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Harvey Phillips American tuba player, died from Parkinson’s disease. he was , 80

 Harvey Phillips  was a professor emeritus of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington (appointed professor 1971 – retired May 1994) and dedicated advocate for the tuba.

(December 2, 1929 – October 20, 2010)


Phillips was a professional freelance musician from 1950 to 1971, winning his first professional position with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band as a teenager. In 1960, he co-founded The All-Star
Concert Band with American cornet soloist James F. Burke. The band recorded three albums and was composed of virtually every top soloist and first chair player in the country. He served as personnel manager for Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, and Gunther Schuller. He was a key figure in the formation of the International Tuba Euphonium Association (formerly T.U.B.A.) and the founder and president of the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. which administers Octubafest, Tubachristmas, Tubasantas, Tubacompany, andTubajazz.
Along with William Bell and Arnold Jacobs, Phillips was considered legendary among tubists. In 2007, Phillips was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the only wind instrument player to receive this prestigious honor. Other inductees that year included Yo-Yo Ma, Donald Martino and the Cleveland Orchestra.


  • Principal Tuba, Circus Hall of Fame Band
  • Honorary Doctor of Music New England Conservatory (1971)
  • Harvey Phillips Day has been celebrated by the New England conservatory (1971) and by his home town Bi-Centennial Celebration, Marionville, Missouri (1976)
  • Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal (1979)
  • Governor of Missouri declared a Harvey Phillips Weekend (1985)
  • Honorary Doctor of Humanities University of Missouri (1987)
  • Association of Concert Bands “first” Mentor Ideal Award (1994)
  • Sousa Foundation Sudler Medal of the Order of Merit award (1995)
  • National Band Association Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts Award (1995)
  • United Musical Instruments Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
  • American Bandmasters Association Edwin Franco Goldman Award (1996)
  • Rafael Mendez Brass Institute Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
  • Colonial Euphonium-Tuba Institute Development of Musical Artistry & Opportunities Award (1997)
  • Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award (1997)
  • Inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame (2007)

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Tony Roig, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators), died after a long illness he was , 81

Anton Ambrose Roig  was an utility infielder who played in Major League Baseball between the 1953 and 1956 seasons. Listed at 6′ 1″, 180 lb., he batted and threw right handed died after a long illness he was , 81.[1]
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Roig spent more than a half-century in professional baseball, which included a prominent role with the Spokane Indians of the Pacific Coast League.[2]
Basically a shortstop, Roig was able to play second and third bases during 21 seasons, including parts of three years for the original Washington Senators of the American League, three years with Spokane, and six in Nippon Professional Baseball. The versatile Roig later managed in the Minor leagues and spent nearly 30 years as a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies systems, where he also served as their hitting instructor.[1][2][3]

(December 23, 1927 — October 20, 2010)

Roig signed his first professional contract as a 19-year-old pitcher with the Phillies organization in 1948. Two years later, he was sent by Philadelphia to Washington, where he played in the middle infield and outfield while hitting .327 in 129 games for Class-D Rome Red Sox, then finished the year with Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.[1][3]
After two years in the Army during Korean War, Roig spent most of 1953 at Chattanooga, where he batted .303 and earned a call-up to the Senators in late September. He divided the next four years between Washington, Chatanooga, Class-A Charlotte Hornets and Triple-A Louisville Colonels. Shuffled back to Chattanooga for 1957, he hit .300, though an injury limited him to 73 games. At the end of the season, Washington sold Roig to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who assigned him to the Spokane Indians of the Pacific League.[2][3][4]
Roig played for Spokane from 1958 to 1960. He batted .282 in 1958 as the regular second baseman, .281 as their third baseman in 1959, and hit .278 with 16 home runs and 90 runs batted in as the primary first baseman for the 1960 PCL champions. Although the hard-hitting 1960 Spokane produced big-league standouts as Willie Davis and Ron Fairly, fanatics selected Roig as the team’s Most Valuable Player. On September 8, he set a team record in 1960 for having played every position in a single game.[3][4]
Interestingly, while on road trips, Roig and fellow players Jim Gentile (1B), Dick Scott (P), and the brother battery of Norman (P) and Larry Sherry (C), entertained their teammates as a back-of-the-bus singing group.[3][4]
In 1961 Roig was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, but he came down with pneumonia during spring training. That season he played minor league ball with Triple-A San Diego Padres. The next year he played for Triple-A Indianapolis Indians and in the Venezuelan Winter League.[4]
Roig later played in Japan, where he met the long-ball expectations for American ballplayers by hitting 126 home runs from 1963 to 1968 with the Nishitetsu Lions and Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League. Jim Albright, a writer who bills himself as The Japanese Insider, named Roig to the starting lineup of his all-time team of foreign-born baseball players.[4][5]
In a three-season majors career, Roig was a .212 hitter (39-for-184) in 76 games, driving in 11 runs and scoring 11 times, while collecting seven doubles, two triples, and two stolen bases without home runs. He also hit a .278 average and 326 homers in 1234 minor league games.[1][3]
Besides playing, Roig began his scouting career with the Brewers in 1973. He also managed the Newark Co-Pilots from 1975 to 1976, leading his team to the New York – Penn League championship in 1975. He later scouted for the Angels, before beginning a two-decade association with the Phillies as a scout and minor-league hitting instructor in 1981.[2][4]
In 2008, Roig threw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Spokane Indians celebrated 50 years in Avista Stadium, the ballpark built as the home of Pacific Coast League play. In addition, he was widely respected as a talent evaluator and was followed by author Kevin Kerrane in his book about scouting, Dollar Sign on the Muscle.[2][6]
Roig died at his home in Liberty Lake, Washington, at the age of 82.[7]

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Wendall Woodbury, American television journalist and host (WGAL-TV), died from lymphoma he was , 68

Wendall J. Woodbury  was an American television journalist and news anchor, died from lymphoma he was , 68.  He spent much of his career as a reporter for WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, from 1968 until his retirement from broadcast news in 1992 as a feature reporter.[1] He was known for a series of segments called “Wendall’s World” while at WGAL.[1]

(1942 – October 20, 2010)

Woodbury was born in Belfast, Maine, to Blaine and Nellie (nee Jackson) Woodbury.[2] He graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast before enrolling in the Leland Powers School of Radio, Television and Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.[2]
Woodbury began his broadcast career at several Maine television stations. He initially worked at the Maine Hildreth Television Network before becoming an announcer at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle and WABI-TV in Bangor.[2]
Woodbury worked as a reporter, anchor and weatherman at WGAL-TV in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for twenty-four years from 1968 until 1992.[1][2] Woodbury was the first television anchor in the United States to report on the Three Mile Island accident as the story broke in 1979.[3]
He was known for a series of feature pieces at WGAL called Wendall’s World.[1] Woodbury also co-hosted a television show called Susquehanna People with Mary Haverstick and sometimes hosted a dance show called Dance Party, which was loosely based on American Bandstand.[3] He retired from WGAL in 1992 as a features reporter.[1][3]
Woodbury owned WJW Video Productions, headquartered in Manheim, Pennsylvania, from 1992 until his death in 2010.[2] He wrote, produced, edited and appeared in national and local television commercials and corporate videos.[3]
Woodbury died from lymphoma at Hospice of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2010, at the age of 68.[1] His funeral was held at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster.[2] Woodbury and his wife of 48 years, Faith (née Lewis), were residents of Penn Township, Pennsylvania, located near Manheim.[3][2] He was survived by his wife Faith; daughter, Theresa, wife of Craig; one grandchild; Alyssa, and two brothers, Kerry L.Woodbury and Blaine Brian Woodbury.[2] Wendall was a kind and loving man, who was never seen to be angry or upset. He loved walks in the woods and video work.

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Tom Bosley, American actor (Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries), died from heart failure he was , 83

 Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley  was an American actor, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days died from heart failure he was , 83. Additionally, he appeared on the series Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!, earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

(October 1, 1927 – October 19, 2010)

Graham Crowden, Scottish actor (If…., A Very Peculiar Practice, Waiting For God). died he was , 87

Clement Graham Crowden [1][2] was a Scottish actor died he was , 87. He was best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas and films, often playing eccentric ‘offbeat’ scientist, teacher and doctor characters.

(30 November 1922 – 19 October 2010)

Early life

Crowden was born in Edinburgh, the son of Anne Margaret (née Paterson) and Harry Graham Crowden.[3] He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy before serving briefly in the Royal Scots Youth Battalion of the army until he was injured in an accident, he then found work in a tannery.

 Acting career

Crowden is known for his roles in BBC comedy-dramas, including Dr. Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice and Tom Ballard in Waiting for God. He also had a long and distinguished theatrical career, most notably at Sir Laurence Olivier‘s National Theatre where he performed as The Player King in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the play by Tom Stoppard.http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=1106625951957162013&hl=en&fs=true
Crowden occasionally played mad scientists in film, taking the role of Doctor Millar in the Mick Travis films of director Lindsay Anderson, O Lucky Man! (1973) and Britannia Hospital (1982), and also playing the sinister Doctor Smiles in the film of Michael Moorcock‘s first Jerry Cornelius novel, The Final Programme (1973). He also played the eccentric History master in Anderson’s if…. (1968).
In 1975, Graham made an appearance in ‘No Way Out’ – an episode of the popular British sitcom Porridge alongside Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay, as the prison doctor when Fletcher was complaining of an injured leg.
He was offered the role of the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who in 1974, when Jon Pertwee left the role, but turned it down, informing producer Barry Letts that he was not prepared to commit himself to the series for three years. The role ultimately went to Tom Baker. He did, however, appear in The Horns of Nimon (1979) as a villain opposite Baker.
In 1990, he appeared as a lecherous peer in the BBC comedy Don’t Wait Up and in 1991, he played a modest role in the Rumpole of the Bailey episode “Rumpole and the Quacks“, portraying Sir Hector MacAuliffe, the head of a medical inquest into the potential sexual misconduct on the part of Dr. Ghulam Rahmat (portrayed by Saeed Jaffrey).
For many however, it was the role he landed in 1990 as the leading character of Tom Ballard in the new sitcom Waiting for God opposite Stephanie Cole‘s character Diana Trent, as the two rebellious retirement home residents, that made him a household name. The show ran for five years and was a major success.
Crowden then voiced the role of Mustrum Ridcully in the 1997 animated Cosgrove Hall production of Terry Pratchett‘s Soul Music.
In 2001, he guest-starred in the Midsomer Murders episode “Ring Out Your Dead” and also played The Marquis of Auld Reekie in The Way We Live Now. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance as a sadistic naval school teacher in The Lost Prince. In 2005, he starred in the BBC Radio 4 sci-fi comedy Nebulous as Sir Ronald Rolands. In 2008, he appeared as a guest star in Foyle’s War.


Crowden died on 19 October 2010 in Edinburgh after a short illness.


