Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn, Jr., (July 12, 1934 – February 27, 2013) was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of 23, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
His mother, an accomplished pianist who had studied under a student of Franz Liszt, discovered him playing at age three and mimicking one of her students. She began his own lessons. He developed a rich, round tone and a singing voice-like phrasing, having been taught from the start to sing each piece.
Van Cliburn toured domestically and overseas. He played for royalty, heads of state, and every U.S. president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama. His recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 was the first album by a classical artist to sell more than 1 million copies.
Cliburn received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2001. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 by then President George W. Bush, and, in October 2004, the Russian Order of Friendship, the highest civilian awards of the two countries. He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award the same year and played at a surprise 50th birthday party for United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He was a member of the Alpha Chi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was awarded the fraternity's Charles E. Lutton Man of Music Award in 1962. He was presented a 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
Van Cliburn cause of death
Van Ciburn died of bone cancer. Van Ciburn was 78 years old at the time of his death. On August 27, 2012, Cliburn's publicist announced that the pianist had advanced bone cancer.
In 1998, Cliburn was named in a lawsuit by his domestic partner of seventeen years, mortician Thomas Zaremba. In the suit, Zaremba claimed entitlement to a portion of Cliburn's income and assets and went on to charge that he might have been exposed to HIV, claiming emotional distress. The claims were denied by a trial court, and that decision was then affirmed by an appellate court, which held that palimony suits are not permitted in the state of Texas unless the relationship is based on a written agreement.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Mvt III - Van Cliburn
Harry Carey, Jr. (May 16, 1921 – December 27, 2012) was an American actor. He appeared in over 90 films (several were Westerns directed by John Ford) and numerous television series.
Carey made eleven films with actor John Wayne, starting with Red River and ending with Cahill U.S. Marshal.
Carey collaborated frequently with director John Ford, a close friend, and became a regular in what was commonly called the John Ford Stock Company. He appeared in such notable Ford films as 3 Godfathers (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Wagon Master (1950), Rio Grande (1950), The Long Gray Line (1955); Mister Roberts (1955), The Searchers (1956), Two Rode Together (1961), and Cheyenne Autumn (1964). Carey wrote a book about his experiences working with Ford titled "Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company", published in 1994.
Between 1955 and 1957, Carey appeared as ranch counselor Bill Burnett in the serial Spin and Marty, seen on Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. In the 1960s, Carey appeared on such shows as Have Gun - Will Travel, The Legend of Jesse James, Wagon Train, Gray Ghost, Whispering Smith, Tombstone Territory, The Rounders, Bonanza, and Gunsmoke.
For his contribution to the television industry, Harry Carey Jr. was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6363 Vine Street. In 2003, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Harry Carey Jr. Cause of Death
Harry Carey Jr. died Thursday of natural causes. Harry Carey Jr. was 91 years old at the time of his death
Harry Carey, Jr at the Lone Pine Film Festival, 2007
They Rode Their Trails Together: Ben Johnson Harry Carey Jr
Gary Ennis Collins (April 30, 1938 – October 13, 2012) was an American film and television actor.
He guest-starred on dozens of television shows since the 1960s, including Perry Mason, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, The Six Million Dollar Man, Alf, The Love Boat, Charlie's Angels, Friends, and JAG. He had roles in the 1969 Andy Griffith film Angel in My Pocket, and in the 1970 film Airport. He played the heroic co-pilot in the 1977 film The Night They Took Miss Beautiful.
Collins hosted the television talk show Hour Magazine from 1980 to 1988, and co-hosted the ABC television series The Home Show from 1989 to 1994. He was the host of the Miss America Pageant from 1982 to 1990.
Collins was nominated for an Emmy Award six times and won in 1983 for Outstanding Talk Show Host. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Gary Collins cause of death Gary Collins was found dead around 1:00 AM on October 13, 2012, at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. His death was said to be a result of natural causes. Gary Collins was 74 years old at the time of his death.
Darryl Cotton (September 4, 1949 – July 27, 2012) was an Australian pop singer, television presenter and actor, but was best known as a founding member of Australian rock group Zoot in 1968, along with Beeb Birtles, Rick Brewer and, later, Rick Springfield.
Following Zoot, Cotton ventured overseas, basing himself in Los Angeles where he worked consistently as a singer/songwriter and performing with such artists as Olivia Newton-John, The Osmonds, Shaun Cassidy and Cliff Richard. His songwriting credits include Donny Osmond & Marie Osmond, Engelbert Humperdinck and The New Seekers.
Darryl Cotton cause of death Darryl Cotton was diagnosed with liver cancer in June 2012 (One Month before his death) Darryl Cotton was 62 years old at the time of his death
* Her last name is also known as Ellington. She was not married to Duke Ellington.
Maria Hawkins Cole (August 1, 1922 – 10 July, 2012) was the widow of singer Nat King Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole. She was also a jazz singer who worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. She met Nat King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar club.
Maria Cole cause of death Maria Hawkins Ellington was born in Boston and was the niece of Charlotte Hawkins Brown. She died in a nursing home in Boca Raton, Florida, after a short battle with cancer on July 10, 2012. Maria Cole was 89 years old at the time of her death
Richard Wagstaff "Dick" Clark (November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012) was an American game-show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he has sold part of in recent years. Clark is best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Clark has long been known for his departing catchphrase, "For now, Dick Clark...so long," delivered with a military salute, and for his youthful appearance, earning the moniker "America's Oldest Teenager."
