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Post Mortem: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

Harold and Eartha

It's hard to conceive of two cultural figures more opposite than the two who appear on today's obituary pages: Harold Pinter and Eartha Kitt. Pinter, of course, was the playwright of undefined terror and gloom, a Nobel Prize-winning writer who used his Nobel acceptance speech in 2005 to denounce the...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 26, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Swooning Santa

Eartha Kitt, a singer, dancer and actress died on Dec. 25 from colon cancer. For a full obituary, read today's story and appreciation. Kitt scored a series of sultry-voiced hits, including "Santa Baby." Compare this black-and-white YouTube video of the Christmas tune with a 2006 video below to see why...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 26, 2008; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Voice of Nixon

The death of Mark Felt, aka Deep Throat, last week, took me to a website that has both audio and transcribed recordings from Richard M. Nixon's presidential office. No matter how often I've read these words, hearing the actual voices of H.R. Haldeman and Nixon still chills. "We know what's...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 22, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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