 Television roles

Year Title Role
1964 HMS Paradise Commander Shaw
1964 Redcap: The Patrol Major Fraser
1975 Porridge: Christmas Special – No Way Out Prison Physician
1977 1990: Decoy Dr. Sondeberg
1979–1980 Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon Soldeed
1986–1988 A Very Peculiar Practice Dr. Jock McCannon
1986 All Passion Spent Herbert
1990–1994 Waiting for God Tom Ballard


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Marion Brown American jazz saxophonist died he was , 79,

Marion Brown  was a jazz alto saxophonist and ethnomusicologist. He is most well-known as a member of the 1960s avant-garde jazz scene in New York City, playing alongside musicians such as John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. He performed on Coltrane’s landmark 1965 album Ascension.[2]

(September 8, 1931 – October 18, 2010[1])


Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1931. He joined the Army in 1953 and in 1956 went to Clark College to study music. In 1960 Brown left Atlanta and studied pre-law at Howard University for two years. He moved to New York in 1962 where he befriended poet Amiri Baraka and many musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul Bley and Rashied Ali. He appeared on several important albums from this period such as Shepp’s Fire Music and New Wave in Jazz, but most notably John Coltrane‘s Ascension.[3]

In 1967, Brown travelled to Paris, France where he developed an interest in architecture, Impressionistic art, African music and the music of Eric Satie. In the late 1960s, he was an American Fellow in Music Composition and Performance at the Cité Internationale Des Artists in Paris. Around 1970, he provided the soundtrack for Marcel Camus‘ film Le Temps fou, a soundtrack featuring Steve McCall, Barre Phillips, Ambrose Jackson and Gunter Hampel.[3]http://www.youtube.com/v/0iZBerdaf9c?fs=1&hl=en_US
He returned to the US in 1970, where he felt a newfound sense of creative drive. Brown moved to New Haven, Connecticut to serve as a resource teacher in a child study center in the city’s public school system until 1971. He composed and performed incidental music for a Georg Büchner play Woyzeck. In 1971, Brown was an assistant professor of music at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a position he held until he attained his Bachelor’s degree in 1974. In addition to this role, he has held faculty positions at Brandeis University (1971–1974), Colby College (1973–1974), and Amherst College (1974–1975), as well as a graduate assistant position at Wesleyan University (1974–1976). Brown earned a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan in 1976. His master’s thesis was entitled Faces and Places: The Music and Travels of a Contemporary Jazz Musician.[3]
In 1976 he played alto saxophone on Harold Budd’s The Pavilion of Dreams .
Throughout his many educational positions, Brown continued to compose and perform. In 1972 and 1976, Brown received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which he used to compose and publish several pieces for solo piano, one of which was based on the poetry of Jean Toomer in his book Cane. He also transcribed some piano and organ music by Eric Satie including his Messe Des Pauvres and Pages Mysterieuses, and arranged the composer’s Les Fils Des Etoiles for two guitars and violin.[3]
In 1981, Brown began focusing on drawing and painting. His charcoal portrait of blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson was included in a New York City Kenkeleba Gallery art show called Jus’ Jass, which also included works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Charles Searles and Joe Overstreet.[3]
By the 2000s, Brown had fallen ill; due to a series of surgeries and a partial leg amputation, Brown resided for a time in a nursing home in New York.[4] By 2005 he had moved from the nursing home to an assisted living facility in Hollywood, Florida.[5]


Aside from his influence in the jazz avant-garde, several other areas of music have taken interest in Brown’s music. Indie rockers Superchunk included a song called “Song For Marion Brown” on their Indoor Living release, and Savath and Savalas released a piece entitled “Two Blues For Marion Brown” as part of Hefty Records‘s Immediate Action series.
Harold Budd recorded Marion Brown’s “Sweet Earth Flying” on his album Luxa.
His Name Is Alive performed a tribute concert in 2004, performing solely Brown’s music. In 2007, High Two released portions of the concert with studio versions as Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown.

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Consuelo Crespi,, American-born Italian countess, fashion model and editor, died from a stroke.she was 82

Consuelo Pauline O’Brien O’Connor Crespi  was an American-born Italian countess who served the world of high fashion as a style-setting model and editor of Vogue Italia.died from a stroke.she was 82. During the same period, her twin sister Gloria Schiff was a major influence on fashion as editor for the American edition of Vogue magazine. She was also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1959.[1]

(May 31, 1928 – October 18, 2010)


She was born on May 31, 1928, in Larchmont, New York, with her twin sister later assuming the married name of Gloria Schiff. She grew up in Nova Scotia and was spotted as a potential model when she moved back to New York with her mother and sister, appearing on the cover of Look magazine in 1945 and was introduced to society as a débutante in 1947. She met Count Rodolfo Crespi on a blind date in a New York City restaurant.[2] They were married three months later, on January 22, 1948, in a ceremony held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[3]
Through her choices in attire and in publishing, Crespi played a major role in influencing the fashion world and giving a boost to the careers of designers such as Fendi and Missoni. Valentino credited Crespi with giving him a break into the fashion industry and it was a Valentino dress worn by her twin sister that convinced Jacqueline Kennedy to try the designer. In addition to her role as editor of Italian Vogue, Crespi’s appearances at social events such as the Black and White Ball thrown by Truman Capote in 1966 were widely reported.[2] In a best-dressed list published in 1958 by the New York Dress Institute, Crespi was ranked third, behind the Duchess of Windsor, but ahead of Queen Elizabeth II in fourth place and Audrey Hepburn in fifth.[4] She was included on the International Best Dressed List and was recognized by the Fashion Hall of Fame for her “faultless taste in dress without ostentation or extravagance”.[2]
In addition to her editing duties, Crespi and her husband both did public relations for major designers.[2] Her husband had been involved on the editorial staff of Vogue Brasil and Vogue Mexico.[5] After returning from Rome in 1961, she received notice from the fashion world by wearing skirts that were four to five inches longer than the prevailing fashion, helping to promote a new line from the designer Fabiani, saying “I now can’t stand the sight of my knees showing” after donning the longer skirts.[6] The government of Italy bestowed its highest-ranked civilian award to Crespi for her assistance in promoting the fashion industry in that country.[2]
Crespi lamented the decline in Italian social life among the wealthy and aristocratic crowd in the 1970s in the wake of social unrest and a wave of kidnappings, telling Time magazine that “In Italy now you want to feel rich and look poor”.[7]
Crespi died at age 82 on October 18, 2010, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan due to a stroke. She was survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband had died in 1985.[2] Her daughter Pilar Crespi was an assistant editor at Vogue and has spent most of her career in the fashion industry.[8]
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Margaret Gwenver, American actress (Guiding Light). died she was , 84

Margaret Gwenver (also known by her married name, Margaret G. Sedwick) was an American stage and television actress.
Born as Margaret Guenveur on October 10, 1926,[1] she was best-known for her role as Dr. Sedgwick on the long-running daytime soap opera, Guiding Light. Gwenver appeared in the supporting role on the long-running show from 1982 until 2007. died she was , 84
She began her career at the Margaret Webster Shakespeare Company in New York City in the 1940s.[2] She and her husband, John Sedwick, founded the Tanglewood Theater.[2]



Margaret Gwenver died on October 18, 2010, aged 84. She was survived by five children and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband.[2]

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Peng Chong, Chinese politician, former National Committee member died he was , 95.

Peng Chong ( was a member of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee (1969–87) and its politburo (1977–82); and Secretary General of the National People’s Congress (1988–92) died he was , 95..

(Chinese: 彭冲; March, 1915 – October 18, 2010 [1] )


Peng Chong, formed name Xu Tieru(許鐵如), was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian in 1915. Unlike most CCP leaders of his generation, he graduated from middle school, and by the age of 15 was active in underground communist activities in his home county. As leader of the local student movement, he joined the Communist Youth League in 1933, and the Party a year later, eventually rising to the post of local Organization Department Director.[2] In 1938, Peng was a regimental political officer in the central Jiangsu New Fourth Army, a district administrator (1938–39) in Wuxian, and back to being a regimental cadre in 1940-42 in the 52nd Regiment of the 18th Brigade, 6th Division, under Tan Zhenlin and Rao Shoukun.[3] At the close of the war, Peng was county CCP Secretary in Taizhou (1945).http://www.youtube.com/v/B4Vu90HyjlQ?fs=1&hl=en_US
During the post-war reorganization, the New Fourth Army was merged into the East China Field Army and, later, the Third Field Army. In 1947-49, Peng served as deputy political commissar for the 6th Division, under Rao Shushi.


Peng Chong emerged from the civil war as provincial government deputy secretary general,[4] and Director of the Fujian Province CCP United Front Department (UFD), and deputy head of the East China’s Bureau UFD.[5] The latter work put him in close contact with overseas Chinese groups, Hong Kong and Taiwanese communities outside Taiwan. Peng’s work in Fujian put him in close contact with future leaders such as Ye Fei, Fang Yi and Xu Jiatun.
After working in Fujian reconstruction for several years, Peng served briefly in the party’s East China Bureau in 1954, and then was named Mayor and CCP Deputy Secretary of Nanjing, in the summer of 1955.[6] In 1956, he took over as 1st Secretary from Xu Jiatun. He appears to have warmly embraced the “Hundred Flowers” liberalization movement, and equally enthusiastically crushed it when the time came.[7] His response to the Great Leap Forward was similar: in March 1958, Mao Zedong singled out Nanjing and Tianjin as laggards, after which Peng modestly increased his official enthusiasm.[8] In January 1959, he was elevated to the provincial CCP Standing Committee, and some months later gave up his position as mayor of Nanjing.
In 1960, Peng moved into provincial-level work full time, and relinquished his position as head of the Nanjing party apparatus, a promotion that enabled him to visit the USSR in 1962. However, sometime between December 1962 and January 1964 (reports differ[9]), Peng once again was identified as Nanjing 1st Secretary, yet retained his provincial culture and media posts. At the end of 1965, he was elevated to the post of Secretary of the provincial CCP Secretariat, a role in charge of day-to-day party affairs.


The Jiangsu provincial leadership was broadly targeted for “struggle” in the Cultural Revolution, and responded with the typical effort to control the Red Guard, battle radicals with outside workers and, inevitably, violence.[10] While the more forceful responses would have been the responsibility of more senior people such as Nanjing Military Region Commander Xu Shiyou, Peng’s involvement in the first phases is clear.
Peng was denounced by the Red Guard in 1967 for his official visit to the USSR and his post-trip comment that China might learn something from Soviet art. Nevertheless, he was named the sole civilian provincial Revolutionary Committee Vice Chair in March 1968. Aligning his star with the armed forces led to Alternate Membership of the 9th National People’s Congress Central Committee a year later.[11] When order, and the provincial party committee were restored in 1970, Peng was made a Deputy Secretary, again as the sole civilian.
Xu Shiyou’s 1974 transfer to Guangzhou opened up space for Peng Chong to become 1st CCP Secretary and Chairman of the Jiangsu Revolutionary Committee. This brief role positioned him to play a more pivotal role in neutralizing the Gang of Four’s supporters in Shanghai following the October 1976 coup d’état. Peng, General Su Zhenhua and labor politico Ni Zhifu were sent to Shanghai to take power from the radical left, while long-time ally Xu Jiatun remained behind as Jiangsu secretary.[12]

National Affairs

Although Peng was nominally 3rd CCP Secretary of Shanghai, his two nominal superiors’ national-level responsibilities left him as de facto boss. As a reward for his loyalty and efficiency in purging Shanghai, he was elevated to the politburo in August 1977. Peng added a National People’s Congress (NPC) Vice Chairmanship to his titles (1978–87), and was formally named Shanghai 1st Secretary in early 1979, due to Su Zhenhua’s death, and mayor at the end of the year. He remained affiliated with Shanghai until 1981, when he was succeeded in the party and state roles by Chen Guodong and Wang Daohan, respectively.[13] Among his top priorities was establishing a merit-based education system.[14]
In 1980, Peng was promoted to work directly for Hu Yaobang in the CCP Central Committee Secretariat, his first move out of provincial politics. However, in September 1982, at the 12th National Party Congress, Peng Chong lost his politburo seat and that on the Secretariat. His last posts were as Vice Chairman and Secretary-General (1988–93) of the National People’s Congress.[15]

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Elsie Steele, British Supercentenarian died she was , 111

Elsie May Steele [1] was, at age 111 years,285 days, the oldest person in the United Kingdom and the oldest person in England following the death of 111-year-old Annie Turnbull on 3 September 2010.

