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Dean Jones, who starred in some of the most memorable live-action Disney flicks of the 1960s and '70s, died in Los Angeles on Monday of Parkinson's disease. He was 84.
Jones rose to stardom thanks to a handful of roles in successful Disney family films like "That Darn Cat!" and "The Love Bug," the latter of which introduced the world to Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with human-like tendencies. Jones was offered the lead role in 1965's "That Darn Cat!," opposite Hayley Mills, by Walt Disney himself, after impressing the studio head with his part on NBC sitcom "Ensign O'Toole."
He starred in many more Disney films, including "Monkeys, Go Home," "Million Dollar Duck," and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo." Jones also had a small part in Elvis Presley's 1957 classic "Jail House Rock," and appeared in "Clear and Present Danger," ''Beethoven," and "Other People's Money," among others, including a »
- Katie Roberts
Sad news to report today. Dean Jones, Disney icon and star of such family films as The Love Bug and That Darn Cat, has passed away at the age of 84. Star of both the stage and screen, the actor died Tuesday in Los Angeles from Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his wife, Lory Basham Jones, three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Throughout his expansive career, Dean Jones maintain boyish good looks that made him an All-American favorite. He has long been associated with the Walt Disney Company, appearing in many of their live-action family movies. His tenure with the studio began with a call from Walt Disney himself, who praised his work on the 1962 TV show Ensign O'Toole. The actor played the title role on the show, after having served in the Navy. Walt Disney seemed most fascinated by the end of each episode, and Dean Jones only »
Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »
- Andre Soares
In addition to his appearances in films like “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “The Million Dollar Duck,” “Snowball Express,” “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Beethoven,” Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.
Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.
- Alex Stedman
Videology is a bi-weekly column by Kyle Turner where we look at music videos, music in film, and the relationship between the two.
Like other smart pop stars before her, Lana Del Rey is obsessed with identity, particularly its paradoxical nature as something both incredibly malleable as well as the rigidity of the norms that society around us/her set. She’s interested in iconography: it’s not just a fancy word for fame, but iconography as a form of recognition that transcends genre, time, and space. Her latest video, “High on the Beach”, which was released two weeks ago, takes the same general subject as Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”. And though she shoots this video, and in a broader sense her entire persona, through the lens of the disparate relationship between time and fame (1960s Americana juxtaposed 2010 realities), there’s always the nagging feeling that the artifice she’s constructed is just that. »
- Kyle Turner
A legendary musician, songwriter and performer, Glen Campbell cut his teeth as part of the iconic studio session players The Wrecking Crew, laying down the backing tracks for artists like Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys and Phil Spector. When it came time to record his own music in the mid '60s, he cut songs like Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston" and later "Rhinestone Cowboy." However, in 2011 it was revealed that Campbell was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. He went on out on tour one more time to say goodbye to his fans. Read More: Review: Music Documentary 'The Wrecking Crew' Has A Nice Melody But Misses The High Notes James Keach's documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" documents his "Goodbye Tour," a five week, 151 show journey that would mark Campbell's last time performing on stage. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jennifer O’Connell is exiting as the company’s head of U.S. Television. Matt Sharp, CEO of Core’s Sharp Entertainment banner, will now oversee all development and production for Core’s TV efforts, both scripted and unscripted.
Core Media Group is formally part of the joint venture that its former majority owner, private equity giant Apollo Global Management, struck last year with 21st Century Fox — a merger that combined Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group. But in fact, Core’s operations have remained at arm’s length from Endemol and Shine, which have fully merged into a single unit with production-distribution outposts around the world. Core functions within the joint venture fall under a shared-services agreement for select back-office support systems. »
- Cynthia Littleton
There was a lot of hoopla this year over “The Sound of Music,” but that isn’t the only musical celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The Beatles’ “Help!” opened on Aug. 25, 1965, and the general consensus at the time was that it was the second-best Beatles movie ever made.
When the quartet made their film debut in 1964 with “A Hard Day’s Night,” Beatlemania guaranteed box office, but artistic expectations were low. Whenever rock-pop acts had previously hit the bigscreen, they were often in quickie exploitation fare, such as “Don’t Knock the Rock” (featuring Bill Haley & the Comets and Little Richard) and “Twist Around the Clock” (Chubby Checker) or the dozen Elvis Presley movies (with Col. Tom Parker bragging that each film was completed in 15 days).
So “Hard Day’s Night” took everyone by surprise, even earning two Oscar nominations. That set the bar awfully high for “Help!” Critics and audiences »
- Tim Gray
Growing up, my local video store, Major Video, was god to me. I lived across the street and to say that I spent hours in that place Every day after school would be the understatement of the year. It was like my second home. Looking over every single box, cardboard standout, and even forking over my lunch money in exchange for whatever posters they would sale me.
See, I was never a “popular” kid, and I don’t mean that in a “woe is me” kind of way. I found solace in horror, in writing, and in music. Though those things brought me happiness, there was always a huge amount of insecurity inside of me as a kid, and to say that my luck with the ladies was non-existent would be hitting the mark perfectly. I was never able to talk to people. Not just the opposite sex, but people in general. »
- Jerry Smith
Sad news for comic book and vintage TV fans today. Yvonne Craig, who played Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) on the original 1966 Batman TV series, passed away on Monday night at the age of 78. Her family confirmed the actress' death on her official website, YvonneCraig.com. Fans were so stricken with grief, that they actually caused the website to crash shortly after news began to spread. Hopefully it will be back up and running later in the day.
Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned with no date set at the present time. In lieu of flowers, fans »
If you trace the line of butt-kicking women in movies and TV all the way back, you'll find Craig right there at the beginning. She originated the role of Batgirl in the third and final season of "Batman" in 1967, ka-powing bad guys next to Adam West and Burt Ward. As a trained dancer, she even did her own stunts.
Before her acting career, Craig danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She segued into acting, and appeared in television and movies - including two with Elvis Presley, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins." Along with her turn as Batgirl, Craig memorably danced as a green-skinned slave girl for Captain Kirk on "Star Trek."
Craig leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, and sister, »
- Kelly Woo
By Lee Pfeiffer
Actress Yvonne Craig, who specialized in playing perky and sexy characters in TV shows and feature films, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 78 years old. Craig broke into the film and TV industry in the late 1950s, making her big screen debut in the exploitation film "Eighteen and Anxious". Before long, she was not only co-starring with Elvis Presley in "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins", but also dating him as well. There was no shortage of work for the attractive Craig during the 1960s and she appeared on numerous TV series including "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." In fact, Craig filmed extra sequences for extended two-part episodes of the show that were released theatrically under the titles "One Spy Too Many" and "One of Our Spies is Missing". However, it was when producer William Dozier cast Craig as Batgirl »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Yvonne Craig, the badass actress who played the first-ever onscreen Batgirl and paved the way for silver-screen superheroes after her, died Monday night at her Pacific Palisades home after a long battle with breast cancer, according to her family. She was 78. "She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body," her family said in a statement released to CNN late Tuesday. "This didn't dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up." Craig was born in Taylorville, Illinois, and got her acting start as a teen in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, according to THR. What followed was a handful of early movie roles (including the Elvis Presley »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Yvonne Craig, an actress best known for portraying Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl on the 1966 television series Batman, has passed away at the age of 78. She was at her home in Pacific Palisades at the time of her passing and had been battling breast cancer, which had metastasized to her liver. In addition to Batman, she also appeared on Star Trek, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Mod Squad, and The Many Lives Of Dobie Gillis. Her movie appearances included It Happened At The World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins, which were both opposite Elvis Presley. Craig is survived by her husband, her sister, and two nephews. »
According to a statement on her website, Craig died from complications from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She had undergone chemotherapy treatment for two years.
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- Alexandra Spring
Batgirl Yvonne Craig. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home in Pacific Palisades, in the Los Angeles Westside. Craig (born May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois), who had been undergoing chemotherapy for two years, was 78. Beginning (and ending) in the final season of Batman (1967-1968), Yvonne Craig played both Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter Barbara Gordon and her alter ego, the spunky Batgirl – armed with a laser-beaming electric make-up kit “which will destroy anything.” Unlike semi-villainess Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Batgirl was wholly on the side of Righteousness, infusing new blood into the series' increasingly anemic Dynamic Duo: Batman aka Bruce Wayne (Adam West) and Boy Wonder Robin aka Bruce Wayne's beloved pal Dick Grayson (Burt Ward). “They chose »
- Andre Soares
Rip our beloved Bat Beauty! A punch in the gut to Batfans. A first crush for men of a certain age, the beautiful Yvonne Craig has died at the age of 78.
Yvonne was born on the 16th of May 1937. In her early life before her television career she trained to be a ballet teacher. She gradually moved into acting during the 1950s. Before appearing on television she starred in a few films including; The Young Land, The Gene Krupa Story, Ski Party, and High Time. She even played alongside Elvis Presley in Kissin’ Cousins and briefly dated the King. During the mid-1960s Yvonne moved from film into television, where she appeared in many shows including Man With a Camera, Wagon Train, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. More famously she played “Marta” (a green skinned Orion) in the third series Star Trek episode entitled “Whom Gods Destroy” in 1968.
1967 she was »
- Tom Stockman
Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on the ABC 1960s series “Batman,” died Monday. She was 78. The actress passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, according to her official website. Craig had been battling breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She was known for her portrayal of Batgirl and alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, in the cult series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Craig, who was born in Illinois but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins. »
- Debbie Emery
Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family, according to her spokesman. She had been suffering from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver.
Craig also played Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of “Star Trek.”
She also starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”
In 2000, Craig wrote a book entitled “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond,” which covered some of her years in the ballet as well as her theatrical career.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, »
- Variety Staff
The guys who rose to prominence by dishing out Internet spoilers and collecting reactions to viral videos will soon connect the dots between disparate topics. The Fine Bros, whose 13 million subscribers make them two of YouTube’s biggest stars, will premiere the first episode of their second TV show, Six Degrees of Everything, at 9:30 Pm Est on August 18th on TruTV.
Six Degrees of Everything, as its title implies, which give its subjects the Kevin Bacon treatment by linking them through a series of intermediate topics. The first episode, for example, will somehow find a connection between Albert Einstein and breast implants, while checking in with Elvis Presley and The Incredible Hulk along the way. The goal, as Benny and Rafi Fine explain in a video they made with TruTV, is to provide high quality “edutainment” for viewers. “With every topic we’re touching upon,” says Benny Fine in the video, »
- Sam Gutelle
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