Dick Clark cause of death Dick Clark died of a massive heart attack in his home after undergoing a procedure. Dick Clark was 82 at the time of his death.
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show since then.
Daytime Emmy Awards tribute to American Bandstand and Dick Clark
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012) was an American television show host and producer who is best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance/music franchise Soul Train, which he hosted from 1971-1993. Cornelius sold the show to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.
Don Cornelius Cause of Death Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot. Cornelius suffered from dementia and his health had been on the decline. Don Cornelius was 75 years old at the time of his death
Updated December 29, 2011: There is a controversy. Many people are skeptical. Experts say Chimpanzees live to early 70's max. Living 80 years is unheard of. So, the chimp cannot be authenticated. And there are people who vouch for Cheetah's identity.
Cheeta (c1931 - December 24, 2011) (sometimes billed as Cheetah, Cheta and Chita) was a chimpanzee character appearing in numerous Hollywood Tarzan movies of the 1930s–1960s as well as the 1966–1968 television series, as the ape sidekick of the title character, Tarzan. Cheeta's role in these films is to provide comic relief, convey messages between Tarzan and his allies, and occasionally lead Tarzan's other animal friends to the ape-man's rescue. Cheeta Chap has usually been characterized as male, but sometimes as female, and has been portrayed by chimpanzees of both sexes.
Cheeta Cause of Death Cheeta died in Palm Harbor, Florida, of kidney failure. Cheeta was 80 years old at the time of his death.
Wilma Lee Leary (February 7, 1921 - September 13, 2011), known professionally as Wilma Lee Cooper, was an American bluegrass-based country music entertainer.
Wilma Leary and the husband Stoney scored seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits on Billboard charts, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel." They remained connected to the Leary Family tradition as well, recording popular gospel songs like "The Tramp on the Street" and "Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill."
Husband Stoney Cooper died in 1977 but Wilma Lee stayed on the Opry as a solo star and on occasion recorded an album for a bluegrass record label. In 2001 she suffered a stroke while performing on the Opry stage which ended her career, but Cooper defied doctors who said she would never walk again and has since returned to the Opry to greet and thank the crowds.
The Cooper's daughter, Carol Lee Cooper, is the lead singer for the Grand Ole Opry's backup vocal group, The Carol Lee Singers.
Wilma Lee Cooper cause of death Wilma Lee Cooper passed away in Sweetwater, Tennessee from natural causes. Wilma Lee Cooper was 90 years old at the time of her death
Annette Charles (March 5, 1948 – August 3, 2011) was an American actress, probably best remembered for her role as "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in Grease. She has made several appearances on television, as well.
Charles was born Annette Cardona in Los Angeles, California. She speech at California State University, Northridge.
Annette Charles cause of death Charles died August 3, 2011 in Los Angeles due to complications from cancer.
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Linda Christian (November 13, 1923 – July 22, 2011) was a Mexican movie actress, who filmed films in Mexican cinema and in Hollywood, her career reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Mara in the last Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film Tarzan and The Mermaids (1948). She is also noted for being the first Bond girl, appearing in a 1954 TV adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale. In 1963 she starred in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "An Out for Oscar".
Linda Christian Cause of Death Linda Christian died of colon cancer. Linda Christian was 87 years old at the time of her death.
Eugene "Gene" Colan (September 1, 1926 – June 23, 2011) was an American comic book artist best known for his work for Marvel Comics, where his signature titles include the superhero series, Daredevil, the cult-hit satiric series Howard the Duck, and The Tomb of Dracula, considered one of comics' classic horror series. He co-created the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics.
Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.
Gene Colan cause of death Gene Colan died, following complications from liver disease and a broken hip received in a fall. Gene Colan was 84 years old at the time of his death.
Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American musician and actor. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the saxophone. He released several solo albums and in 1985 had a hit single with "You're a Friend of Mine", a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin's classic "Freeway of Love" and on Twisted Sister's "Be Chrool to Your Scuel" as well as performing in concert with The Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff'rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his autobiography, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009.
Clarence Clemons Cause of Death Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011. He underwent two surgeries after which he was in serious, but stable condition. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, he had been showing signs of recovery. However, Clemons died from complications caused by the stroke on June 18. Clarence Clemons was 69 years old at time of his death.
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is coming to town - Paris 07 Clarence Clemon on Sax, also sings "You better be good for goodness sake"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Jungleland
Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway (October 5, 1950 - May 27, 2011, known by his stage name, Jeff Conaway, was an American actor, best known for his roles in the movie Grease, and the US TV series Taxi and Babylon 5. He also directed the 1992 film Bikini Summer 2.
Jeff Conaway Cause of Death On May 11, 2011, Conaway was found unconscious from what was initially described as an overdose of what was believed to be pain medication, and was taken to a hospital in Encino, California, where he was listed as being in critical condition and in a coma. After the initial reports, Dr. Drew Pinsky, who had treated Conaway for substance abuse, said the actor was suffering not from a drug overdose but rather from "pneumonia with sepsis", for which he was placed into an induced coma.
Official cause of death (announced October 1, 2011) 5 months later, Los Angeles County coroner ruled his death accidental. Jeff Conaway died mn May 27, 2011, after 2 weeks in a comma. Jeff Conaway was 60 years old at the time of his death.
Conaway appeared on VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club' in 2008 and later on 'Celebrity Rehab,' where he admitted to being addicted to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.
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