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    Tony Dow, best known for his role as Wally Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver, has died at the age of 77.



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    ^Oops. Looks as though he is very ill, though.


    'Leave It to Beaver' star Tony Dow is still alive, despite statement from his management saying he died

    '''Leave It to Beaver''' star Tony Dow is still alive, despite statement from his management saying he died

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    David Trimble, Architect of Northern Ireland Peace Deal, Dies at 77

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    LONDON—David Trimble, a former Northern Ireland first minister who won the Nobel Peace Prize for playing a key role in helping end Northern Ireland’s decades of violence, has died, the Ulster Unionist Party said Monday. He was 77.
    The party said in a statement on behalf of the Trimble family that the unionist politician died earlier Monday “following a short illness.”

    Trimble, who led the UUP from 1995 to 2005, was a key architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that ended three decades of violent conflict in Northern Ireland known as “The Troubles.”

    Keir Starmer, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, called Trimble “a towering figure of Northern Ireland and British politics” in a tweet Monday. Current UUP leader Doug Beattie praised Trimble as “man of courage and vision,” a tribute echoed by leaders from across the political divide.


    The UUP was Northern Ireland’s largest Protestant unionist party when, led by Trimble, it agreed to the Good Friday peace accord.

    Although a hardliner unionist when he was younger, Trimble became a politician whose efforts in compromise became pivotal in bringing together unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland’s new power-sharing government.

    Like most Protestant politicians at the time, Trimble initially opposed efforts to share power with Catholics as something that would jeopardize Northern Ireland’s union with Britain. He at first refused to speak directly with Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army.

    He ultimately relented and in 1997 became the first unionist leader to negotiate with Sinn Fein.


    Former British Prime Minister John Major said Trimble’s “brave and principled change of policy” was critical to peace in Northern Ireland.

    “He thoroughly merits an honorable place amongst peacemakers,” Major said.


    The peace talks began formally in 1998 and was overseen by neutral figures like former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell. The outcomes were overwhelmingly ratified by public referendums in both parts of Ireland.


    Trimble shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize with Catholic moderate leader John Hume, head of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, for their work.


    Trimble was elected first minister in Northern Ireland’s first power-sharing government the same year, with the SDLP’s Seamus Mallon as deputy first minister.

    But both the UUP and the SDLP soon saw themselves eclipsed by more hardline parties—the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. Many in Northern Ireland grew tired of Trimble and his colleagues, who appeared to be too moderate and compromising.

    Trimble struggled to keep his party together as the power-sharing government was rocked by disagreements over disarming the IRA and other paramilitary groups. Senior colleagues defected to the DUP, Trimble lost his seat in Britain’s Parliament in 2005 and soon after he resigned as party leader. The following year he was appointed to the upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords.


    Northern Ireland power-sharing has gone through many crises since then—but the peace settlement has largely endured.


    “The Good Friday Agreement is something which everybody in Northern Ireland has been able to agree with,” Trimble said earlier this year. “It doesn’t mean they agree with everything. There are aspects which some people thought were a mistake, but the basic thing is that this was agreed.”

    William David Trimble was born in Belfast on Oct. 15, 1944, and was educated at Queen’s University, Belfast.

    He had an academic career in law before entering politics in the early 1970s, when he became involved in the hardline Vanguard Party. He surprised many when he won the leadership of the UUP in 1995.

    Trimble was not always a popular leader, and his negotiations toward the peace accord attracted criticism from elements of his party.


    “David faced huge challenges when he led the Ulster Unionist Party in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations and persuaded his party to sign on for it,” Adams said Monday in a statement. “It is to his credit that he supported that Agreement. I thank him for that.”

    “While we held fundamentally different political opinions on the way forward nonetheless I believe he was committed to making the peace process work,” Adams continued. “David’s contribution to the Good Friday Agreement and to the quarter century of relative peace that followed cannot be underestimated.”


    Trimble is survived by his wife Daphne and children Richard, Victoria, Nicholas, and Sarah.

    David Trimble, Architect of Northern Ireland Peace Deal, Dies at 77



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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^Oops. Looks as though he is very ill, though.


    'Leave It to Beaver' star Tony Dow is still alive, despite statement from his management saying he died

    '''Leave It to Beaver''' star Tony Dow is still alive, despite statement from his management saying he died
    Hang in there, Wally.


    “ I’m not dead, yet!”



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    Bernard Cribbins: The Hole in the Ground Bloke passes on.

    Bernard Cribbins: Doctor Who and Wombles star dies aged 93 - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barty View Post
    Bernard Cribbins: The Hole in the Ground Bloke passes on.

    Bernard Cribbins: Doctor Who and Wombles star dies aged 93 - BBC News
    Can't forget this.


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    Titanic and Omen actor David Warner dies at 80


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    Actor David Warner, who starred in films such as The Omen and Tron, has died at the age of 80 from a cancer-related illness.

    His family said they were sharing the news "with an overwhelmingly heavy heart".

