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Post Mortem: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

Death, Taxes, James Joyce

It's tax season, so it wasn't unusual to get a phone call yesterday from someone at the accounting firm that's handled my taxes for the past 20 years. But this wasn't a normal call about deductions or liabilities; my accountant and her husband died of hypothermia after their canoe overturned...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 25, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Youth Movement in Obits?

Heath Ledger's death yesterday at the age of 28, and the acknowledgment by the Associated Press that they've pre-written an obit for Britney Spears, who's all of 26, raises the issue of how prepared can obit writers be for the deaths of young celebrities. The answer? Not very. Of the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 23, 2008; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Heath Ledger and Gene Kelly

In writing about the surprising death of actor Heath Ledger, at 28, I found an intriguing tidbit in an interview he gave to a Norfolk reporter in 2001: his adoration of Gene Kelly. "I loved all those musicals," Ledger told the Virginian-Pilot. "Kelly was wonderful. I once bought myself a...

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 22, 2008; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suzanne Pleshette

The Post, like many large news organizations, had an obituary for actress Suzanne Pleshette. But Time magazine's essay by critic Richard Corliss added insight to what Pleshette could have been -- her film career was mixed at best -- had she made it to Hollywood a generation earlier....

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 22, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ahead of the News

The Nashville Tennessean yesterday reported the death of Slim Whitman, the country-western singer best known for his yodeling technique on songs such as "Indian Love Call" and "I Remember You." His version of the former was credited with saving earth in director Tim Burton's film "Mars Attacks!" (1996). The paper...

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 22, 2008; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When You Know The Subject

It's always hard to write about the death of someone you know, as Matt Schudel mentioned not too long ago. For me, the most recent example came yesterday, when a friend called to alert me that Fran Lewine died. Fran, a congenitally cheerful soul, was one of the women who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 21, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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