J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, dies 91

Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980.

Death of J.D. Salinger
Salinger died of natural causes on January 27, 2010, at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire.

James Mitchell from 'All My Children' dies 89

James Mitchell (February 29, 1920 – January 22, 2010) was an American actor and dancer. Although he is best-known to television audiences as Palmer Cortlandt on the soap opera All My Children (1979 – 2009), theatre and dance historians remember him as one of Agnes de Mille's leading dancers. Mitchell's skill at combining dance and acting was considered something of a novelty; in 1959, the critic Olga Maynard singled him out as "an important example of the new dancer-actor-singer in American ballet", pointing to his interpretive abilities and "masculine" technique Personal life Mitchell's longtime partner was the Oscar award-winning costume designer Albert Wolsky Death of James Mitchell James Mitchell died on January 22, 2010, in Los Angeles, a matter of weeks before what would have been his 90th birthday. His death came after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

Jean Simmons, Actress, Hollywood Legend, dies 80

Best Musical/Comedy Actress, Guys and Dolls (1956)Outstanding Supporting Actress - Series/Special, The Thorn Birds (1983)

Jean Merilyn Simmons, OBE (January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010) was an English actress who appeared predominantly in motion pictures, beginning with British-made films during and after World War II, followed mainly by Hollywood films from 1950.

In 1953, she starred alongside Spencer Tracy in The Actress, a film that was one of her personal favourites. Among the many films she appeared in during this period were The Robe (1953), The Egyptian (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Big Country (1958), Elmer Gantry (1960), (directed by her second husband, Richard Brooks), Spartacus (1960), and The Happy Ending (1969), again directed by Brooks and for which she received her second Oscar nomination.

She had two daughters, Tracy Granger (born 1956) and Kate Brooks, one by each marriage – their names bear witness to Simmons' friendship with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

Breast Cancer
Jean Simmons was a breast cancer survivor (treated some years ago)

Death of Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California.
Jean Simmons was 80 years old at the time of her death

Marlon Brando & Jean Simmons - Guys and Dolls - I'll Know

Jean Simmons' filmography continues on next page

Jean Simmon Filmography

* Sports Day (1944)
* Give us the Moon (1944)
* Mr. Emmanuel (1944)
* Kiss the Bride Goodbye (1945)
* Meet Sexton Blake (1945)
* The Way to the Stars (1945)
* Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
* Great Expectations (1946)
* The Woman in the Hall (1947)
* Uncle Silas (1947)
* Black Narcissus (1947)
* Hungry Hill (1947)
* Hamlet (1948)
* The Blue Lagoon (1949)
* Adam and Evelyne (1949)
* So Long at the Fair (1950)
* Cage of Gold (1950)
* Trio (1950)
* The Clouded Yellow (1951)
* Angel Face (1952)
* Androcles and the Lion (1952)
* Young Bess (1953)
* Affair with a Stranger (1953)
* The Robe (1953)
* The Actress (1953)
* She Couldn't Say No (1954) (AKA Beautiful but Dangerous )
* Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
* The Egyptian (1954)
* A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
* Désirée (1954)
* Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
* Guys and Dolls (1955)
* Hilda Crane (1956)
* This Could Be the Night (1957)
* Until They Sail (1957)
* The Big Country (1958)

* Home Before Dark (1958)
* This Earth Is Mine (1959)
* Elmer Gantry (1960)
* Spartacus (1960)
* The Grass Is Greener (1960)
* All the Way Home (1963)
* Life at the Top (1965)
* Mister Buddwing (1966)
* Divorce American Style (1967)
* Rough Night in Jericho (film) (1967)
* Heidi (1968)
* The Happy Ending (1969)
* Say Hello to Yesterday (1971)
* Mr. Sycamore (1975)
* The Dain Curse (TV) (1978)
* Dominique (1978)
* Beggarman, Thief (TV) (1979)
* A Small Killing ((TV, 1981)
* The Thorn Birds (TV, 1983)
* December Flower (TV, 1984)
* Midas Valley (TV, 1985)
* Yellow Pages (1985)
* North and South (1985)
* North and South Book II (1986)
* Perry Mason: The Case of the Long Lost Love (1987)
* The Dawning (1988)
* Great Expectations (1989)
* Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991)
* Dark Shadows (1991) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Naomi Collins
* They Do It with Mirrors (1991)
* How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
* Daisies in December (TV) (1995)
* Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) (voice)
* Jean Simmons: Rose of England (2004) (documentary)
* Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro) (2004) (voice)
* Through the Moebius Strip (2005)
* Shadows in the Sun (2008)

Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan dies 28

James Owen Sullivan (February 10, 1981 – December 28, 2009), better known by his stage name, The Rev, or The Reverend Tholomew Plague was the drummer and back-up vocalist for the band Avenged Sevenfold, and lead vocalist in the avant-garde metal band Pinkly Smooth with fellow Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates. Sullivan lived in Huntington Beach, California and was married to Leana MacFadden aka Leana Silver. He was found dead on December 28, 2009, aged 28.

