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Gone With the Wind actress Ann Rutherford has died.
The Canadian star died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, last night aged 94. Ann's close friend and fellow actress, Anne Jeffreys, said she had been in declining health with heart problems.
Ann was best known for playing Scarlett's younger sister, Carreen, in 1939 film Gone With the Wind, and was one of its last surviving cast members. Ann was initially refused the chance to be in Gone With the Wind by MGM boss Louis B Mayer, who called her role a "nothing part," but after she burst into tears and told him what a huge fan of the novel she was, he reconsidered.
"I just wanted to watch the book come to life," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2010.
Speaking at the 70th anniversary of the film in 2009, she said, "That 'nothing part' turned my golden years into platinum."
During her career in Hollywood, Jane Russell kept company with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and a host of other legendary personalities. She was best-known for her impressive, Amazonian figure -- which she always put to good use on the big screen. And now, she’s gone.
Jane Russell died on Monday in Santa Maria at the age of 89, 70 years after she was cast in her first Howard Hughes movie (The Outlaw). Her cleavage, amply displayed throughout the flick, created a huge controversy with censors. She did westerns with the Howard Hughes-owned RKO studios for several years in the 1940s before being cast as Marilyn Monroe’s brunette bestie in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The role gave Russell the chance to show off another of her assets -- her powerful singing voice. You can hear -- and see -- her talents on display in the video above, a clip of Russell's big solo from the movie.
Throughout the 1950s, she continued to star in films. Russell was paired onscreen with Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra -- to name just a few. Russell spent the next years singing in nightclubs, making the occasional movie appearance until 1970.
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Tony Curtis, an iconic film star of the 1950s and 60s, was one of Hollywood’s best-looking leading men, but his best-known roles were not the stuff of romantic heroes.
Curtis’s standout performances include the one where he played a woman (Some Like It Hot), the one where he was a dirty, angry escaped convict (The Defiant Ones) and the one where he was a dirty, abused slave (Spartacus).
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Sally Menke, the editor on every Quentin Tarantino film since Reservoir Dogs, passed away yesterday in California. She was 56 years old.
The two-time Academy Award nominee (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds) had been out hiking in the record Los Angeles heat prior to her death. Temps in the area had reached a high of 113 degrees.
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Gloria Stuart, best known for dropping that large necklace into the water in Titanic, passed away on Monday. She was 100 years old.
Although she had been appearing in movies since the 1930s, Stuart finally made film history in 1997. That was when the then 87-year-old actress became the oldest Oscar nominee ever. (She received a Best Supporting Actress nod for playing the 101-year-old version of Rose in the hit James Cameron film.)
Gloria, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years back, died in her Los Angeles home. She leaves behind a daughter, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
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Following Dennis Hopper’s death, Easy Rider co-star Peter Fonda has come forward with a statement.
“Dennis [Hopper] introduced me to the world of Pop Art and ‘lost’ films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship,” Fonda said of his friend and co-star, who passed away on May 31 due to complications associated with prostate cancer.
Many credit Easy Rider as an historic film, which created a “new Hollywood” to help change filmmaking. Fonda produced the movie, with Hopper directing. The two, along with Terry Southern, were nominated for Best Screenplay in 1970.
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Dennis Hopper, the two-time Oscar nominee, died in his Venice, CA home today after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.
The actor, who was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (you can see video from that March ceremony after jump), was best known for his work in films like Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now and Hoosiers. His lengthy career extended back to the 1950s when he first hit the big screen in cinematic classics like Rebel Without a Cause and Giant.
Despite receiving an Academy Award nomination for his writing on 1969’s Easy Rider (a movie he also directed), Hopper’s film and personal career hit a number of lows. Dennis battled drugs and alcohol, produced theatrical bombs (The Last Movie) and weathered five failed marriages (including a nasty divorce shortly before his death).
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Lynn Redgrave has died at 67 after a long battle with cancer. The Georgy Girl star - the sister of actress Vanessa Redgrave and aunt of Joely Richardson - passed away at her Connecticut home on Sunday night.
The Oscar nominee’s close friend and family were with her to say goodbye.
“Our beloved mother Lynn passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer,” Redgrave’s children - Benjamin, Pema and Annabel Lucy - said in a statement. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our family asks for privacy through this difficult time.”
Peter Graves - the star best known for his roles as bumbling airline pilot Clarence Oveur in spoof movie Airplane! and special agent Jim Phelps in the Mission: Impossible TV series - suffered a suspected heart attack at his home on Sunday. He was 83.
The actor was just days away from his 84th birthday and had been out having brunch with his family to before he collapsed. One of his children attempted to resuscitate him but he was unresponsive.
Peter - whose real name was Peter Aurness - starred in more than 70 TV shows and movies, including 1953 classic film Stalag 17, in which he played an undercover Nazi spy, and hit western television series Fury, where he played a horse rancher who befriended an orphan and which ran for five years until 1960.
UPDATE: According to the coroner, Corey Haim died as result of natural causes.
Corey Haim, the actor best known for his work in a series of ‘80s films, died today in California. He was 38 years old.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Lost Boys star collapsed in his mother’s Burbank-area apartment early Wednesday morning. He was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Although an autopsy has not yet been conducted by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Haim’s death is being investigated as an accidental overdose. No foul play is believed to be involved.
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