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Singer Steve Lawrence Gives Emotional Tribute to His Friend Jerry Lewis: ‘He Was One of a Kind’

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Singer Steve Lawrence Gives Emotional Tribute to His Friend Jerry Lewis: ‘He Was One of a Kind’
Steve Lawrence is opening up about the death of his longtime friend and show business colleague, Jerry Lewis.

“He was one of a kind. There are only a handful of people you can say are that unique and I don’t think we’ll never see the likes of him again,” Lawrence, 82, tells People.

“He’s in the same class as people like Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles and Clark Gable, people whose popularity transcends decades. Their popularity stays the same even as the world and business changes around them.”

Lewis, whose manic style of comedy amused audiences for over eight decades,
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John McLaughlin, TV Pundit and Nixon Speechwriter, Dead at 89

John McLaughlin, the conservative talk-show host and pop-culture lightning rod who helmed the long-running roundtable TV show The McLaughlin Group, has died. He was 89.

The McLaughlin Group Facebook page reported the news. "Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the statement read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog,
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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering
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Stan Irwin, Las Vegas Producer, Personal Manager for Johnny Carson, Dies at 94

Stan Irwin, Las Vegas Producer, Personal Manager for Johnny Carson, Dies at 94
Stan Irwin, producer and the personal manager for many celebrities, especially Johnny Carson, died Wednesday, January 21. He was 94.

Irwin was entertainment director and VP-general manager for the entire Del-Webb Gambling/Entertainment Corporation, which included the Fremont and other downtown casinos, during its heyday, bringing in the likes of Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Frank Sinatra and many other top names of the 1950s and 1960s. Irwin was responsible for bringing Johnny Carson to the Sahara in Las Vegas, where he broke all the records in the Congo Showroom. Others he brought to Sahara for their first Vegas stints included Bolger, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jeannette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Marlene Dietrich, Dan Dailey, George Burns, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin, Eleanor Powell, Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Eve Arden, Bob Newhart, Maury Wills and Shari Lewis.

Irwin guilded the careers of Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Buddy Rich, Keely Smith and Louis Prima.
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R.I.P. Publicist Mack Newberry

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The veteran Hollywood publicist died yesterday at his home in St. Augustine, Fl. Mack Newberry was 89. A protege of Lee Solters, he spent more than a decade at Solters Roskin Friedman in Los Angeles, working with clients including Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Donny and Marie Osmond, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Marty Pasetta, who directed Oscar telecasts from 1972-88. Newberry also managed publicity for the Grammy Awards in the pre-cable/Internet years and was West Coast PR rep for the Tonys. He worked as a unit publicist for such films as Doctor Detroit, China Moon, My Girl, Straight Talk […]
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Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 89. Newberry spent more than a decade at PR firm Solters Roskin Friedman, Los Angeles, where he handled publicity for such clients as Dolly Parton, Carol BurnettDonny and Marie Osmond, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, John Denver and Rita Moreno. Newberry worked as a unit publicist on a variety of films, including My Girl and Straight Talk, and such TV series as Steven Spielberg's seaQuest. He was part of a small team that handled

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Producer, Friars Club Member Ken Greengrass Dies at 87

Ken Greengrass, a producer and longtime Friars Club member who was instrumental in putting the famed organization's once-private and profane celebrity roasts on television, died April 10 in New York after a brief illness. He was 87. Greengrass also worked as a personal manager during his career, with clients that included Diahann Carroll, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Art Garfunkel, jazz musician John Pizzarelli, the country music supergroup The Highwaymen and Sesame Street actor Bob McGrath. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 A native of the Bronx, Greengrass was a member of the Friars Club for more

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Ken Greengrass, Music, TV Producer and Personal Manager, Dies at 87

Ken Greengrass, Music, TV Producer and Personal Manager, Dies at 87
Ken Greengrass, an Emmy-nominated music and television producer and a personal manager who helped guide the careers of Diahann Carroll, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Florence Henderson, Art Garfunkel, John Pizzarelli, the Highwaymen, “Sesame Street’s” Bob McGrath, as well as producers and writers in the television industry, died in New York on April 10 after a brief illness. He was 87.

