11:23 AM EDT 06/19/2013
Originally posted 04/23/2013 11:45AM
Allan Arbus, best known for his dozen appearances as the sarcastic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the '70s series M*A*S*H, died Friday at his Los Angeles home, his daughter, photographer Amy Arbus, told The New York Times. He was 95.
In addition to numerous roles on TV and in movies, from Matlock and Curb Your Enthusiasm (in 2000) to Cinderella Liberty and Damien: Omen II, the New York City native, during his military service in the army, had been a photographer – as was, notably, his wife, Diane Arbus.
The two met when Allan was an employee in the advertising department of her parents' Fifth Avenue department store, then married in 1941 and formed a professional partnership.
Originally posted 04/17/2013 11:30AM
The third victim of Monday's horrific Boston Marathon bombings has been named.
Lingzi Lu, a young Chinese graduate student of math and statistics at Boston University, originally from the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, was one of three killed in the blasts. The Chinese consulate in New York confirmed Tuesday that a woman from China had died in the bombings but did not reveal her name.
But as The New York Times reports, given the blogosphere, in China and elsewhere, it was impossible to keep her identity concealed. By Wednesday morning, the state-run news agency Xinhua was not only naming Lu Lingzi but also running her photo, picked up from a Hong Kong TV station. On Wednesday, Boston University also shared her identity and a photo of Lu.
Originally posted 04/17/2013 10:10AM
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who died at 87 on April 8, was honored Wednesday morning at a funeral service in London, where thousands of faithful British fans – and others who had traveled from abroad – paid their respects to the woman who from 1979 to 1990 served as prime minister of England and a heroine to American conservatives.
"It was a cold night, the damp goes through you," Margaret Kittle, 79, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail after she had traveled from Canada to camp overnight to honor Lady Thatcher.
"I always said I would come to the U.K. for Margaret Thatcher's funeral because I respect her," Kittle, a retired nurse, added. "I spent 50 hours waiting for the Queen Mother's funeral, so this isn't the first time I have done this."
Originally posted 04/17/2013 08:15AM
Actor Richard LeParmentier, whose character Admiral Motti was viciously attacked by Darth Vader in 1977's Star Wars for not believing in The Force, died Tuesday morning while visiting his family in Austin, Texas, they announced.
His publicist, Derek Maki, told the Associated Press that the death was unexpected. No cause was given.
In a statement, his children – Rhiannon, Stephanie and Tyrone LeParmentier – said: "At age 66, Richard Le Parmentier is one with the Force. We're deeply grateful to the many devoted fans who have posted personal remembrances of our dad as a warm, genuine person with an unparalleled joie de vivre and gift for friendship (not to mention a mean petanque player)." Petanque is a European game, like bocce ball.
Originally posted 04/16/2013 08:55PM
Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden's storm.
Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the "booms!" and "bangs!" of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster's career.
Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall's wife, Cheri.
Originally posted 04/16/2013 08:25AM
The bombings in Boston on Monday took an unimaginable toll on one of the Dorchester neighborhood's most beloved families – taking the life of 8-year-old Martin Richard and seriously wounding his mother and sister.
Martin died from his injuries. His sister Jane, 7, lost a leg, while their mother Denise had surgery for a brain injury, WHDH reported. A third child, an older son, was reportedly not injured.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Bill Richard said, "My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you."
Originally posted 04/16/2013 07:55AM
One of Boston's most famous sons, Mark Wahlberg, said Monday that he was deeply upset by the bombings at the city's marathon, and that something must be done to stem the violence that's increasingly putting innocent lives at risk.
"It's just so upsetting," the Oscar nominee, 41, told PEOPLE at a screening of his new film, Pain & Gain, at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York, hosted by The Cinema Society and Men's Fitness.
"Obviously I've got a huge family and so many family and friends back in Boston. I don't know what exactly happened, and I don't know if everyone's okay. I'm just trying to be here [at the screening] and put on a brave face and just be a professional."
Originally posted 04/15/2013 09:30PM
A comedian and writer known for his TV role on The King of Queens and in films including Young Adult and Ratatouille, Patton Oswalt got serious alongside most of those reacting to the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.
He refused to limit himself to just 140 characters on Twitter, where he quoted Mister Rogers on what he was told to do when bad things happen. The hopeful message has inspired thousands of retweets and favorites.
"Look for the helpers. You'll always find people who are helping. -- Fred Rogers, on what to do when scary things are on the news," he wrote on Twitter.
Originally posted 04/15/2013 11:25AM
Frank Bank, who played the clumsy bully Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the popular 1957-1963 series Leave It to Beaver, died Saturday, one day after his 71st birthday, say published reports.
No cause of death was reported.
Beaver star Jerry Mathers, now 64, posted to his Facebook page Saturday: "I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver. He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank's family."
Originally posted 04/11/2013 03:10PM
Rehtaeh Parsons, her father says, "wasn't bullied to death" by those who branded her a slut after she allegedly was raped.
"She was," Glen Canning says, "disappointed to death."
Compounding the tragic tale of the 17-year-old Canadian girl who hanged herself 18 months after the alleged attack by teens who were never charged, her father has stepped forward to tell of the sweetness that once emanated from his daughter.
Rehtaeh, who was taken off life support this week, "was always looking out for people or animals that needed help," Canning posted on his blog Thursday. "Sometimes her heart was too big, sometimes it scared me."
The alleged attack on Parsons and what followed had been likened to the Steubenville, Ohio, case involving two athletes and the rape of a 16-year-old. One of the boys in Canada allegedly took a photo of the assault on Parsons and "it quickly went viral," claimed the girl's mother, Leah Parsons. Rehtaeh was branded a "slut" and subjected her to bullying.
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