Phyllis George, a former Miss America winner who went on to become one of the first female broadcasters covering the NFL — and later, the First Lady of Kentucky — died Thursday at the age of 70. Her ex-husband, John Y. Brown Jr., told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Saturday she had suffered from a rare blood disorder since she was in her 30s.George’s eclectic career started in 1970, when she won the Miss Texas title; a year later, she won the Miss America pageant, garnering her widespread national coverage. Five years later, George started cohosting “The NFL Today” on CBS, becoming one of the first women to cover professional football on a national level. During her time at CBS, George was also a broadcaster for several major horse racing events, including the Belmont Stakes and Preakness.“In my gut, I thought Phyllis was pretty special,” former TV executive Bob Wussler, who hired George at CBS, once said, according to ESPN. “I thought there was a role for her, as somebody who could talk to guys who knew something about sports.”George was married to famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans from 1977 to 1978, before marrying John Y. Brown Jr. in 1979. She was considered an integral part of Brown’s successful bid for governor of Kentucky that same year, with one local reporter telling the Lexington Herald-Leader she “brought glamour” to the governor’s office. With Brown’s win, George became the First Lady of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. The couple had two children together before divorcing in 1998. Her daughter, Pamela Brown, is a reporter for CNN.Also Read: Frank Bielec, Designer on TLC's 'Trading Spaces,' Dies at 72“Phyllis was a fighter and her children have shown her incredible love during this struggle,” Brown said on Saturday. “She was an incredible first lady for Kentucky.”George was born June 25, 1949 in Denton, Texas, and attended North Texas State University (now known as University of North Texas) for three years before winning her Miss Texas crown. Beyond her pageant and broadcasting career, George was also a businesswoman, author and actress, playing a small role in the 2000 hit “Meet the Parents.”Read original story Phyllis George, Trailblazing NFL Reporter and Former Miss America Winner, Dies at 70 At TheWrap
Sam Lloyd, best known for his role as downtrodden lawyer Ted Buckland on “Scrubs,” has died. He was 56.Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year, which was revealed in a GoFuneMe campaign that was launched by “Scrubs” producer Tom Hobert and his wife.Lloyd’s agent confirmed the news of his death.Also Read: Matty Simmons, Producer of 'Animal House' and 'Vacation' Who Co-Founded National Lampoon, Dies at 93Lloyd appeared in 95 episodes during the longrunning medical comedy’s run on NBC and ABC. He reprised the role briefly in Lawrence’s other series, “Cougar Town.”A veteran character actor Lloyd has more than 60 credits to his name across a 30-year career. He made appearances in TV shows including “Desperate Housewives,” “Happy Together,” “Shameless,” “Modern Family,” “Spin City” and “Seinfeld.” In films, Lloyd can be seen in “Galaxy Quest” and “Flubber.” Lloyd was also a musician, even playing his guitar during an episode of “Scrubs.”“Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence paid tribute to Lloyd on Friday, writing on Twitter: “Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many.”Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/JRzlLKhqHB— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 1, 2020“Scrubs” star Zach Braff paid respects as well, tweeting, “Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.”Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy. pic.twitter.com/wwyvGNbveG— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 1, 2020And fellow “Scrubs” actor Robert Maschio also paid tribute to his late co-star, writing, “Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace. RIPSamLloyd”Simpler times, happier days, the kindest man I ever met. Easy going Sam, Rest In Peace. RIPSamLloyd pic.twitter.com/zuXyXi19sI— Robert Maschio (@robertmaschio) May 1, 2020Read original story Sam Lloyd, Actor on ‘Scrubs,’ Dies at 56 At TheWrap
Richard Hake, longtime reporter and anchor for New York public radio station WNYC and “Morning Edition,” died on Friday at age 51. The cause of death is not yet known.Hake spent his entire professional career at WNYC, taking a job at the station while still a student at Fordham University in 1992. As host of “Morning Edition,” he covered major events in New York including the September 11 attacks, the 2003 blackout, and the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy.He died at home in his Manhattan apartment, where he had been working for the last few weeks to cover the escalating medical crisis in New York as the coronavirus pandemic worsened.