    Warner was also known for playing Billy Zane's villainous sidekick Spicer Lovejoy in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

    He recently appeared as naval eccentric Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returns.

    Warner died on Sunday at Denville Hall, a care home for those in the entertainment industry.

    "Over the past 18 months he approached his diagnosis with a characteristic grace and dignity," his family said in a statement given to the BBC.

    "He will be missed hugely by us, his family and friends, and remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father, whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We are heartbroken," it continued.

    Warner often played the baddie, taking on villainous roles in films such as The Thirty Nine Steps (1978) and Time Bandits (1981).

    Many will recall his character, photographer Keith Jennings, who met an inglorious end in 1976's supernatural classic, The Omen.

    In an interview for a programme on horror films fronted by Mark Gatiss, when asked if he knew what had happened to his severed head, Warner deadpanned: "I lost it in the divorce."

    Warner played Bob Cratchit in George C Scott's 1984 adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, noting it was a pleasure to play a character that wasn't a villain for a change.

    He also enjoyed a successful television career, with roles in Wallander - playing Kenneth Branagh's father - Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, Doctor Who and the original Twin Peaks among others.

    Warner was also known for playing various characters in the Star Trek franchise and starred in several Doctor Who audio plays.

    The Mancunian's work was recognised early on in his career with a Bafta nomination for his lead performance in Karel Reisz's 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, opposite Vanessa Redgrave.

    He went on to win an Emmy award in 1981 for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special for his portrayal of Pomponius Falco in the television miniseries Masada.

    The Rada-trained British star was also renowned for title roles in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry VI and Hamlet early on in his career.


    Titanic and Omen actor David Warner dies at 80 - BBC News

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    Tony Dow aka Wally Cleaver did pass away soon after the premature announcement of his death.

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    ^^ David Warner was certainly a great actor. He played the villain so very well.

    ”That’s a good question.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Tony Dow aka Wally Cleaver did pass away soon after the premature announcement of his death.
    RIP. I was not alive when the show originally aired, but the show was a popular rerun well into the ninties. A nice piece in the post about Wally Cleaver...

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    Jimmy Sohns, Who Sang ‘Gloria’ With Shadows of Knight, Dead at 75

    Jimmy Sohns, lead singer of the 1960s band Shadows of Knight—best known for the hit “Gloria”—has died at the age of 75 after suffering a stroke earlier in the week.


    Shadows of Knight, based in Chicago, put out three albums in five years, and their big single—originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, but not the same later recorded by Laura Branigan—hit No. 10 on the Billboard charts.


    They had a few other lesser hits before the group all but disintegrated, leaving Sohns to re-form it and carry on. They put out one more album in 1970—and then again during a comeback of sorts in 2006.


    Sohns was inducted into the Chicago Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and later told an interviewer he could not believe his dreams had come true.


    “When I was really young, and you’re growing up and the relatives come over at Thanksgiving and Christmas and always ask you what you’re gonna be when you grow up,” he said. “I always told them a baseball star or a rock ’n roll singer. And, it was weird that it happened.”


    He said Shadows of Knight went from playing for teen clubs in Chicago to the big time almost overnight.


    “We were a teen club band. Teen clubs and concerts. We had this huge following. The record was taken over to the radio station before there was any printed acetates of it,” he said. “It was taken over on a reel-to-reel tape and it sold over 100,000 copies in 10 days. The rest is rock ’n roll history.”


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    Probably lost the will to live after seeing another fucking crook get elected.

    Philippines ex-president Fidel Ramos dies at 94

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    ^I just saw the news of that here. He was 94. He's lived a good life. He was a crook too (got rich when he privatized a lot of govt assets) but PH economy improved during his tenure. He was also known for having a good work ethic - early bird, aways jogged & maintained his health, etc. One of the few ppl from PH who graduated from West Point (in the USA).

    RIP, President Fidel V. Ramos.

    Edit : ooh, he died of/ with Covid.

    Former president Fidel V. Ramos succumbs to Covid-19 | The Manila Times

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^I just saw the news of that here. He was 94. He's lived a good life. He was a crook too (got rich when he privatized a lot of govt assets) but PH economy improved during his tenure. He was also known for having a good work ethic - early bird, aways jogged & maintained his health, etc. One of the few ppl from PH who graduated from West Point (in the USA).

    RIP, President Fidel V. Ramos.

    Edit : ooh, he died of/ with Covid.

    Former president Fidel V. Ramos succumbs to Covid-19 | The Manila Times
    Wasn't in the Marcos league though. And it seems one of his biggest achievements was eliminating 12 hour power outages.

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    Bill Russell, 11 time NBA Champion dies at 88.


    Boston Celtics great Bill Russell, 11-time NBA champion, dies at 88



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    ^
    Growing up in the 60s, I wasn’t much of a Star Trek fan, but I do have vivid recollections of watching, just to catch a glimpse of Lieutenant Uhura.

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    Shatner kissing her on an episode of Star Trek caused quite a bit of kerfuffle, even though it wasn't the first interracial kiss on television.

    Imagine being that fucked up you'd get in a tizzy over something so trivial.

