Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 9



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Sadly, I did not have the foresight to archive the 2000 series and deleted most of the files.

To see the 2001 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 1 and then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 2. The summary appears on Archives 2.

To see the 2002 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 3 and then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 4. The summary appears on Archives 4.

To see the 2003 series and summary, go first to Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 5 and Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 6 then visit Celebrity Deaths and Mishaps Archives 7. The summary appears on Archives 7.

2004 Sounds


NOTE ABOUT BLUE ALERT SYSTEM (3/11/03): Some of you may recall a few years back when I used "name blends" -- rhyming sounds and off-rhyme clues from part of one name to determine what the next name in the sequence might be (or later in the year). An example was the death of Layne Stahley and how "Layne" led to "Lynne" then "Linda" and the car crash death of Linda Lovelace which followed. I surmised that "Lace" in "Lovelace" might lead to a "Leese" then "Lisa" tragedy. The next day, Lisa Lopes of TLC was killed in a car crash.

Rather than create a whole other section on this page for name blends, I will instead highlight certain names in the lists below in light blue that I feel may be influenced by celebrity deaths that have occurred this year.


IMPORTANT NOTE ON EXCLUSIONS (1/23/04): We acknowledge the passing of dancer and actress Ann Miller, age 81, and note with great regret the passing of Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), age 76. However, it is no longer the mission of this website to address the deaths of celebrities who are of advanced age or those who have had a long term health problem and are in their early elderly years. Such deaths are largely inevitable and often beyond any purposeful prediction. Also, the one and only applicable sound in Mr Keeshan's name ("eeeee") we now consider to be far too common to be remarkable or in any way useful for predictive purposes. Ergo, save for certain celebrities of advanced or elderly age who may appear on the prediction lists, we will no longer be publishing their obituaries and including comments.

It is, after all, premature death that we are most concerned about.

Prominent name sounds must also be present. "Ray", for example, is a prominent sound, "Ay", on the other hand, is not. This distinction will become more clear as we progress through the year.


Diana Diana Spencer (d. 1997) - Diana, Diane, Di, Anna, Spen, Enc

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Diana Ross, Diana Canova, Diana Rigg, Diahann Carroll, Diane Ladd, Diane Lane, Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Diane McBain, Dyan Cannon, Anna Kournikova, Rosanna Arquette, Vanna White, Ivana Trump, Amanda Pays, Annie Potts, LeAnn Rimes, Joanne Worley, Lesley-Anne Down, Julianne Margulies, Andy Griffith, Andy Williams, Brandy, Candy Clark, Randy Quaid, Randy Travis, Rue McClanahan, Nelson Mandela, Joe Montana, Vickie Lawrence, Florence Henderson, Terence Stamp, Terence Trent D'Arby, Laurence Fishburne, Clarence Williams III. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, Dido, Joanna Pettet, Lesley Ann Warren. (0/0/04):


TV star Anna Nicole Smith shows up with two broken ribs

The Associated Press Jun 14, 2004

Anna Nicole Smith is living in fear of a new stalkerLINCOLN, Neb. - TV reality star Anna Nicole Smith - recovering from two broken ribs - considered canceling an appearance at an HIV-AIDS benefit for children but showed up after all.

Smith said she was "very much in pain" when she arrived in Lincoln. But, "I love children. I'm doing this for the kids."

The 36-year-old model appeared at the Rococo Theater for Saturday's fund-raiser with Jerri Manthey of "Survivor," Hilarie Burton of "One Tree Hill" and Jon Kelley, who appears on television's "Extra."

Smith suffered two broken ribs in a fall from a watercraft while filming "The Anna Nicole Show."

During her visit, Smith participated in "celebrity karaoke."


Anna Nicole's new stalker fears

Daily Dish Thursday, June 24, 2004

Busty Anna Nicole Smith is living in fear of a new stalker -- and she has called in the FBI to track him down.

The reality TV star has received death threats from an obsessed fan, and Smith, 36, is so worried she's refusing to give out her press schedule -- just in case the mysterious man shows up. And federal agents have now been called in to hunt down the unnamed pest.

She says, "I have a death threat. The FBI is working on it," but refuses to go into detail.

Smith's ex Mark Hatton was jailed for seven years last year after he was found guilty of threatening and beating Anna Nicole's neighbor during a stalking controversy.


COMMENT (7/3/04): After Anna Nicole got mixed up with that rich old geezer, lawsuit nirvana after the old boy died, and then got really fat and kept making a laughing stock of herself on her own cable TV show, I not only didn't even consider her as being the "blonde supreme" I've been going on about in my predictions, but I forgot about her completely. Who would have thought she'd make a big COMEBACK this year? At age 36 (same age as Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana at death), this gal is potentially in very serious trouble in 2004. She should have chosen 2005 or 2006 to slim down and rejoin the ranks of celebrity icon-hood.

Strange and surreal as it may seem, Anna Nicole, not Madonna, Britney, or Paris, could end up being the victim of Quatrain 1.39 and the Sharon Tate scenario. Go figure.


AMA Scandal: Anna Nicole Cracking Up On Pain Killers

Star Magazine

Anna Nicole obsessed with Marilyn MonroeNovember 26, 2004

Anna Nicole Smith's bizarre behavior at the the American Music Awards on Nov. 14 can be explained by her recent return to painkillers, says a source close to Smith. "She never goes anywhere without a little purse she calls her 'magic bag,'" the source reveals. "She takes her 'happy pills'-- and the result is just what America saw on television that night."

Smith, 36, certainly seemed disoriented at the AMAs. "Like my body?" she slurred, running a finger along her cleavage and raising her hands in the air. The once-buxom blonde then blundered her introduction for rapper Kanye West, barely able to say his name before the band cut her off. "She didn't smell of alcohol, so no one knew what was causing her to act the way she was," a show insider told Star. "Before she went onstage, she was rolling on the floor and slurring her words. When she came backstage again, she started mumbling incoherently about her obsession with Marilyn Monroe."


COMMENT (12/15/04): Marilyn's got a nice little spot waiting for ya, right next to her crypt. So, you can go girl!


John Denver John Denver (d. 1997) - John, Den, Ver

Possible predictions (9/1/04): Bob Denver, Dennis Rodman, Dennis Leary.


Johnny Ramone losing cancer fight -- Rolling Stone says prostate cancer has spread

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Posted: 1742 GMT (0142 HKT)Johnny Ramone

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- The guitarist with pioneering punk rock band the Ramones is fighting a losing battle with cancer in a Los Angeles hospital, Rolling Stone magazine reported on its Web site on Tuesday.

Johnny Ramone, 55, whose real name is John Cummings, was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago, and it has now spread throughout his body, Rollingstone.com quoted the band's drummer, Marky Ramone, as saying.

"Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim," Marky Ramone said in the report. "John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a heavy drinker and he was always into his health. It just proves when cancer seeks a body to penetrate, it doesn't matter how healthy you are or how unhealthy you are. It just seeps in and there's nothing you can do."

The Ramones, famed for playing their high-energy, unpolished songs at breakneck speed, rose to fame in New York City in 1974, paving the way for such British punk rock icons as the Sex Pistols and the Clash.

