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2 Weeks After Academy Apology, Littlefeather Dies at 75

Native American actor received 50-year-old mea culpa after she turned down Brando Oscar in '73

(Newser) - Last month, Sacheen Littlefeather received a mea culpa 50 years in the making from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which apologized for how she was treated when she rebuffed a 1973 Oscar for Marlon Brando. Now, just over two weeks later, the Native American activist and actress...

His 'Fight of the Century' Against Ali Made Him Famous

Popular Japanese wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki is dead at 79

(Newser) - Popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. Inoki brought Japanese pro wrestling to fame and pioneered mixed martial arts matches between top wrestlers and champions from other combat sports like...

Holocaust Survivor Lived Through Attack on Synagogue
Judah Samet
Mass Shooting


Judah Samet Survived Bergen-Belsen, Mass Shooting

After 'Schindler's List,' he decided to tell his story

(Newser) - Judah Samet, a Holocaust survivor who narrowly escaped a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, died Tuesday. He was 84. Samet, who survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in World War II, was running a few minutes late for services at the Tree of Life of Life synagogue and...

Hip-Hop Legend Coolio Is Dead

A Hip-Hop
Is Dead
at 59

A Hip-Hop Legend Is Dead at 59

'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio dies in Los Angeles

(Newser) - The rapper Coolio, one of the biggest hip-hop stars of the 1990s, has died at age 59, reports the AP . The rapper—real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr.—is best known for his monster hit "Gangsta's Paradise" of 1995, featured in the Michelle Pfeiffer film Dangerous Minds....

She Sparred With Nicholson in Cuckoo's Nest
Farewell to
One of Film's
Greatest Villains

Farewell to One of Film's Greatest Villains

Oscar winner Louise Fletcher, Nurse Ratched in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' dies at 88

(Newser) - Louise Fletcher, the actress who won an Academy Award for playing Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died at the age of 88, reports ABC7 . She died in her sleep at her home in Montdurausse, France, of unspecified causes, agent...

Death of Hilary Mantel 'an Enormous Loss to Literature'

British writer who wrote historical fiction about Thomas Cromwell suffered a stroke

(Newser) - Hilary Mantel, the Booker Prize-winning author of the acclaimed Wolf Hall saga, has died. She was 70. Mantel died "suddenly yet peacefully," surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said Friday, per the AP . Her longtime literary agent, Bill Hamilton, confirmed to the New York Times that...

Max Lerner, One of Last 'Ritchie Boys,' Dead at 98

The specially trained soldiers served as interrogators, spies, and saboteurs

(Newser) - Maximillian "Max" Lerner, one of the last of the so-called Ritchie Boys, has died at age 98. According to the New York Times, he was among roughly 11,000 primarily foreign-born, German-speaking soldiers recruited to Camp Ritchie, a secret intelligence training center in Maryland during World War II. Lerner...

Goodbye to Last Surviving Star of Original Ocean's 11
He Brawled
With Sinatra
in 'Manchurian

He Brawled With Sinatra in 'Manchurian Candidate'

Character actor Henry Silva, last surviving star of original 'Ocean's 11,' dies at 95

(Newser) - He tried to take down Frank Sinatra's character in The Manchurian Candidate and was the last surviving star of the original Ocean's 11. Now, a goodbye for Henry Silva, a character actor known for his villainous turns on the silver screen. Silva's son, Scott Silva, confirmed the...

The Man Who Brought Us Two Buck Chuck Is Dead
Founder of
Two Buck Chuck Dies

Founder of Two Buck Chuck Dies

'At the end, we all have an expiration date,' said Fred Franzia, who died at 79

(Newser) - The man who turned "Two Buck Chuck" into an American phenomenon is dead. Fred Franzia, co-founder of Bronco Wine Company, died early Tuesday at his home in California with family by his side, according to a letter sent to Bronco employees, per Wine Spectator . A cause of death wasn'...

Joseph Hazelwood, Captain of Exxon Valdez, Dead at 75
Captain of Exxon Valdez
Has Died at Age 75

Captain of Exxon Valdez Has Died at Age 75

1989 oil spill created one of the worst environmental disasters in US history

(Newser) - Joseph Hazelwood, the captain of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker that ran aground and caused one of the worst oil spills in US history, has died, the New York Times reports. He was 75. He died in July after struggling with COVID-19 and cancer, his nephew Sam Hazelwood told the...