Death of James Sullivan
Sullivan was found dead at his home in Huntington Beach on Monday, December 28, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. The Orange County Police Department is investigating his death; they said that it appeared to be due to natural causes.

Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife (Jimmy on Drums)

James Gurley, guitartist, Big Brother and the Holding Company, 69

James Gurley (December 22, 1939 – December 20, 2009) was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco.

Relationship with Janis Joplin
A few weeks after Janis Joplin joined the band, James began having an affair with her. Once James and Janis became involved, he moved out of the apartment he shared with his wife and moved in with Janis. According to Janis, that arrangement ended the day Nancy came barging through the front door of Janis's apartment. "What an embarrassing situation," Janis told Jim Langdon later. "His old lady comes marching into my bedroom with the kid and the dog and confronts us." James continued his affair with Janis for a while, but eventually returned to Nancy, who forgave both him and Janis, with whom she had a close friendship. In 1966, the members of Big Brother, along with their wives and children, all moved into a single house in Lagunitas, California.

Death of James Gurley
James Gurley passed away on December 20, 2009, of a heart attack at home in Palm Desert, Ca, just two days before his 70th birthday.

Big Brother & The Holding Co. feat. Janis Joplin, James Gurley on Guitar

Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones dies at age 90

Jennifer Jones (March 2, 1919 – December 17, 2009) was an American actress. A five-time Academy Award nominee, Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Song of Bernadette

Death of Jennifer Jones
Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement in Southern California close to her son. She granted no interviews and rarely appeared in public. She died of natural causes at her home on December 17, 2009, aged 90

Jones married Selznick on July 13, 1949, a union which lasted until his death on June 22, 1965. After his death, she semi-retired from acting. According to media reports, Jones attempted suicide in November 1967 by jumping off a cliff; she was hospitalized in a coma before eventually recovering. Her daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954–1976), committed suicide by jumping from a 20th-floor window on May 11, 1976. This led to Jones' interest in mental health issues.

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones' Filmography continues on next page

Year Film Role
1939 New Frontier Celia Braddock
Dick Tracy's G-Men Gwen Andrews
1943 The Song of Bernadette Bernadette Soubirous
1944 Since You Went Away Jane Deborah Hilton
1945 Love Letters Singleton/Victoria Morland
1946 Cluny Brown Cluny Brown
Duel in the Sun Pearl Chavez
1948 Portrait of Jennie Jennie Appleton
1949 We Were Strangers China Valdés
Madame Bovary Emma Bovary
Gone to Earth Hazel Woodus
1952 Carrie Carrie Meeber
Ruby Gentry Ruby Gentry
1953 Beat the Devil Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm
1954 Indiscretion of an American Wife Mary Forbes
1955 0Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Dr. Han Suyin
Good Morning Miss Dove Miss Dove
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Betsy Rath
1957 The Barretts of Wimpole Street Elizabeth Barrett
A Farewell to Arms Catherine Barkley
1962 Tender Is the Night Nicole Diver
1965 The Idol Carol
1969 Angel, Angel, Down We Go Astrid Steele
1974 The Towering Inferno Lisolette Mueller


Poet Jim Carroll Dies 60

James Dennis "Jim" Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician.

Literary career
Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll.

Music career
Jim Carroll has collaborated with musicians Lou Reed, Blue Öyster Cult, Boz Scaggs, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, Pearl Jam, ELO and Rancid.

Death of Jim Carroll
Carroll, 60, died of a heart attack at his Manhattan home on September 11, 2009. On September 13 (the day his death was announced), it was stated that he was at his desk working when he died.



The Dells & Flamingo - Johnny Carter dies 75

Johnny Carter (June 2, 1934 – August 21, 2009) was an American doo-wop and R&B singer. He was a founding member of The Flamingos and a member of The Dells. Both groups have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Carter one of the few multiple inductees. He joined The Dells as a replacement for Johnny Funches in 1960 and remained an active member of the group until his death

The Dells - Oh What a Night

Swimsuit Model Jasmine Fiore Murdered - Suspect Found Hung

Jasmine Kinkade (AKA Jasmine Fiore) (February 18, 1981 - August 15, 2009) from Santa Cruz, California, was a swimsuit model, events promoter, and Las Vegas socialite. Fiore had also obtained a real estate license and was about to open a gym and personal training center. Her body was discovered on August 15, 2009 strangled and stuffed into a suitcase. A former reality show contestant, Ryan Alexander Jenkins (? – August 23, 2009), was named the suspect. Jenkins was found dead in a Hope, British Columbia hotel room on August 23, 2009 of an apparent suicide.

