April 1, 2011
Former Boston Red Sox general
manager Lou Gorman, the architect
of the team that came within one
strike of winning the 1986 World
Series, died early Friday morning of
congestive heart failure. He was 82.
"All he wanted to do was make it to
Opening Day, and he made it," said
his nephew, Tom Dougherty, "He
lived a great life. And he was truly
one of the nicest men you ever
wanted to meet."
Gorman died peacefully at 1:50 a.m.
after an illness of almost a year,
surrounded by his family at
Massachusetts General Hospital,
April 17, 2011
Michael Sarrazin, a tall, dark-eyed
Canadian actor who starred
opposite Jane Fonda in Sydney
Pollack's 1969 film "They Shoot
Horses, Don't They?", died of
cancer Sunday at a Montreal
hospital, said his agent, Michael
Oscars. He was 70.
Born May 22, 1940, in Quebec
City, Sarrazin grew up in Montreal
and began acting in high school.
April 9, 2011
Prolific film director with a reputation
for exploring social and moral issues,
Sidney Lumet, has died at aged 86.
Lumet achieved critical and commercial
success with his first film, 12 Angry
Men (1957), which established his
credentials as a liberal director who was
sympathetic to actors, loved words
and worked quickly. For the bulk of his
career, he averaged a film a year,
earning four Oscar nominations along
the way for best director, for 12 Angry
Men, Dog Day Afternoon (1975),
Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982).
April 26, 2011
Phoebe Snow, a singer and songwriter
who gained fame with her 1974
self-titled album that featured the hit
single "Poetry Man," has died. She was
Snow died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., said
Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend
and public relations representative. She
had suffered a brain hemorrhage in
The album "Phoebe Snow" turned the
singer, blessed with a multi-octave
range, into a star. She made the cover
of Rolling Stone, appeared on "Saturday
Night Live" and was nominated for a
Grammy as best new artist.
April 27, 2011
Marian Mercer, a comic actress whose five-decade
career on film, TV and the stage including a 1969
Tony Award-winning performance in the original
production of the musical Promises, Promises,
has died. She was 75.
Mercer died April 27 from complications of
Alzheimer’s disease in Newbury Park, Calif., her
husband, Patrick Hogan, told The New York
For nine seasons in the 1980s, the 5-foot-9
blonde played hostess Nancy Beebe on It’s a
Living/Making a Living, an ABC and syndicated
sitcom that followed the lives of waitresses
working at a fancy rooftop restaurant in Los
Angeles. She also appeared in the film and TV
versions of Nine to Five.
Mercer had other regular stints on such TV
shows as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, St.
Elsewhere and Home Free and appeared on
Archie Bucker’s Place, Foot in the Door, A Touch
of Grace and The Sandy Duncan Show among
many other appearances.
April 28, 2011
Veteran actor had numerous film, TV roles. He
appeared in the TV series 'Star Trek' and Elvis
Presley's first film, 'Love Me Tender.' In the 1950s he
was married to Judith Campbell Exner, who went on to
have an affair with President Kennedy.
Character actor par excellence. Starting with small
roles in big pictures such as "The High and the Mighty"
and bigger roles in a score of B-movies, including
Westerns, war films, prison movies and the like, he
made a run in a number of grade-Z horror flicks that
later became cult favorites - "Dementia 13," "Blood
Bath" and "Portrait in Terror."
He scored big with two distinctive roles in the original
"Star Trek" TV series - as Trelane in "The Squire of
Gothos" and the Klingon Koloth in "The Trouble with