Greengrass began his career in the entertainment industry as a professional trumpet player, and his knowledge of music led to a career managing artists and producing many of their albums, garnering dozens of gold records.

As executive producer of television shows for all three major television networks, Greengrass was nominated for several Emmy Awards and won for NBC’s “How the Beatles Changed the World.” Other award-winning programs included “A Piece of Cake,” “C’mon Saturday” and primetime special “My Father the Circus King,” which marked the first time an
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Steve Lawrence Releases Musical Valentine to Wife Eydie Gorme

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Steve Lawrence Releases Musical Valentine to Wife Eydie Gorme
It's not every 78-year-old who releases a new album for Valentine's Day - or has his friends Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood backing him up. But, where showbiz is concerned, Steve Lawrence isn't just any 78-year-old. "To my knowledge, it's over 50-something, and my first in 10 years, at least," the familiar voice, calculating the number of albums he's released since his first in 1953, tells People from the home in Las Vegas he and his late wife Eydie Gorme shared since 1980. Titled When You Come Back to Me Again, after the Garth Brooks song on the lead track, the new album contains 10 songs and,
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Daft Punk Gets Lucky, Steals Grammys

Daft Punk Gets Lucky, Steals Grammys
Daft Punk, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Kacey Musgraves and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were just a few of the big winners during the 56th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. LL declared that "music has the power to bring us together like nothing else in this world" before he urged everyone to "make some beautiful noise!" Read on for the recap!

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The Winners

The Grammys are all about the music, with most awards handed out before the event. During the telecast, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories won Album of the Year, while the Robot Duo's Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers nabbed Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were named Best New Artist; the 17-year-old Lorde landed Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals; Unorthodox
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In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went

In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went
Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.

Jane Lynch presented the tribute to “Glee” co-star Monteith.

“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.

“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.

Edie Falco, co-star of Gandolfini on “The Sopranos,” grew emotional during her concluding tribute.

“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different.
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Linda Ronstadt: Iconic Singer Reveals She Has Parkinson’s Disease

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What a tragedy! One of the most beautiful singers in history revealed on Aug. 23 that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and as a result will never be able to use her amazing singing voice again.

Linda Ronstadt, 67, will always be remembered as the unbelievably talented pop singer who crooned hits like “Hurt So Bad” and “You’re No Good,” but unfortunately, her singing days are over due to a debilitating disease.

Linda Ronstadt: Parkinson’s Disease Stole My Voice

The songstress revealed on Aug. 23 that she was suffering from Parkinson’s disease in an interview with Aarp magazine. Linda said that she had just been diagnosed eight months ago, but had been experiencing symptoms for nearly eight years.

She and her doctors had been attributing her ailments to a tick bite, until she was finally properly diagnosed earlier this year.

And those ailments — hand tremors and difficulty
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R.I.P. Eydie Gormé

Eydie Gormé—a singing star from the early days of television, and the last years before rock asserted its dominance over the pop music scene—has died at 84. Although she had a few hits on her own, in the public’s mind, “Eydie” was inseparable from “Steve”—Steve Lawrence, her singing partner and husband of 55 years, whom she met when both were regulars performers on Steve Allen’s era of The Tonight Show. Gormé was born Edith Gormezano, the daughter of Sicilian and Turkish immigrants living in the Bronx. Both her parents were Sephardic Jews who spoke both ...
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Jody Rosen on Eydie Gormé (1928–2013)

