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Everybody Loves Raymond: Doris Roberts Dies at 90; Farewell Marie Barone

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Actress Doris Roberts has died at the age of 90. An accomplished performer with a C.V. longer than your arm, Roberts assumed her best-known TV role as Marie Barone, on CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond TV series, from 1996 to 2005.

Born Doris May Green, November 4, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, the actress took her step-father's surname. Her earliest TV series roles, in the 1950s, were in properties such as Starlight Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Suspense, Look Up and Live, 'Way Out, Ben Casey, Naked City, The Defenders, and The Doctors and the Nurses.

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Pediatric Hospital Drama ‘Red Band Society’ Is ‘Not a Show with a Body Count’

Pediatric Hospital Drama ‘Red Band Society’ Is ‘Not a Show with a Body Count’
While the premise of Fox’s “Red Band Society” might seem depressing on the surface — the Octavia Spencer dramedy is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital — the show’s producers are aiming for a show that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, treating the hospital as “high school, boarding school and summer camp rolled into one.”

The series focuses on the lives of the hospital’s young inhabitants and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents in addition to overseeing their medical care.

“Pediatrics goes through age 24 and 85 percent of all kids with any one of these diseases recover,” executive producer Margaret Nagle pointed out at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Sunday. “It’s really about that time you spend in the hospital, how it changes you and what you learn… there are
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Rosemary Murphy, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Actress, Dies At 89

To Kill a Mockingbird actress Rosemary Murphy died on Saturday in New York City. She was 89.

Rosemary Murphy Dies

Murphy had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and passed away in her Upper East Side apartment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy played neighbor Maudie Atkinson, better known as Miss Maudie. Her character lives across the street from lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) and his two young children – Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) in the fictional Maycomb, Alabama.

Prior to appearing in To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy appeared in a number of TV series, including Robert Montgomery Presents, Thriller, Naked City, Wide Country and The Doctors and the Nurses. Following her turn in the Oscar-nominated picture, Murphy continued her TV work.

Murphy earned her first Emmy for playing Sara Delano Roosevelt in 1976 ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin.
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Ruby Dee: A TV Trailblazer Who Was Not Allowed to Dance with George C. Scott

Ruby Dee: A TV Trailblazer Who Was Not Allowed to Dance with George C. Scott
Ruby Dee scored plenty of film and stage triumphs during her long career in showbiz. The actress who died Wednesday at the age of 91 is equally renowned for her activism on behalf of civil rights and other humanitarian causes.

But Dee also left a proud legacy of accomplishments on the small screen thanks to her roles on such early- to mid-1960s series as “Peyton Place,” “East Side, West Side,” “The Defenders” and “Nurses.” They were mostly guest shots, with the exception of her recurring role on “Peyton Place,” but even granting a prominent guest role to a black actress was still seen as groundbreaking for the time.

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Consider the controversy sparked by her guest role opposite George C. Scott in the CBS drama “East Side, West Side.” Scott played a crusading New York City social worker in the show from David Susskind
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Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Oscar-Nominated Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91
Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.

Dee’s Oscar nomination in 2008 for her performance as the feisty mother of a Harlem druglord played by Washington in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” was particularly impressive because the actress made an impression on the Motion Picture Academy with only 10 minutes of screen time. She won a SAG Award for the same performance.

Dee also won an Emmy in 1991 for her performance in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie “Decoration Day.”

She and her husband, Ossie Davis, who often performed together, were among the first generation of African-American actors, led by Sidney Poitier, afforded the opportunity for significant, dignified dramatic roles in films, onstage and on television.

When Dee and Davis (who died
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Nancy Malone, Pioneering TV Producer-Director, Studio Exec, Dies at 78

Nancy Malone, Pioneering TV Producer-Director, Studio Exec, Dies at 78
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.

Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.

Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”

She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for April

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for April.

