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Martha Goldman Sigall, Termite Terrace Animator, 1917 - 2014

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Animation historian Jerry Beck reports on the passing of Martha Goldman Sigall, a veteran of the animation industry who worked mainly as a painter and inker (along with numerous other tasks) for studios including Leon Schlesinger Productions (a.k.a., the Termite Terrace that produced the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons), the MGM Cartoon Department, […]

Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR's "Car Talk," 1937 - 2014

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The Car Talk weblog is reporting that Tom Magliozzi has passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014, at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. With his younger brother Ray, the Magliozzi’s hosted NPR’s Car Talk radio show from 1977 to 2012, where the two dispensed advice on car repair, relationships, and […]

Elizabeth Peña, Actor, 1959 - 2014

Elizabeth Peña

Groundbreaking Hispanic actor Elizabeth Peña has passed away at the age of 55 of natural causes after a brief illness in Los Angeles, CA. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, on September 23, 1959, to Cuban immigrant parents, Peña’s career began early on the New York theater scene and graduation from the High School of Performing Arts, […]

Joan Rivers, Pioneering Comedian, 1933 - 2014

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Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at the age of 81. Rivers went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness after minor outpatient surgery on her vocal cords. Rivers was a trailblazing stand-up comedian, fighting her way to stages in nightclubs during the 1950’s, and made a name for herself with […]

Liz Holman, Animator, 1953 - 2014

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A paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy-winning animator Liz Holman has passed away at the age of 61. Holman had battled cancer for a long time. After earning an MFA in Film Graphics from the prestigious Cal Arts academy in 1979, Holman worked in the animation industry for 25 years at […]

Lauren Bacall, Actor, 1924 - 2014

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The iconic actor Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the age of 89. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City, becoming Betty Bacal after her parents’ divorce and her mother’s adoption of the second half of her maiden name (though she added the second “L” to her name because the […]

Robin Williams 1951-2014

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died today from an apparent suicide.  He was 63. A successful stand-up comedian, Williams achieved nationwide fame as Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on an episode of Happy Days.  Williams later played Mork in the Happy Days spinoff Mork & Mindy […]

James Shigeta, Actor, 1929 - 2014

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Actor James Shigeta passed away on July 28, 2014, in Hollywood, CA, at the age of 85, due to pulmonary failure. Shigeta was born in Hawaii but first became an acting and singing star in Japan in the 1950’s while taking Japanese language lessons. His fame in Japan ultimately led to appearances Las Vegas, and […]

James Garner, Actor, 1928 - 2014

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Actor James Garner passed away of natural causes on Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes at the age of 86. Garner’s best-known roles were both on television: as the genial gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950’s western Maverick (appearing in a guest-starring role as Marshal Zane Cooper in the 1994 feature film remake starring […]

Bob Hastings, Commissioner Gordon Voice Actor, 1925 - 2014

Bob Hastings 1925 - 2014

Actor Bob Hastings passed away on June 30, 2014, at the age of 89. Hastings was suffering from his third bout with pancreatic cancer in 15 years at the time of his passing. The actor was probably best known as the voice of Archie Andrews on the radio from the end of World War II […]

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