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Jody Rosen on Eydie Gormé (1928–2013)
Eydie Gormé, who died on Saturday at 84, was the beneficiary of two mid-century inventions: the television variety show and the Great American Songbook. Both were actually gentrified updates of earlier pop culture. TV variety reworked brash, bumptious vaudeville for the electronic age; the Great American Songbook was the fifties invention of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and other great singers, who set the pop hits and show tunes of the twenties, thirties, and forties to lush, swinging big band arrangements, put on tuxes and ball gowns, and codified a body of durable American song standards — musical holy writ. Gormé met her husband and musical partner, Steve Lawrence, when both were working on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen. They sang together, onstage, on record, and, frequently, in front of television cameras, for nearly half a century.In the sixties and seventies, Steve and Eydie’s act was familiar to millions. They
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5 Eydie Gorme Songs That Were Better Than 'Blame It on the Bossa Nova'

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5 Eydie Gorme Songs That Were Better Than 'Blame It on the Bossa Nova'
Eydie Gorme, who died on Saturday at the age of 84 in Las Vegas after a long illness, will be remembered musically for much more than her best-selling 1963 dance single "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." The Grammy-winning singer was a staple of late-night and variety TV programs in the 1950s  and '60s with her husband, singer Steve Lawrence. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing," he said in a statement. See photos: Notable Hollywood Deaths of
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Eydie Gorme: Iconic Singer Dies At 84

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So sad. The legendary female half of Steve & Eydie passed away in Las Vegas on August 10 after suffering from a brief illness.

Eydie Gorme, who warmed so many hearts across the world performing as one part of Steve & Eydie and later enjoying success as a solo performer, died after a brief illness on August 10, according to her publicist. She was 84 years old.

Eydie Gorme Passes Away At 84

Eydie, who gained popularity in the ’50s singing on the The Tonight Show with Steve Lawrence, who later became her husband, is likely best remembered in the English-speaking world for her Grammy-nominated hit “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” In Spanish-speaking circles, Eydie’s major hit was “Amor.”

Her longtime partner Steve, in both music and love, was by Eydie’s side in Las Vegas when she passed away, along with her son and other family members.

“Eydie has been my partner on
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Singer Eydie Gorme Dies at 84

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Eydie Gorme, the fairer half of the Steve and Eydie husband-wife nightclub act whose career spanned half a century, died yesterday in Las Vegas of an undisclosed "brief illness," reports People . She was 84. Calling his loss "unimaginable," husband Steve Lawrence said in a statement that "the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time. Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing." The couple, who wed in...
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Eydie Gorme Dead -- Singing Legend Dies at 84

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Eydie Gorme -- one of the great voices of the '60s -- has died. She was 84 years old."Legendary singer and performer Eydie Gorme passed away peacefully today at Sunrise Hospital following a brief illness," her rep Howard Bragman said in a statement on Saturday. "She was surrounded by her husband, son and other loved ones at the time of her death." Eydie's longtime husband and singing partner Steve Lawrence added: "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."Born Edith Garmezano in 1928, Eydie began recording music in 1952. She got her big break when she and Steve were booked on "The Tonight Show.
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Eydie Gorme, popular '60s singer, dies at 84

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Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and TV singer, has died at 84.

Gorme was famous both as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence. She was best known for her 1963 solo hit, "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," and got her start when she was invited to join Steve Allen's local New York television show in 1953.

Following a brief, undisclosed illness, Gorme died Saturday (August 10) at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, according to her rep. Lawrence, the couple's son David, and other loved ones were by her side when she died.

"Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years," Lawrence said in a statement. "I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.
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Singer Eydie Gormé Passes Away at 84

Singer Eydie Gormé Passes Away at 84
Singer Eydie Gormé, who performed solo and alongside her husband Steve Lawrence entertaining audiences in the '60s, passed away in Las Vegas on Saturday.  She was 84-years-old.  "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing," says Mr. Lawrence in a statement released to E! News. "While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time." In addition to performing with her husband, Gormé had a huge solo hit with her Grammy-nominated 1963 jam, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." The band and nightclub...
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