(née Fletcher; 6 January 1899 – 18 October 2010)

Steele was born at Midway near Swadlincote as one of nine children born to Joseph and Bertha Fletcher. After leaving school at 13, she worked as a housekeeper in Leicester. She married her first husband Reginald Hackett in 1920, and had two children; Trevor Hackett (deceased), and Beryl Fairbrother. Steele later worked in a munitions factory in near Burton-upon-Trent. When she was 69 years old, she married her second husband Wallace Steele.[2]
At age 108 Steele remarked “I plan on staying around for a bit yet. Old age is golden and I intend to make the most of it. I’m in good shape. I love to walk, the staff are always wondering where I’ve got to”.[2] When asked her secret to a long life, she credited hard work, avoid beer, and to not swear. She also said that she tries to concentrate on the “happy times”.[2]
On her 110th birthday, Steele recited a poem by Pam Ayres about the joys of old age.[3]
She had 3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.[3]

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She died on 18 October 2010 in Repton.[4]

Joe Lis American baseball player, died from prostate cancer he was , 64,

 Joseph Anthony Lis  was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for four different teams between the 1970 and 1977 seasons. Listed at 6′ 0″, 175 lb., Lis batted and threw right handed.

 (August 15, 1946 – October 17, 2010)

He was born in Somerville, New Jersey.[1] Lis entered the majors in 1970 with the Philadelphia Phillies, playing for them three years before joining the Minnesota Twins (1973-’74), Cleveland Indians (1974-’76) and Seattle Mariners (1977). Basically a first baseman during his major league career, he also played left field, right field, third base, and caught in one game.[1]
A good power hitter in the Minor leagues, Lis batted at least 33 home runs in three different seasons and was named International League Most Valuable Player in 1976, an award he shared with fellow infielders Mickey Klutts and Rich Dauer. Nevertheless, he never translated his minor league success into a full-time job in the majors. His most productive season came in 1973 with Minnesota, when he posted career numbers in homers (nine), RBI (25) and games (103) as a replacement for injured Harmon Killebrew.[1][2]
Lis also played in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1978. He finished his baseball career with the Triple-A Champion, Evansville Triplets, in the 1979 season.[2]
Following his playing career, Lis coached youth baseball for over 30 years, including in the Newburgh American Legion from 1984 to 2002. In 2003, he became General Manager of the Evansville Wolfepack 18 year old travel team. He also owned and operated the Joe Lis Baseball School since 1991, and worked at James R. Pyle Insurance Agency since 1989.[3]
Lis died in Evansville, Indiana at the age of 64.[3]

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Freddy Schuman, American baseball fan (New York Yankees), died from a heart attack.he was , 85

 Freddy Schuman , better known as Freddy Sez or Freddy “Sez”, was a New Yorker and supporter of the New York Yankees, known for his activities in promoting the team and encouraging fan participation died from a heart attack.he was , 85.

(May 23, 1925 – October 17, 2010)


Freddy was born on May 23, 1925, and was a resident of The Bronx for most of his life. When he was 9 years old, he suffered an accident during a stickball game, in which he lost the use of his right eye. From about 1988, until his death, he was an unofficial promoter for the Yankees.

Yankees promotion

The panhttp://www.youtube.com/v/rsTa-uxQ80E?fs=1&hl=en_US

Schuman carried a frying pan with a shamrock painted on it, which he said “Brings ‘em luck.” Fans were encouraged to bang on the pot with a spoon to make noise. The pot made a distinctive sound that echoed throughout the stadium and could be heard in the background during TV broadcasts. One of his pans is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame along with another at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in New Jersey.[1]


Schuman also carried a number of colorful hand-painted signs adorned with messages to encourage the team and the fans. The signs usually began with “Freddy ‘sez'”. Some Freddy messages included “Again & Again Yankees Prove They Are Great“, and “Fans, We Got To Help Yankees Out Of Slumps“. Sometimes, Schuman would give the sign to a lucky fan at the end of a game.
Schuman also took his signs and frying pan to other events, as shown below.


Before the games, Schuman could be found outside Yankee Stadium. During the games, he moved throughout the stadium, making his way from the Grandstand down to the Main Section, and finally to the Field Level.


Schuman can be briefly seen in a baseball themed MasterCard commercial that aired during the 2007 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. He can also be seen for a few seconds near the end of House of Pain‘s 1992 music video for their hit single “Jump Around“. Schuman himself has claimed his tickets circa 2003 were sponsored by Modell’s Sporting Goods. After his death in 2010, Schuman can be seen briefly in a Nike Boom commercial, featuring Craig Robinson and Robinson Cano.

Other teams

College basketball and football teams whose games Schuman had been known to attend and promote include the Manhattan College Jaspers[2], the Fordham University Rams and Lady Rams[3], the Columbia University Lions, the Princeton University Tigers, and the Cornell University Big Red. In 2008, Freddy was spotted at the New York Giants parade in New York, commemorating their Super Bowl XLII victory.


Schuman died at the age of 85 at Lenox Hill Hospital on Sunday, October 17, 2010 after suffering a heart attack the previous Friday night.[1][4] In a tribute, the Yankees displayed some of his memorabilia and held a moment of silence prior to Game 3 of the 2010 American League Championship Series.[5]

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Michael Tabor, American Black Panther Party member, died from complications from a stroke he was , 63

Michael Aloysius Tabor 2010) was an American member of the Black Panther Party who was charged and tried as part of an alleged conspiracy to bomb public buildings in New York City and kill members of the New York Police Department died from complications from a stroke he was , 63.  Four months into the trial Tabor and another defendant fled to Algeria. Despite his ultimate acquittal on all charges, Tabor remained in exile in Africa until his death, never returning to the United States.

(December 13, 1946 – October 17,

Tabor was born on December 13, 1946, in Harlem and joined the Black Panther Party while in his teens. In 1970, Tabor and 12 other members of the Black Panthers were charged for their involvement in a plot to kill police officers and to plant bombs in New York City commercial and public buildings, including the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Support for the prosecution’s case came from undercover officers who claimed that the defendants had developed plans for a series of bombings and had conducted classes to instruct those participating in the plot how to construct explosive devices.[1]
Together with fellow defendant Richard Moore, Tabor failed to appear at their trial in February 1971, forfeited $150,000 in bail and were declared fugitives. Blank Panther leader Huey P. Newton called Moore and Tabor “enemies of the people” for evading justice while on trial and putting the other defendants and the party at risk.[2] Connie Matthews, Newton’s former secretary and Tabor’s wife, also left the country and was said to have taken valuable records with her.[2] The two finally surfaced in Algeria the following month together with Eldridge Cleaver.[3]
The New York Times published a lengthy letter from Moore on the day before the verdicts were read explaining that they had fled the U.S. because they feared that their lives were at risk.[4] On May 13, 1971, after an eight-month-long trial, the jury in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan delivered an acquittal on all 156 counts.[5] In a statement issued from Algiers, Tabor stated that the trial represented “an attempted railroad and that the defendants’ rights were flagrantly violated” and said that he was “overjoyed that the brothers are free”.[1]
Algeria expelled Tabor and he and Matthews moved to Zambia in 1972, where Tabor wrote about politics and hosted a radio show. Despite repeated requests, Tabor refused to return to the United States. He died at age 63 in Lusaka, Zambia, on October 17, 2010, due to complications of multiple strokes. He was survived by his second wife, Priscilla Matanda, as well as by a daughter and three sons.[1]

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Dennis Taylor, American saxophonist, died from a heart attack he was 56,

Dennis Taylor  was a Nashville-based musician, arranger and author died from a  heart attack he was 56,. Taylor had recording credits on saxophone (alto, tenor and baritone) as well as clarinet, and as an arranger.

(November 13, 1953 – October 17, 2010)


New England born, Taylor was best known for his recordings with Delbert McClinton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Michelle Shocked, Buckwheat Zydeco and many others, and for writing a series of instructional books through Hal Leonard Publishing, in which he discussed blues playing, jazz playing and phrasing.[1] Taylor played on five Grammy nominated albums. He was a two-time nominee for the Nashville Music Awards, “Miscellaneous Wind Instrumentalist of the Year.” He has appeared on, “Austin City Limits,” “The Road,” “Country Music Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration,” “Texas Connection,” “ABC in Concert Country,” “American Music Shop,” and “Music City Tonight.” On April 30, 2010, Taylor appeared on the “Imus in the Morning Program” on national TV and radio. After his solo on the song, “Givin’ It Up for Your Love,” http://www.youtube.com/v/PxNnEEK6uG0?fs=1&hl=en_US Taylor’s playing earned the attention and praise of host Don Imus. He was also known as a jazz educator. He also analyzed other players’ styles and offered tips for emulating and understanding work from the masters of the instrument. Some of the sax legends explained by Taylor include King Curtis, Stanley Turrentine and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis. The final part of “Jazz Saxophone” features 17 solos over classic jazz standards (including Doxy, Easy Living, Maiden Voyage and So What) and a wide variety of forms and styles (minor blues, soul jazz, 3/4 time, and bebop. The theory lessons cover all the common major scale, minor scale, dominant, pentatonic chords and scales plus modes, as well as altered dominant scales and diminished options. Taylor also wrote other three other instructional books: Amazing Phrasing, Blues Saxophone and Jazz Saxophone.
Taylor was also an educator, who taught at Johnson State College in Vermont, and taught private saxophone lessons in Nashville until the time of his death. He is survived by both of his parents, as well as his wife, Nashville songwriter and publicist Karen Leipziger.
“Pinpointing all these idiosyncratic elements in other players is essential in developing your own voice,” wrote Mr. Taylor, whose own sax “voice” could vary from a sensuous growl to the kind of buzzing, bluesy howl he employed on McClinton’s “People Just Love To Talk.”[1]

Critical book review

“(In the book Amazing Phrasing) Photos and biographical information are included for each artist along with a demonstration cd recording of Dennis Taylor’s written solo. The solos are intended to closely shadow what the original artist would have played. It is obvious that Mr. Taylor has made an exhaustive effort in demonstrating all these many varied styles.” – Skip Spratt[2]

Playing style

“Dennis had an old-school kind of tone that I don’t hear in anyone else’s playing anymore. He knew how to make it sing, and he had a great sensibility for what was supposed to happen. He knew what to play, and he knew what not to play.” – Kevin McKendree
Singer/songwriter Todd Snider said, “He was a free-spirited artist. His playing was so tasteful, and he was such a warm and good person to be around. What a loss.”


Mr. Taylor’s first solo recording, which received help from Kevin McKendree, also of McClinton’s band, was completed shortly before his death. The recording featured saxophone, organ and drums, some of Taylor’s original compositions, and also a guest appearance by Delbert McClinton. Details on the release of the recording have not yet been released. He has appeared as a side-man on countless albums (see below for partial list).
His solo album, “Steppin’ Up,” features Taylor on saxophone, McKendree on organ, and three different drummers, including former Weather Report drummer Chester Thompson. Delbert McClinton also makes a guest appearance on one song. The album was recorded at The Rock House in Franklin, TN, and is expected to be released in January 2011 on Kizybosh Records.

