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    Elizabeth Taylor: Obits, Video Clips, Photo Galleries, Memories

    The Web lit up like a Christmas tree this morning with the sad but not unexpected news of Elizabeth Taylor's death of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles at age 79. Fifty-three years ago--almost to the day--Taylor escaped dying in a plane crash. The petite actress had been in failing health for many years. Taylor was fragile even back in 1993 when she attended Cannes to run the amfAR auction at the height of her AIDS activism. I'll never forget walking up the red carpet stairs of the Palais behind Sylvester Stallone as he advanced to meet Taylor, waiting for him at the top, wearing white and holding her beloved little white dog in her arm...

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    Chasen Murder: Case Closed

    Songwriter Diane Warren dedicated her Golden Globe award to her long-time publicist Ronni Chasen, who was shot and killed in the wee hours of November 16 by a lone bicycle-riding gunman, Harold Martin Smith, on Sunset and Whittier after the premiere of Warren's film, Burlesque. Smith later killed hi...

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    Postlethwaite Dies Too Soon at Age 64, Great Brit Character Actor

    Pete Postlethwaite is a classic example of a great character actor whose face (with prominent nose and cheekbones) many would recognize without necessarily knowing his name. The British actor is dead at 64, after a 18-year bout with cancer. (A round-up of obits is below.)

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    Pink Panther Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88, Video Clips

    I grew up on the films of Blake Edwards, who has died at age 88. He is yet another example of a director whose kind we will not see again. Just as wife Julie Andrews was schooled in vaudeville, he possessed a range of skills that few can match today. Most impressively, he knew how to get a laugh from slapstick: the well-timed pratfall, the double take. No one else could have delivered the zany laughs in the best of the long-lived Pink Panther series, A Shot in the Dark. Edwards worked with the brilliant Peter Sellers to create the unforgettable klutz Inspector Clouseau, complete with clotted French accent and killer assistant, Cato, who could...

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    EXCLUSIVE: George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack Photo Diary

    Director George Hickenlooper was working at the time of his tragic death (via accidental overdose) in Denver on October 30 at age 47. He was premiering his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey in a story inspired by true events that is "so Gothic that at times," according to Hickenlooper,...

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    Chasen Tributes Pour In, Memorial Service November 21

    It's been a tough day, not only as the death of Ronni Chasen meant the loss of a friend, but as the reality of her violent demise hit home. Also, many of us who spend time at late-night industry functions and drive home at night alone are thinking about how fragile our lives are. Chasen worked tirel...

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    Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen Found Shot to Death

    On Saturday night, press agent Ronni Chasen came up to me at the Governor's Ball, kissed me on the cheek, asked me if I had greeted producers Dick and Lili Zanuck and Inception's Hans Zimmer and Chris Nolan, reminded me that she wanted me to interview composer Eliot Goldenthal for Julie Taymor's The Tempest, and told me to save the date for her Christmas party. I've known Chasen since she was a senior press agent at Rogers & Cowan in the 80s. She went on to run her own firm, Chasen & Co., which reps filmmakers and composers. Chasen, who was a diminutive but forceful blonde, kindly tutored me in the ways of Hollywood when I was fresh from New ...

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    Beaver's Billingsley Gone at 94

    The Cleavers were the suburban family I grew up with on black-and-white TV, and Leave it to Beaver's Barbara Billingsley, who played June to Hugh Beaumont's Ward, was my idea of the perfect Mom. Well, she's gone, at 94. I can still hear her soft, high plaintive voice: "Ward, I'm worried about the Be...

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    Tony Curtis: A Life in Pictures

    To go at 85 is to have lived a long and--in the case of Bronx-born Bernard Schwartz--productive life. High points in Tony Curtis's career include Some Like it Hot (channeling Cary Grant, kissing Marilyn Monroe, and making a very pretty woman, clip below), defining the groveling press agent in The Sw...

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