Though Crewe wrote songs that would be sung by many musicians, including Rays and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he came to fame with his work songwriting for the Four Seasons, who had trouble landing a hit until Crewe came along. Crewe ended up producing “Sherry,” a 1962 song that would turn out to be the Four Seasons’ first number 1 hit. He went on to write multiple hits for both the Four Seasons and for Valli as a solo artist. READ FULL STORY
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Ed Nelson, who made his name as a star in ’60s soap opera Peyton Place, died on Saturday. He was 85.
Nelson co-starred with Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place, which premiered in 1964 and ran until 1969. He later starred in TV movie spinoffs of the series, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.
At a press conference held Tuesday morning in Marin County, the assistant deputy chief coroner Keith Boyd said that initial findings suggest Robin Williams death was a suicide by hanging.
He was found in his bedroom with a belt around his neck and acute slash marks on his left wrist.
According to Boyd, Williams was last seen alive Sunday evening at 10:30 when his wife, Susan Schneider, retired for the night. She then left the house Monday morning at 10:30 a.m., assuming that Williams was still sleeping. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned later that morning when he didn’t respond to knocks on the bedroom door. The aide gained entry to the room and found the body and immediately called 911. READ FULL STORY
Filmmaker Spike Lee has erected a memorial honoring Eric Garner, the man who was killed by a New York police officer’s chokehold July 17.
Garner was being arrested “on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes” when a police officer placed a chokehold on him, the Associated Press reports. In a video of the event, Garner can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” before he loses consciousness. (Garner suffered from asthma.) An autopsy later revealed that the chokehold did cause the 43-year-old’s death.
Mary Rodgers, the author of the book Freaky Friday as well as the composer of the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress died Thursday, The Associated Press confirms. She was 83.
The daughter of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers, Mary found fame of her own with Once Upon a Mattress, amongst other shows. The original Once Upon a Mattress production starred Carol Burnett, and there was also a 1996 Broadway revival with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Her novel Freaky Friday was twice adapted into a film—the 1976 Jodie Foster/ Barbara Harris version, of which Rodgers also wrote the screenplay, and a 2003 remake starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.
Terry Richards—who battled James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and many others onscreen—died on June 14th. He was 81.
Richards’ most famous onscreen appearance was as a swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. In a chase through the streets of Cairo, the swordsman confronted Indiana Jones in a square and whipped out his scimitar. Jones, weary from the chase, pulled out a gun and shot him.
At a 30th anniversary screening of the movie, Ford revealed that a bigger fight scene was planned, but he was ill during the shoot. “I was no longer capable of staying out of my trailer for more than it took to expose a role of film,” he said. “Which was 10 minutes, and then I would have to flee back there for sanitary facilities.”
Richards worked on nine James Bond films with four separate actors in the title role. His last performance was opposite Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.
In a 2012 interview, Richards reflected on how the stunt acting industry has changed. “Now it’s all CGI,” he said. “After a day’s stunting when I was doing it, you really knew you did a day’s work, you were covered in bruises.”
Rik Mayall, a British comedian famous for his work in the 1980s BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his home London this morning.
Mayall made a name for himself by playing loud-mouthed characters, from Rick, the poetry-writing anarchist in The Young Ones, to the lecherous Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. He starred in The Young Ones with his longtime friend Adrian Edmondson. The two went on to star in their own sitcom, Bottom. He also played the title character in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred.
In 1998, Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident that left him a coma for three days. He was married and had three children. The London police have stated that the cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious.
Author, activist, and icon Dr. Maya Angelou, who died last week at age 86, will be remembered at a private memorial service Saturday at Wake Forest University. The service, reserved for invited guests only, will be held in Wait Chapel and available to view by the public via a live stream starting at 10 a.m.
Angelou served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982 after receiving an honorary degree in 1977. Though still very active around her Winston-Salem community giving lectures and speeches, Angelou taught her last class at the university in the summer of 2011. She was planning to teach a course in the fall titled “Race, Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond.” Angelou’s family has requested that in lieu of any flowers or public memorials on campus, donations be made to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Additional celebrations of the late poet’s life in more cities throughout the country will be announced at a later date by her son Guy B. Johnson.
Gordon Willis, the cinematographer and director of photography best known for his shadowy work in the Godfather series and a slew of Woody Allen’s best-known films — including Annie Hall and Manhattan — has died. He was 82.
“This is a momentous loss,” American Society of Cinematographers president Richard Crudo told Deadline late Sunday night, confirming Willis’s passing. “He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked. Up until the time of The Godfather 1 and 2, nothing previously shot looked that way. He changed the way films looked and the way people looked at films.”
We’ll be posting a full obituary later in the day. In the meantime, watch Willis discussing his unique style in this video interview from 2013:
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