Published works

  • Hal Leonard Tenor Saxophone Method Jazz Saxophone: Tenor (Hal Leonard Corp.) – ISBN: 978-1-4234-2634-9
  • Jazz Saxophone (Hal Leonard Corp.) – ISBN-10: 0634058495, ISBN-13: 978-0634058493
  • Blues Saxophone (Hal Leonard Corp.) – ISBN-10: 0634026208, ISBN-13: 978-0634026201
  • Amazing Phrasing (Hal Leonard Corp.) – ISBN-10: 0634035401, ISBN-13: 978-0634035401

Session work (partial list)

  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “Real Life (Live)” CD – 1987 (Horn Arrangements, Tenor Saxophone)
  • Buckwheat Zydeco – “Taking It Home” – 1988 (Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “Standing My Ground” – 1989 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Buckwheat Zydeco – “Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire” – 1990 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Various Artists – “Best of Mountain State Live Vol. 1″ – 1991 (Saxophone)
  • Michelle Shocked – “Arkansas Traveller” – 1991 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “No Looking Back” – 1992 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Buckwheat Zydeco – “Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection”, Mango – 1993 Island Records, Inc.[3]
  • Big Mike Griffin – “Give Me What I Got Comin'” – 1993 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “Timeless”, HighTone Records 8174, 2004[4]
  • Earl Gaines – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, CD – 1998
  • “Big Blues Extravaganza! The Best Of Austin City Limits” – Sony Music Entertainmant 489928 2 – CD – 1998
  • Roscoe Shelton – “Let’s Work Together” (Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
  • Eddy Clearwater – “Reservation Blues” – 2000 (Tenor Saxophone, Soloist)
  • Clifford Curry – “She Shot a Hole in My Soul Again!” – 2001 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Eddy Clearwater – “Rock ‘n Roll City” – 2003 (Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone)
  • Various Artists – “Box of the Blues” – 2003 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Robert Gordon – “Satisfied Mind” – 2004 (Saxophone)
  • Hacienda Brothers – “Hacienda Brothers” – 2005 (Guest Appearance, Saxophone)
  • Webb Wilder – “About Time” – 2005 (Saxophone)
  • Al Garner – “Get Out Blues” – 2007 (Saxophone)
  • Eddy Clearwater – “West Side Strut” – 2008 (Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone)
  • Mike Farris – “Shout! Live” – 2009 (Clarinet, Saxophone)
  • Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown – “Essential Recordings: Flippin’ Out” – 2009 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Delbert McClinton – “Acquired Taste” – 2009 (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Mark Robinson – “Quit Your Day Job – Play Guitar” – 2010
  • Duke Robillard – “New Blues For Modern Man”, Shanachie Records – Shanachie 9017[5]

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Barbara Billingsley American actress (Leave It to Beaver). died she was , 94,

Barbara Billingsley [1][2] was an American film, television, voice and stage actress, died she was , 94. She gained prominence in the 1950s movie The Careless Years, acting opposite Natalie Trundy, followed by her best–known role, that of June Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963) and its sequel Still the Beaver (1985–1988, retitled in season two as The New Leave It to Beaver).

(December 22, 1915 – October 16, 2010)

Early life

Billingsley was born Barbara Lillian Combes in Los Angeles, California in 1915, the youngest child of Anglo–American parents: patrolman Robert Collyer Combes (1891–1950)[3] and his first wife, the former Lillian Agnes McLaughlin.[4] She had one elder sibling, Elizabeth (1911–1992).[5] Her parents divorced sometime before her fourth birthday, and her father, who later became an assistant chief of police,[3] remarried.[6] After her divorce, Lillian Combes went to work as a forelady at a knitting mill.[7]
Billingsley fell in love with drama in the second grade, and during her years at George Washington High School in Los Angeles (now Washington Preparatory High School), she performed in all the school plays. She was voted “Class Queen”. She graduated from George Washington in 1934.[citation needed]

Name change

Until 1941, the actress used the name Barbara Combes. After 1941, when she married her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, she used Barbara Billingsley.

Starting out

After attending Los Angeles Junior College for one year, Billingsley traveled to Broadway, when Straw Hat, a revue in which she was appearing, attracted enough attention to send it to New York. When, after five days, the show closed, she took an apartment on 57th Street and went to work as a $60–a–week fashion model. She also landed a contract with MGM Studios in 1945.
She usually had uncredited roles in major motion picture productions in the 1940s. These roles continued into the first half of the 1950s with The Bad and the Beautiful, Three Guys Named Mike, opposite Jane Wyman, as well as the sci-fi story Invaders from Mars (1953). Her film experience led to roles on the sitcoms Professional Father (with Stephen Dunne and Beverly Washburn) and The Brothers as well as an appearance with David Niven on his anthology series Four Star Playhouse. In 1957, she guest starred in the episode “That Magazine” of the CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve, starring Howard Duff and Ida Lupino. She co–starred opposite Dean Stockwell and Natalie Trundy in The Careless Years, which was her first and only major role in the movies.




In 1952, Billingsley had her first guest–starring role on an episode of The Abbott and Costello Show. The part led to other roles on The Lone Wolf, two episodes of City Detective, The Pride of the Family, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Letter to Loretta, General Electric Summer Originals, You Are There, Cavalcade of America, Panic!, Mr. Adams and Eve, The Love Boat, Silver Spoons, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Mike Hammer, Empty Nest, among many others. She reprised her June Cleaver role three times, in Amazing Stories, Baby Boom and Roseanne. She also guest-starred on an episode of Make Room For Daddy, in which Thomas’s character is a widower. The producers reportedly considered casting her as his second wife, but later decided against it, and Marjorie Lord eventually got the role.

Leave It to Beaver

After Billingsley signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1957, she made her mark on TV as everyday mother June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, alongside other 1950s family sitcoms such as Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room For Daddy and The Donna Reed Show. It debuted on CBS in 1957, to mediocre ratings and was soon cancelled. However, the show moved to ABC the following year and stayed there for the next five seasons. The show was featured in over 100 countries. Also starring on Beaver were Hugh Beaumont, in the role of Ward Cleaver, June’s husband and the kids’ father, as well as child actors Tony Dow in the role of Wally Cleaver and Jerry Mathers as Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver.
In the show, Billingsley often could be seen doing household chores wearing pearls and earrings. The pearls, which in real-life were Billingsley’s trademark, were in turn her idea to have her alter ego wear on television. The actress had what she termed “a hollow” on her neck[3][8] and thought that wearing a strand of white pearls would lighten it up for the cameras. In later seasons, she started wearing high heels to compensate for the fact that the actors who played her sons were growing up and getting taller than she was.[3][9] So associated was the pearl necklace with the character, that an entire episode of the sequel series dealt with the necklace when lost. Billingsley had one regret about the show’s lasting success: residual payments ended after six reruns in standard 1950s actors’ contracts.[10]
“She was the ideal mother,” Billingsley said of her character in 1997 in TV Guide. “Some people think she was weakish, but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be. I had two boys at home when I did the show. I think the character became kind of like me and vice versa. I’ve never known where one started and where one stopped.” As for the idealized TV family on “Leave It to Beaver,” which continues in reruns on cable more than half a century after its debut, Billingsley had her own explanation for the Cleavers’ enduring appeal. “Good grief,” she told TV Guide, “I think everybody would like a family like that. Wouldn’t it be nice if you came home from school and there was Mom standing there with her little apron and cookies waiting?” Billingsley, however, did question her character’s reactions to the Cleaver children’s misbehavior, basing her concern on personal experience as the mother of two sons. As co-producer Joseph Connelly explained, “In scenes where she’s mad at the boys, she’s always coming over to us with the script and objecting. ‘I don’t see why June is so mad over what Beaver’s done. I certainly wouldn’t be.’ As a result, many of Beaver’s crimes have been rewritten into something really heinous like lying about them, in order to give his mother a strong motive for blowing her lady-like stack.”[11]
After six seasons and 234 episodes, the popular series was canceled due to the cast’s desire to move on to other projects, especially Mathers, who retired from acting to enter his freshman year in high school. The younger actor considered Billingsley a mentor, second mother and a close professional friend:

As I say, Barbara was always, though, a true role model for me. She was a great actress. And a lot of people, you know, when they see her talk jive talk, they always go she can do other things besides be a mom on Leave It to Beaver. And I tell them, Airplane! (1980), she’s been a great comedian all her life. And in a lot of ways, just like All in the Family, we kind of stifled her, because her true talent didn’t really come out in Leave it To Beaver. She was like the straight woman, but she has an awful lot of talent.

After the show’s cancellation, Mathers remained her close friend for over 45 years. They were reunited on The New Leave It to Beaver. Billingsley, Mathers, Dow, Frank Bank and Ken Osmond also celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary together.

After Beaver

When production of the show ended in 1963, Billingsley had become typecast as saccharine sweet and had trouble obtaining acting jobs for years. She traveled extensively abroad until the late 1970s. After an absence of 17 years from the public eye (other than appearing in two episodes of The F.B.I. in 1971), Billingsley spoofed her wholesome image with a brief appearance in the comedy Airplane! (1980), as a passenger who could “speak jive. She became the voice of Nanny and The Little Train on Muppet Babies from 1984 to 1991.
Billingsley appeared with Robin Williams and Pam Dawber in a 1982 episode of Mork & Mindy.[12] She appeared in a Leave It to Beaver reunion television movie entitled Still the Beaver in 1983. Hugh Beaumont had died the year before of a heart attack, so she played the widow. She also appeared in the subsequent revival of the series, The New Leave It to Beaver (1985–1989). In the 1997 film version of Leave It to Beaver, Billingsley played the character “Aunt Martha”. In 1995, she appeared with other “TV Moms” on Roseanne. In 1998, she appeared on Candid Camera, along with June Lockhart and Isabel Sanford, as audience members in a spoof seminar on motherhood.
On October 4, 2007, she and her surviving castmates, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Ken Osmond and Frank Bank, were reunited on ABC‘s Good Morning America, to celebrate Leave It to Beaver’s 50th anniversary. According to interviewer Tom Bergeron, both of Billingsley’s co-stars, Mathers and Osmond, currently get financial advice from another co-star, Bank.
On May 6, 2008, hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, she was unable to attend the Academy Leonard Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California, where the Academy of Television Arts & Science presented “A Salute to TV Moms.”

Personal life

Billingsley was married to:

  • Glenn Billingsley, Sr. (1912–1984), a restaurateur who was a nephew of Sherman Billingsley, the owner of the Stork Club.[13] Her husband’s businesses included Billingsley’s Golden Bull, Billingsley’s Bocage, and the Outrigger Polynesian restaurants in Los Angeles, and a Stork Club in Key West, Florida, where the couple lived briefly after their marriage in 1941 (divorced 1947).[1][13] They had two sons, Drew and Glenn, Jr., who now own and operate Billingsley’s Steak House in West Los Angeles, California, which was formerly their father’s original Golden Bull restaurant.[2] By this marriage, the actress was related to actor/producer Peter Billingsley.
  • Roy Kellino (1912–1956), a British-born movie director who had previously been married to British actress Pamela Mason. He and Billingsley were married from 1953 until his death.
  • Dr. William S. Mortensen (1907–1981), whom she married in 1959.[14] By this marriage, she had stepchildren; the oldest was William Mortensen, Jr., retired Chairman of the Board of old First Federal of Santa Monica[15]


Billingsley died of polymyalgia at her home in Santa Monica, California on October 16, 2010, at the age of 94.[16] She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.[17]




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Chao-Li Chi, Chinese-born American actor (Falcon Crest) died he was , 83

 Chao-Li Chi  was a Shanxi-born actor and dancer, who worked extensively in American television, including his best known role as Chao Li, opposite Jane Wyman‘s character in Falcon Crest. Additionally, his film credits include Big Trouble in Little China, The Joy Luck Club, The Nutty Professor, Wedding Crashers and The Prestige. He was featured in the short film by Maya Deren, Meditation on Violence, in 1948.

