January 1, 2013
Patti Page died on New Year's Day in Encinitas, Calif.,
according to publicist Schatzi Hageman, ending one of pop
music's most diverse careers. She was 85 and just five
weeks away from being honored at the Grammy Awards with
a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy.
Unforgettable songs like "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much
Is That) Doggie in the Window?" made Patti Page the
best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would
spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world.
"Tennessee Waltz" scored the rare achievement of reaching
No. 1 on the pop, country and R&B charts simultaneously and
was officially adopted as one of two official songs by the
state of Tennessee. Its reach was so powerful, six other
artists reached the charts the following year with covers.
Two other hits, "I Went To Your Wedding" and "Doggie in the
Window," which had a second life for decades as a children's
song, each spent more than two months at No. 1. Other hits
included "Mockin' Bird Hill," ''Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte,"
and "Allegheny Moon." She teamed with George Jones on
"You Never Looked That Good When You Were Mine."
January 14, 2013
Stan "The Man" Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters
and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more
than two decades, died Saturday. He was 92.
Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles,
was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture
three World Series championships in the 1940s.
The Cardinals announced Musial's death in a news release.
They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue
surrounded by family. The team said Musial's son-in-law,
Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial's death.
Musial was so revered in St. Louis, two statues of him
stand outside Busch Stadium. He spent his entire 22-year
career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24
times -- baseball held two All-Star games each summer for
a few seasons.
A pitcher in the low minors until he injured his arm, Musial
turned to playing the outfield and first base. It was a
stroke of luck for him, as he went on to hit .331 with 475
home runs before retiring in 1963.
January 2, 2012
Ned Wertimer, a prolific character actor who was perhaps
best known for playing Ralph the Doorman for 11
seasons on the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died.
He was 89.
Wertimer died Jan. 2 at the Sherman Village Health Care
Center outside of Los Angeles from complications
following a fall in his Burbank home in late November, his
longtime manager, Brad Lemack, announced Tuesday.
Wertimer had more than 100 TV credits in his career as
he guest-starred on such series as "Gunsmoke,"
"McMillan and Wife," "Car 54, Where Are You?," "The
Debbie Reynolds Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show,"
"WKRP in Cincinnati," "Mork & Mindy, "He & She" and
On film, he played stockbroker Fred Cates in Lucille Ball’s
"Mame" and had roles in "Santa Claus Conquers the
Martians", "The Impossible Years", "The Strongest Man in
the World", "The Pack" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At
Abigail Van Buren
January 16, 2013
Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of
Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear
Abby" advice column that was followed by millions
of newspaper readers throughout the world, has
died. She was 94.
Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips
died Wednesday after a long battle with
Phillips' column competed for decades with the
advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin
sister, Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship
was stormy in their early adult years, but later
they regained the close relationship they had
growing up in Sioux City, Iowa.
The two columns differed in style. Ann Landers
responded to questioners with homey, detailed
advice. Abby's replies were often flippant
January 9, 2013
Rex Trailer, the native Texan beloved by a generation
of New England children for the cowboy skills he
demonstrated on the Boston-based television show
"Boomtown," has died. He was 84.
Trailer died Wednesday at his family's home in Florida,
said his friend and manager Michael Bavaro. He had
fallen ill with pneumonia in Florida over the holidays,
but the exact cause of death was not immediately
"Boomtown" ran on Boston television from 1956 until
1974. Trailer hosted the show, singing, playing guitar
and showing off the horse-riding, roping and other
cowboy skills he had learned as a boy on his
grandfather's ranch in Texas.
The show wa s an instant success when it first aired,
the live studio audience enraptured by Trailer's Texas
twang. It aired live every Saturday and Sunday
morning for three hours. More than 250,000 kids
appeared on "Boomtown" over the years and more
than 4 million watched from home, according to the
Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Trailer was
inducted in 2007.
January 14, 2012
Conrad Bain, the actor best known for his long run as
father Philip Drummond on the hit series "Diff'rent
Strokes," died Monday night in Livermore, Calif., TMZ
reports. He was 89.
While details are scant, Jennifer Bain, the actor's
daughter, confirmed the news to the website, saying: "He
was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond,
but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing
father." She added that Bain was with family for his last
At age 55, the Canadian-born Bain appeared on 179
episodes of the landmark "Diff'rent Strokes" sitcom, which
ran from 1978 to 1986. Bain played a Manhattan
millionaire who adopted the children of his former
household maid, an African American. The children were
played by child stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges.
Dana Plato portrayed Mr. Drummond's biological daughter.
January 30, 2013
singer Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the three
singing Andrews sisters, who has died in Los Angeles
at age 94. Andrews died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at
her home in suburban Northridge of natural causes,
said family spokesman Alan Eichler. Maxene, the
middle Andrews sister, died in 1995 and LaVerne, the
eldest, in 1967.
They were the swinging, sassy voice of the home front
for U.S. service personnel overseas during World War
II, singing catchy hit tunes such as "Boogie Woogie
Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that delighted
Americans and catapulted the Andrews Sisters to the
very top of the pop charts.
One of the most successful female recording groups in
pop history, the sisters -- LaVerne, Maxene and Patty
Andrews -- became a beloved American institution,
lifting the nation's spirits during a conflict whose
outcome seemed often in doubt.