (where a
guy named Johnny Depp got his start),
"Wiseguy" and "The Greatest American Hero,"
to name just a few. He also acted, and most
recently appeared as himself on "Castle" as
one of Castle's poker buddies (along with
writers James Patterson and Michael Connelly).
September 26, 2010
'Titanic' star Gloria Stuart dies at 100
At 87, she became oldest actress ever
nominated for Academy Award
Gloria Stuart, the 1930s Hollywood beauty who
gave up acting for 30 years and later became
the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as
the spunky survivor in "Titanic," has died. She
Stuart died of respiratory failure Sunday night
at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Sylvia
Thompson, said Monday. The actress had been
diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago and
had beaten breast cancer about 20 years ago,
"She did not believe in illness. She paid no
attention to it, and it served her well,"
Thompson said. "She had a great life. I'm not
sad. I'm happy for her."
September 29, 2010
Tony Curtis shaped himself from a 1950s movie
heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a
determined streak that served him well in such
films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant
Ones" and "Some Like It Hot."
The Oscar-nominated actor died at age 85
Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest at his
home in the Las Vegas-area city of Henderson,
Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said
Curtis began in acting with frivolous movies
that exploited his handsome physique and
appealing personality, but then steadily moved
to more substantial roles, starting in 1957 in
the harrowing show business tale "Sweet Smell
In 1958, "The Defiant Ones" brought him an
Academy Award nomination as best actor for
his portrayal of a white racist who escaped from
prison handcuffed to a black man, Sidney
Poitier. The following year, he donned women's
clothing and sparred with Marilyn Monroe in one
of the most acclaimed film comedies ever, Billy
Wilder's "Some Like It Hot."