November 8, 2012
Lucille Bliss has passed away at the age of
96, but her voice lives on through iconic
cartoon characters like Smurfette of “The
Smurfs,” Anastasia from “Cinderella,” and
more recently Yagoda from the film “Avatar.”
Born in New York City on March 31, 1916,
Bliss had a talent that was appreciated and
later pursued by the creators of cartoons.
In 1950 she voiced her first cartoon
character, Crusader Rabbit.
Her vocal talent nailed her roles in a number
of Disney features and Hanna-Barbera
cartoons. Bliss also was heard in several
Warner Bros. and MGM theatrical cartoons
in the 1950s.
Bonnie Lynn Fields
November 17, 2012
Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, an agile
dancer who showcased those skills on the 1950s
children's show "The Mickey Mouse Club" and later
performed on Broadway, has died in Indiana at age 68.
Her cousin Robbin Myers said Tuesday that Elder died
Saturday at a Richmond hospital following a two-year
battle with throat cancer. Elder had smoked for
decades but quit after her diagnosis, Myers said.
Elder had been living in Winchester after moving back
to eastern Indiana a few years ago to care for her
ailing, now-deceased mother.
She was 12 in 1957, when her dancing abilities helped
her win a slot on the third season of "The Mickey
Mouse Club." She auditioned in California, where her
family had moved from Indiana when she was 9.
Elder always went by the name Lynn, but she adopted
the stage name "Bonnie" — a shortened version of her
real first name — at the suggestion of the show's
producers because there was already a cast member, a
boy, with the first name Lynn, her cousin said.
November 23, 2012
Actor Larry Hagman , who became a global
icon playing the cunning J.R. Ewing in the
television series "Dallas" , died on Friday at the
age of 81, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Hagman was at Medical City Dallas Hospital
when he died Friday afternoon from
complications of his recent battle with cancer,
the Dallas Morning News reported, citing
members of his family.
Linda Gray, who played J.R.'s long-suffering
wife, Sue Ellen, was with Hagman in Dallas
when he died, the actress' spokesman, Jeffrey
Lane, said in an email.
"Larry Hagman was my best friend for 35
years," Gray said in a statement. "He was the
Pied Piper of life and brought joy to everyone
he knew. He was creative, funny, loving and
talented, and I will miss him enormously."
"Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-
enacting the iconic role he loved most," the
family said in a statement, the Morning News
reported. "Larry’s family and close friends had
joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving
holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded
by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just
as he had wished for."
November 29, 2012
Susan Luckey, perhaps best known for her role in
the 1962 movie, “The Music Man,” has passed
away. Her daughter, Shayna Reynolds told TMZ
that her mother had not suffered from any illness
but simply died of ‘old age.’ The actress passed on
Her first appearance in film was in 1954’s “Deep in
My Heart” where she had an uncredited part. Next
she appeared as one of the Indians in the Mary
Martin film version of “Peter Pan” in 1955. A big
break came when she got a dole in the 1956
musical “Carousel” where she played Louise
Bigelow. Over the next couple of years, she made
a number of appearances I n various TV shows
The part she may be best remembered for came in
1962 when the 24-year-old Luckey was cast as
Zaneeta Shin in the hit musical, “The Music Man.”
She costarred with leading actors Shirley Jones
and Robert Preston.
November 21, 2012
Actress Deborah Raffin, who became the quintessential California
blonde TV movie/mini-series ingenue and heroine during the
three decades when the genre thrived in the 1970s-1980s-
1990s, died. The Los Angeles Times quoted her brother as
saying she’d had leukemia for the past year and passed away at
the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 59.
Though she starred in several features, she was best known for
her TV work and most recently took recurring roles on The
Secret Life Of The American Teenager and 7th Heaven.
Los Angeles-born Raffin was the daughter of 20th Century Fox
contract player Trudy Marshall and became a TV star when she
was discovered in an elevator by an agent. With her fresh looks
and empathetic acting, Raffin went on to become one of the
most well-known TV actresses of her generation.
In many ways, Raffin helped define early feminism through acting
roles as the daughter of a Hollywood producer (Kirk Douglas) in
Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough, as Brooke Hayward in
the autobiographical Haywire, as a businesswoman in James
Clavell’s Noble House and as Charles Bronson's love interest,
Doctor Kathryn Davis, in Death Wish 3.