"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"
"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"
Actress and force of nature -- via the Los Angeles Times. A WWII internment camp survivor, she was a nude model and exotic dancer, then an actress. Her signature role was Varla in Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Her iconic portrayal of a blatantly sexual, violent and tough "bad girl" resonated through film history, informing many subsequent strong female characters.
Film special effects man, prop master, location scout and troubleshooter -- via Westerns All'Italiana. More on his remarkable career from the Telegraph.
Journalist, Communist Party functionary and trombonist -- via the Guardian.