“For all of us at New York Public Radio and in WNYC’s listening community, Richard was one of the first voices we heard every morning. As the host of Morning Edition, he brought us the news, welcomed the new day, and helped us get ready for whatever lay ahead,” New York Public Radio President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami said in his statement.Also Read: Nick Cordero Receives Temporary Pacemaker in Ongoing Coronavirus Treatment“It was the position he always wanted, and he worked very hard to get there. He loved to say he ‘woke up New York,’ and he brought the same warmth and generosity to listeners that he shared with his colleagues everyday.”“He got us through blackouts. Elections. Sandy. I know the whole city’s heart breaks for the Hake family,” WNYC planning editor Kate Hinds tweeted. “I’m so grateful that I got to work with him for as long as I did. Thank you for your legacy, Richard.”Read original story Richard Hake, Longtime ‘Morning Edition’ and WNYC Radio Host, Dies at 51 At TheWrap
Actress Shirley Knight, star of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” and “As Good As It Gets” has died, her daughter actress Kaitlin Hopkins announced in a facebook post. She was 83.Knight received two Oscar nominations for her work in her third and fourth films, “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” and “Sweet Bird of Youth, and appeared in numerous movies such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” and television shows such as “Thirtysomething” and “NYPD Blue.”A native from Kansas, Knight received a Tony Award in 1976 for her portrayal as an alcoholic actress in “Kennedy’s Children,” and received a second nomination again in 1997 in Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Young Man From Atlanta.” Knight won two Emmys in 1995 and a Golden Globe, the first Emmy was for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in the the television movie “The McMartin Trial,” where she starred as Peggy Buckley, the real-life owner of a day-care center who’s tried for child molestation. Additionally, Knight also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Knight won her second Emmy for a guest performance on “NYPD Blue” episode “Large Mouth Bass.” In 1998, Knight picked up her third Emmy for playing Mel Harris’s mother on “Thirtysomething.” Throughout her acting career, Knight was nominated for the Emmy eight times, and has received a Golden Globe.Also Read: Netflix in May: Here's Everything Coming and GoingKnight received her first Best Supporting Actress Nomination in 1960 for “The Dark at The Top of The Stairs,” the adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Kasan William Inge which was directed on Broadway by Elia Kazan. Knight broke out in the role of Reenie, the conflicted daughter of salesman and his wife in 1920s Oklahoma played by Robert Preston and Dorothy McGuire. Knight received her second Best Supporting Actress nomination for “Sweet Bird of Youth,” the 1962 film based on a 1959 play by Tennessee Williams that was also directed on Broadway by Elia Kazan.Knight is survived by her daughter Sophie Jacks, a screenwriter, and a stepdaughter, Justine.Read original story Shirley Knight, Star of ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and ‘As Good As It Gets,’ Dies at 83 At TheWrap
Vic Henley, a New York-based standup comedian who made frequent appearances on the “Opie & Anthony” radio show and on the OpieRadio podcast, has died. He was 57.His niece Tatum Singley confirmed Henley’s death in a Facebook post Monday.“Vic Henley. An amazing son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, boyfriend, and best friend to many… he loved us all so much and we hope he knows how much we love him,” she wrote.Also Read: James King of TLC's 'My 600-lb Life' Dies at 49Singley added that his cause of death was a pulmonary embolism that occurred over the weekend, and that he died Monday at 3:55 p.m. ET after “many efforts to save him.”“The world loved Vic for the smile and laughter he brought to us all. The amount of venues he performed in around the country and being nominated 8 times for Comedian of the Year tells you a small amount of the respect he had in his industry of work. And he loved his work because it brought him so many of his friends. His friends were also a part of his and our family. Last week, he was just telling me how much he loved his life. He showed us all how much he loved us by how he showed up for each one of us every single day,” she wrote.Also Read: James Drury, 'The Virginian' Star, Dies at 85She later added that due to the coronavirus pandemic, no memorial will be held until further notice.The official twitter account for the OpieRadio podcast tweeted fond memories of Henley Tuesday.“Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right,” the tweet reads.“As we parted he would shout, “you’re not suppose to make new friends at our age.” Always happy, rarely sad. @VicHenley never had a bad word to say about anyone. His laugh/giggle was so contagious which you wanted to be around. Music knowledge second to none,” it continued. “Just an incredible loss to his family, friends and the comedy community. The world is less loveable today. Thanks so.much for your friendship my brother.”Numb. R I P @VicHenley A great comic. Loved doing radio with him but loved even more our friendship. The long hilarious knowledgeable phone calls. The long walks home after doing the radio show ending in the middle of Central Park where I would turn left and he right. (Cont) pic.twitter.com/kLiXaojhyu— SUBSCRIBE OpieRadio podcast (@OpieRadio) April 7, 2020Read original story Vic Henley, Comedian and ‘Opie and Anthony’ Radio Show Regular, Dies at 57 At TheWrap