(April 5, 1927 – October 16, 2010)



Early life and education

Chi was born in Shanxi, China, on April 5, 1927. He settled in New York City in 1939 with his family as refugees from the Japanese invasion of China.[1] He obtained a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, in Annapolis, MD.[1] Chi also earned a master’s degree from New York University and a second master’s degree from The New School, which was known as the New School for Social Research at the time.[1]


Chi began studying acting under Pearl S. Buck at the East and West Association.[1] He appeared as the lead performer in Maya Deren‘s 1948 film, Meditation on Violence.[1] He continued to perform with Deren dance companies into the 1960s. In 1967, Chi became the Dance Director of the Living Arts Program in Dayton, Ohio, while touring with Deren.[1]
Chi appeared in aprpoximately fifty-one film and television roles during the course of his career.[1] On television, Chi was perhaps best known for his role as Chao-Li in the 1980s soap opera Falcon Crest which aired for nine years on CBS. His other television credits included parts on M*A*S*H and Pushing Daisies.[1] Chi’s film credits included The Joy Luck Club, Big Trouble in Little China, The Prestige and Wedding Crashers.[1] His theater credits included the travelling production of Flower Drum Song.
Chi moved to Los Angeles in 1975.[1] A practicing Taoist, Chi co-founded the Taoist Sanctuary, which is now known as the Taoist Institute, in Hollywood.[1] He taught courses in Tao Te Ching, I Ching, philosophy and Tai Chi at California State University, Los Angeles and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[1] He also taught Tai Chi at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California, on Saturdays for more than thirty years.[1]
Chao-Li Chi died in his home in Granada Hills, California, on October 16, 2010, at the age of 83.[1] He was survived by his wife, daughter and stepson.

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Eyedea American rapper and musician (Eyedea & Abilities) died from he was ,opiate toxicity 28,

Micheal Larsen[1] , known by his stage name Eyedea, was a well-known freestyle battle champion and underground rapper died from he was ,opiate toxicity  28,. His notable wins included the televised Blaze Battle sponsored by HBO (2000) and a victory at Scribble Jam (1999). He had appeared as a solo artist, and as the emcee half of the duo Eyedea & Abilities (along with longtime friend and collaborator DJ Abilities). His non-battle rhymes were generally philosophically or thematically based, and often told a definite narrative.

(November 9, 1981 – October 16, 2010)


http://www.youtube.com/v/z9-eKhCukW8?fs=1&hl=en_USFor much of his youth, Eyedea lived with his mother, Kathy, just east of Downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he attended Highland Park Senior High School.[1]
Eyedea became known as a battle emcee, touring the circuit between 1997 and 2001. During this time he won top prizes at Scribble Jam ’99, the Rock Steady Anniversary 2000, and Blaze Battle New York 2000. He contributed a track to the anticon. compilation, Music for the Advancement of Hip Hop. Additionally, he toured extensively as second emcee and support DJ for Atmosphere.
In 2001, he released First Born with his partner DJ Abilities (collectively, they were initially called the Sixth Sense, but they are now known as Eyedea & Abilities). In 2002, under his pen name “Oliver Hart”, he released the self-produced The Many Faces of Oliver Hart. In 2004, he and Abilities reunited to release the self-titled album E&A (released March 23, 2004).
All of Eyedea’s releases have been on the Rhymesayers record label, with the exception of Carbon Carousel’s “The Some of All Things or: The Healing Power of Scab Picking”, which was released on his own independent label, Crushkill Recordings. In addition to touring independently and with Rhymesayers labelmates and members of Face Candy, Eyedea and Abilities participated in the Def Jux-sponsored Who Killed the Robots? tour, titled by Eyedea.
He was signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment, and collaborated with Slug of the underground hip hop group Atmosphere, as well as Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, and Blueprint.
After Eyedea released “This Is Where We Were,” recorded with his live freestyle/jazz group Face Candy, he created Carbon Carousel, an alternative rock band. They have released one EP titled “The Some of All Things or: The Healing Power of Scab Picking”. This brought on speculation that Eyedea & Abilities were no longer together. However, in August 2007, the duo announced on their Myspace that they would be at the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop performing old songs, as well as new material.
In December 2007, Eyedea & Abilities embarked upon their Appetite for Distraction Tour with Crushkill labelmate Kristoff Krane and Minnesotan duo Sector7G.
The summer of 2009 saw Eyedea & Abilities joining the touring hip hop festival Rock the Bells for a limited amount of dates, performing alongside such acts as Sage Francis, Evidence, M.O.P. and the Knux. E&A also performed at the first Rock the Bells concert in 2004, infamous for being Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s last performance with The Wu-Tang Clan.
Eyedea died in his sleep on October 16, 2010. He was found dead by his mother, according to friends.[2] Cause of death was released November 18, 2010 and ruled an accident, from opiate toxicity, (Opioid toxicity: The toxic reaction of the body to the substance, possibly via allergic reaction or overdose.)

according to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office. The specific drugs found in Larsen’s system have not been revealed to the public.[3]





  • E&A Road Mix (2003)
  • “The Whereabouts of Hidden Bridges” By (Eyedea and Oddjobs)
  • “When in Rome, Kill the King” (By Micheal Larsen)
  • “Quality Programming” By Booka B
  • “Duluth is the Truth” By Eyedea (2009)

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Johnny Sheffield, American actor (Tarzan Finds a Son!, Bomba, the Jungle Boy, Knute Rockne All American), died from a heart attack. he was , 79

Johnny Sheffield  was an American child actor died from a heart attack. he was , 79.

(April 11, 1931 – October 15, 2010)

Early life

He was born as Jon Matthew Sheffield Cassan in Pasadena, California, the second child of actor Reginald Sheffield (February 18, 1901 – December 8, 1957) and Louise Van Loon (January 21, 1905 – April 14, 1987). His older sister was Mary Alice Sheffield Cassan and his younger brother was William Hart Sheffield Cassan (actor Billy Sheffield).
His father was himself a former juvenile performer when he came to the United States from his native England. His mother, a native of New York, was a Vassar College graduate with a liberal arts education who loved books and lectured widely.
In 1938, Sheffield became a child star after he was cast in the juvenile lead of a West Coast production of the highly successful Broadway play On Borrowed Time, which starred Dudley Digges and featured Victor Moore as Gramps. Sheffield played the role of Pud, a long role for a child. He later went to New York as a replacement and performed the role on Broadway.

Tarzan and other films

http://www.youtube.com/v/eEGFXcva33A?fs=1&hl=en_USThe following year, his father read an article in the Hollywood Reporter that asked, “Have you a Tarzan Jr. in your backyard?” He believed he did and set up an interview. MGM was searching for a suitable youngster to play the adopted son of Tarzan in its next jungle movie with stars Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan. Sheffield was taken to an audition where Weissmuller chose him over more than 300 juvenile actors interviewed for the part of “Boy” in Tarzan Finds a Son (1939).[2] In that same year, Sheffield appeared in the Busby Berkeley movie musical Babes in Arms with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, classmates of his at the studio school.
He appeared with many other performers over the years, including Jeanette MacDonald, Pat O’Brien, Cesar Romero, Ronald Reagan and Beverly Garland.
Sheffield played Boy in three Tarzan movies at MGM, and in another five after the star, Weissmuller, and production of the movie series moved to RKO. Brenda Joyce played Jane in the last three Tarzan movies in which Sheffield appeared.[citation needed]

Bomba and Bantu

After he outgrew the role of Boy, the teenage Sheffield went on to star in his own jungle movie series. In 1949, he made Bomba the Jungle Boy with co-star Peggy Ann Garner. In all, he appeared as Bomba 12 times. Sheffield appeared in his last movie, as Bomba, in 1955.[citation needed]
He then made a pilot for a television series, Bantu the Zebra Boy, which was created, produced and directed by his father, Reginald Sheffield. Although the production values were high compared to other TV jungle shows of the day, a sponsor was not found and the show was never produced as a weekly series.

Personal life

Sheffield decided to leave the industry and enrolled in college to further his education. He lived and worked for a time in Arizona. John and Patricia Sheffield were married in 1959 in Yuma, Arizona. They had three children: Patrick, Stewart and Regina.

Later years

After leaving show business, Sheffield completed a business degree at UCLA. Turning his attention to other fields, he involved himself variously in farming, real estate and construction. For a time, he was a representative for the Santa Monica Seafood Company importing lobsters from Baja California in Mexico. In his later years Johnny Sheffield lived in Southern California where he wrote articles about his Hollywood years and sold copies of the TV pilot Bantu, the Zebra Boy on video.


His wife Patti said that he fell from a ladder while pruning a palm tree. Though his injuries seemed minor, he died of a heart attack four hours later on October 15, 2010 in Chula Vista, California, aged 79.[1]


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Malcolm Allison, English footballer (West Ham United) and manager (Manchester City, Crystal Palace), died after a long illness he was , 83

Malcolm Alexander Allison[1]  was an English football player and manager. Nicknamed “Big Mal“, he was one of English football‘s most flamboyant and intriguing characters because of his panache, fedora and cigar, controversies off the pitch and outspoken nature  died after a long illness he was , 83.
Allison’s managerial potential become apparent while in his youth at West Ham United, where he became a reliable defender and acted as a mentor to the younger players including future England World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. His playing career was cut short in 1958 when he had to have a lung removed because of tuberculosis.

(5 September 1927 – 14 October 2010)

As a coach he is remembered for assisting manager Joe Mercer in the transformation of the team he supported as a young boy – Manchester City.[1] And during the 1960s and early 70s, he won seven trophies in seven years with Joe Mercer.[1] After Mercer left, he went on to manage the club on two occasions whilst offering his managerial services for a third time in 1989. He went on to manage several more English sides, as well as three in Portugal and the Kuwait national team.

Early life

Son of an electrical engineer, Allison was born in Dartford in September 1927.[3] Allison was educated at state schools rather than grammar school after deliberately failing the entry exam so he could play football, not rugby.[3]

Playing career

He started his career with Charlton Athletic, however he struggled to make a difference on the pitch, playing just twice in 6 years. Matters off the pitch led to his transfer, after letting club coaches know that their training methods – which was normally nothing more than running up and down the terracing, were outdated.[3]
Allison joined West Ham United in February 1951, after seven seasons at Charlton Athletic. Here he gained experience not only as a footballer but also as a future coach, and often stayed behind after training with anyone interested in football to discuss and devise new tactics.[4]
A promising career as a centre-half was ended prematurely by a bout of tuberculosis as he fell ill after a game against Sheffield United on 16 September 1957 and had a lung removed in hospital. This turned out to be his last senior game for West Ham, and although he battled on in their reserve team he struggled with the inability to achieve full fitness. For a period he left football altogether, and worked first as a car salesman, then as a professional gambler and nightclub owner.[5] He came back to football to play a final season for non-league Romford in 1963.

Management career

Allison’s first taste of coaching was at West Ham, where – under Ted Fenton – he took charge of coaching sessions and acted as mentor to a young Bobby Moore and was a leading figure in the establishment of the academy principles at the club.[6] After gaining further experience of coaching at Cambridge University, Allison moved into management at non-league Bath City. He replaced the veteran Bob Hewson, who had retired.[7] One of his first moves was to double the number of training sessions. The players, who held full-time jobs outside football, were required to train four times every week.[8] Allison’s first season as a manager was a moderate success; he led the club to a third-place finish in the league, and to a third round F.A.Cup tie with First Division Bolton Wanderers. City were leading 1–0 at Twerton Park until a late equaliser from the penalty spot. They lost the replay 3–0.
At the end of the English season Allison accepted an offer to coach in North America over the summer, with Toronto City.[8] After a matter of weeks he was back in England. His success at Bath had alerted a number of Football League clubs, and in May 1964 he joined Plymouth Argyle, where he had been offered a £3,000 per annum salary. He soon returned to Bath to sign full-back Tony Book. However, Allison knew the Argyle board would be reluctant to permit the purchase of a player with no League experience, who was approaching his thirtieth birthday. Allison encouraged Book to doctor his birth certificate, making him appear two years younger.[9]

Manchester City

Joe Mercer was named Manchester City manager in July 1965. As ill health had hindered him in his previous job as manager of Aston Villa, Mercer sought a younger, energetic man to be his assistant. He offered the position to Allison, who he knew from coaching courses at Lilleshall.[10] Allison was due to meet Raich Carter to discuss a position at Middlesbrough, but Mercer was able to arrange a meeting the day before, and persuaded Allison to accept his offer.[11]
The Mercer-Allison era is believed to be strongest in Manchester City’s history – they were surprise winners of the First Division in 1967–68 against the odds, some at long 200-1 for City to win the league at the start of the season.[12] The following season they 1969 FA Cup, the 1970 League Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup, with a team including Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Francis Lee. Allison turned down an offer to manage Juventus on the understanding that Mercer would move aside and let him become full-time Manchester City manager – however, Mercer steadfastly refused to stand down. Their relationship disintegrated and eventually Allison won the power struggle – Mercer was sidelined and quit to take over at Coventry City in the summer of 1972. Allison was left in sole charge at City, but the team struggled, the fans became hostile, and in March 1973 he resigned.