Ken Starr Dead at 76
Ken Starr Dead at 76

Ken Starr Dead at 76

His investigation led to Bill Clinton's impeachment

(Newser) - Ken Starr, a former federal appellate judge and a prominent attorney whose criminal investigation of Bill Clinton led to the president’s impeachment, died Tuesday at age 76, his family said. In 2020, he was recruited to the legal team representing Donald Trump in the nation’s third presidential impeachment...

A Genius of Film Is Dead
A Genius of
Film Is Dead

A Genius of Film Is Dead

French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard dies at 91

(Newser) - Jean-Luc Godard, the ingenious "enfant terrible" of the French New Wave who revolutionized popular cinema in 1960 with his debut feature Breathless and stood for years as one of the world's most vital and provocative directors, has died, French media reported, per the AP . He was 91. Godard...

Marsha Hunt Endured Blacklist
'The Work Dried Up'
for Blacklisted Actress

'The Work Dried Up' for Blacklisted Actress

Marsha Hunt went to Washington with Bogart and Bacall

(Newser) - Marsha Hunt, one of the last surviving actors from Hollywood's so-called Golden Age of the 1930s and '40s who worked with performers ranging from Laurence Olivier to Andy Griffith in a career disrupted for a time by the McCarthy-era blacklist, has died. She was 104. Hunt, who appeared...

Queen Elizabeth's Long Reign Is Over

Monarch dies at 96, with son Prince Charles as heir to the throne

(Newser) - Queen Elizabeth II's 70-year reign is over. Buckingham Palace said Thursday that the queen has died at age 96. The news came after members of the royal family were summoned to her side at the royal Balmoral estate in Scotland by doctors concerned about her health. Elizabeth's 73-year-old...

His Cool-Under-Pressure Iraq Reports Made Him Famous

Bernard Shaw, CNN's first chief anchor, has died at age 82

(Newser) - Bernard Shaw, CNN's chief anchor for two decades and a pioneering Black broadcaster best remembered for calmly reporting the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991 as missiles flew around him in Baghdad, has died at 82. He died of pneumonia on Wednesday at a hospital in Washington, according...

Moon Landrieu's Long Battle for Integration Could Be Lonely

Former New Orleans mayor was followed into public office by his children

(Newser) - Moon Landrieu, who championed racial integration for decades as New Orleans mayor, state lawmaker, and US Cabinet member, died Monday. He was 92 and died at home in New Orleans, the New York Times reports. Landrieu was the patriarch of a political family: His daughter Mary was a three-term US...

Celebrated Literary Agent Dead After 7 Decades in Book Biz

Among his many achievements, Lord brought Jack Kerouac and other Beats to bookstores

(Newser) - Sterling Lord, the uniquely enduring literary agent who worked for years to find a publisher for Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and over the following decades arranged deals for everyone from true crime writer Joe McGinniss to the creators of the Berenstain Bears, has died. He had just turned...

Billionaire Business Leader Dies
Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Billionaire Business Leader Dies

Cyrus Mistry, 54, had been chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons

(Newser) - Cyrus Mistry, an Indian-born Irish businessman and former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, died in an accident on Sunday after his car crashed into a road divider in western India, police said. He was 54. The crash occurred on a river bridge in Maharashtra state’s Palghar district near...

Nickel and Dimed Author Brought Attention to Life on $7 an Hour

Barbara Ehrenreich worked undercover at Walmart, as a waitress, and cleaning houses

(Newser) - Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist who worked a series of poorly paying jobs undercover to learn what life is like for people trying to exist on minimum wage, died Thursday. The author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America was 81 and died of a stroke in Alexandria,...

Film Star Charlbi Dean Dies of Sudden Illness at 32

South African model starred in 'Triangle of Sadness'

(Newser) - Charlbi Dean, the South African actor and model who had a breakout role in Triangle of Sadness, which won this year's top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, has died at age 32. Dean died Monday at a hospital in New York from a sudden unexpected illness, her representatives...

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