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Larry McMurtry, Oscar Winner for 'Brokeback Mountain' and Author of 'Lonesome Dove,' Dies at 84

Larry McMurtry, Oscar Winner for 'Brokeback Mountain' and Author of 'Lonesome Dove,' Dies at 84

, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose novels, such as “,” “Terms of Endearment” and “,” were turned into award-winning films and who won an Oscar for co-adapting “,” has died, according to The New York Times. He was 84.A spokesperson for McMurtry’s family confirmed his death to The New York Times. No cause of death was given.McMurtry and his frequent collaborator Diana Ossana penned “Brokeback Mountain” based on Annie Proulx’s short story, taking the Western genre in which McMurtry so frequently worked in a new direction: a gay love story. The film saw this theme welcomed by large...

June 24, 2014
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Bertrand Tavernier, French Filmmaker and Leader of a Generation, Dies at 79

Bertrand Tavernier, French Filmmaker and Leader of a Generation, Dies at 79

, the prolific French filmmaker noted for films such as “Coup de Torchon” (1981), “A Sunday in the Country” (1984) and “Round Midnight” (1986), has died. He was 79.The director’s death was confirmed on Thursday by France’s Institut Lumière — for which he served as president — and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux. Tavernier had struggled with a pancreatic infection for some time, but it’s believed his death was abrupt.Besides presiding over Lumière and organizing its annual film festival with Thierry Fremaux, Tavernier was working on a film adaptation of a book by Russel Banks, and...

March 25, 2021
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Cloris Leachman, Emmy and Oscar Winner, Dies at 94

Cloris Leachman, Emmy and Oscar Winner, Dies at 94

Oscar winner and multiple Emmy winner , best remembered as the delightfully neurotic Lindstrom on “” and her own subsequent sitcom, died of natural causes on Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 94.“It’s been my privilege to work with Cloris Leachman, one of the most fearless actresses of our time,” her longtime manager Juliet Green said. “There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face. You never knew what Cloris was going to say or do and that unpredictable quality was part of her unparalleled...

January 27, 2021
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Cicely Tyson, Pioneering Hollywood Icon, Dies at 96

Cicely Tyson, Pioneering Hollywood Icon, Dies at 96

Harpo, Inc.Emmy- and Tony-winning actress , who distinguished herself in theater, film and television, died on Thursday afternoon. She was 96.“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”Her memoir “Just As I Am” was published on Tuesday.Tyson broke into movies with the 1959 Harry Belafonte film “Odds...

January 29, 2021
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Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79

Michael Apted, Director of 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'Up' Series of Documentaries, Dies at 79

, British director of the “” series of documentaries, as well as “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Gorillas in the Mist” (1988), James Bond film “” (1999) and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), has died, his agency Gersh confirmed. He was 79.Apted directed three actors in performances that drew Academy Award nominations: Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Sigourney Weaver in “Gorillas in the Mist” and Jodie Foster in “Nell,” with Spacek going on to win the Oscar.His “Up” series of documentaries for Granada Television, in which he profiled a varied group of...

January 8, 2021
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Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80

Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80

November 8, 2020 9:32am PT, the beloved host of gameshow “Jeopardy!” since its 1984 debut in syndication, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 80.The official “Jeopardy!” Twitter account announced the news on Sunday morning.” ‘Jeopardy!’ is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”Trebek revealed in March 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage Four pancreatic cancer. “I have lived a good life, a full life and I’m nearing the end of that life,” he told USA Today in October. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which...

November 8, 2020
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Diana Rigg, Star of 'The Avengers' and 'Game of Thrones,' Dies at 82

Diana Rigg, Star of 'The Avengers' and 'Game of Thrones,' Dies at 82

, the Tony and Emmy winner who splashed into the world of television with her commanding turn as intelligence agent Emma Peel on “The Avengers” in the 1960s and played Lady Olenna Tyrell on “Game of Thrones” decades later, died Thursday at her home in England. She was 82.Rigg was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry who worked incessantly on stage, TV and film. She famously thumbed her nose at convention in her private life and in later years seemed to enjoy her status as a grande dame.“She was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that...

September 10, 2020
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Alan Parker, Director of 'Bugsy Malone,' 'Midnight Express,' Dies at 76

Alan Parker, Director of 'Bugsy Malone,' 'Midnight Express,' Dies at 76

, the British director whose exceptionally wide-ranging oeuvre ranged from “Bugsy Malone” to “,” from “” to “The Road to Wellville,” has died. He was 76.The British Film Institute confirmed Parker’s death on Friday, noting he died after a long illness.Parker was twice Oscar-nominated for best director, for 1978’s “Midnight Express” and for 1988’s ‘Mississippi Burning.” While the director’s subject matter was eclectic, he did return frequently to the musical form: His films “Bugsy Malone,” “Fame,” “Pink Floyd the Wall,” “The Commitments” and “Evita” were all musicals or had strong musical...

July 31, 2020
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Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator, Dies at 98

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator, Dies at 98

, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety.Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist , was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,” with , in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in...

June 30, 2020
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Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator, Dies at 98

Carl Reiner, Comedy Legend and 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Creator, Dies at 98

, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.He died of natural causes on Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant Judy Nagy confirmed to Variety.Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist , was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,” with , in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in...

June 30, 2020
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