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Former Child Actor Teddy Rooney, Son of Mickey Rooney, Dies at 66

5 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Former child actor Teddy Rooney has died. He was 66. Rooney's sister, Kelly, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that her brother died on Saturday in a convalescent home in Southern California after a long illness. Teddy was one of late actor Mickey Rooney's nine children. His mother was model and actress Martha Vickers, who was married to Mickey from 1949 - 1951 as his third of eight wives. Rooney acted alongside his mother on an episode of Playhouse 90 in 1957. In addition, he was featured in his father's film Andy Hardy Comes Home in 1958 and General Electric Theater in 1960. Among Rooney's most »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Reagan Documentary in Works With Footage Shot by Late President (Exclusive)

24 May 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Patti Davis and Primary Wave Entertainment are producing a documentary centered around Super 8 film footage shot primarily by Ronald Reagan from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.

Zak Knutson, best known for Film 4’s “Milius,” is directing. The private footage is in pristine condition and offers a never-before-seen look at Reagan’s family on vacations, ranch visits, backyard plays, birthday parties, visits to the beach and pool time that dominated the family’s Southern-California outdoor lifestyle.

Reagan served as president of the Screen Actors Guild between 1947 and 1952 and again in 1959-60, and was hired by General Electric in 1954 to host the weekly TV drama series “General Electric Theater.” He made his foray into politics in 1966 when he won the California governorship over incumbent Democrat Edmund G. Brown and was re-elected in 1970.

Davis brands the period covered by the footage as “before the world moved in” when the Reagans lived »

- Dave McNary

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Nancy Reagan, Actress Who Became Powerful First Lady, Dies at 94

6 March 2016 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, who as an aspiring actress married affable leading man Ronald Reagan, and then offered her unfailing support and Hollywood style as his unlikely political career took them to the Sacramento’s governor’s mansion and then all the way to the White House, has died. She was 94.

A family spokesperson told CBS that Reagan died Sunday in her Los Angeles home of congestive heart failure.

Reagan had a reputation as her husband’s greatest protector, whether regarding publicity or public policy, but she won public admiration as she took on the role of caregiver as he faced the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in the last 10 years of his life.

Nancy Davis was an actress under contract with MGM in 1949 when she first met Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, and asked for his help in clearing her name after it mistakenly appeared »

- Ted Johnson

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James Dean's 85th Birthday: 9 Ways His Legacy Lives On After Death

8 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

James Dean would have turned 85 years old on Monday. Feb. 8. Of course, Dean died in an automobile crash on Sept. 30, 1955. He was only 24 years old at the time, meaning that he's been dead almost three times as long as he was alive, yet the image of the heartthrob star still persists - uniquely among stars of his era and uniquely among stars who died young. He still appears on posters, in magazines and in representations on film, and young people today might well know who he is, even if they've never seen one of his movies. In celebration of Dean's 85th birthday, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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James Dean's 85th Birthday: 9 Ways His Legacy Lives On After Death

8 February 2016 10:15 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

James Dean would have turned 85 years old on Monday. Feb. 8. Of course, Dean died in an automobile crash on Sept. 30, 1955. He was only 24 years old at the time, meaning that he's been dead almost three times as long as he was alive, yet the image of the heartthrob star still persists - uniquely among stars of his era and uniquely among stars who died young. He still appears on posters, in magazines and in representations on film, and young people today might well know who he is, even if they've never seen one of his movies. In celebration of Dean's 85th birthday, »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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James Dean: 11 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the 'Rebel' Icon

6 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a guy who starred in only three movies, James Dean has had an oversized impact on pop culture.

Eighty-five years after his birth (on February 8, 1931) and 60 years after the release of his final film ("Giant"), Dean is still our top poster boy for teen angst. And it didn't hurt his legend that his death in a car crash at age 24 meant we never had to watch him grow old, lose his looks, sell out, or make a bad film.

As iconic and familiar as Dean has remained for six decades, there's still plenty of mystery behind this lost-too-soon idol. In honor of his 85th, here are 10 things you need to know about the "Rebel Without a Cause" star.

1. Though he typically played the brooding outsider, Dean was a jock and a team player as a teen. He excelled at baseball, basketball, and pole vaulting in high school and took up fencing in college. »

- Gary Susman

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