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6 items from 2010


James Mitchell obituary

13 April 2010 10:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Dancer and actor known for his role in the American TV soap opera All My Children

There are legions of actors who are deeply grateful for the existence of long-running television soap operas. James Mitchell, who has died aged 89, was one of them. He enjoyed playing the wily patriarch Palmer Cortlandt in the popular Us daytime soap All My Children from 1979 to 2008. It came at the right time in his career. At 59, his dancing days were over and his film acting had failed to catch fire.

The majority of loyal fans of All My Children were probably not aware that the debonair, grey-haired Mitchell, still svelte and handsome, had been a leading dancer for many years, particularly associated with the celebrated choreographer Agnes de Mille. According to De Mille, Mitchell had "probably the strongest arms in the business, and the adagio style developed by him and his partners has become »

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Grease: Olivia Newton-John is Squeaky Clean, Jellybean

2 April 2010 4:06 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

The leading female character of Grease (1978), Sandy Olsen, played by Olivia Newton-John, is the character who wears the clothes most typified by fancy dress companies pertaining to sell costumes linked to the film.

Desperate to fit in at her new school, many of her clothes bear the ‘Rydell High’ logo in some way. Unfortunately for Sandy, she chooses ‘The Pink Ladies’ as her new best friends, the clique who find school far beneath their coolness. No wonder she is deemed by Rizzo as “too pure to be pink”.

We see this purity at the beginning of the film, where Sandy refuses to take her ‘Summer Loving’ with Danny a step further. Wearing a lilac hooded gym top and bikini bottoms, this is more revealing than her Rydell attire, but then again, this is the beach. We are immediately reminded of her warm, gentle nature as we are introduced to her flawless, »

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AfterElton Briefs: "Glee" Is Golden (Twice), Adam Lambert Speaks Aboot Life, Mourning a Soap Legend, and more.

25 January 2010 4:11 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Dolly's rainbow pride

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Dolly Parton did a wide ranging interview with The Guardian in the UK, and it covered everything from her plastic surgery, to her stance on gay rights, which turned out to be the only politics she'd discuss. I also didn't know Dollywood had Gay Days. I’m not a poster child for gay rights by any means. But I have so many gay and lesbian friends and they’re just so pure and so true. That’s not politics to me. That’s human rights. How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas just signed a new deal to keep them at 20th Century Fox and Himym for at least three more years, and raking in an eight-figure sum for doing it. »

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All My Children Star Mitchell Dead At 89

25 January 2010 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American soap star James Mitchell has died following complications from pneumonia.

The actor, who became known for his role as ruthless tycoon Palmer Cortland on longrunning U.S. TV series All My Children, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday at the age of 89.

His partner Albert Wolsky confirms Mitchell had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years and was recently hospitalised after experiencing problems when he was struck down with pneumonia.

Mitchell joined the popular soap opera in 1979 and stepped down as a series regular in 2008. However, he returned to the small screen earlier this month to help the cast and crew celebrate its 40th anniversary episode.

Before establishing himself on the show, Mitchell - who started out as a dancer - had a stint on Broadway in plays like Billion Dollar Baby, Brigadoon and Carousel, and appeared in movies including Deep In My Heart (1954), Oklahoma (1955) and The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire in 1953.

He also shared his skills with younger generations by teaching classes at the prestigious Yale University in Connecticut and Drake University in Iowa. »

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'All My Children' actor James Mitchell dies

24 January 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

James Mitchell, who played wealthy patriarch Palmer Cortlandt on ABC daytime soap "All My Children" for 30 years, died Friday in Los Angeles of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, complicated by pneumonia. He was 89.

Mitchell joined the cast of "AMC" in 1979. His final appearance was Jan. 5 for the show's 40th anniversary episode.

Mitchell began his career as an accomplished dancer and played leading roles in such Broadway musicals as "Brigadoon," "Billion Dollar Baby," "Bloomer Girl," "Carousel," "Carnival," "Mack and Mabel" and "Paint Your Wagon."

He appeared with the American Ballet Theater in New York, Europe and South America and with the Agnes de Mille Dance Theater on tour throughout the U.S. He also starred on tour in "Funny Girl" with Carol Lawrence, "The Three Penny Opera" with Chita Rivera, "The King and I" with Ann Blyth and in "The Rainmaker" with future "All My Children" co-star Frances Heflin.

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James Mitchell of 'All My Children' dies at 89

23 January 2010 7:23 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

James Mitchell, who played patriarch Palmer Cortlandt on "All My Children" for 31 years, passed away Friday, Jan. 22 in Los Angeles of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Mitchell last appeared on "All My Children" on Jan. 5 for its 40th anniversary episode.

Mitchell got his start on Broadway due to his dancing talent. He performed in, among others, "Brigadoon," "Carousel," "Paint Your Wagon," "Funny Girl" and "The King and I." He was also in the film version of "Oklahoma."

Mitchell took to teaching before he got his start on television, teaching movement for actors at Yale University and Drake University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in fine arts. He is survived by his long-time partner Albert Wolsky.

Watch a tribute to James Mitchell below. 

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