Relationship with Ryan Jenkins
Jasmine Fiore had met Canadian-born Ryan Jenkins at a Las Vegas casino. According to court records, Jenkins was charged in June 2009 in Clark County, Nevada, with a misdemeanor count of "battery constituting domestic violence" for hitting Fiore in the arm. Jenkins was expected to go on trial in December. The pair had reconciled shortly before Fiore's death and were reportedly traveling to Las Vegas for a poker game. Fiore's mother claims that the two fought frequently and that Jenkins had been jealous of Fiore's friendships with her ex-boyfriends.

Death of Jasmine Fiore
Fiore's badly beaten and crushed body was discovered in a suitcase that was placed inside of a dumpster in Buena Park, California, about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, on the morning of August 15, 2009. She had also been strangled. According to Buena Park police, Fiore's teeth and fingers had been removed before her nude body was stuffed into the suitcase.

Suspect Ryan Jenkins
On August 21 Jenkins arrived at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia in a vehicle with Alberta license plates, but stayed in the car while a young woman paid cash for 2 nights accomodation. After no one checked out on Sunday, August 23, and having noticed suspiciously little activity over the weekend, the motel manager and his nephew decided to check on the room. Jenkins was found deceased, apparently by suicide; the body was found hanging in the closet.

John Hughes, 80s teen movie director (16 candles), dies 59

Breaking News - More coming 

John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer, responsible for some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Hughes died on August 6, 2009, from a heart attack.

John Hughes' Filmography continues on next page

Delta House (1979) (TV Series)
National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982)
At Ease (1983) (TV Series)
Mr. Mom (1983)
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Nate and Hayes (1983) (with David Odell)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985; characters)
Weird Science (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
Career Opportunities (1991)
Dutch (1991)
Curly Sue (1991)
Beethoven (1992) (as Edmond Dantes)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Dennis the Menace (1993)
Baby's Day Out (1994)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
101 Dalmatians (1996)
Flubber (1997)
Home Alone 3 (1997)
Reach The Rock (1998)
Just Visiting (2001) (with Jean-Marie Poire & Christian Clavier)
Maid in Manhattan (2002; story) (originally titled The Chambermaid) (as Edmond Dantes)
Drillbit Taylor (2008; story) (as Edmond Dantes)

Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Weird Science (1985)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Curly Sue (1991)

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Pretty in Pink (1986; executive producer)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
She's Having a Baby (1988)
The Great Outdoors (1988; executive producer)
Uncle Buck (1989)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
Career Opportunities (1991)
Only the Lonely (1991)

Jack Nimitz, Sax Player, a Big Part of Jazz History, Dies 79

* General public may not remember his name. But Jack Nimitz played with "Who's who" in American Jazz history.

Jack Nimitz (January 11, 1930 - June 10, 2009) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist.

Jack Nimitz played with Bill Berry, Benny Carter, Gerald Wilson, Supersax, Frank Strazzeri, Thelonious Monk, Terry Gibbs, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Chuck Mangione, Shelly Manne, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver, Gil Fuller, Gene Ammons Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Frank Capp and Joey DeFrancesco into the 1980s.

Additionally he recorded with the vocalists Johnny Hartman, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae,Anita O'Day and Diane Schuur.

In the 1990s Nimitz recorded with Stewart Liebig, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank and Gerald Wilson.

In 1995 he released his first album under his own name. The Jack Nimitz Quintet played their final performance on May 10, 2009, in Northridge, California.

Death of Jack Nimitz
Jack Nimitz died from complications from emphysema
Jack Nimitz was 79 year of at the time of his death

 Supersax / Night In Tunisia - Jack Nimitz on trumpet

1942 'Cat People' actress Jane Randolph dies 93

Died Actress 40's moviesJane Randolph, born Jane Roemer (October 30, 1915 - May 4, 2009), was an American film actress. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio and died in Gstaad, Switzerland.

After growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, she moved to Hollywood in 1939 in an attempt to start a movie career. She was eventually picked up by Warner Bros. and appeared in bit movie roles in 1941.

She made 20 films between 1941 and 1948, then married Jaime del Amo, who would help develop Del Amo Shopping Center on family land in Torrance. 

In 1942, RKO picked up the contract of the poised actress and she received a leading lady role in Highways by Night (1942). She became known for her roles in film noir, which included Jealousy (1945) and Railroaded! (1947), and in a few popular but inexpensive horror films, including Cat People (1942) and The Curse of the Cat People (1944).

One of her last movies was the comic thriller Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). A year later she married and retired to Spain and began the life of a socialite. In later years she returned to Los Angeles, but also maintained a home in Switzerland.

