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Martha Stewart: Actress / Singer in Fox movies apparently not dead despite two-year-old reports to the contrary (Photo: Martha Stewart and Perry Como in 'Doll Face') According to various online reports, including Variety's, actress and singer Martha Stewart, a pretty blonde featured in supporting roles in a handful of 20th Century Fox movies of the '40s, died at age 89 of "natural causes" in Northeast Harbor, Maine, on February 25, 2012. Needless to say, that was not the same Martha Stewart hawking "delicious foods" and whatever else on American television. But quite possibly, the Martha Stewart who died in February 2012 -- if any -- was not the Martha Stewart of old Fox movies either. And that's why I'm republishing this (former) obit, originally posted more than two and a half years ago: March 11, 2012. Earlier today, a commenter wrote to Alt Film Guide, claiming that the Martha Stewart featured in Doll Face, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, »
- Andre Soares
Terry Kyne, a producer and director of television in Canada and the U.S., died of natural causes in Dana Point, Calif., on June 7. He was 83.
Kyne produced and directed Canada’s top-rated satirical comedy variety series, “Nightcap,” and more than 500 episodes of other CBC shows in a wide variety of genres — sitcom, variety, gameshow, talkshow, children’s and news.
In 1969 NBC brought Kyne to the U.S. to direct the “The Red Skelton Show.”
Some of his other credits include “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The John Davidson Show,” “Tony Orlando and Dawn,” “The Dr. Joyce Brothers Show,” “Getting in Touch,” “Totally Hidden Video,” “Name That Tune,” “The Wizard of Odds,” “The Cheap Show,” “The Diamond Head Game,” “Celebrity Sweepstakes” and “The Gong Show.”
Kyne is survived by his friend and wife, Pauline; two daughters and a son; three grandchildren; two brothers and a sister.
- Carmel Dagan
On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.
“Screaming relaxes me so”
Though Vampira’s reign as »
The legendary Mickey Rooney died today, passing away at the age of 93.
The Brookyln-born actor was a child star who successfully transitioned into adult films. Boasting more than 300 credits to his name across eight decades, he also earned four Oscar nominations, two honorary Oscars, a Golden Globe, and Emmy, and a Tony nomination.
Amongst his most famous early works were the likes of "Blind Date," "Babies in Arms," and over a dozen film sin the Andy Hardy franchise. Other famous films included "The Black Stallion," "National Velvet, "The Bold and the Brave," "The Human Comedy," "Breakfast at Tiffanys," "Erik the Viking," "The Fox and the Hound," "Pete's Dragon," "Ace of Hearts," "Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," "Requiem for a Heavyweight," "Baby Face Nelson," "Boys Town" and "Girl Crazy". His acclaimed TV work included "Bill," "Mickey," "One of the Boys," "The Red Skelton Hour" and "The Mickey Rooney Show »
- Garth Franklin
Former child actress Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. The Hollywood legend, who made her screen debut at the age of just three, died in her Californian home, surrounded by her family.
According to the IMDb, Temple’s last screen credit was in the 1960s in a television show named The Red Skelton Show, but she made her name in the 1930s appearing in the likes of Curly Top, Stowaway and a lead in Bright Eyes, singing ‘Good Ship Lollipop,’ which she is perhaps best known for.
Temple was, and still is the youngest person to ever win an Oscar. She received a special juvenile Academy Award at the age of six.She retired from Hollywood officially in 1950 after making a staggering 43 films, at the age of 22. Later in life, she stood as a Republican candidate for Congress in 1967, held an appointment as American delegation to the United Nations under Richard Nixon, »
- Paul Heath
Shirley Temple, the child star phenomenon of the 1930s who went on to a career in international diplomacy, died Tuesday in California at age 85.
A statement from her family provided to news organizations said she died at home in Woodside, Calif., of natural causes. “She was surrounded by her family and caregivers,” the BBC quoted the statement as saying. “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”
A string of non-stop hits starting with “Little Miss Marker” in 1934 and continuing with such films as “Captain January,” “Poor Little Rich Girl” and “Wee Willie Winkie” captured Depression-era America’s heart, keeping the troubled 20th Century Fox solvent.
The dimpled, blonde, curly-headed Temple was the nation’s top box office attraction from 1935-38 and one of the nation’s top wage earners. Reflecting the extent of her popularity, she »
- Richard Natale
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