Logan Williams, a 16-year-old actor who appeared on the CW superhero series “The Flash” as a young Barry Allen, has died, according to his family.The actor’s mother, Marlyse Williams, confirmed the news of her son’s death to the Tri-City News. No cause of death was provided, though Williams was said to have died suddenly on Thursday.Williams appeared in eight episodes of “The Flash” during its first two seasons — including the series pilot — as a younger version of Grant Gustin’s titular DC Comics hero. His other acting credits include the Hallmark series “When Calls the Heart,” as well as guest spots on “The Whispers” and “Supernatural.”Also Read: 'The Flash' Actor Rick Cosnett Comes Out as Gay: 'I've Made a Promise to Myself to Live My Truth' (Video)Gustin remembered his former co-star in an Instagram post on Thursday, praising the young actor’s ability and professionalism.“Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly,” he wrote. “This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them.”He continued, “Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone.”View this post on Instagram Just hearing the devastating news that Logan Williams has passed away suddenly. This picture was early in the filming of The Flash pilot episode back in 2014. I was so impressed by not only Logan’s talent but his professionalism on set. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone. ❤️A post shared by Grant Gustin (@grantgust) on Apr 3, 2020 at 1:16pm PDTRead original story Logan Williams, ‘The Flash’ and ‘When Calls the Heart’ Actor, Dies at 16 At TheWrap
Charles Portis, the author whose 1968 novel “True Grit” inspired two beloved big-screen Westerns, died Monday at the age of 86.The Arkansas native had struggled with failing health for several years, according to his brother, Jonathan, who confirmed the death to the Arkansas Times.Portis was born in 1933 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Samuel Palmer Portis and Alice Waddell Portis. He served in the Marines during the Korean War before going on to study journalism at the University of Arkansas.He was a newspaper reporter before going on to write fiction, having written for Fayetteville’s Northwest Arkansas Times, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, the Arkansas Gazette, and Newsweek. He went on to become the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, according to an obituary his family prepared for the Ruebel Funeral Home which was obtained by to the Arkansas Times.Also Read: 'M*A*S*H' Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies After Battle With CancerHis 1968 novel “True Grit” was his biggest success. It inspired a 1969 John Wayne film, and later the 2010 film starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. It follows the story of a young farm girl who hires a drunken lawman to catch the outlaw who murdered her father. They go on a quest along with a Texas Ranger to track down the villain, and on that adventure, the strength of their “grit” is tested.Portis’ other work includes comic fiction like “Norwood,” “The Dog of the South,” “Masters of Atlantis,” and “Gringos,” as well as a collection of his shorter works called “Escape Velocity.”Read original story Charles Portis, ‘True Grit’ Novelist, Dies at 86 At TheWrap
Kellye Nakahara, the actress known for playing Nurse Kellye on the long-running sitcom “M*A*S*H,” has died. She was 72.Her death was confirmed on the Facebook page for her art studio, Kellye Wallett Studio.“Yesterday we lost one of the most beautiful souls on earth. We will miss you so much Kellye!” the post reads, along with a photo with her husband, David Wallett, whom she married in 1968, and their daughter, Lani. She is also survived by her son, William.Also Read: Celebrity Death Hoaxes: 46 Famous People Who Were Reported Dead... But Weren't (Photos)Nakahara’s family told TMZ that the actress and painter passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at her Pasadena home on Sunday.She was born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and moved to San Francisco, Calif. to pursue art. She ended up acting on “M*A*S*H” for almost the show’s entire run from 1973 to 1983, playing the role of Lieutenant Nurse Kellye.In addition to the classic army-medical series, which ran for ten years on CBS, Nakahara also acted in the 1985 film “Clue,” the 1995 film “Black Day Blue Night,” and the 1998 “Doctor Doolittle” film. Her other television credits have included “Little House on the Prairie,” “Growing Pains,” “NYPD Blue,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Crisis Center,” “Dream On,” “Hunter,” “Otherworld,” “Matt Houston,” “At Ease,” and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.”Read original story ‘M*A*S*H’ Actress Kellye Nakahara Dies at 72 At TheWrap