The band made its mark with such tunes as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," but it never achieved the same commercial success as acts that followed in its path. The Ramones officially retired in 1996.

The band's singer, Joey Ramone (ne Jeff Hyman), died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer, while bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died from a drug overdose the following year.


Johnny Ramone dies at 55

Thursday, September 16, 2004 Posted: 1201 GMT (2001 HKT)

Johnny RamoneLOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones that influenced a generation of rockers, has died. He was 55.

Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo Vega. "He was the guy with a strategy. He was the guy who not only looked after the band's interest but he also was their defender," Vega said in a telephone interview from New York. Ramone, whose birth name is John Cummings, had been hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Johnny Ramone was one of the original members of the Ramones, whose songs "I Wanna be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Johnny Ramone co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone, who is the only surviving member of the original band. All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

Clad in leather jackets and long black mops of hair, the group started out in legendary New York clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where they blasted their rapid-fire songs. Since its debut album in 1976, the band struggled for commercial success, but they left a formidable imprint on the rock genre. Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including bands such as Green Day and Nirvana.

Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Springsteen wrote "Hungry Heart" for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single. The band had encounters with other big names, including producer Phil Spector, who collaborated with the band in 1980 for the album "End of the Century." During the session, the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone said Spector pulled a gun on the band.

"The Ramones had it rough," said Vega, who's worked with the band for 30 years. "The band almost had to be protected from people who were taking advantage of them. There was never any money made." Johnny Ramone changed that by demanding more money for performances, but still kept a close watch on the band's budget; Vega recalled how he would insist that the band drive nonstop between Boston and New York for shows instead of spending the night in a hotel. In addition to his financial conservatism, the guitarist was politically conservative -- the late Ronald Reagan was Ramone's favorite president, Vega said.

Fans have remained loyal to the Ramones, and the Ramones over the years have been loyal to their fans. In 1979, while shooting scenes for the film "Rock 'n' Roll High School," the Ramones -- ignoring the director's order -- played a concert-length session for fans who had paid to be extras, Vega said. "The Ramones never ever lost their image, their aura of being the ultimate underdog, the voice of the angry young man," Vega said.

A tribute concert and cancer research fund-raiser was held Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. It featured performances from Los Angeles punk band X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins and others.

Along with his wife, Linda Cummings, Johnny Ramone was surrounded at his death by friends, including Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder, singer Rob Zombie and others. Other friends who gathered at his Los Angeles home included Lisa Marie Presley, Pete Yorn, Vincent Gallo and Talia Shire. He is survived by his wife and his mother, Estelle Cummings. He will be cremated during a private ceremony.


Laura Nyro Laura Nyro (d. 1997) - Laura, Lor, Or, Aura, Near, Ear, Oh

Possible predictions (9/1/04): Laurie Anderson, Laurie Metcalf, Lori Singer, Lori Spelling, Laura Dern, Laura Harring, Laura Herring, Laura Bush, Lauren Holly, Lauren Bacall, Lauren Hutton, Joey Lauren Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Loring, Cloris Leachman. Additional predictions: (9/18/04): Britney Spears.


Singer Laura Branigan dies at 47

Sunday, August 29, 2004 Posted: 1035 GMT (1835 HKT)

Laura BraniganEAST QUOGUE, New York (AP) -- Laura Branigan, a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," has died. She was 47.

Branigan died Thursday at home in her sleep, said her manager, John Bowers. He would not disclose the cause, although her official Web site listed it as a brain aneurysm.

"Gloria," a signature song from her debut album "Branigan," stayed atop the pop charts for 36 weeks and earned her a Grammy nomination for best female pop vocalist, the first of four nominations in her career. She also made television appearances, including guest spots on "CHIPS," and in the films "Mugsy's Girls" and "Backstage."

Branigan released seven albums after her debut "Branigan," including "Solitaire," "Self Control," and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," which was co-written with Michael Bolton. Her songs also appeared on soundtracks for the films "Flashdance" and "Ghostbusters."

Branigan, born July 3, 1957, and raised in Brewster, New York, attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. During the late 1970s, she toured Europe as a backing vocalist for Canadian singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen. She signed as a solo artist with Atlantic Records in 1982.

After her run of success in the 1980s, her releases in the early 1990s attracted little attention. In 1994, she sang a duet with David Hasselhoff called "I Believe" for the soundtrack of the television show "Baywatch." She released a 13-track "Best of Branigan" LP the next year.

After the death of her husband, Lawrence Kruteck, in 1996, Branigan stopped performing but returned to the stage in 2001. In 2002 she starred as Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical "Love, Janis," which earned her rave reviews. Branigan recently had been working on material for a new release. She is survived by her mother, two brothers and a sister. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday.


COMMENT (8/29/04): This is without a doubt a very tragic case of PREDICTION OVERKILL ("Sudden Death of Female Singer/Sonwriter from Past" on 2004 (Part One)). I was considering using the case of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, who died seven years ago, as a name sound clue for this year. But the chances of a female singer or singer/songwriter from the past dying young with the same first name -- Laura -- would have been astronomical. Yet it has now happened: another Laura singer has died. The death of Laura Branigan must be a shock to many people -- much more so than that of Syreeta last month. It is certainly a shock to me. 47 is young. It seems like I was playing "Gloria" and other later hits by Branigan as a nightclub disc jockey not very long ago. 1982 and the rest of the "retro" period, unlike the 1960s and farther back, does not seem like some hoary, B&W, cobwebbed period in time. Also, this is the career of someone who was still performing (I read about the Janis Joplin musical she was doing not very long ago) and planning release of new material. A very troubling and tragic development, with at least a hint of uncertainty as to the cause of this talented singer's death.


Stevie Ray Vaughn Stevie Ray Vaughn (d. 1990) - Stevie, Steve, eeeee, Ray, Aw, Awn

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Steve Martin, Steve Winwood, Steve Miller, Steve Buscemi, Stephen Baldwin, Stephen Bishop, Genevieve Bujold, Christie McVie, Ray Charles, Ray Parker, Jr., Ray Manzarek, Grace Slick, Jim Nabors, Robert Vaughn, Vince Vaughn, Jude Law, Lucy Lawless, Twiggy Lawson, Goldie Hawn, Dawn Wells, Sean 'Puffy' Combs, Sean Connery, Sean Young. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Connie Stevens, Stella Stevens. (0/0/04):


EastEnders star Ray Panthaki hurt in nightclub


Tuesday, 31 August, 2004, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK

Ray PanthakiEastEnders star Ray Panthaki, who plays Ronny Ferreira, has been hurt in an alleged attack at an Essex nightclub.

The 25-year-old actor was said to have been hit with a bottle at Faces nightclub in Gants Hill on Saturday. The soap actor was taken to an east London hospital to be treated for a wound above his eye. "He was the subject of an unprovoked attack. He is going to be taking a few days off to recuperate," a BBC spokesman said.

Mr Panthaki told The Sun newspaper: "I'm overwhelmed with the support I have had from friends, family and the EastEnders cast. Right now I just want to rest."

The incident took place in the nightclub's VIP area. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at 1.10am on Saturday to the accident and emergency department of an east London hospital following an alleged assault on a male."

