Saturday, May 15, 2010

David Randolph, aka David Rosenberg

Choral master led the best "Messiah"s in New York for decades -- via the New York Times

Friday, May 14, 2010

Rosa Rio

This talented organist began playing for silent movies at the age of nine -- in 1911! When the sound era arrived in 1927, she made the transition to network radio, working there for 22 years on such shows as "The Shadow," "Front Page Farrell" and Bob and Ray. Then she moved to TV, working in programs such as the Today Show, as well as numerous soap operas. In the end, she went back to her beginnings, accompanying silent film both live and for video release. WOW! The definition of an entertainment survivor! She was 107 years old.

UPDATE: Here's the New York Times obituary, which contains more information, including the fact that she accompanied Mary Martin when that performer successfully auditioned for Cole Porter . . . and a very funny anecdote about live radio, a studio audience and undressing . . .

Phyllis Douglas aka Phyllis Hodges Boyce

Erstwhile actress played little Bonnie Blue Butler in "Gone With the Wind" and grew up to play roles in camp classics such as the original "Star Trek," "Batman" . . . and "Atlantis, the Lost Continent"! Via the Palm Springs Desert Sun

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Guy Adkins

Beloved Chicago actor who died young -- via the Chicago Sun-Times

Dave Fisher

Singer was driving force behind urban folk group the Highwaymen -- via the New York Times

Miguel Delibes

Spanish novelist -- via the Independent

Jadin Wong

Pioneering Asian performer -- via the San Francisco Chronicle

Stefanos Lazaridis

Brilliant stage designer -- via the Times of London

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Doris Eaton Travis

Last of the Ziegfield girls -- via the New York Times

Andor Lilienthal

Last original chess grandmaster -- via the New York Times

Mac Mohan

Indian actor best known for villainous film roles -- via the Times of London

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Francisco Aguabella

Percussionist played in all manner of genres -- via the L.A. Times

Frank Frazetta

Fantasy illustrator par excellence -- via the New York Times

Lena Horne

One of the 20th century's greatest singers; this performer overcame race prejudice to score success as an actress as well. Her activism and sheer bravery makes her one of the most remarkable beacons of light we have seen. Via the New York Times. Among the songs she made uniquely hers: "The Man I Love," "the Lady is a Tramp," and "Stormy Weather" --