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Hollywood Finds Creative Ways to Give Back

11 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Entertainment philanthropy extends to the arts, the developing world,  the disabled and veterans. Here’s how a few in the industry are doing the right thing.

Bob and David Gersh

Museum of Contemporary Art/Whitney Museum of American Art

The Gersh agency co-presidents and brothers Bob and David Gersh were raised by art collectors, so it was only natural that they would follow in their parents’ footsteps by giving back to the art world.

David and wife Susan, a museum trustee, stay involved at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (Moca) by pledging toward the museum’s endowment and donating works to the collection. “I get a joy and a pleasure out of it,” he says. “But I think beyond the aesthetic there’s this intellectual understanding of what the artist is trying to do.”

Bob, meanwhile, serves on the board of directors of the Whitney Museum of »

- Seth Kelley

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Lela Swift, Pioneering TV Director, Dies at 96

5 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering TV director, died Aug. 4 at her home in Santa Monica. She was 96.

Swift worked her way up the ranks from production gopher to assistant director to helmer while CBS was in its infancy as a TV network. She directed episodes of such anthology series as “Studio One,” “Suspense” and “The Web.” Later in her career she worked on “Dark Shadows” and had a 14-year run on the ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope.”

Swift was mentored by “Studio One” producer Worthington Miner and prominent helmers including Franklin Schaffner and Paul Nickell. In 1950 she was tapped to replace Schaffner as a lead director on “Studio One.” Among her notable episodes was a two-part adaptation of “Little Women” starring Nancy Marchand.

On the half-hour series “The Web,” Swift gave a young James Dean one of his first TV roles. »

- Variety Staff

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Lela Swift Dies: Pioneering TV Director Was 96

4 August 2015 6:49 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering force for female TV directors, died today at her Santa Monica home of natural causes. She was 96. Swift went from gopher to an Ad job on the network’s Studio One in 1948, to directing nearly 600 episodes of Dark Shadows and winning three Daytime Emmys over 14 years of helming the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. Born Lela Siwoff on February 1, 1919, in New York City, she joined the then-nascent CBS in the… »

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as the Russian adopted father of the Klingon Worf.

Bikel did his first bigscreen work in John Huston’s 1951 classic “The African Queen” and Huston’s “Moulin Rouge.” After acting in a series of English films, he did supporting work in two high-profile pics in 1957: historical epic “The Pride and the Passion,” starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren, and “The Enemy Below,” a WWII submarine thriller starring Robert Mitchum.

He often played Germans or Russians — in his autobiography, Bikel said that his facility with accents resulted in »

- Carmel Dagan

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Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star, Dies at 91

21 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oscar- and Tony-nominated character actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel, who originated the role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and starred in “Fiddler on the Roof” onstage in thousands of performances, died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 91.

In a statement Tuesday, Actors’ Equity Association said it “mourns the passing of our dear friend, our brother and former President Theo Bikel. From the time he joined Equity in 1954, Bikel has been an advocate for the members of our union and his extraordinary achievements paved the way for so many. No one loved theater more, his union better or cherished actors like Theo did. He has left an indelible mark on generation of members past and generations of members to come. We thank you, Theo, for all you have done.”

To some, he is best known for his 1990 appearance on “Star Trek: The Next Generation »

- Carmel Dagan

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Observer Ethical Awards 2015 winners: Coronation Street

2 July 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The popular soap opera, winner of the Film and Television Award in partnership with Bafta, on becoming the cleanest show on TV

“I don’t think we could have got greener cobbles,” says Kieran Roberts, executive producer of Coronation Street, surveying the hallowed ground. When the whole production moved across town to Media City two years ago, 54,000 cobblestones were acquired from derelict Salford streets and upcycled into service on the world’s longest-running soap. And it is that kind of detail that has won the programme the inaugural Ethical Award for Film and Television (with Bafta and the Bafta Albert Consortium, the production industry’s leader on sustainability).

“Relocating to Trafford gave us so many opportunities to look at the way we make our programme,” he says. He’s standing in front of the façade of the Rovers Return – the interior is housed in Studio One, now illuminated by Led lighting, »

- Lucy Siegle

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Rip Betsy Palmer Aka Pamela Voorhees of Friday the 13th

5 June 2015 12:11 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Its a nasty blow to not only the horror community but the world. The woman revolutionized the obsessive mother But long before that she thrilled viewers with appearances in such hit shows as Kraft Theatre Studio One in Hollywood and Appointment with Adventure. She also showed her acting chops in flicks like The Last Angry Man It Happened to Jane and The Tin Star. »

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Friday the 13th actress Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88

1 June 2015 1:16 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Friday the 13th star Betsy Palmer has died at the age of 88.

The actress was best known for her performance as killer cook Mrs Voorhees in the 1980 horror film and its 1981 sequel.

Her manager Brad Lemack informed The AP on Sunday (May 31) that she died of natural causes at a hospice in Connecticut.

