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Collin Wilcox Paxton Dies

22 October 2009 9:50 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Collin Wilcox Paxton, best known for playing Mayella Violet Ewell, the woman who accused a black man of raping her in the classic 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” died on October 14th of brain cancer. In addition to her famous role in the film adaptation of the book “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Paxton appeared in such popular TV shows as “The Waltons,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Playhouse 90,” and “Columbo.” Paxton was 74, and died at her home in Highlands, North Carolina. We here at Shockya.com extend our condolences to her loved ones. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more celebrity and movie news. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) »

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Actress Collin Wilcox Paxton dies

21 October 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Collin Wilcox Paxton, who played the white-trash girl who accused a black man of raping her in the classic 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird," died Oct. 14 of brain cancer at her home in Highlands, N.C. She was 74.

Wilcox Paxton studied at Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio in New York and became an accomplished stage actress who appeared on Broadway starting in 1958 with "The Day the Money Stopped" opposite Richard Basehart.

She went on to work with Tallulah Bankhead in "Crazy October," Geraldine Page in "Strange Interlude" and Ruth Gordon in "La Bonne Soup" and in Tennessee Williams' off-Broadway productions of "Camino Real" and "Suddenly, Last Summer."

In "Mockingbird," her film debut, Wilcox Paxton portrayed Mayella Violet Ewell, the pressured daughter of a racist (played by James Anderson) who accused Brock Peters' character of rape. The scene in which she is cross-examined by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch is among the film's best. »

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TV veteran Dick Berg dies at 87

2 September 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dick Berg, a prominent television writer and producer whose career ranged from live TV to movies of the week and longform programming, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 87.

His producing credits range from "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater" to the detective series "Checkmate" to the miniseries "Space" and "The Martian Chronicles."

With his wife of 63 years, Barbara, he also headed something of a modern-day Hollywood dynasty. Their sons are Icm chairman and CEO Jeff Berg, author A. Scott Berg, music producer and executive Tony Berg and producer and manager Rick Berg.

"More than anybody I can think of in television, my father proved to be extremely successful on a commercial level without every compromising quality," Scott Berg said. "It wasn't just that he had a great eye for talent -- especially writers -- but he really knew how to get the best out of everybody. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Playwright, screenwriter Horton Foote dies

4 March 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Horton Foote, the prolific playwright and screenwriter who gave enduring voice to the values of small-town America in such movies as "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Tender Mercies" and "The Trip to Bountiful" and plays like the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Young Man From Atlanta," died Wednesday in Hartford, Conn. He was 92.

Foote died in his sleep in his apartment. He was working on "The Orphans' Home Cycle," a collection of nine plays that will be presented next fall at the Hartford Stage, where his daughter, actress Hallie Foote, is now appearing in a production of "Mockingbird."

The Texas-born writer's career spanned more than 50 years in film, TV and theater. He earned two Academy Awards -- best adapted screenplay for 1962's "Mockingbird" and best original screenplay for 1983's "Mercies" -- and was nominated for a third for 1985's "Bountiful."

Robert Duvall won the best actor Oscar for "Mercies," and Geraldine Page took »

- By Gregg Kilday and Duane Byrge

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James Whitmore dies at 87

6 February 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

James Whitmore, who played such American icons as Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt, died Friday of lung cancer at his home in Malibu. He was 87.

Whitmore was twice nominated for Academy Awards -- as best actor in 1976 for "Give 'em Hell, Harry!," in which he played Truman, and as best supporting actor in 1950 for the war movie "Battleground."

He also won an Emmy Award in 2000 for a guest-starring role on "The Practice," as well as a Tony Award for "Command Decision."

Whitmore was diagnosed with cancer a week before Thanksgiving. "My father believed that family came before everything, that work was just a vehicle in which to provide for your family," his son Steve Whitmore, who works as spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, told the Associated Press. "At the end, and in the last two and a half months of his life, he was surrounded by his family. »

- By Duane Byrge

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