Whitney Houston, Superstar of Records, Films, Dies

[We have lost a legend, prayers go out to her familyflagranny2]

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

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‘Golden Girls’ Actress Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Source-Associated Press to Foxnews.com

[ In her early 60s, she flunked her “Golden Girls” test twice because it was believed she didn’t look old enough to play 80.]

I can’t even think of anyone better than Estelle Getty playing the role of Sophia.  You can put Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur together and you would have a good sitcom but add Estelle Getty and you have a “GREAT” sitcom.  She shined in her role and truly made “The Golden Girls” just what it was -“GOLDEN”……She will truly be missed not just by her family and friends but by her fans too…….flagranny2

LOS ANGELES —  Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV’s “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 84.

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

“Estelle always wanted to be an actress, and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams,” former “Golden Girls” co-star Rue McClanahan told The Associated Press. “Don’t feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia.”

Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her,” Arthur said in a statement.

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Mime legend Marcel Marceau dies

Sun September 23, 2007
Source: CNN.com-Entertainment

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  • Marcel Marceau has died at the age of 84, French media report
  • Marceau revived art of mime; performed for more than 50 years
  • French Jew survived Holocaust; worked with Resistance to save Jewish children
  • PARIS, France (AP) — Marcel Marceau, who revived the art of mime and brought poetry to silence, has died, his former assistant said Sunday. He was 84. Marceau died Saturday in Paris, French media reported. Former assistant Emmanuel Vacca announced the death on France-Info radio, but gave no details about the cause.Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, Marceau, notably through his famed personnage Bip, played the entire range of human emotions onstage for more than 50 years, never uttering a word. Offstage, however, he was famously chatty. “Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop,” he once said.

    A French Jew, Marceau survived the Holocaust — and also worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children.

    His biggest inspiration was Charlie Chaplin. Marceau, in turn, inspired countless young performers — Michael Jackson borrowed his famous “moonwalk” from a Marceau sketch, “Walking Against the Wind.”

    Marceau performed tirelessly around the world until late in life, never losing his agility, never going out of style. In one of his most poignant and philosophical acts, “Youth, Maturity, Old Age, Death,” he wordlessly showed the passing of an entire life in just minutes.

    “Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” he once said.

    Prime Minister Francois Fillon praised Marceau as “the master,” saying he had the rare gift of “being able to communicate with each and everyone beyond the barriers of language.”

    Marceau was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, 1923, in Strasbourg, France. His father Charles, a butcher who sang baritone, introduced his son to the world of music and theater at an early age. The boy adored the silent film stars of the era: Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and he also was a fan of the Marx brothers.

    When the Germans marched into eastern France, he and his family were given just hours to pack their bags. He fled to southwest France and changed his last name to Marceau to hide his Jewish origins.   [Full Story]