Last month EastEnders' executive producer Louise Berridge defended the show after a Mirror newspaper survey found that 57% of viewers thought it had lost its appeal.


Skeeter Davis, 'End Of The World' Singer Dies

Davis Song Was No. 1 In 1963

September 20, 2004

Skeeter Davis NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Grand Ole Opry member Skeeter Davis, who hit the top of the pop charts with "The End of the World" in 1963, has died of cancer.

Davis was 72. The Grand Ole Opry's publicist, Jessie Schmidt, said Davis died at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Davis sang at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 40 years.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988, was later told it had disappeared but suffered a recurrence in 1996. She continued to perform as late as this year.

Besides "The End of the World," her other hits included "I'm Saving My Love" and "I Can't Stay Mad at You."


Susan Oliver Susan Oliver (d. 1990) - Susan, Sue, ooooo, Olive, Ol

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Susan Sarandon, Susan Clark, Susan Dey, Susan Lucci, Susan Day George, Pamela Sue Martin, Sue Lyon, Sue Ane Langdon, Susannah York, Suzanne Pleshette, Suzanne Somers, Suzanne Vega, Tuesday Weld, Lulu, Drew Barrymore, Oliver North, Oliver Stone, Olivia D'Abo, Olivia Cole, Olivia Hussey, Olivia Newton-John, Lauren Holly, Michael J. Pollard, Gary Collins, Joan Collins, Phil Collins, Molly Ringwald, Dolly Parton, Marty Balin. Additional predictions: (2/5/04): Susan St James. (0/0/04):


Jill Ireland Jill Ireland (d. 1990) - Jill, Ill, Ire, Land

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Jill St John, Jill Sobule, Gillian Anderson, Cybill Shepherd, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Billy Preston, Billie Piper, Lily Tomlin, Phil Collins, Kathy Ireland, Talia Shire, Martha Hyer, Anne Rice, Winona Ryder, John Landis, Martin Landau, Beverly Garland, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Tony Orlando. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Priscilla Presley, Elias Koteas. (0/0/04):


Karen Carpenter Karen Carpenter (d. 1983) - Karen, Care, Air, Car, Ar, Pen

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Karen Allen, Karen Black, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Carole King, Carol Kane, Carol Lynley, Carroll Baker, Carol Burnett, Carrie-Anne Moss, Claire Goose, Mariah Carey, Drew Carey, Blair Brown, Donna Air, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, John Carpenter, Richard Carpenter, Scott Carpenter, Vikki Carr, Carlene Carter, Angela Cartwright, Veronica Cartwright, Yvonne DeCarlo, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Judy Carne, Kim Carnes, Andrew McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy, Paul McCartney, Carmen Electra, Carlos Santana, Sean Penn, Teddy Pendergrass, Penny Marshall. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Tony Blair, Claudia Cardinale, Debbie Harry. (2/5/04): Karen Mulder, Jennifer Karen, Carlos Santana. (4/10/04): Carrie Fisher.


Eric Douglas Found Dead

International Movie Studio

Eric Douglas2004-07-07 : 10:52:46

Eric Douglas, the youngest son of Oscar-winning actor Kirk Douglas, has been found dead inside a New York apartment building.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place, after 46-year-old Douglas, who battled for many years against drug and alcohol abuse and had frequent brushes with the law, was found dead on the floor of his living room. New York police lieutenant, Gene White said: "At present there are no signs of foul play or drug use. The door was locked from the inside and there were no signs of a struggle." The Douglas family, whose shadow Eric lived in for many years, are said to be “very shocked and saddened” by his death.

He was an aspiring actor and comedian, but never found the success of his father or of his Academy Award-winning sibling, Michael. His short-lived film career in the 80’s included supporting roles in Delta Force 3: The Killing Game and playing opposite his father in an episode of the TV programme Tales From the Crypt.

But recently, his personal problems outshined his performances. In 2000 he revealed in an interview he has spent eight days in a coma after a pill overdose a year earlier. He had also spent time behind bars and in and out of rehabilitation clinics.

No signs of foul play were noted, E-Online quoted police spokeswoman Jennara Everleth as saying, but the death would be treated as a homicide until the medical examiner completes an autopsy.

Eric Douglas was Kirk Douglas’ son by his second wife, the former Anne Buydens, and the Hollywood legend’s fourth child.


COMMENT (7/14/04): If the final determination remains a homicide, then the tragic death of actor Eric Douglas may be related to the Assailant Kills Cult Film Actor or Rock Legend warning prediction that appears on the 2004 (Part One) page, an event similar to the stalker slaying of actor Sal Mineo or the brawl beating death of Eraserhead and Twin Peaks star Jack Nance.


TV presenter Carol Vorderman injured in dance show


Monday, 1 November, 2004, 14:19 GMT

Carol Vorderman back on the job and fit as a fiddle.TV presenter Carol Vorderman suffered a torn cartilage during the performance that led to her being voted off BBC show Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday. The Countdown host damaged a cartilage beside her rib while performing the rumba with partner Paul Killick.

The combination of damning scores from the jury and a low public vote saw Vorderman and Mr Killick lose their place in the BBC One dancing contest. The show has been a ratings hit, seen by seven million viewers this week.

Strictly Come Dancing is now in its second series and Saturday's audience was almost a million higher than the previous week, according to unofficial overnight figures. In its final half hour, Strictly Come Dancing proved more popular than Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, with its audience climbing to 7.8m viewers, compared with 6.8m for the ITV1 show at the same time.

Vorderman's agent John Miles said the TV star sensed the injury towards the end of her performance. "Right at the end, during the finale of our dance, Paul leant me back and I suddenly felt a terrible pain below my shoulder blade on my right side," she told the Daily Mail.

Unable to sleep because of the pain, she went to a medical centre on Sunday morning, where doctors confirmed the torn cartilage. She was prescribed painkillers and advised to rest. But she returned to work on Monday and Mr Miles confirmed she was "on the mend".


COMMENT (11/2/04): All ribbing aside, as can be seen in the above photo, some physical side effects from the injury will likely remain permanent.


Jack Cassidy Jack Cassidy (d. 1976) - Jack, Ack, Cass, Ass, Dee

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Jack Klugman, Jack Nicholson, Jack Nicklaus, Jack Paar, Jack Palance, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Jackie Chan, Jackie Cooper, Jackie Mason, Jackie Shannon, Jackson Browne, Jacqueline Bisset, Janet Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Michael Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Mackenzie Phillips, Roberta Flack, Gene Hackman, Honor Blackman, Joan Blackman, Nina Blackwood, Kelly Packard, Gisele MacKenzie, Kim Novack, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Catherine McCormack, David Cassidy, Joanna Cassidy, Shaun Cassidy, Nick Cassavettes, Seymour Cassel, Lance Bass, Mackenzie Astin, Amy Yasbeck.


'Psycho' star Janet Leigh dies at 77

Monday, October 4, 2004 Posted: 1613 GMT (0013 HKT)

Janet Leigh buys the farm at Bates Motel in the 1960 horror classic, PsychoLOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Hollywood movie star Janet Leigh, best known as the slasher victim in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Psycho," has died, a spokeswoman for her daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, said Monday. "Janet Leigh died peacefully in her home Sunday afternoon," said the spokeswoman, Heidi Schaeffer.