    I loved the story:

    When NBC execs learned about the kiss during production, they feared stations in the Southern states would not air the episode, so they ordered that another version of the scene be filmed. But Nichols and Shatner purposely screwed up every additional take.
    I didn't know she:

    sang and danced as a performer with Duke Ellington’s orchestra
    Nor did I know she was ready to quit and MLK persuaded her she should stay.

    Quite a woman.

    RIP

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    ^ She was indeed quite a woman. She will be missed.

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    ^^I remember seeing some old Star Trek movies with Shatner & the original cast. Didn't know the hoo-ha abt their kiss.

    Reminds me of the clip of Michael Yo, a stand-up comedian (was recommended by the YT algo). He's mixed race: dad is black, mom is Korean.

    This is a clip re: his dad & segregation.



    Abt his Asian mom (reminds me of mine, lol)


    Ok, back to the famous persons who died...

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    @harry - I remember the brownouts (power outs) from my childhood. It was just something you dealt with & got used to. Fortunately, where I live (south of Manila) we don't get brownouts now. There are still electricity supply problems in the smaller islands.

    Lots of tributes in local news re: Pres FVR (as he's known). I think he's generally considered as a good president and left a positive legacy.

    I feel a bit of sadness since he was president during my childhood and it's like part of your youth going away for good. (maudlin thoughts, lol).

    RIP, president FVR.

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    Australian music icon and lead vocalist of The Seekers, Judith Durham has passed away aged 79.

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    Australian musician Judith Durham, best known as the lead singer of folk music group The Seekers, has died aged 79.

    Her band sold more than 50 million records and had hits including I'll Never Find Another You, I Am Australian and Georgy Girl.

    She left the group to go solo in 1968 and went on to release a number of studio albums.

    Anthony Albanese, Australia's prime minister, paid tribute to Durham, calling her "a national treasure".

    "Judith Durham gave voice to a new strand of our identity and helped blaze a trail for a new generation of Aussie artists," he wrote on social media. "Her kindness will be missed by many, the anthems she gave to our nation will never be forgotten."

    Durham was honoured multiple times during her lengthy career, including being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to music in 1995 and the Centenary Medal in 2003.

    She was also named the Victorian of the Year in 2015.

    Born in Melbourne, Durham rose to international fame after joining The Seekers in 1962 alongside Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley. She became the band's lead singer the following year, aged 20.

    A year after becoming joint recipients of the Australian of the Year award in 1967, the group officially disbanded, but reunited to perform on multiple occasions - the last time being 2014.

    Durham married the British pianist and musical director Ron Edgeworth in 1969, who died less than 30 years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

    Judith Durham: Former Seekers lead singer dies aged 79 - BBC News



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    I remember their songs quite well from my childhood. I had no idea that they were Australian!

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    Cancer Sucks!

    Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73



    Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide acclaim for her starring role in "Grease," died Monday morning at age 73, according to her family.

    "Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends," her family wrote in a statement shared on social media. "We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time."

    "Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer," the statement continued.

    Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the '90s, Newton-John was in remission for more than 20 years before it returned in 2013. She revealed in 2018 that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

    A singer, songwriter, actress and activist, Newton-John, the granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born was born in 1948 in Cambridge, England. When she was 5, her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia, and by her teens, she'd landed her big break, winning a talent contest on the TV show "Sing, Sing, Sing."

    By 1966, Newton-John had signed a deal with Decca Records, but her major breakthrough wouldn't come until 1973, with the country-flavored hit "Let Me Be There." That same year, the Academy of Country Music named her its most promising female vocalist, and in 1974, the Country Music Association agreed, crowning her its female vocalist of the year.

    The next year, the singer's career would gravitate more toward pop, as she released one of her signature songs. "I Honestly Love You," which won Grammys for record of the year and best female pop vocal performance in 1974.

    Generations of fans -- particularly young girls -- would come to identify with Newton-John as she took on her most iconic film role in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta's Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical "Grease." The two would become one of cinema's most beloved couples, performing the duets "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights" together. Newton-John added to her solo staples with "Hopelessly Devoted to You."

    In 1980, Newton-John teamed with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller-skating fantasy "Xanadu." The movie became a cult classic, and also gave the actress another chart-topping hit from its double-platinum soundtrack. Newton-John and Travolta rekindled their onscreen romance for "Two of a Kind" in 1983, and while the film wasn't successful, once again, the actress' music was. The soundtrack went platinum and "Twist of Fate" was a top-five hit.

    On the small screen, Newton-John would become a music-video pioneer, turning her super-sexy single "Physical" into a campy romp through saunas, aerobics and workout rooms, alternating ultra-fit male models with an out-of-shape every-man who could lose a few pounds. The clip propelled the song to 10 weeks at the top of the chart, and "Physical" won the 1982 Grammy for video of the year.

    Newton-John charted many No. 1 hits throughout her career and sold more than 100 million albums, continuing to work right up until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour. Earlier, she staged a well-received Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo for two years, starting in the spring of 2014.
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