Crystal Palace

Allison was certainly one of the most flamboyant characters in Crystal Palace’s history and his time at Selhurst Park was a rollercoaster ride for Palace supporters.
On 31 March 1973 Malcolm was appointed Palace manager after previously holding the role at Bath City, Plymouth Argyle and Manchester City where he helped the club to top domestic honours along with Joe Mercer. Despite his arrival the Eagles were relegated, losing five out of their last seven games.
Allison immediately instigated a huge stylistic shift both on and off the field, raising Palace’s profile with his charismatic media appearances, rebranding the club’s rather homely nickname ‘The Glaziers’ as ‘The Eagles’, and ending the club’s 68-year association with claret-and-blue kits.[13]Palace’s highly recognisable red-and-blue striped home kit was introduced, and later, the all-white strip with red and blue sash, changes which still reflect in the character of the club today.
The following season, 1974, was even more disastrous because of a second successive relegation.[13] Allison completely restructured the side in an attempt to halt the club’s decline and he angered many fans with his decision to replace favourite John Jackson in the Palace goal. Allison’s larger than life image was a mixed blessing in Division Three for it raised hopes and aspirations of supporters while also serving to motivate other clubs when they visited SE25.
However 1975–76 was the most successful season for Allison at Selhurst Park as he spurred his side on to an FA Cup semi-final appearance.[13] Brilliant victories against higher league opposition in the shape of Leeds United, Chelsea and Sunderland led to the club’s first FA Cup semi-final appearance but unfortunately eventual winners Southampton proved too strong in the match which was played at Stamford Bridge. The cup run was also notable for the first appearance of Allison’s trademark fedora hat during a third round game at Scarborough and his use of the sweeper system in football which, at the time, was a relatively new idea.[13]
With the team failing to reach Wembley and win promotion (despite building up a big lead in the league table in the early part of the season) Allison resigned in May 1976.[13] He returned to the club in 1980–81 for a two-month period in a doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the top flight.

Return to Manchester City

In 1979, Allison was offered the chance to return to Manchester City by then-chairman Peter Swales. Although City’s only success since Allison left in 1972 was League Cup victory in 1976 although the club had been doing reasonably well under long-term manager Tony Book, finishing 2nd in the league in 1976 and runners-up in the League Cup in 1974.
Allison was given a sizeable war chest to build his team – this time without Joe Mercer. Allison controversially sold crowd favourites such as Peter Barnes and Gary Owen and replaced them with players such as Michael Robinson and Steve Daley – who became the British transfer record for £1,450,000m.
Daley turned out to be a flop, and Allison always claimed that he had agreed a much lower fee with the then Wolves manager for Daley. Allison later claimed Swales intervened on a chairman to chairman basis and secured the transfer instantly but at a much higher, possibly rip-off price.[14] Allison later admitted on his first meeting with chairman Swales: ““I looked at him, saw the comb-over, the England blazer and the suede shoes and thought ‘this isn’t going to work“.[15] Indeed it didn’t and Allison left a year later in 1980 with City struggling in the league, nor did Allison do himself any favours by getting involved in a verbal scrap with his successor and fellow maverick manager, John Bond.


Allison also managed overseas, in Turkey with Galatasaray (1976–1977), and in Portugal with Sporting. With the Lisbon club he won the league championship and the Portuguese Cup in 1981-1982. That would be the only Championship title won by Sporting until the 1999–2000 season, which meant that Allison is fondly remembered by Sporting fans.[16]


Allison was remembered as one of the most exuberant characters in football and[17] some believed his character made him “ahead of his time“.[12] His reputation as an unpredictable character was certainly well known by his assistant at Manchester City Joe Mercer. When Mercer was stopped by police in his car for erratic driving in the early hours of the morning after leaving a club function at Maine Road, upon winding down his window Mercer quipped to the police officer: “OK chaps, what’s Malcolm done now?[15]
Whilst at City Allison enjoyed winding up rivals, Manchester United. At a reception, he called Matt BusbyMatt Baby[15] and when City beat United 4-1 in January 1970 he walked over to the Stretford End and held four fingers aloft to signify the margin of City’s victory.[15] Allison later revealed he had hired a steeplejack to lower the flag on top to Old Trafford’s main stand to half-mast.[18]


Allison’s outspoken nature and womanising were of great interest to the tabloids and it was reputed that Allison had relationships with Christine Keeler of the Profumo scandal, singer Dorothy Squires and two Miss UKs.[19] And in 1976, Allison received a Football Association disrepute charge after a News of the World photograph appeared showing him in the Crystal Palace players’ bath with porn star Fiona Richmond whom he had invited to a training session.[20] Then Crystal Palace player, Terry Venables later said of the incident, “I was in the bath with all the players and we heard the whisper that she was coming down the corridor.” So far, so good. “We all leapt out and hid, because we knew there’d be photos and that wouldn’t go down too well. Malcolm and Fiona dropped everything and got in the bath.[21]

After football

In 2001 it was revealed by his son that Allison was suffering from alcoholism.[22] In 2009 it was reported that Allison was suffering from dementia.[23]
In January 2007 Crystal Palace fans organised a tribute to Allison, which they named ‘Fedora Day’. Fans set up a campaign on www.cpfc.org, an unofficial forum dedicated to the club, to mark the 31st anniversary of the famous FA Cup run which Allison masterminded. The date chosen was that of the game against Preston North End in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on 27 January 2007. Fans sporting Allison’s favoured Fedoras smoked cigars and drank champagne while cheering on their side. This generated major national press coverage. Crystal Palace – managed by Peter Taylor, a star of the 1976 side – were unable to match their predecessors and were knocked out of the cup 2–0.
Allison died in a nursing home on 14 October 2010 at the age of 83.[24] He had six children.[24] His funeral took place on 27 October and the cortege passed the City of Manchester Stadium on its way to a service at the Southern Cemetery. Around 300 people had gathered to pay their respects and a round of applause from the assembled crowd greeted the arrival of the cars. A sky-blue Manchester City scarf was draped over his coffin and next to it was an ice bucket containing a bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne.[25]


Allison was known as a great innovator in revolutionising training methods in English football.[26]


  • A lot of hard work went into this defeat.[27]
  • You’re not a real manager unless you’ve been sacked.[27]
  • John Bond has blackened my name with his insinuations about the private lives of football managers. Both my wives are upset.” – Allison on his successor at Manchester City in 1980[27]
  • A lot of people in football don’t have much time for the press; they say they’re amateurs.[27]
  • I think I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world because I had a job I loved doing.[28]


Honour(s) as player

West Ham United

Honour as coach

Manchester City1965–1973 and 1979–1980
Sporting Clube de Portugal1981–1982

Managerial record

  • Competitive games only[29]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Plymouth England 1 May 1964 30 April 1965 &000000000000004200000042 &000000000000001600000016 &00000000000000080000008 &000000000000001800000018 &000000000000003810000038.10
Manchester City England 12 June 1972 30 March 1973 &000000000000004300000043 &000000000000001400000014 &000000000000001200000012 &000000000000001700000017 &000000000000003256000032.56
Crystal Palace England 30 March 1973 19 May 1976 &0000000000000146000000146 &000000000000005200000052 &000000000000004500000045 &000000000000004900000049 &000000000000003561999935.62
Plymouth England 16 March 1978 5 January 1979 &000000000000003400000034 &000000000000001200000012 &000000000000001200000012 &000000000000001000000010 &000000000000003528999935.29
Manchester City England 16 July 1979 1 October 1980 &000000000000005000000050 &000000000000001200000012 &000000000000001700000017 &000000000000002100000021 &000000000000002400000024.00
Crystal Palace England 1 December 1980 1 February 1981 &00000000000000090000009 &00000000000000010000001 &00000000000000030000003 &00000000000000050000005 &000000000000001110999911.11
Sporting Lisbon Portugal 1981 1982 &000000000000003900000039 &000000000000002800000028 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000030000003 &000000000000007179000071.79
Middlesbrough England 23 October 1982 28 March 1984 &000000000000007000000070 &000000000000002100000021 &000000000000002300000023 &000000000000002600000026 &000000000000003000000030.00
Bristol Rovers England 1 August 1992 1 March 1993 &000000000000003600000036 &00000000000000080000008 &00000000000000080000008 &000000000000002000000020 &000000000000002221999922.22
Total &0000000000000430000000430 &0000000000000136000000136 &0000000000000128000000128 &0000000000000166000000166 &000000000000003162999931.63

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Simon MacCorkindale British actor (Falcon Crest, Death on the Nile, Manimal, Casualty), died from bowel cancer he was , 58,

Simon Charles Pendered MacCorkindale[1]  was a British actor, director, writer and producer  died from bowel cancerhe was , 58,. After a career in theatre, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, MacCorkindale starred in a variety of films and serials, including Quatermass (1979), Death on the Nile (1978), The Riddle of the Sands (1979), The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) and Jaws 3-D (1983). Through the rest of 80s and early 1990s, he starred in several television shows, among them the short-lived series Manimal as the lead character Dr. Jonathan Chase in 1983, as well as longer-running roles in Falcon Crest and Counterstrike. MacCorkindale also directed and produced numerous stage and TV productions. In 2002 he joined the cast of the BBC medical drama Casualty as Harry Harper, remaining in the role for six years. He was married to the actress Susan George from 1984 until his death from cancer in 2010.