Night Gallery: Season 3 DVD Available Now

The third and final season (1972–73) of Rod Serling’s underrated series finally comes to DVD. Season 3 (with episodes downsized to half an hour) is generally considered inferior to the first two years, but it still contains several classic episodes. Best of all, Jim Benson and Scott Skelton, co-authors of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, helped put together a “lost” episode featuring four segments that were heavily altered for syndication. Guest stars this season include Mickey Rooney, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith and gorgeous Joanna Pettet (The Evil).

Thou Shalt Not Kill… Except (1985) Blu-ray/DVD combo Available Now

One of the last great exploitation films of the ‘80s to receive wide theatrical distribution, this gonzo action/horror hybrid from director Josh Becker features many names from the Evil Dead team, both
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Actress Bethune Dies In Hit-and-run Horror

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Actress Bethune Dies In Hit-and-run Horror
American actress Zina Bethune has died at the age of 66 following a hit-and-run horror in Los Angeles.

The screen and stage star, who appeared in Martin Scorsese's first feature film Who's That Knocking At My Door, died in the early hours of Monday morning after she was struck by two vehicles while trying to help an injured animal.

Bethune had pulled her car over in Forest Lawn Drive and was crossing the road to help the stricken creature when the first vehicle struck her, catapulting her body onto the opposite carriageway.

The actress was then struck by a second car, which dragged her body 600 feet (182 metres). Cops believe the driver of the second vehicle failed to stop after the accident.

Bethune was a talented dancer who performed for the New York City Ballet before moving into acting. She enjoyed roles in various U.S TV dramas including The Guiding Light, The Nurses, Police Story, Planet of the Apes, Route 66, and CHiPs.

Director Pressman Dead At 97

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Director David Pressman has passed away at the age of 97.

He died of natural causes in New York City on Monday, according to

Pressman took charge of long-running U.S. soap opera One Life to Live for nearly three decades, garnering himself three Daytime Emmy Awards.

He also directed beloved actress Grace Kelly in the original TV version of The Swan and went on to guest-direct a number of popular shows, including The Defenders, The Nurses and N.Y.P.D., with Al Pacino.

Pressman was born in Tiblisi, Georgia, and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He then became an original member of the Actors Studio and founded the acting department at the prestigious Boston University in Massachusetts.

Before setting his sights on TV, Pressman also worked on a variety of Big Apple plays, including Broadway's Tony Award-winning The Disenchanted.

He retired from the entertainment business at the age of 85.

He is survived by his wife Sasha, and three sons Gregory, Eugene and Michael, an executive producer on the hit TV series Blue Bloods.

Screenwriter Lewis Dies

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American screenwriter Arthur Bernard Lewis has died from pneumonia at the age of 84.

Lewis passed away in Los Angeles on 30 October.

He began his career as a producer on U.S. TV series The Doctors and the Nurses and eventually moved on to write popular programmes including The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Baretta, Hawaii Five-o and In the Heat of the Night.

In 1978, he joined the production team behind hit series Dallas, first serving as executive story editor and then supervising producer, working on the series' famous Who Shot J.R.? episode in 1980 - the highest-rated TV episode in history at the time.

Lewis also wrote 1990s TV films Dallas: J.R. Returns and Dallas: War of the Ewings.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Estelle, a son, a brother, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and a step-son.

Paul Sylbert to be honored by ADG

Frankfurt, Germany -- Fifty-year production design veteran Paul Sylbert, who won an Academy Award for his work on 1978's "Heaven Can Wait," will receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sylbert received an additional Oscar nomination for "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Other credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), "Kramer Vs. Kramer" (1979) and "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). He wrote and directed the 1971 feature "The Steagle" and TV episodes of "The Defenders" and "The Nurses." In addition, the screenplay for "Nighthawks" (1981) was based on Sylbert's writings.

Sylbert is the identical twin brother of the late Richard Sylbert, an Oscar winner and Adg Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose credits include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and "Dick Tracy" (1990).

The award will be presented at the 13th annual Adg Awards on Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.
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