Leigh, 77, died in her Beverly Hills home surrounded by daughters Jamie Lee and Kelly Curtis and her fourth husband, Robert Brandt, Schaeffer said. Leigh had been battling vasculitis -- an inflammation of the blood vessels -- for a year, she said.Leigh married Brandt in 1964 after an 11-year marriage to actor Tony Curtis, the father of her two children.

Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison in Merced, California, on July 6, 1927. Norma Shearer, a Hollywood star of the '20s and '30s, saw a photograph of her and recommended her to Lew Wasserman, a powerful talent agent. Leigh was still a teenager at the time. She was signed by MGM and first appeared in "The Romance of Rosy Ridge" (1947).

"Psycho," however, was no doubt her most famous role. The shower scene, meticulously laid out by Hitchcock, took a week to film. She noted that she hadn't been able to take a shower since the movie. "It's not a hype," she told The Associated Press. "Honest to gosh, it's true."

In addition to "Psycho," Leigh's other films included "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963), "Little Women" (1949) and the Orson Welles classic "Touch of Evil" (1958). More recently, she appeared in "The Fog" (1980) and "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998) with daughter Jamie Lee.

Leigh had requested that all donations in her name be made to the Motion Picture and Television Foundation. Leigh's publicist, John Frazer, said the actress served on the board of directors for the fund, which provides health care and medical treatment to those who work in the entertainment industry. "She was not only a legendary actress, but she was also an author and a humanitarian," Frazer said.


COMMENT (10/4/04): Well, Happy Halloween! Strange I had the foresight to see danger for Janet Jackson this year (so far none has presented itself), but none whatsoever for slasher-film victim poster girl Janet Leigh.


Sal Mineo Sal Mineo (d. 1976) - Sal, Al, Min, In, Minnie, Ohhhh

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Sally Struthers, Sally Field, Sally Kellerman, Al Green, Al Pacino, Al Gore, Val Kilmer, Valerie Perrine, Valerie Curtin, Ali MacGraw, Alice Walker, Mary Alice, Alice Cooper, Alison Krause, Allison Parks, Alan Arkin, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Debbie Allen, Nancy Allen, Minnie Driver, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue, Mindy Sterling, Yasmine Bleeth, Cindy Williams, Alyssa Milano. Additional predictions: (2/5/04): Valerie Bertinelli, Mohammad Ali. (0/0/04):


Sharon Sharon Tate (d. 1969) - Sharon, Shar, Air, Tate, Ate, Ay

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Sharon Stone, Sharon Osbourne, Cher, Charo, Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Lee, Cheryl Tiegs, Paris Hilton, Tatum O'Neill, Bonnie Raitt, Phoebe Cates, Justine Bateman, Christina Applegate, Kathy Bates, Tom Waits, Kate Hudson, Kate Jackson, Kate Bush, Kate Capshaw, Kate Nelligan, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Winslet, Katie Couric, Barbara Corday, Doris Day, Rebecca DeMornay, Rebecca Gayheart, Elizabeth Taylor, Leigh Taylor-Young, Faith Hill, Tori Amos. Additional predictions: (0/0/04):


Charlize Theron hurt while shooting stunt scene

Tuesday, August 31, 2004 Posted: 2227 GMT (0627 HKT)

Charlize TheronLOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but her representatives aren't saying how badly she was hurt.

Theron suffered the unspecified injury while doing her own stunts in a wire-hanging action sequence, the movie's publicist, Jeanmarie Carrasco, told The Associated Press Tuesday.

"No cuts, no broken bones," Carrasco said. "I think it was something less tangible than that. ... Something vague and nagging." No one else was hurt, Carrasco added.

Filming in Berlin has been halted for several weeks to allow Theron to recover. It wasn't known if the injury would require script changes or when the movie would resume production.

Theron's publicist said the 29-year-old actress wasn't hospitalized. "She did sustain an injury on the set. It's a very physically demanding role," said Theron publicist Amanda Silverman.

"Aeon Flux" is set centuries in the future at a time when a plague has wiped out most of the population. Theron plays the title character, a sleek, sexy commando who is part of a rebellion against the remaining government. The "Aeon Flux" story was once depicted in a series of animated shorts on MTV.

Theron, who won an Academy Award for her role in "Monster," stars in "Head in the Clouds," set for release September 17. She follows up her best-actress Oscar as a French socialite living it up on the eve of World War II.


Theron's neck injury throws project into flux

Guardian Unlimited

Wednesday September 1, 2004

The futuristic sci-fi project Aeon Flux has been forced to shut down production indefinitely after its star Charlize Theron was injured performing stunts for the movie. The film's publicist did not specify the nature of the injury, it is believed Theron hurt her neck while performing wire-hanging stunts on a trampoline on the film's Berlin set - and that production will be suspended for a minimum of six weeks as doctors monitor her condition. Industry sources are now speculating that Theron's next project, Class Action, may also be seriously delayed by her injury. Aeon Flux is based on the gnomic MTV animation starring a vampish eponymous heroine.


COMMENT (9/4/04/): This case is going to be ripe for all kinds of "follow-up" and "speculation" reports because, for some mysterious reason, the film makers do not want the public to know the circumstances behind Charlize's neck injury. They don't even want the public to know how serious her condition is. Lots of contradictory and fuzzy reports. Everything from production for Aeon Flux being held up for only "a few weeks" in some reports to "indefinitely" and even postponing her next project as the above article mentions.

Had this happened on the posting date of August 31, I suspect Charlize would no longer be among the living, since that was the seventh anniversary of Princess Diana's death. But, as it turns out, the accident happened early this week (meaning these fuzzy reports were deliberately held back several days besides).

This neck injury of a famous blonde actress may tie in with the Famous Blonde Actress/Pop Celebrity Slain in Brutal Murder prediction. On the current timeline (running thus: 1913, 1920, 1927, 1934 (1935 instead), 1941 (January 1942 instead), 1948, 1955, 1962, 1969, 1976, 1983 (September 1982 instead), 1990, 1997, and 2004), there is one tragedy that involved a fatal neck injury. That was the case of dancer Isadora Duncan (September 1927) who was strangled and her neck broken when her long draping scarf got caught in the spokes of a tire in the sports car she was riding. It is remotely possible that Charlize Theron was Fate's intended tragic victim for this year, narrowly escaping an Isadora Duncan type fate. But it is more likely that hers is yet another of many warnings dancer Madonna has received this year (dancing and choreography are Madonna's real talents, acting and singing are secondary).

There is a chain in this particular warning: in early August there was a grisly mass murder in the US that was similar to the Charles Manson murders in 1969, then Florida was hit by Hurricane Charley (Charlie Manson), now Charlize suffers a mysterious neck injury. Quatrain 1.39 warns that a famous female blonde celebrity will be strangled by assassins for "too great an involvement."

Madonna is planning a visit to Israel this month despite death threats from Al Qaeda terrorists (which included blowing up a taxi outside her NYC apartment) and having a serious "falling out" with Rabbi Philip Berg, the shadowy leader of the Kabbalah cult (who may very well be the "monk" of Quatrain 6.73, the "Modena" quatrain) and publicly humiliating shoe designer Manolo Blahnik (who may be the "artisan" of Quatrain 6.73).

