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Interview: Director Julie Dash of ‘Daughters of the Dust’

29 November 2016 12:55 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Iconic and historical are the two apt terms for a film directed by an African American woman, the first to be distributed theatrically, Was it the 1920s? 1940s? It had to be the 1970s. No, it was 1992 when that barrier was broken, with the film “Daughters in the Dust,” directed by Julie Dash.

Daughters of the Dust” is a lyrical cinematic poem about transition and pride. In the early 20th Century, the children of slaves were making their first movements from the South during “The Great Migration” – when African Americans sought more independence in the industrial North. “Daughters” highlights the residents of St. Simons Island in Georgia, a settlement for a freed family named Peazant – who practiced Creole “Gullah” ancestry, which observed African tribal traditions during their time in America. The older and more established residents are wary of the traveling ways of the new generation, and the presence »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond Star, Dead at 90

18 April 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Doris Roberts, best known for her Emmy-winning role as Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, died on Sunday, April 17, TMZ reports. She was 90.

A cause of death has not been released.

Roberts garnered 11 Emmy Award nominations over her long career, including seven nods and four wins for her work on Raymond. She won her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on St. Elsewhere, and also earned nominations for her work as receptionist Mildred Krebs on Remington Steele, as well as her work on Perfect Strangers and American Playhouse.

The actress’ career began in the 1950s and ’60s, and included memorable turns on Soap, »

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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Doris Roberts, Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Doris Roberts, a character actress who labored honorably both on stage and screen for years before finding the perfect vehicle for her talents, the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died on Sunday. She was 90.

Her “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star Patricia Heaton confirmed the news on Twitter.

A cause of death has not yet been released. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Roberts died in Los Angeles. ABC and CBS also confirmed the news.

Roberts was nominated for 11 Emmys, including seven for playing Marie Barone on “Raymond,” winning four for her work on that series; she picked up her first Emmy in 1983 for a guest appearance on “St. Elsewhere,” making for a total of five wins overall.

On “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Roberts’ almost omnipresent Marie Barone (she appeared on every episode of the show, which ran from 1996-2005) made life difficult for her son, Ray Romano’s Ray, and especially for his wife Debra, »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘L.A. Law’ Star Larry Drake Dies at 66

17 March 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emmy-winning actor Larry Drake, who played Benny on “L.A. Law,” died Thursday, his rep confirmed. He was 66.

A cause of death has not yet been revealed. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Drake was found dead by his friend in his Hollywood home.

Drake played the developmentally disabled office assistant Benny Stulwicz on “L.A. Law.,” which was praised for handling Benny’s odyssey in a very progressive fashion, especially for the time, as he gets the job, finds his own apartment and gets a girlfriend over time, sometimes having to fight for his legal rights with the help of the attorneys who employ him. Drake recurred on the series from 1987-94.

He was Emmy nominated for the role three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1990, winning the first two times out. He reprised the role for “L.A. Law: The Movie” in 2002.

The actor was equally memorable in Sam Raimi’s stylish »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘L.A. Law’ Star Larry Drake Dies at 66

17 March 2016 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy-winning actor Larry Drake, who played Benny on “L.A. Law,” died Thursday, his rep confirmed. He was 66.

A cause of death has not yet been revealed. According to TMZ, which first reported the news, Drake was found dead by his friend in his Hollywood home.

Drake played the developmentally disabled office assistant Benny Stulwicz on “L.A. Law.,” which was praised for handling Benny’s odyssey in a very progressive fashion, especially for the time, as he gets the job, finds his own apartment and gets a girlfriend over time, sometimes having to fight for his legal rights with the help of the attorneys who employ him. Drake recurred on the series from 1987-94.

He was Emmy nominated for the role three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1990, winning the first two times out. He reprised the role for “L.A. Law: The Movie” in 2002.

The actor was equally memorable in Sam Raimi’s stylish »

- Carmel Dagan

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