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Post Mortem: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Barbara Billingsley, 'Leave It to Beaver' star

Barbara Billingsley, the actress who played June Cleaver on "Leave It to Beaver," the classic 1950s TV show about suburban family life, has died at 94. As Adam Bernstein, our resident pop culture expert, writes: "June Cleaver was presented as the flawless housewife, lovingly going through the motions of running...

By Matt Schudel  | October 16, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Betty Peebles, Jericho City of Praise senior pastor, has died

Update: The full obituary has been posted. Betty Peebles, the senior pastor of the Jericho City of Praise, died at a Baltimore hospital Tuesday night. She was 76 and had cancer. Apostle Peebles, a longtime gospel artist, educator and radio personality, led a congregation that has grown from 10 people...

By Emma Brown  | October 13, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Washington DC-area people  | Tags:  betty peebles died; betty peebles obituary; betty peebles jericho city of praise; apostle betty peebles  
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'King Solomon' of soul fame dies at 70

Another dispatch from our resident music guru Terence McArdle: On Sunday, Grammy-winning soul and gospel singer, ordained minister and mortician Solomon Burke died. His obituary appears here. Here he is in performance with a version of "I Can't Stop Loving You" a country song interpreted in the soul genre by...

By T. Rees Shapiro  | October 11, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags:  Solomon Burke; Soul; Soul  
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Celebrated opera singer Joan Sutherland dies at 83

Australian-born soprano Joan Sutherland, who was known as "La Stupenda" and was widely acclaimed as the best opera singer of her time, died Oct. 10 at her home near Geneva. Ms. Sutherland made her debut in 1947 as Dido in "Dido and Aeneas," and spent decades performing regularly at the...

By Emma Brown  | October 11, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Musicians  | Tags:  Joan Sutherland died; Joan Sutherland obituary; Joan Sutherland opera singer; Joan Sutherland soprano  
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Politics and Prose co-owner Carla Cohen has died

Update: The full obituary can be viewed here. Carla Cohen, who founded the beloved Connecticut Avenue bookstore Politics and Prose and was a driving force behind its evolution from a simple storefront into the center of Washington's literary scene, died this morning. She was 74 and had a rare cancer...

By Emma Brown  | October 11, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown, Washington DC-area people  | Tags:  Carla Cohen died; Carla Cohen dies; Carla Cohen obituary; Carla Cohen Politics and Prose; Carla Cohen Barbara Meade  
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