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Anna Karina, the Danish-born star of classic French New Wave films of the 1960s such as “A Woman Is a Woman” and “Alphaville,” died on Saturday at age 79.Her agent, Laurent Balandras, tweeted that she died of cancer.“Today, French cinema has been orphaned,” Franck Riester, France’s culture minister, wrote in his own tweet. “It has lost one of its legends.”Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)Karina landed her first film role as a teenager in Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Little Soldier,” a drama about the French-Algerian War that was shot in 1960 but not released until three years later due to censorship issues.In 1961, she won the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her work playing a French striptease artist in Godard’s 1961 film “A Woman Is a Woman.”By that time, she had also married Godard — with whom she continued to work on classic New Wave films such as “My Live to Live,” “Band of Outsiders,” “Pierrot le Fou” and “Alphaville.”After their divorce in 1967, Karina went on to act three dozen other films, and even tried her hand at directing with 1973’s “Vivre Ensemble,” about the tempestuous, abusive relationship between a young woman and a history teacher.Karina was also a singer and novelist, recording an album and writing four books during her career.Read original story Anna Karina, Star of French New Wave Cinema, Dies at 79 At TheWrap
Another glittering year in Hollywood has come to an end, and so it’s worth looking back at the famous faces the industry has lost over the course of the last 12 months.From iconic movie stars of the Golden Age through to memorable names from recent blockbusters, there are many Hollywood figures to which fans have had to bid farewell this year.Read more:Notable Hollywood deaths of 2018Most impressive actor transformations of 2019Winners and losers of the summer box office 2019
Opera legend Jessye Norman died Monday at age 74.The soprano died from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to family statement issued to the Associated Press.“We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education,” the family statement read.Also Read: Rob Garrison, 'Karate Kid' Actor, Dies at 59Norman was born in Georgia to a musical family. As a child, she sang in the church gospel choir and listened to the Metropolitan Opera via radio. At 16, she entered a singing competition named after her idol — Marian Anderson. Norman did not win, but was offered a full scholarship to Howard University.After graduating with a Masters from the University of Michigan in 1968, Norman spent a decade in Europe building up her operatic repertoire, performing with German and Italian companies. It wouldn’t be until 1982 when she made her U.S. debut performing with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She would debut at the Metropolitan Opera — the company she listened to as a child on the radio — the following year. By the mid-’80s, she was one of the most in-demand sopranos in the world.Norman sang at the second inaugurations of presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. In 1996, she sang at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics, which were held in her home state of Georgia. She also famously sang at the 9/11 memorial in March 2002.Also Read: José José, Famed Latin Singer, Dies at 71Norman won four Grammy Awards over her long career and won the Life Achievement Award in 2006. She was also bestowed many honors, including the Légion d’honneur, the Kennedy Center Honors, and National Media of the Arts. She received the 12th Glenn Gould Prize for her contribution to opera and the arts in 2018.“The Met mourns the loss of Jessye Norman (1945-2019), one of the great sopranos of the past half-century, who sang more than 80 unforgettable performances with the company. We extend our condolences to Ms. Norman’s family and friends,” the Metropolitan Opera said in a statement.She was also a philanthropist, contributing to many causes dear to heart, including music and homeless programs, and AIDS research.Read original story Jessye Norman, Opera Legend, Dies at 74 At TheWrap
Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died Sunday at the age of 50, his wife Malissa Longo announced of Facebook.“It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today,” Longo wrote. “He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth.”A cause of death has not been announced.Eisenberg played Nog on 40 episodes of “Deep Space Nine,” which came as a surprise to him, as he took the role without being told any details about his character or how long he would play it. Nog is the first member of the Ferengi, a greedy alien race always looking for a profit, to join Starfleet thanks to the recommendation of Captain Sisko.Also Read: Suzanne Whang, HGTV's 'House Hunters' Host, Dies at 56Nog is one of several characters that played a running tradition in the series of previously antagonistic alien races becoming allies, with the cultural differences between them and other Starfleet members playing a role in several episodes. In the “Deep Space Nine” series finale, Nog’s hard work in the Dominion War earned him a promotion to lieutenant.Also Read: Cokie Roberts, Longtime NPR and ABC News Journalist, Dies at 75Prior to “DS9,” Eisenberg appeared on several ’80s TV shows, including “Tales From the Crypt,” “The Wonder Years” and “General Hospital.” After “DS9” ended, he took several stage roles, as well as a guest appearance on an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” before transitioning to a career in professional photography. In 2015, he returned to the “Star Trek” world in the fan film “Renegades” alongside fellow series alums Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original series, and Robert Picardo, who played the holographic Doctor in “Voyager.”“There will never be another light like Aron’s,” Longo wrote. “The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally.”You can read Longo’s entire tribute to her husband of just nine months here.Read original story Aron Eisenberg, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 50 At TheWrap
Daniel Johnston, the legendary Austin-based singer/songwriter and visual artists who was the subject of the 2005 documentary “The Devil & Daniel Johnston,” has died from a heart attack Tuesday night at the age of 58. Johnston’s manager, Dick Johnston, confirmed the news of Johnston’s death to TheWrap.Johnston’s lo-fi, quirky folk tunes were covered by the likes Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Yo La Tengo. Kurt Cobain could be counted as a supporter, most notably when he was spotted wearing a t-shirt sporting Johnston’s “Hi How Are You” album cover.Born in Sacramento before moving to West Virginia and finally settling in Austin in the 1980s, Johnston first rose to prominence in Texas for his home-recorded albums, beginning with 1981’s “Songs of Pain.” He had 17 albums overall. Johnston’s last album, 2012’s “Space Ducks,” featured a slew of guest musicians including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Eleanor Friedberger, Deer Tick, Fruit Bats, and Lavender Diamond.Also Read: Haley Smith, Former 'American Idol' Contestant, Dies at 26In 2005, “The Devil & Daniel Johnston” doc sparked new interest in the singer. The film outlined Johnston’s struggles with manic depression and schizophrenia. It also showcased an immensely talented songwriter who was embraced by a rabid cult following.In recent years, according to the Austin Chronicle, his physical health deteriorated — which included falling, hospitalization and frequent adjustments to his medication, his sister Margy Johnston said.His final tour took place in 2017, where he was supported by the likes of Jeff Tweedy & Friends, Built To Spill, the Preservation All-Stars, Ben Lee, the Districts and Modern Baseball.Also Read: Roky Erickson, 13th Floor Elevators Singer, Dies at 71A tribute to Johnston, which took place in Austin in January to celebrate his 58th birthday featured the likes of Flaming Lips, the Black Angels, Gavin DeGraw, Bob Mould among others.Johnston had been working on a new album with Austin-based producer Brian Beattie for “years” he told the Chronicle and Vulture reported in April that the album would be titled “If.”Read original story Daniel Johnston, Legendary Austin Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 58 At TheWrap
Robert Axelrod, the veteran character actor best known for voicing Lord Zedd and Finster in the long-running kids TV show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” died Saturday at age 70, his agent announced on Twitter.In addition to the villain Lord Zedd and the monster maker Finster in the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series (and 1995 movie), Axelrod also voiced characters like Armadillomon and Wizardmon in the “Digimon” anime series.Axelrod got his start as a guitarist in the early 1970s before moving into voice work in TV and film. According to his agent, he created more than 150 characters during the course of his career.Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)Other live-action credits include playing a Paul McCartney lookalike on the ’90s sitcom “Family Matters,” as well as roles on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Star Trek: Voyager.”“Robert enjoyed meeting his fans and inspiring them to follow their passions,” his agent said in statement. “His beautiful and kindred soul will never be forgotten and we take comfort in knowing his memory will live on in all those he inspired, met and knew.”Read original story Robert Axelrod, Actor Who Voiced Lord Zedd in ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,’ Dies at 70 At TheWrap
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Alan and Kimberly Wiegand sat down with Today for an emotional interview following their daughter's "unfathomable" death after she fell from a Royal Caribbean Cruise window.