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Post Mortem: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Last of the movie organists; updated

Word has reached us from Florida that Rosa Rio, the last of the silent-movie organists, has died at the magnificent age of 107. (She would have been 108 in less than three weeks.) After I posted this blog on Friday, we decided that Rosa Rio's story was just too...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 14, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags: Arts, NBC, New Orleans, Organ, Orson Welles, Rosa Rio, Silent film, Wurlitzer  
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Daily Goodbye

How's this for your big break as an actress? You appear in one of the most celebrated films of all time and during your short appearance on screen you are held in the arms of Clark Gable. This was Phyllis Douglas' introduction to Hollywood at age 2. She went on...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 14, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: 1984 Summer Olympics, Actor, Clark Gable, Los Angeles, Star Trek, Television, United States  
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Ziegfeld Chorus Girl Dies at 106

Doris Eaton Travis, who died May 11 at 106, had a minor but remarkable place in theatrical history. She grew up in Washington, where her father was a newspaper linotype operator, and with her siblings began appearing on the vaudeville circuit as the Seven Little Eatons. She was old enough...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 13, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Adam Bernstein  
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The Daily Goodbye

Erwin Wuester, 80, who combined textile know-how with military precision to become a leading designer of Army parachutes, died May 5. He began his career with the Linen Thread Co. in Paterson, N.J., the Associated Mr. Wuester retired in 2003 as senior textile technologist at the Army's Natick Research, Development...

By Emma Brown  |  May 13, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: erwin wuester died, highwaymen dave fisher died, parachute designer died  
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Daily Goodbye

If this lead into the obituary of "Lady Artha," a Cleveland city council member and part-time boxing manager, doesn't get you reading I'm not sure what will: "Artha Woods, who died Monday, once burst into Mayor Dennis Kucinich's office, got him to cancel a meeting and took him to see...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 12, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: City council, Cleveland, Dennis Kucinich, Government, High school, Mayor, Philadelphia Inquirer, United States  
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The Daily Goodbye

Mildred Ellen Orton, 99, who founded the Vermont Country Store mail order company, "Purveyors of the Practical and Hard-to-Find," died Thursday at her home in Weston, Vt. Mrs. Orton founded the mail-order company with her husband Vrest in 1945 and the physical store in Weston the following year. Now online...

By Emma Brown  |  May 11, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  
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Lena Horne, Electrifying Singer, Dies

Lena Horne, the singer and actress who died Sunday at 92, cut a singular path through modern culture. She was the first black actress to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio (MGM in 1942) and the first black actress to be popularly accepted in roles that were...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 10, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein  
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The Daily Goodbye

Chess fans: Grandmaster Andor Lilienthal died May 8 in Budapest, the Hungarian Chess Federation announced. He was 99. Not a chess fan? A grandmaster is just what it sounds like -- a title bestowed upon the best players by the international chess federation, which published its first list of 27...

By Emma Brown  |  May 10, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: andor lilienthal died, chess grandmaster died, joaquin capilla died, joaquin capilla dies, lena horne died, lena horne dies  
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