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Post Mortem: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

John Strauss, TV and film composer

John Strauss, an Emmy and Grammy award-winning composer and music editor, has died of Parkinson's disease at 90. He's probably best known as the composer of the bouncy theme song of "Car 54, Where Are You?," a police comedy series from 1961-63. He also wrote the theme for "The Phil...

By Matt Schudel  | February 18, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ex-'Meet the Press' moderator Bill Monroe dies

Bill Monroe, a Washington journalist best known for moderating the NBC Sunday talk show "Meet the Press" during the 1970s and '80s, died this morning at a nursing home in Potomac. He was 90. Founded on television in 1947, "Meet the Press" is one of the longest-running programs in American...

By Emma Brown  | February 17, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown, Washington DC-area people  
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Seinfeld's "Uncle Leo" dies

Len Lesser, the veteran character actor who played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," died yesterday in Los Angeles of pneumonia brought on by cancer. He was 88. In addition to "Seinfeld," Lesser appeared on such TV series as "Get Smart," "The Monkees," "ER" and "Everybody Loves Raymond." But who can forget...

By Lauren Wiseman  | February 17, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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George Shearing dies; pianist, composer was 91

George Shearing, 91, the virtuosic jazz pianist who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland," died of cardiac arrest today in New York. Shearing, who was blind since birth, launched his career in his native England before moving to the U.S. after World War II and becoming one of the most...

By Adam Bernstein  | February 14, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein, Musicians  
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Betty Garrett dies: Actress was 91

Betty Garrett, who was known by television audiences for her recurring roles on the 1970s sitcoms "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley," died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles of an aortic aneurysm. She was 91. Prior to her success as a television character actor, Ms. Garrett...

By Emma Brown  | February 13, 2011; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses, Emma Brown  
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