Death of Jane Randolph
Jane Randolph died May 4 in Gstaad, Switzerland, after surgery on a broken hip.
Jane Randolph was 93 at the time of her death

Cat People - Original Trailer 1942

Former Republican VP candidate, congressman Kemp dies 73

Jack KempJack French Kemp, (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and professional football player. In the 1996 election, he was Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole's running mate for Vice President. He had previously contended for the presidential nomination in the 1988 Republican primaries. Kemp began his political career with nine terms as a Congressman for Western New York, from 1971 to 1989, and subsequently served as Housing Secretary in the George H. W. Bush administration.

Death of Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp died of Cencer at the age of 73

Before politics, Kemp was a professional quarterback for 13 years in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and American Football League (AFL). He served as captain of both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills and earned the AFL Most Valuable Player award in 1965 after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship. He played in the AFL for all 10 years of its existence, appeared in its All-Star game seven times, played in its championship game five times, and set many of the league's career passing records. Kemp also co-founded the AFL Players Association, for which he served five terms as president. During the early part of his football career, he served in the United States Army Reserve.

After his days in political office, Kemp remained active as a political advocate and commentator, and served on corporate and non-profit organization boards. He also authored, co-authored, and edited several books. He promoted American football and advocated for retired professional football players. Kemp was the benefactor of Pepperdine University's Jack F. Kemp Institute of Political Economy. In January 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer.


Sons and Lovers director Jack Cardiff dies94

2001 Honorary Oscar
Marilyn Monroe described him as "the best in the world".

Jack CardiffJack Cardiff OBE, B.S.C. (September 18, 1914 - April 22, 2009) was a British cinematographer, director and photographer.

His career spanned the development of cinema, from silent film, through early experiments in Technicolor (and, less successfully, Smell-o-vision), to filmmaking in the 21st century. He was best known for his influential cinematography for directors such as Powell, Huston and Hitchcock.

In 2000 he was awarded an OBE and in 2001 he was awarded an Honorary Oscar for his contribution to the cinema.

Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Cardiff's parents were music hall entertainers. He worked as an actor from an early age, both in the music hall and in a number of silent films: My Son, My Son (1918), Billy's Rose (1922), The Loves of Mary, Queen of Scots (1923) and Tiptoes (1927). At 15 he began working as a camera assistant, clapper boy and production runner for British International Pictures, including Hitchcock's The Skin Game

Cause of death: unknown

Jack Cardiff's Cinematography & Directoral work continues next page

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Black Narcissus (1947) directed by Powell and Pressburger
The Red Shoes (1948) directed by Powell and Pressburger
Under Capricorn (1949) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Black Rose (1950) starring Orson Welles
The Magic Box (1951) a biopic of William Friese-Greene
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
The African Queen (1951) directed by John Huston
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
War and Peace (1956)
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) directed by Laurence Olivier
Legend of the Lost (1957)
The Vikings (1958)
Fanny (1961)
Death on the Nile (1978)
The Awakening (1980)
Ghost Story (1981)
The Dogs of War (1981)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Directorial work
Web of Evidence (1959)
Scent of Mystery (1960) — the first production in Smell-o-vision
My Geisha (1962)
The Long Ships (1963)
Young Cassidy (1965)
The Mercenaries (1968)
The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) starring Marianne Faithfull
The Mutations (1973) starring Donald Pleasence
Penny Gold (1973)

'Tenderly', 'Beyond the Sea' songwriter Jack Lawrence dies 96

Jack Lawrence (April 7, 1912 – March 15, 2009) was an American Academy Award-nominated songwriter who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Death of Jack Lawrence
Lawrence died following a fall in his home in Redding, Connecticut on March 16, 2009

One of the first major songs he wrote upon getting out of the service was "Yes, My Darling Daughter", introduced by Dinah Shore on Eddie Cantor's radio program, which was Shore's first record. Another Jack Lawrence song that introduced a new artist was "If I Didn't Care", which introduced the world to The Ink Spots. And, although Frank Sinatra was already a well-known big band singer, Lawrence's "All or Nothing at All" was Sinatra's first solo hit.

"Linda", a popular song, was written by Jack Lawrence and published in 1946. The song was actually written when Lawrence was in the service during World War II, taking its name from the then five-year-old daughter of his attorney, Lee Eastman. (His daughter was Linda Eastman, future first wife of the Beatle Paul McCartney.)

Lawrence wrote the lyrics for "Tenderly", Rosemary Clooney's trademark song (in collaboration with composer Walter Lloyd Gross), as well as the English language lyric to "Beyond the Sea" (based on Charles Trenet's French language song "La mer"), the trademark song for Bobby Darin. Another French song for which Lawrence wrote an English lyric was "La goualante de pauvre Jean", becoming "The Poor People of Paris".

Together with Richard Myers he wrote "Hold My Hand", which was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Song.

Rosemary Clooney - Tenderly - Written by Jack Lawrence
Yes, Rosemary was George Clooney's Aunt

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