In addition to her most famous role, Palmer appeared in TV dramas like Kraft Theatre, Studio One and Murder, She Wrote. She also appeared in The Long Gray Lane, Queen Bee and The Tin Star on the big screen.

Palmer was also known for her Broadway performances, and appeared in several plays during her long career, including Same Time, Next Year and Cactus Flower.

Looking back on Friday the 13th in the years that followed, Palmer was not afraid to share her true feelings about the film, describing the script as a "piece of junk".

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Actress Betsy Palmer from Friday The 13th Dead at 88

31 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…”

The woman had a long and distinguished career including hundreds of TV appearances in the 1950s and ’60s, but she will always best known as Jason’s mom in the original Friday The 13th (1980). Betsy Palmer was a regular on the horror convention circuit and a good attitude about her place in horror film history. She said in an interview once: “If it was good enough for Boris Karloff, why should I complain?” Betsy Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospital in Los Angeles.

From The Associated Press:

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film “Friday the 13th,” has died at age 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, »

- Tom Stockman

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Betsy Palmer, Who Played Mrs. Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dies at 88

31 May 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Betsy Palmer, who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees’ mother in “Friday the 13th” and appeared in dozens of other films, plays and TV shows, died Friday in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 88.

The character actress had a six decade career, but her most indelible role was as Mrs. Voorhees, the murderous camp cook whose deformed son Jason drowned in the waters of Crystal Lake. Palmer carved her way into horror film history in the 1980 classic, and appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few entries in the slasher series.

Born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., she started out in classic TV shows of the 1950s such as “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One.” She went on to appear in numerous TV shows including “As the World Turns,” “The Love Boat,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Newhart,” “Columbo” and “CHiPs.”

On the bigscreen, she had character roles »

- Variety Staff

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Betsy Palmer, Who Played Mrs. Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th,’ Dies at 88

31 May 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Betsy Palmer, who is best known for playing Jason Voorhees’ mother in “Friday the 13th” and appeared in dozens of other films, plays and TV shows, died Friday in Connecticut of natural causes. She was 88.

The character actress had a six decade career, but her most indelible role was as Mrs. Voorhees, the murderous camp cook whose deformed son Jason drowned in the waters of Crystal Lake. Palmer carved her way into horror film history in the 1980 classic, and appeared in flashbacks throughout the next few entries in the slasher series.

Born Pamela Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., she started out in classic TV shows of the 1950s such as “Playhouse 90″ and “Studio One.” She went on to appear in numerous TV shows including “As the World Turns,” “The Love Boat,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Newhart,” “Columbo” and “CHiPs.”

On the bigscreen, she had character roles »

- Variety Staff

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Robert Drasnin, ‘Twilight Zone’ Composer, Dies at 87

15 May 2015 11:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Drasnin, composer of “The Kremlin Letter” and many classic TV shows including “Twilight Zone,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Mission: Impossible,” died Wednesday, May 13, at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He was 87. Death was due to complications from a recent fall.

Drasnin, whose credits also include scores for “The Wild Wild West,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Lost in Space,” “Police Story” and “Hawaii Five-0,” served as director of music for CBS Television from 1977 to 1991.

He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Charleston, W.Va., but lived in Southern California from 1938. He majored in music at UCLA, receiving his B.A. in 1949, and was soon on the road playing saxophone, clarinet and flute for bandleaders Skinnay Ennis and Les Brown.

After Army service during the Korean War, he returned to UCLA as a graduate student and became associate conductor of the UCLA Symphony. During the 1950s he also played with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra »

- Jon Burlingame

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'Kids,' 20 Years Later: Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny Both Have Opening Ceremony Collections

10 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

At the launch for Rosario Dawson's African-inspired clothing line, Studio One Eighty Nine for Opening Ceremony, the Daredevil actress paused to note a coincidence. "The 20th anniversary of Kids is this year, and Chloe [Sevigny] also has a collection [at Opening Ceremony]," said Dawson, who noted that a reunion screening of the Larry Clark indie is planned for June in Brooklyn. "I'm pinching myself, 20 years into a career, I'm still working outside of my comfort zone, doing a show with Marvel on Netflix — a platform that didn't exist then." Read more How Rosario Dawson Hopes

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- Chris Gardner

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Octopussy,’ ‘Gigi,’ Dies at 93

15 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Louis Jourdan, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93. According to his friend and biographer Olivier Minne, he died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills.

Jourdan offered a certain effortless charm that worked equally well in light heroic roles and more sinister ones.

“He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” said Minne, who is working on a documentary and a book about Jourdan.

In Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 musical confection “Gigi,” Jourdan starred with Leslie Caron and Chevalier in an effort from the “My Fair Lady” team of Lerner & Loewe, turning the Collette tale into a Frenchified version of “Pygmalion.” The New York Times said, »

- Carmel Dagan

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