Bad vibes, boys and girls.


Charlize Theron's close encounter with paralysis

Charlize Theron:  Head in the Clouds. Neck in a brace.[Hollywood News] Washington, Sept 10 : Movie actress Charlize Theron narrowly escaped being paralysed when she injured herself while filming an action scene on the sets of her new film 'Aeon Flux' in Berlin. The 'Monster' star badly hurt her neck and back when she fell off a trampoline while shooting an action sequence in platform shoes.

The South African beauty, however, flew back to Los Angeles and is now recuperating after consulting a neck specialist.

Charlize's actor boyfriend Stuart Townsend has now revealed that that the injury could have left his stunning girlfriend paralysed.

"The slipped disc went almost into the spinal cord. She's fine, but she could have been in a lot of trouble," America's 'Access Hollywood' show quoted Townsend as saying. Townsend also said that it will take almost six weeks for Charlize to recover from her injury. (ANI)


Jeffrey Hunter Jeffrey Hunter (d. 1969) - Jeff, freee, reee, Hunt, Hun, Un

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Bridges, Freda Payne, Reese Witherspoon, Rex Reed, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Holly Hunter, Kim Hunter, Tab Hunter, Helen Hunt, Linda Hunt, Lauren Hutton, Griffin Dunn, Neil Diamond. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Fran Jeffries, Pat Priest. (0/0/04):


Nafisa Joseph, actress and former Miss India, hangs herself


Nafisa Joseph was a presenter with the MTV music channelFriday, 30 July, 2004, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK

A former Miss India, Nafisa Joseph, has died after being found hanging at her home in the western city of Bombay (Mumbai). Police say the 25-year-old actress and television presenter committed suicide.

Ms Joseph, who won the Miss India title in 1997, was found alone in her bedroom in a critical condition on Thursday. She died on the way to hospital. The presenter left no suicide note, police say. They believe she was stressed and depressed. "Our preliminary investigations show that she committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan in her apartment," a senior police official told Reuters news agency.

Ms Joseph had spent Thursday evening with her mother and a couple of friends at her home in India's entertainment and financial capital, police say. Her mother told television reporters that her daughter ended her life after her wedding planned for August had been called off.

Ms Joseph was a presenter with the MTV music channel in India, hosting popular fashion and music shows. She also put in a cameo performance in a Bollywood film.


Rows over fiance led Nafisa to suicide

Tribune News Service

Nafisa Mumbai, July 30, 2004

Broken relationships, a tiff with her current beau and parental interference in her personal life are some of the reasons being attributed for the suicide of former Miss India and music channel video jockey Nafisa Joseph late last night. Joseph hanged herself to death at her residence in Versova in suburban Mumbai, the police said. She was 25. Post-mortem at Cooper Hospital confirmed the suicide, according to the police.

The police was called in by Joseph’s mother and neighbours after she locked herself up in a bedroom and hung herself with a “dupatta” from the ceiling fan. “Circumstantial evidence indicates that she committed suicide,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta told reporters.

Joseph’s mother and friend, designer Poonam Agarwal, told the police that the model-actress locked them into a room while maid Durga Bisai was asked to leave the house. With only her pet dogs in her own bedroom, Nafisa Joseph then hanged herself from the ceiling fan with a “dupatta”. “I called the building watchman and building secretary for help,” the maid told reporters later. Building watchman Ram Narayan then climbed up the scaffolding outside and entered the house to free Joseph’s mother and Poonam. They then broke into the room to find the actress-model hanging from the ceiling fan. They rushed the girl to Nanavati Hospital around 10 pm where she was declared brought dead ...


Actress Fritha Goodey in tragic suicide


8 September 2004

'You're not an oldie, but you'll always be a goodie..'A brilliant young actress was found dead in her flat today after a tragic suicide. Fritha Goodey, 32, was discovered by her father with stab wounds in her Notting Hill home.

She had appeared in About A Boy with Hugh Grant and on stage at the National Theatre. She was also due to appear in a play with David Suchet next month.

A police spokesman said the death was not being treated as suspicious. "At 1am police attended an address in St Charles Square following reports that a woman had been found inside with stab wounds," he said. "A man had discovered his daughter with injuries at the flat and called an ambulance. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

Her father Glenn, a former newspaper executive, found his daughter's body. She had left a suicide note. Mr Goodey, his wife Sally and Fritha's sister Tabitha are said to be in "deep shock". A friend of the family said: "This a terrible tragedy. They are all so close and they are all in deep shock at what has happened. "She had everything to live for. It is just so awful for all the family."

A neighbour who lives above the actress's 330,000 apartment said: "She was a lovely girl. I last saw her on Monday, gardening at the front. He added: "She seemed happy, although obviously concerned about the insecurity of working as an actress. Her father was always visiting to help her with domestic stuff." Miss Goodey was due to open soon in Terence Rattigan's Man And Boy alongside David Suchet in Cambridge.

The Lamda- trained actress worked on TV programmes including A Case Of Evil, Hearts And Bones, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased, Dr Willoughby and The Lost Prince. Theatre critic Michael Coveney described her performance as Odette in Remembrance Of Things Past at the National as "exquisite". The Evening Standard's Nicholas De Jongh described her as "superlative" in 1999's Some Explicit Polaroids at the Ambassador's theatre.


COMMENT (9/14/04): More recent reports indicate that Ms Goodey stabbed herself in the heart, perhaps because she was fearful of failure (or success) after receiving an opportunity for a major starring role. Although not bearing a famous family name, Fritha Goodey was both an actress and a blonde as stipulated in the Actress Commits Suicide or Dies from Drug Overdose prediction. Her suicide places this prediction, still valid until December 31, 2004, in the lamentable PREDICTION OVERKILL category (lamentable, that is, for those actresses or female celebs who fall victim to the karma of suicide begun by Margaux Hemingway in July 1996).


His Base 7 Connection to Acting Legend Jeffrey Hunter


Superman star Christopher Reeve was real-life hero


Christopher Reeve dies at 52

'Superman' actor known for activism in spinal cord research

Monday, October 11, 2004 Posted: 1734 GMT (0134 HKT)

Christopher Reeve -- a true hero of our times(CNN) -- Christopher Reeve, who portrayed a hero in the "Superman" films and embodied one as an advocate for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in an accident, has died. He was 52.

Reeve went into cardiac arrest Saturday at his home in Westchester County, New York, after developing a serious systemic infection during treatment for a pressure wound. He slipped into a coma and died Sunday afternoon at a hospital near his home.

Reeve's wife, Dana, issued a statement thanking "the millions of fans around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years."

"He put up with a lot," his mother, Barbara Johnson, told the syndicated television show "The Insider." "I'm glad that he is free of all those tubes."

Reeve first gained renown when he was selected from 200 candidates to play the title character in the 1978 movie "Superman," which was followed by three sequels. But he made a bigger impact on the public consciousness after becoming paralyzed in May 1995, following an equestrian accident in Virginia.

