April 2, 2013
The Irish actor Milo O'Shea, whose many roles on stage
and screen included a friar in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo
and Juliet," an evil scientist in "Barbarella" and a
Supreme Court justice on "The West Wing," has died in
New York City. He was 86.
The public knew O'Shea best as a character actor. His
bushy eyebrows and white hair made him a favorite of
casting directors looking for priests. He played a
drunken one on the TV show "Cheers," a pedophilic
one in the 1997 film "The Butcher Boy," a charming one
in the 1981 Broadway play "Mass Appeal," as well as
the tragedy-enabling Friar Laurence in "Romeo and
Juliet." He was a judge in the film "The Verdict."
His loony turn as the pleasure-obsessed scientist
Durand Durand in the 1968 science fiction romp
"Barbarella" inspired a British rock group to name its
band after his character. Duran Duran also put him in a
O'Shea moved to the U.S. in the mid-1970s and was a
longtime resident of New York.
April 8, 2013
The former Mickey Mouse Club star, who became a national treasure in America thanks to a string of 1960s cult beach
movies, including Beach Blanket Bingo and Muscle Beach Party, passed away at a Bakersfield, California hospital.
Funicello battled multiple sclerosis during her final years and reports suggest she slipped into a coma and never regained
The actress went public with her condition 20 years ago. Multiple sclerosis robbed her of her ability to walk and talk.
Funicello was one of the first Disney darlings after making her debut as a Mouseketeer in 1955 and went on to launch
her own kids show, Annette, as well as other Disney vehicles throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, when she also
enjoyed music success on the charts with songs like Puppy Love, Tall Paul and Put Your Head On My Shoulder.
Her movie career began with a string of hit surfing films, which often featured teen idol Frankie Avalon as her love
Away from Hollywood, Funicello romanced singer/songwriter Paul Anka, wed twice and had three children with her first
husband, Jack Gilardi.
April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film
reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to
win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-
running TV program, wielded the nation's most
influential thumb, died Thursday. He was 70.
Ebert, who had been a film critic for the Chicago Sun-
Times since 1967, died early Thursday afternoon at the
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, his office said. He
had announced on his blog Wednesday that he was
undergoing radiation treatment after a
recurrence of cancer.
He had no grand theories or special agendas, but
millions recognized the chatty, heavy-set man with
wavy hair and horn-rimmed glasses. Above all, they
followed the thumb — pointing up or down. It was the
main logo of the televised shows Ebert co-hosted, first
with the late Gene Siskel of the rival Chicago Tribune
and — after Siskel's death in 1999 — with his Sun-
Times colleague Richard Roeper. Although criticized as
gimmicky and simplistic, a "two thumbs up" accolade
was sure to find its way into the advertising for the
movie in question.
April 8, 2013
The former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died
earlier in the morning following a stroke.
Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime
The conservative former PM was nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’
by Soviet Army newspaper Red Star in 1976 because of
her unalterable, strict political outlook and determined rule.
Thatcher suffered from dementia and several small strokes
in her later years and retired from public life in 2002. In
December 2012 she underwent a surgical procedure to
remove a bladder growth.
In the past decade, Thatcher’s husband, Sir Denis, passed
away in 2003.
“Maggie” Thatcher was first elected into office in 1979 and
left in 1990 after three successful consecutive victories in
the general elections. Her 11 year term makes her the
longest-serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth
Thatcher’s conservative ideologies have manifested
themselves into a brand of politics termed “Thatcherism”, a
type conservatism which is unshakeable in conviction,
advocates light-touch regulation, free market ideals and
little state interference.