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Post Mortem: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Actress Jean Simmons dies

Actress Jean Simmons, one of the most beguiling movie actresses of the 1940s and '50s, has died at the age of 80. She may have been best known for her performance of Ophelia, opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" (1948), and as a conflicted evangelist in 1960's "Elmer Gantry," with Burt...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 23, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and when is it fair to call a person both a pioneer and crackpot? This story in Chicago's alternative paper, the Reader, makes a case that radical lesbian theologian Mary Daly was just that, and the New York Times' failure to say so was a whitewash. What do...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 21, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Boston writers

Two novelists with ties to Boston, Robert B. Parker and Erich Segal, died in recent days. There isn't much outward similarity between Parker, 77, the author of the hard-boiled Spenser novels, and Segal, 72, whose "Love Story" may be the ultimate in sentimental romance. Of course, the schmaltzy theme song...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 20, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Dr. X, the masked manager at National Wrestling Alliance shows who was also "Dr. Sidney Hack," a chain-smoking alcoholic physician, died Jan.15 in suburban Chicago. Outside the ring, he was known as Edward Chuman. And this on the same day that we hear of the death of Ida...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 20, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Erich Segal, 'Love Story' author

Erich Segal, who made millions of readers and moviegoers weep with his extremely popular novel "Love Story" -- and the subsequent movie, starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal -- has died at the age of 72. The most famous line in the book became a catch phrase of the early...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 19, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Crime novelist Robert B. Parker dies

UPDATED 5:18 p.m. Robert B. Parker, 77, a popular and prolific author of hard-boiled American crime fiction, best known for the 37-book Spenser series which became an ABC television show in the 1980s, died Jan. 18, at his writing desk at home in Cambridge, Mass. A cause of death was...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, matriarch of the musical Wainwright family, has died of cancer. She and her sister Anna recorded 10 albums. She was 63. I usually eschew journalists in this space, but Steven Lovelady was singular; one of the masterminds behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's 17 Pulitzer Prizes,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 19, 2010; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good federal holiday morning. Claire L. Walters was one of only 100 female pilots in the 1940s. She taught thousands of others how to fly, competed in numerous woman-only air races and sounds like she had a hell of a good time in her 85 years on (and just above)...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 18, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nureyev's broken zipper

For the past few days, I've been working on a Sunday Local Life feature of May Ishimoto, who died in November at 90. For 17 years, she was the wardrobe mistress of the American Ballet Theatre, commuting to New York from her home in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. I...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 17, 2010; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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