The actor went through months of therapy to train himself to breathe without the continuous aid of a respirator. He then became an advocate for the disabled, lobbying Congress, appearing at the Academy Awards and returning to acting and directing. His name was mentioned by Sen. John Kerry during Friday's presidential debate when the talk turned to stem cell research.

Reeve himself was vocal on the subject. In 2001, while President Bush considered a decision on stem cell research -- he eventually allowed federal funding of research using existing stem cell lines -- Reeve spoke to CNN's John King about the impact of delaying study. "That would be a big mistake because you could spend the next five years doing research on the adult stem cells and find that they are not capable of doing what we know that embryonic cells can do now," he said. "And five years of unnecessary research to try to create something that we already have would cause -- well, a lot of people are going to die while we wait."

Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, the son of a novelist and a newspaper reporter. He appeared on the soap opera "Love of Life" while attending college at Cornell University; his senior year, he was also one of two students selected to attend New York's prestigious Juilliard School to study under John Houseman (the other, according to the Internet Movie Database, was Robin Williams).

He debuted on Broadway in 1976 in the play "A Matter of Gravity," opposite Katharine Hepburn, and later starred in Lanford Wilson's work "Fifth of July," playing a gay, crippled Vietnam veteran.

But it was "Superman" that thrust Reeve into stardom. At an athletic 6-foot-4, the actor appeared to be a model for the superhero (an image helped by the fact that he performed many of his stunts, including dangerous "flying" exercises) -- and yet, with the merest addition of some glasses and a meek voice, easily turned into the shy and hesitant Clark Kent, often overpowered by Margot Kidder's brash Lois Lane.

Reeve made frequent attempts to avoid typecasting. He starred as a playwright who goes back in time to meet a beauty in "Somewhere in Time" (1980), Michael Caine's rival in the film version of Ira Levin's play "Deathtrap" (1983) and an unscrupulous reporter in "Street Smart" (1987), the film that helped make Morgan Freeman a star. Among his other films were "The Bostonians" (1984), "Switching Channels" (1988), "Noises Off" (1992) and "The Remains of the Day" (1993) .....

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COMMENT (10/14/04): I was profoundly shocked and saddened by news of Christopher Reeve's passing. Not since Princess Diana died in 1997 had I felt so heartbroken. It really is true: only the good die young. This was a man determined to overcome his disabilities and, in so doing, pave the way for others in similar circumstances to do the same. The tragedy was that a pressure point sore became infected, proceeded to a sepsis infection, and killed him, cheating him of what I believe would have been a certain victory and return to a normal life. His turnaround began in ernest in 2002 and I believe he would have walked again within the next five years. Instead his life was cut short.

I really did not want to discuss his death on this page, but there is a good reason to.

Jeffrey Hunter as Christopher Pike with Susan Oliver

Beyond the outstanding name sound of "reeeee," Christopher Reeve had much more in common with acting legend Jeffrey Hunter than many people realise. Jeffrey Hunter played Jesus Christ in the film, King of Kings. "Christopher" has the name "Christ" in it and Reeves played the definitive role of the comic book hero Superman. Hunter died instantly of a broken neck on May 27, 1969, at the age of 42 after falling down a flight of stairs at his home. However, before his death, he played the role of the horribly scarred, quadraplegic Captain Christopher Pike, kept alive by an artificial mobile apparatus in the two-part Star Trek episode, "The Menagerie." Reeve fell from a horse and broke his neck on May 27, 1995 at the age of 42, but lived on nine years and five months as a quadraplegic championing the linked causes of spinal cord injury rehabilitation and cure and stem cell research before dying, indirectly, from his injuries on October 10, 2004, a few weeks after his 52nd birthday.

Both men's deaths are linked in time by the base 7 phenomenon. May 1969 was 35 (5 x 7) years ago.

The truth be known, when I placed Jeffrey Hunter on this page back in January, I could immediately see the possibility of Christopher Reeve being on the list. The fact is, I purposely did not list him. I was afraid doing so would put a jinx on him. I wanted him to continue with his progress and succeed in overcoming his dire disability.

But that was just the opposite of what I should have done. Warning there is a danger is the whole point of this bloody system. It is not about shielding people from the truth -- that can be fatal! Maybe if Christopher Reeve had known that 2004 would be an obstacle to his progress, perhaps the only obstacle, he would have opted for surgery with good skin to replace his pressure point sore instead of antibiotics. Perhaps the medical staff would have been more vigilant watching for signs of an infection.

The point is, although I may not have known what the exact danger to Christopher Reeve was, knowing that some form of danger existed for him this year, the right decisions might have been made by the people caring for Reeve or by Mr Reeve himself when the sore was developing or even beforehand.

I know it has been hotly debated on various forums whether Christopher Reeve was really a hero or a rich Hollywood so-so actor who had the money to prolong his life. I believe his dedication to help those suffering from similar plights and his determination to overcome a devastating disability against almost impossible odds makes him a hero and an inspiration to us all. That he was cheated of realising his goal by another, unexpected medical crisis is a tragedy. Christopher Reeve, champion and superman, will be greatly missed.




Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (d. 1962) - Mare, Lin, Mon, Un, Ro, Ohhhh

Possible predictions (1/20/04): Marilyn McCoo, Marilyn Manson, Marilyn Chambers, Marilyn Beck, Sherilyn Fenn, Mary Steenburgen, Mary Tyler Moore, Marie Osmond, Mariel Hemingway, Marion Ross, Marianne Faithful, Teena Marie, Geri Halliwell, Terri Garr, Barry Manilow, Farah Fawcett, Morgan Fairchild, Lynn Anderson, Lynn Redgrave, Lynda Carter, Linda Blair, Linda Hamilton, Linda Gray, Linda Lavin, Belinda Carlisle, Lauryn Hill, Joan Lunden, Sandy Duncan, Faye Dunaway, Kirsten Dunst, Connie Chung, Gena Rowlands, Lisa Kudrow, Mia Farrow, Janeane Garofalo, Tom Brokaw, Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro, Marlo Thomas. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): Mary Ann Mobley, Mary McCormack, Mary Quant, Maria Bello, Maria Schneider, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Merrill, Ewa Aulin, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Franklin, Linda Harrison. (0/0/04):


Mary-Kate Olsen treated for anorexia

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Posted: 2137 GMT (0537 HKT)

Mary-Kate Olsen signs autographsLOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Teen actress Mary-Kate Olsen, who with her twin sister Ashley has grown into an American pop icon and fashion brand, has entered a program for treatment of an eating disorder a source said, which is reported to be anorexia.

The 18-year-old co-star of last month's film "New York Minute" recently "entered a treatment facility to seek professional help for a health-related issue," publicist Michael Pagnotta said Tuesday. "She is thankful for the encouragement and support of her friends and family, who are with her every step of the way," he added.

A person familiar with the situation told Reuters that Olsen was suffering from an eating disorder. Olsen entered a facility during the past week or 10 days and was expected to remain in treatment for about a month, the person said. Us Weekly magazine, in the cover story of its upcoming issue, identified the disorder as anorexia.

Speculation about Olsen's rail-thin figure has been the subject of tabloids, gossip columns and the Internet for weeks. The actress herself poked fun at the issue during the twins' recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live," shouting to an extra playing herself, "You're too skinny! Eat a sandwich!"

