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Actress Kate Williamson dead at 82

Character actress Kate Williamson, who appeared in such films as Disclosure, Dahmer, Dream Lover, and Racing With the Moon, has died at age 82 after a lengthy illness, said her manager, Judy Fox.

Williamson died Friday at her suburban Encino home, less than a month after the passing of her husband of nearly 60 years, veteran character actor Al Ruscio. “They were the epitome of true and forever sweethearts,” Fox said.

Williamson also appeared in dozens of TV shows going back to the 1970s, including 7th Heaven, JAG, NYPD Blue, Home Improvement, and Ellen.

Williamson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.

'America's Next Top Model' director killed in home invasion

Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model.

The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.

Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.

A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.

The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.

No arrests have been made.

Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday

Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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'Curb Appeal' co-host Bill Beckwith dies in motorcycle accident

A co-host of the HGTV show Curb Appeal has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.

The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.

Beckwith was one of the three hosts of Curb Appeal, which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.

HGTV says in a statement that his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life will be missed.

Police say Beckwith suffered head trauma and was pronounced dead at a hospital. The 30-year-old driver of the car that struck him is cooperating with the investigation.

Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke

A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke.

Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said in a statement Monday that tests showed the 54-year-old died from a stroked related to high blood pressure.

Cina says neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to Trotter’s death on Nov. 5 in Chicago, adding there was “no scientific evidence” that Trotter’s recent travels contributed to his death.

Trotter’s wife has said the acclaimed chef had an aneurysm months before he died and that he’d been taking medicine to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol. Rochelle Trotter previously said the aneurysm was discovered in January and that doctors had prescribed the “proper medication.”

Cina says the autopsy showed evidence of a previous stroke.

Trotter traveled shortly before his death.

French director Georges Lautner dies at 87

Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.

He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.

Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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Famed psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77

Psychic Sylvia Browne, who aided various police departments and was well-known for her TV and radio appearances, died Wednesday. The news was posted on her official web site. She was 77.

Browne wrote 22 New York Times bestsellers and was a frequent guest on talk shows, including Larry King Live, Loveline with Dr. Drew, and The Montel Williams Show. Williams eulogized Browne on her site Wednesday:
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Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt, dies at age 79

Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, has died at age 79.

Close family friend Richard Greene confirmed the news of Miller’s passing to the Los Angeles Times, saying Miller died Tuesday in her Napa, Calif., home as a result of complications of a fall in September.

Miller was born Dec. 18, 1933, in Los Angeles to Walt and Lillian Disney. She made a name for herself as a philanthropist and played a key role in the creation of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Though it was Miller’s mother, Lillian, who donated $50 million to build a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1987, it was Miller who insisted that a portion of her mother’s donation be used to hire architect Frank Gehry in 1997.

Al Ruscio, veteran film, TV, stage actor, dies at 89

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Veteran character actor Al Ruscio, who appeared in countless film, television, and stage productions across half a century, has died at age 89, said his longtime manager, Judy Fox.

Ruscio, who died Nov. 12 at his Encino, Calif., home following declining health, appeared in such films as The Godfather: Part III and Guilty by Suspicion, and on some of the most memorable TV shows of all time, from Sea Hunt to Seinfeld. His stage credits include A Hatful of Rain and A View From the Bridge.

In addition, Ruscio taught college acting classes, wrote a drama text called So Therefore…A Practical Guide for Actors and served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild.

Ruscio is survived by his wife, actress Kate Williamson; four children; and five grandchildren.

'I Love Lucy' guest star Shirley Mitchell dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell, who appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy in its 1953-54 season, died of heart failure on Monday. She was 94.

Mitchell played Marion Strong on I Love Lucy, a friend of Lucy’s who was easily identified by her cackle. She was believed to be the last surviving cast member from the show.

You might also recognize Mitchell from her work on The Odd Couple, Three’s Company, Dallas, or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, along with a number of other shows. Her film career included Jamboree, Big Business, The War of the Roses, and more.

Mitchell was the widow of pop composer Jay Livingston and is survived by her sister-in-law and two children, Scott and Brooke.

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