 (12 February 1952 – 14 October 2010)

Early life

MacCorkindale was born 12 February 1952 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England,[1][2] to Scottish parents Gilliver Mary (née Pendered) and Peter Bernard MacCorkindale OBE.[3][4][5][1] He had a brother, Duncan.[6] His father died in September 2007.[5] His father was a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and a station commander. MacCorkindale spent part of his childhood in Edinburgh where his father was stationed,[7] and moved from place to place, as his father posted in seventeen different places across Europe over MacCorkindale’s childhood.[1] As a result he became an “independent” child.[4] He attended the exclusive Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Hertfordshire from 1965–70, where he was Head Boy. He also joined the Air Training Corps and initially had plans to join the RAF, but at 13 his eyesight began to deteriorate. He considered joining the diplomatic corps and becoming an ambassador but became a fan of theatre and instead opted to become a stage director.[8][2] Convincing his parents that he would get a “sensible job” if by 25 a directing career was not sustaining himself, MacCorkindale attended the Studio 68 drama school at London’s Theatre of Arts, rather than university.[8][1] He took acting classes there as well so he “could better understand actors and, hopefully, be a more competent director.” He became a “star pupil” and continued acting after graduating “until [he] felt confident enough to” direct “a seasoned performer”.[8]


Early career and United States

“I had an enormous amount of fun. I was very lucky. I got to work in a lot of popular shows, got to know a lot of well-known people and as a result I got into that whole A-list circle. I went to some extraordinary parties, made a name for myself and managed to make it last for 30 years. I’m a lucky bunny and long may it last.”
—MacCorkindale on his career[7]

MacCorkindale began an acting career and toured the country with a repertory theatre group. His first professional stage part came in 1973 in A Bequest to the Nation at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and he made his West End debut in a production of Pygmalion, alongside Alec McCowen and Diana Rigg in 1974 as the “Sarcastic Bystander”.[8][6][2] His television debut came in the series Hawkeye, The Pathfinder in 1973.[9] After appearing in a number of UK television productions such as Within These Walls, Sutherland’s Law,[2] I Claudius as Lucius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth as Lucius,[7] and making his film debut in 1974’s Juggernaut,[2] his break came when he was cast as Simon Doyle in the 1978 film adaptation of Agatha Christie‘s Death on the Nile at the age of 25. He became friends with co-star Bette Davis and noted: “There was a feeling of being in awe of these people but I had a certain amount of pioneer courage so I didn’t let it get to me. But there were days when I thought, ‘I’m about to do a scene with this cinema legend, am I up to it?’ But people were very gracious. I was never the whipping boy because I was less experienced.”[7] MacCorkindale won the London Evening Standard Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for the part.[2] The following year he played astronomer Joe Kapp in Quatermass, the fourth serial in Nigel Kneale‘s Quatermass series, starring alongside John Mills. MacCorkindale had previously appeared in an episode of Kneale’s series Beasts and was delighted with the part of Kapp, finding it a break from the typecast romantic roles he was used to playing,[10] while noting that playing the character’s strong Jewish faith was “challenging”.[8] Kneale later stated he was disappointed with MacCorkindale’s performance: “We had him in Beasts playing an idiot and he was very good at that”.[11] He also starred as sailor Arthur Davies in The Riddle of the Sands in 1979.[9][12]
Following the success of Death on the Nile he moved to the US in 1980. Although told it was a “negative”, MacCorkindale refused to put on an American accent, believing his English accent would help fill a “niche”.[7][2] However, for two years he failed to get past the audition stage for any major parts because he was English. ABC told him he was not “an eight o’clock actor” which meant “at that time of night they didn’t want viewers watching someone who sounded intellectual or who had an accent that was alien to their ears and, therefore, hard work when it came to listening.”[8] He was eventually cast in the lead role of the NBC adventure television series Manimal in 1983. He played Professor Jonathan Chase, an English character who helped the police solve crime with his ability to transform into animals. The role impressed MacCorkindale as Chase was “a very cerebral individual”[8] and also meant he “found himself in the first wave of UK stars to make it big in America,” along with Joan Collins in Dynasty which led to a further influx of British actors finding work there.[7][2] Filming often lasted 14–16 hours a day while MacCorkindale often worked weekends for the prosthetics for the transformation sequences. The show was cancelled after one season of eight episodes due to low ratings (NBC initially put the show on opposite Dallas where it lost out) and budget cuts as it was the network’s most expensive series. It has since become a cult series that enjoys popularity around the world.[8][13]
He appeared in Caboblanco (1980) and starred in the film The Sword and the Sorcerer in 1982 as Prince Mikah.[14] He followed this up with the role of Philip FitzRoyce in 1983’s Jaws 3-D,[15] but his film career stalled somewhat after the latter.[9] His television career bloomed with, as well as Manimal, parts in series such as Dynasty, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Matt Houston and The Dukes of Hazzard.[9][8][2] He also played David Clement, an aristocrat, in the mini-series Manions of America.[8][2] In the 1980s he directed three performances of the play Sleuth, starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Howard Keel and James Whitmore.[7] He also directed a Los Angeles production of The Merchant Of Venice and starred in the one man show The Importance of Being Oscar at the Globe Playhouse in 1981.[2] His biggest role yet came in 1984 when he cast as Angela Channing’s (Jane Wyman) lawyer Greg Reardon in the soap opera Falcon Crest, without requiring an audition. MacCorkindale had the character changed from an American named to Brad to an Englishmen, and also directed one episode. He rejected a contract extension and left the show in 1986 because he “felt that the work I was doing was fun and lucrative but not as stretching as I felt I wanted or needed. I also was finding fault with much of the work, not only Falcon Crest, but everything. I was actually ready to quit acting and try producing so I could put myself on the line.”[2] He appeared in 59 episodes of the show.[9] In the mid-1980s he was touted as a possible successor to Sean Connery and Roger Moore in the role of James Bond but was never cast in the role.[1]

Canada and return to United Kingdom

MacCorkindale returned to the UK in 1986, once he had left Falcon Crest, to form a production company and the following year set up Amy International Artists based at Shepperton Studios alongisde his wife Susan George; he also owned Anglo Films International.[9] He subsequently directed, wrote and produced a number of projects with their company.[8][16] These included the 1988 film about Abelard and Heloise entitled Stealing Heaven,[2] and the 1989 film Djavolji raj (That Summer of White Roses), starring George, for which MacCorkindale also composed music.[9] The two purchased the rights to each project because they wanted to “make the pictures that we just totally and literally believe in,” regardless of their commercial success.[17] MacCorkindale continued to get acting roles and began making a lot of projects in Canada, which he felt “could be at the crossroads of international production.”[13] He played former Scotland Yard inspector Peter Sinclair on the USA Network series Counterstrike from 1990-1993; the show was filmed in Toronto.[2][13] MacCorkindale was offered the part by the show’s producer Robert Lantos, who had wanted to work with him. MacCorkindale had wanted to return to acting after three years running Amy International; after several episodes he felt the show was “too plot-driven rather than character-driven” and so was allowed to aid the show’s writers and was giving the role of executive production consultant which ensured he “could make quicker [on set] judgments on behalf of the production.”[18] After Counterstrike ended, he had a part in the finale of E.N.G.; his “media tycoon” character was supposed to star in a spin-off alongside Sara Botsford but the project was dropped.[13] MacCorkindale also wrote the screenplay for and planned to produce and star in a biopic of the missing peer Lord Lucan, but the project was shelved in 1996 over financial issues.[1] He starred in numerous TV movies throughout the 1990s, including Canadian production The Girl Next Door, as the villain. MacCorkindale was glad to “gradually [switch] to villains” as “that’s more fun than [playing] the straitlaced hero.”[13] MacCorkindale also reprised his role as Chase in an episode of Night Man in 1998, using CGI for the transformation instead of makeup, and directed an episode of the show.[8] Other parts included an appearance on Earth: Final Conflict and the 2000 TV film The Dinosaur Hunter.[13][19] Together with Chris Bryant, MacCorkindale wrote and directed the TV film The House That Mary Bought in 1995,[2] and with Paul Stephens he co-produced the 1998 feature film Such a Long Journey, for which he was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Motion Picture.[13] He served as co-executive producer for the 2000 syndicated TV series Queen of Swords, and as co-producer the 2002 syndicated series Adventure Inc..[9] MacCorkindale also co-produced the third series of Relic Hunter in 2002.[20][21]
After rejecting the chance to play Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise,[22] MacCorkindale settled in the UK once again, joining the cast of the BBC One medical drama Casualty in 2002, portraying clinical lead consultant Harry Harper.[23] Following his casting, he told the Daily Record that he was a long-standing fan of the series, commenting that it was “great to be joining an established show with a great bunch of people.”[24] Neil Bonner of the Liverpool Daily Post conflictingly quoted MacCorkindale as stating that he had never seen an episode of the show in its sixteen year history. He was surprised to be offered the role of Harry, having spent years beforehand working in the United States, but found its Bristol location ideal having recently moved to the West Country.[25][26] MacCorkindale commented that he “loved [his] time on Casualty,” and spent time researching all of the medical terminology he used to ensure he understood it.[16] He also appeared as Harper on Casualty spin-offs Holby City and Casualty@Holby City.[2] In January 2007, MacCorkindale was given a five month sabbatical from Casualty due to a storyline and toured the UK in a revival of the Agatha Christie thriller The Unexpected Guest. He returned to Casualty, but, having re-discovered his “taste” for theatre, left in 2008 to take the role of Andrew Wyke in a production of Sleuth which toured the UK.[16] He had appeared in 229 episodes of Casualty by the end of his run on the show.[27] On 25 August 2008, he replaced Simon Burke as Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the London Palladium production of The Sound of Music and remained with the show until its closure on 21 February 2009.[28][29] He returned to television with an appearance as Sir David Bryant in the 2010 series of New Tricks, in what was his final television appearance.[27][30][1]

Personal life

He lived on and ran an Arabian stud-farm on Exmoor with his wife, British actress Susan George.[16][23] They met in 1977 and married in secret in Fiji in October 1984,[29][31] later holding a second ceremony with family and friends in Berkshire.[32][33] They had no children.[33] They lived together in Buckinghamshire near the River Thames, and from 1995 on a farm in Northamptonshire.[33] MacCorkindale was previously married to the actress Fiona Fullerton between 1976 and 1981, when they divorced.[34]
MacCorkindale was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006, undergoing an operation to remove a section of his bowel during a two-week Casualty filming break. It was thought to have been cured but a year later the cancer spread to his lungs. MacCorkindale continued working during his treatment: he returned to film his final series of Casualty in late 2007, but did not disclose his illness to his colleagues, and found it surreal when scripts required his character to inform patients that they had cancer or an incurable disease.[29] He spent much of his fortune on private cancer treatments in the US.[35] In November 2009, he publicly revealed that the disease was terminal,[23][29] and died on 14 October 2010 at clinic in London.[30]



Year Film Role Notes
1974 Juggernaut No. 1 Helmsman
1978 Death on the Nile Simon Doyle
1979 The Riddle of the Sands Arthur Davies
The Quatermass Conclusion Joe Kapp
1980 Caboblanco Lewis Clarkson
1981 Macduff Macduff
1982 An Outpost of Progress Kayerts
The Sword and the Sorcerer Prince Mikah
1983 Jaws 3-D Philip FitzRoyce
1987 Shades of Love: Sincerely, Violet Mark Jamieson Direct-to-video release
1988 Stealing Heaven N/A Producer
1989 That Summer of White Roses N/A Producer, composer and writer
1998 Such A Long Journey N/A Producer
1999 Wing Commander Flight Boss
2010 A Closed Book Andrew Boles
13Hrs Duncan Moore