Pagnotta said both sisters, who turned 18 on June 13, were going ahead with plans to attend New York University together in the fall. But Ashley Olsen will be making a planned trip later this month to Australia and New Zealand without Mary-Kate to launch overseas promotion of "New York Minute" -- the sisters' first theatrical feature, he said.

The twins have been in the public eye since they were 9 months old, starring in the television sitcom "Full House." Since then, they have sold millions of videos, DVDs and books and have launched their own fashion line. But director-producer Michael Kruzan, who has worked with the twins for years, was quoted in Us Weekly as describing Mary-Kate as the "more competitive" of the two girls.


COMMENT (6/30/04): Not surprising considering the fact that 2004 is in perfect alignment with 1983: the year singer Karen Carpenter died from anorexia. However, name sounds in the case of Mary-Kate Olsen come first from Marilyn Monroe and Sharon Tate before Karen Carpenter.


"Dragonslayer" actress, Caitlin Clarke, dead at 52

Obituary: Caitlin A. Clarke / Stage-screen actress and teacher

Monday, September 13, 2004

Caitlin Clarke as Valerian in the 1981 blockbuster fantasy, DragonslayerPittsburgh Post-Gazette

Caitlin Clark had so much fun with her various roles on stage, including Broadway, as well as in movies and on television. But the role that brought her the most joy was that of teacher, sharing her knowledge of, and passion for, the acting craft. "Just loved kids, loved young people," said one of her four younger sisters, Victoria Clarke, of Washington, D.C., who never saw her happier than in recent years when she was teaching at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

This despite her 4 1/2-year fight with ovarian cancer. Ms. Clarke, of Sewickley, died Thursday. She was 52.

Her passing was mourned on her Internet fan site, which highlighted her teaching in addition to long lists of credits. These include the 1981 cult-favorite fantasy film, "Dragonslayer," in which she starred (opposite the late Sir Ralph Richardson) in the title role of Valerian -- disguised as a man and as a woman.

Victoria "Torie" Clarke, who until last year was spokeswoman for the Pentagon, said it was that role that, during a showing of 1989's less magical "Penn & Teller Get Killed," made one fan turn around in the movie theater and ask, "Oh my God -- are you related to Caitlin Clarke?!"

But Ms. Clarke also was proud of her more serious roles, such as starring in the 1981 American premiere of David Hare's "Plenty" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. She particularly enjoyed her two years (1998-'99) in the Broadway musical, "Titanic."

She was born Katherine Anne Clarke, but changed her name because that one already was taken by another Actors' Equity member. Her family -- her father, Charles, is a physician -- moved from Shadyside to Sewickley when she was 10 and "Kate," as they knew her, graduated from Sewickley Academy. She was 16 when she made her acting debut as Marian the Librarian in "The Music Man" at Sewickley's Edgeworth Club. She went on to Mount Holyoke College and Yale University Drama School, where she received her master's of fine arts degree in 1978.

After moving to New York City, she worked various gigs before making the cut for "Dragonslayer." Over the next two decades, her Broadway roles included "Strange Interlude" with Glenda Jackson and "Arms and the Man" with Kevin Kline and Raul Julia (both in 1985). She appeared in the 1989 U.S. premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker's play, "Our Country's Good," and was granted special permission by British Equity to appear in the London premiere.

Meanwhile, she had a recurring role on the TV series "Law & Order," and appeared on other shows ranging from "Matlock" to "Sex and the City."

Her former dean and director at Yale, Robert Brustein, lauded her as "certainly in the top ranking" of actors he's helped teach. The founder of the American Repertory Theatre and New Republic drama critic -- himself a Theater Hall of Famer -- said her dark beauty was part of her "special aura. ... She had this extraordinary quality that immediately caught your eye of melancholy and depth."

One of her last roles was in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" a play she'd always wanted to perform. The production at Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y., was in 2000, just after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Shortly thereafter she moved back to Sewickley and acted occasionally locally. But she put most of her energies into teaching, something she'd started doing for public school students at the Broadway Theater Institute later in her run as Titanic passenger Charlotte Cardoza.

She was beloved at Pittsburgh Musical Theater, said founding director Ken Gargaro. "She just had an expansive heart, and was generous with her first-class education," he said. She recently was working on the school's production of "Titanic," which now will be dedicated to her this fall. Gargaro said she moved students and others with her "passion and honesty" about acting.

"I really believe it is a sacred trust," she told the Sewickley Herald earlier this year before her Edgeworth Club cabaret about her career to benefit the Woman's Club of Sewickley Valley. "When you're onstage imitating life and what the human condition is, that's not something you take lightly."

In addition to her father and mother, Cecelia, of Sewickley, and sister, she is survived by other sisters Anne Ronce, of San Francisco, Cecelia Clarke, of Greensburg, and Constance Clarke, of New York City. A memorial service and reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Edgeworth Club. The day is to include a dramatic performance by some of her friends.


COMMENT (10/10/04): I liked her.


Marc Almond 'stable' after crash

Monday, October 18, 2004 Posted: 1316 GMT (2116 HKT)

Marc AlmondLONDON, England -- British pop singer Marc Almond, best known for the song "Tainted Love" -- a global hit for his band Soft Cell in 1981 -- is fighting for his life after a motorbike crash. Almond, 48, was riding as pillion passenger on the bike when it was involved in an accident with a car on Sunday afternoon in central London's financial district.

Almond suffered severe head injuries and the motorbike driver was also badly hurt, police said on Monday. Both Almond and the rider, who also suffered severe injuries, are being treated at The Royal London Hospital but Almond's condition, which was initially described as "critical," had improved by Monday afternoon, according to the hospital.

A hospital spokesman told the UK's Press Association: "Barts and The London NHS Trust can confirm that Marc Almond is a patient at The Royal London Hospital and is in a stable condition. "His family request that his and their privacy is respected at this time." City of London Police are investigating the collision, which they described as "serious."

American crooner Gene Pitney, whose duet with Almond of his song "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart" was a hit in 1990, paid tribute to the Almond's "tremendous talent." In a message to the singer, Pitney said: "I just heard the good news that they said you were in a stable condition which is terrific. "I just want you to get out of there and get back to what you do great. "You are a tremendous talent. And stay off motorcycles!" his statement to Independent Radio News said.

"Tainted Love", a cover version of a 1964 song by soul singer Gloria Jones, was the biggest hit for synthesizer duo Soft Cell, becoming the top selling single of 1981 in Britain, also remaining an astonishing 43 weeks in the U.S. pop charts. In 2002 the duo released a brand new album, "Cruelty Without Beauty," which was followed by a tour of Britain, Europe and America. The single "The Night," taken from the new album, was a top 40 hit in the UK. Almond has since gone on to develop a side career as a DJ, playing electro and electro-clash. Soft Cell sold in excess of 10 million records worldwide in their heyday.


Terry Melcher, shaper of California surf sound, dies

Terry Melcher, who worked with the Beach Boys, has died at age 62Monday, November 22, 2004 Posted: 1414 GMT (2214 HKT)

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Terry Melcher, a producer, composer and songwriter who worked with the Beach Boys and helped shape the '60s era California surf music sound, has died, according to his publicist. He was 62.

Melcher, son of actress-singer Doris Day, also produced several hits for the Byrds, including "Mr. Tambourine Man." Melcher died Friday at his Beverly Hills home after a long battle with cancer, publicist Linda Dozoretz said Sunday.

Day was in Carmel on Sunday and unavailable for comment. "She and Terry were extremely close and close in age because she was 17 when she had him," Dozoretz said. "They were amazing together. There wasn't a day that went by when Terry wasn't involved with one of his mother's projects," she said.

In 1969, Melcher's name was associated with convicted murderer Charles Manson and the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and her friends. The murders took place in a house that Melcher had sublet to Tate. Manson had known about the house through an acquaintance with Melcher.

Melcher had auditioned Manson for a recording contract but turned him down. After the murders, rumors swirled that in choosing the Tate house for his gang to commit murder, Manson had intended to send a message to Melcher. Spokeswoman Dozoretz said police later discounted this theory.

Born Terry Jorden, Melcher was the son of Day and her first husband, Al Jorden. He was later adopted by Day's third husband, Martin Melcher, and took his name.

He began his career as "Terry Day," capitalizing on his mother's famous name. However he later became known in his own right, singing background tracks, writing lyrics, playing the piano, composing and producing.

Melcher teamed with future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston in the early 1960s. The duo eventually formed the group the Rip Chords, who recorded the 1964 hit "Hey, Little Cobra." He also wrote songs with Bobby Darin and Randy Newman. But it wasn't until the mid-1960s, when he joined Columbia Records as a producer, that he made his mark on the California sound.

He was instrumental in helping craft the Byrds' groundbreaking fusion of rock and folk and produced several of the group's hits, including their versions of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn, Turn, Turn." Melcher also co-wrote the hit "Kokomo" for the Beach Boys. The song, used in the movie "Cocktail," was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988 for best original song.

During his career Melcher also worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Glen Campbell, Gram Parsons and the Mamas and the Papas, among others.

Melcher later worked more frequently with his mother. From 1968 to 1972, he served as the executive producer of "The Doris Day Show" on CBS. He also co-produced "Doris Day's Best Friends," which ran in the 1980s, Dozoretz said.

Melcher is survived by his mother, his wife, Terese, and one son, Ryan.


COMMENT (1/26/04): Some interesting base 7 links to Terry Melcher. One is the Beach Boys. On December 28, 1983 (21 [3 x 7] years ago), Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson died in an alcohol-related drowning. Wilson and Melcher were also good friends during the 1960s. Carl Wilson just missed 1997 (7 years ago) by two months, dying of lung cancer on February 6, 1998. Considering the fact that we are running out of original major Beach Boys members, some danger to Terry Melcher probably should have been considered for this November or December. Melcher's circumstantial link to Charles Manson and the Tate murders also falls on the current timeline: August 1969 was 35 (5 x 7) years ago.


James Dean James Dean (d. 1955) - James, Dean, Dee, eeeee

Possible predictions (1/20/04): James Belushi, James Brolin, James Brown, James Caan, James Cameron, James Garner, James Arness, James Taylor, Rick James, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jayne Meadows, Jane Curtain, Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour, Jay Leno, Jimmy Dean, Dean Stockwell, Kiki Dee, Sandra Dee, Billy Dee Williams, Dee Wallace-Stone, Dee Dee Sharp, Cat Deeley, Celine Dion, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen, Ben Vereen, Bruce Springsteen, Sheena Easton, Geena Davis, Kathleen Beller, Kathleen Turner, Tina Turner. Additional predictions: (1/26/04): James Woods, Barbara Eden, Claudine Longet, Jean Shrimpton.


Rapper O.D.B. dies at recording studio

Russell Jones, alias O.D.B.Sunday, November 14, 2004 Posted: 0444 GMT (1244 HKT)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The rap artist O.D.B., whose utterly unique rhymes, wild lifestyle and incessant legal troubles made him one of the most vivid characters in hip-hop, collapsed and died inside a recording studio Saturday. He was 35.

O.D.B. had complained of chest pains before collapsing at the Manhattan studio, and was dead by the time paramedics arrived, said Gabe Tesoriero, a spokesman for O.D.B.'s record label, Roc-a-Fella. The cause of death was not immediately clear, but O.D.B. had recently finished a prison sentence for drug possession and escaping a rehab clinic. He would have turned 36 on Monday.

O.D.B. -- also known as Ol' Dirty Bastard, Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus or his legal name of Russell Jones -- was a founding member of the seminal rap group the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s. With his unorthodox delivery -- alternately slurred, hyper and nonsensical -- O.D.B. stood out even in the nine-man Clan, which featured such future stars as Method Man, RZA and Ghostface Killah. The Wu-Tang blueprint was for each member to pursue solo projects, and O.D.B.'s were among the best.

He released hit singles such as "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Got Your Money," and appeared on remixes with artists like Mariah Carey.

"There's nobody like him in the game," RZA told The Associated Press in an April interview, when asked if O.D.B. could resume his career after prison. "He's got a lot of problems he's got to iron out, of course, but as far as a one-of-a-kind person, a one-of-a-kind artist, he's one of a generation, one of a lifetime. He's a very rare commodity."

But as his fame increased, so did his erratic behavior, and fans came to expect the unexpected from O.D.B. When MTV News followed him around at the height of his popularity, he took the camera crew and several of his kids (he was said to have more than a dozen, by numerous mothers) to the welfare office -- in a limousine -- to get an allotment of food stamps. And he received them.

In February 1998, he crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards and hijacked a microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she accepted an award, apparently upset over losing the best rap album Grammy to P. Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy). He complained that he spent a lot of money for new clothes because he thought he was going to win. The rapper later apologized.

Over the years, he was wounded in shootings and arrested on a veritable laundry list of charges, including menacing security officers, illegally possessing body armor, driving with a suspended license, shoplifting and threatening a former girlfriend.

In 2000, after escaping a court-ordered stint in a California rehabilitation center, authorities searched for him for a month. He was finally arrested in Philadelphia -- three days after performing in a New York City concert with his Wu-Tang clique.

He was sentenced in 2001 to two to four years in prison for drug possession, plus two concurrent years for escaping from the clinic. He was released in 2003 and immediately signed with Roc-a-Fella. He heralded his return with a news conference alongside singer Carey -- pop fans may know him best for his memorable cameo on her hit "Fantasy," featuring rhymes like "me and Mariah, go back like babies with pacifiers."

Tesoriero said O.D.B. had been working on his comeback album for more than a year and was almost finished. "Russell inspired all of us with his spirit, wit, and tremendous heart," Roc-A-Fella founder Damon Dash said in a statement. "The world has lost a great talent, but we mourn the loss of our friend."

His mother, Cherry Jones, said she received the news of her son's death in a phone call, which she called "every mother's worst dream."

"To the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty. The kindest most generous soul on earth," her statement said. "Russell was more than a rapper, he was a loving father, brother, uncle, and most of all, son."


COMMENT (11/15/04): Probable early victim of the coming "Marvin Gaye/Jimi Hendrix scenario" in April and September 2005. See Famous Black Actor/Rock Star Murdered or Dies of Drugs Overdose.



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