Year Series Role Notes
1973 Hawkeye, the Pathfinder Lieutenant Carter Appeared in three episodes
1974 Play of the Month Rolf Episode 9.8: “The Skin Game”
1975 Sutherland’s Law Ian Sutherland Episode 4.5: “No Second Chance”
1976 Romeo and Juliet Paris TV film
Hunter’s Walk Houseman Episode 3.1: “Intent”
I, Claudius Lucius Episode 1.2: “Waiting in the Wings”
Beasts Peter Gilkes Episode 1.4: “Baby”
1976–78 Within These Walls Dr. Dady Appeared in three episodes
1977 Romance Paul Verdayne Episode 1.2: “Three Weeks”
Jesus of Nazareth Lucius TV mini-series
Just William Charlie Episode 1.12: “William and the Sleeping Major”
1978 The Doombolt Chase Lt. Cmdr. Madock Episode 1.1: “Court of Shame”
Will Shakespeare Sir Thomas Walsingham Episode 1.1: “Dead Shepherd”
1979 Quatermass Joe Kapp TV serial; appeared in all four episodes
The Dukes of Hazzard Gaylord Duke 2.13: “Duke of Duke”
1980 Hammer Film Productions Harry Wells Episode 1.11: “Visitor from the Grave”
1981 Manions of America David Clement TV mini-series
Fantasy Island Gaston du Brielle Episode 5.3: “Cyrano/The Magician”
1982 Hart to Hart Arthur Roman Episode 4.3: “Million Dollar Harts”
Dynasty Billy Dawson Episode 3.4: “The Will”
Falcon’s Gold Hank Richards TV film
1983 Manimal Dr. Jonathan Chase Appeared in all eight episodes
1984 Obsessive Love Glenn Stevens TV film
Matt Houston Robert Tyler Episode 3.3: “Eyewitness”
1984–86 Falcon Crest Greg Reardon Appeared in 59 episodes
1989 Pursuit Manley-Jones TV film
1990–93 Counterstrike Peter Sinclair Appeared in 65 episodes
1994 E.N.G. Maxwell Harding Episode 5.14: “Cutting Edge”
1995 The Way to Dusty Death Johnny Harlow TV film
At the Midnight Hour Richard Keaton TV film
Family of Cops Adam Novacek TV fim
The House That Mary Bought N/A Director and writer
1996 No Greater Love Patrick Kelly TV film
1997 While My Pretty One Sleeps Jack Campbell TV film
La Femme Nikita Alec Chandler Episode 1.4: “Charity”
1998 La guerre de l’eau Peter Gregory TV film
Running Wild Walton Baden Smythe TV film
Night Man Professor Jonathan Chase Episode 2.6: “Manimal”
1999 The Girl Next Door Steve Vandermeer TV film
Poltergeist: The Legacy Reed Horton Appeared in five episodes
Mentors Oscar Wilde Episode 1.6: “Wilde Card”
2000 Earth: Final Conflict Dennis Robillard Episode 3.14: “Scorched Earth”
The Dinosaur Hunter Jack TV film
2001 Dark Realm Brad Collins Appeared in two episodes
Queen of Swords Captain Charles Wentworth Episode 1.15: “Runaways”; also series co-executive producer
2001–02 Relic Hunter Fabrice De Viega Appeared in three episodes; also co-executive producer
2002-2003 Adventure Inc. N/A Co-producer
2002–08 Casualty Dr. Harry Harper Appeared in 229 episodes
2004–05 Holby City Dr. Harry Harper Appeared in two episodes
2005 Casualty@Holby City Dr. Harry Harper Appeared in three specials
2010 New Tricks Sir David Bryant Episode 9.5: “Good Morning Lemmings”

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Larry Siegfried, American basketball player (Boston Celtics), died from a heart attack. he was , 71

 Larry E. Siegfried  was an American National Basketball Association player died from a heart attack. he was , 71.

(May 22, 1939 – October 14, 2010)

Early years

Siegfried led Ohio in scoring as a senior at Shelby High School.[1]
Siegfried played college basketball for Ohio State University, and his tenure there overlapped with future Hall-of-Famers Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek. Siegfried, a junior high scoring guard, and Joe Roberts, a senior forward, were the two holdover starters when three outstanding sophomores, Lucas, Havlicek and guard Mel Nowell arrived for the 1959-60 season. Siegfried adjusted his scoring to allow for Lucas and Nowell while joining Roberts and Havlicek as a key defender. Siegfried was also an excellent free throw shooter few risked fouling. The Ohio State Co-Captain of the 1960 team, Siegfried played a key role in the Buckeyes run to the 1960 NCAA title. All five starters from that team later played in the NBA, which then had just nine teams and eleven players per team. Future coach Bobby Knight was a reserve on that team as well.
For the 1960-61 season, Siegfried was team captain outright. The team went undefeated until the NCAA Final, when they were upset by Cincinnati. Siegfried was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team. Also named All-Big Ten, Siegfried did not get the All-American consideration he may have been due because of the star presence of Lucas. Siegfried did play in the 1960 US Olympic Trials for the Rome Games. While he outperformed nearly every guard there, politics demanded several AAU selections that left him off that squad.

Professional playing career

American Basketball League (1961-62)

Cleveland Pipers ABL Champs (1961-62)
At 6’3″ and 190 pounds, Siegfried was considered a prototype guard for the NBA at that time. The Cincinnati Royals drafted him with their first pick in 1961 to pair with Oscar Robertson in their backcourt. Siegfried would not play in Cincinnati because of Ohio State’s loss to Cincinnati’s Bearcats that year. Instead, he joined the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League. The team, owned by future Yankee boss George Steinbrenner, and coached by John McLendon and Bill Sharman, won that pro league’s 1961-62 title. Dick Barnett and Connie Dierking were among that team’s stars. The highly-drafted Siegfried was just a reserve.

NBA Career

With perennial champion Boston Celtics (1963-70)

When the ABL folded the next year, the St. Louis Hawks acquired his rights but then surprisingly cut him. Siegfried considered retirement, becoming a high school coach and teacher before former college teammate Havlicek convinced coach Red Auerbach to try him out for the Boston Celtics. Slowly regaining his confidence, Siegfried proved to be a key pickup. He eventually became a starter next to Havlicek or Sam Jones in the backcourt. His defense and free throw shooting were key to NBA title wins for Boston in 1968 and 1969. Boston announcer Johnny Most often noted his tenacious defense, calling ‘Ziggy’s in his shirt tonight’ to describe Siegfried on many nights.
Siegfried played his first seven professional seasons with the Boston Celtics, earning five championship rings during that time. He led the NBA in free throw percentage in both the 1965-66 and 1968-69 seasons.[2]

Later NBA career (1970-72)

Siegfried spent the last season of his career with the Rockets and Hawks organizations.[2]

Post-NBA life

Following his NBA career, Siegfried counseled prisoners at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio and did motivational speaking.[3]

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Belva Plain, American novelist (Evergreen) died she was , 95

Belva Plain, née Offenberg[1], was a best-selling American author of mainstream women’s fiction died she was , 95. She was born in New York City.[2]

(October 9, 1915 – October 12, 2010)


Belva Offenberg was a third-generation Jewish American who was raised in New York City.[3] She graduated from Barnard College in 1939 with a degree in history.[3] Plain lived in the Short Hills section of Millburn, New Jersey.[4]
Before breaking into publishing, Belva Plain wrote short stories for magazines while raising her three children. She sold her first story to Cosmopolitan at age 25 and “contributed several dozen to various women’s magazines until she had three children in rapid succession.”[1] Her first novel, Evergreen, was published in 1978. It topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries.[5] Evergreen followed the character Anna, “a feisty, redheaded Jewish immigrant girl from Poland in turn-of-the-century New York, whose family story continues through several decades and three more books.”.[1]
The New York Times summed up her career

Strong-willed women, many of them Jewish and red-haired as well, appear again and again in Ms. Plain’s fiction. Some of her novels use historical settings — “Crescent City,” published in 1984, was set in the Jewish community of Civil War-era New Orleans. Other books tell stories about contemporary issues, sometimes inspired by the headlines — divorce (“Promises”), adoption (“Blessings”), child sexual abuse (“The Carousel”) or babies accidentally switched at birth (“Daybreak”). All of them are full of passion, but there is very little explicit sex.[1]

At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty-plus novels in print in 22 languages.[1] Twenty of her novels appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.[1] Plain did not own a computer, and wrote all of her novels long-hand on a yellow pad.[3] “A disciplined worker, she wrote for several hours in the morning five days a week. She produced a 500- or 600-page novel every year or so.” [1]

Personal life

Plain was married to her husband, Irving Plain, for more than forty years. He died in 1982.


Werner Family Saga

  • Evergreen (1978)
  • Golden Cup (1986)
  • Tapestry (1988)
  • Harvest (1990)


  • Random Winds (1980)
  • Eden Burning (1982)
  • Crescent City (1984)
  • Blessings (1989)
  • Treasures (1992)
  • Whispers (1993)
  • Daybreak (1994)
  • The Carousel (1995)
  • Promises (1996)
  • Secrecy (1997)
  • Homecoming (1997)
  • Legacy of Silence (1998)
  • Fortune’s Hand (1999)
  • After the Fire (2000)
  • Looking Back (2001)
  • Her Father’s House (2002)
  • The Sight of the Stars (2003)
  • Crossroads (2004)

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Mary Malcolm British BBC announcer and television personality died she was, 92,

Helen Mary Malcolm , usually known by her middle name,[1] was one of the first two female announcers on BBC Television died she was, 92,.. She became a household name in the UK during the 1950s.[2]

(15 March 1918 – 13 October 2010)

Biographical sketch

http://www.youtube.com/v/lDqXTvZzZiI?fs=1&hl=en_USThe granddaughter of Victorian actress Lily Langtry, who was the mistress of King Edward VII of England,[3] Mary was brought up in Poltalloch, Argyll, Scotland. Until the age of 16, she attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, London. She began her television career in 1948, having gained broadcasting experience on the radio during the Second World War. As more and more men were called up to fight, women became increasingly in demand to fill posts at the BBC. Mary Malcolm was taken on and worked for the Home Service as a continuity announcer from March 1942. With the relaunch of the BBC’s television service after the war she worked alongside Sylvia Peters and McDonald Hobley with the trio averaging ten days work a month each.[4]
At this time, all television programs were introduced by an in vision host or hostess and broadcasts were normally live. Malcolm received no training and became known for her spoonerisms: “By the end of the day I was tired, and when I came to the weather forecast I just read it out without really trying. My biggest fear was ‘drain and rizzle’, which I said more than once.”[2] With the advent of commercial rival ITV in 1955, the BBC’s reliance on announcers diminished. Commercial breaks quickly became popular such that the BBC decided audiences no longer needed a hostess to soothe them.[5] Malcolm left the BBC in 1956 although she continued to appear as a guest on various programs including an episode of the comedy series The Goodies.[6] Her autobiography, Me, was published in 1956.

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Marzieh, Iranian singer, died from cancer she was , 86.

 Ashraf o-Sadat Mortezaie, known professionally as Marzieh  was a Tehran-born singer of Persian traditional music died from cancer she was , 86..[1]

(1924 – 13 October 2010)

Marzieh started her career in the 1940s at Radio Tehran and cooperated with some of the greatest 20th century Persian songwriters and lyricists like Ali Tajvidi, Parviz Yahaghi, Homayoun Khorram, Moeini Kermanshahi and Bijan Taraghi. Marzieh also sang with the Farabi Orchestre, conducted by Morteza Hannaneh, a pioneer of Persian polyphonic music, during the 1960s and 1970s. Her first major public performance was in 1942, when, though still a teenager, she played the principal role of Shirin at the Jame Barbud opera house in the Persian operetta Shirin and Farhad.[2]
Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 public performances and broadcasts of record albums by solo female singers were banned outright for ten years. Ayatollah Khomeini had decreed: “Women’s voices should not be heard by men other than members of their own families.”[2]
She told the Daily Telegraph that in order to continue her vocal practice she used to walk by night from her home in the historic north-Tehran Niavaran foothills to her cabin in the mountains, where she would sing next to a roaring waterfall: “Nobody could hear me. I sang to the stars and the rocks.”[3]
Upon the death of Khomeini the successor mullahs suggested that she could resume singing, provided that she undertook never to sing for men. She refused, declaring, “I have always sung only for all Iranians,” and in 1994 she left Iran forever due to the political repression, making her new home in Paris.[3]
She performed several concerts in Los Angeles, California and Royal Albert Hall (London) in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The Paris-based composer Mohammad Shams and the Persian tar soloist Hamid Reza Taherzadeh were the main musicians who worked with Marzieh in exile.
France 3, a regional TV news and entertainment channel, has compared Marzieh’s singing voice to those of legendary songstresses Édith Piaf and Maria Callas.[4] On the other hand, the European press have also compared her to Vanessa Redgrave and Melina Mercouri for her willingness to put political and human-rights beliefs ahead of her career, even her own safety.[2]


Marzieh died of cancer in Paris on 13 October 2010, aged 86.[1][5] Maryam Rajavi, one of the leaders of an Iranian opposition group, delivered her eulogy: “Marzieh was the symbol of protest and revolt in Iranian art against the fascism of velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule)…. Hail to Marzieh; the great, brave and pious woman who 16 years ago joined the Iranian Resistance and offered her complete support and compassion, and, in so doing, blended art with the love for freedom and the magnum opus of human qualities.”[6]

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