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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

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Jonathan Demme directed the 1984 Talking Heads concert film "Stop Making Sense," which featured the group's energetic and creative lead singer David Byrne. 

"The film is good to look at," wrote Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. "Instead of the standard phony cutaways to the audience (phony because, nine times out of ten, the audience members are not actually reacting to the moment in the music that we're hearing), Demme keeps his cameras trained on the stage. And when Byrne and company use the stage-level lights to create a shadow play behind them, the result is surprisingly more effective than you might imagine: It's a live show with elements of 'Metropolis'."

 

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Demme also directed eight actors to Academy Award nominations (four of them won):

  • Jason Robards in "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Best Supporting Actor.
  • Mary Steenburgen in "Melvin and Howard" (1980). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Christine Lahti in "Swing Shift" (1984). Best Supporting Actress.
  • Dean Stockwell in "Married to the Mob" (1988). Best Supporting Actor.

  • Sir Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Best Actor.
  • Jodie Foster in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991). Best Actress.
  • Tom Hanks in "Philadelphia" (1993). Best Actor.
  • Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married" (2008). Best Actress.

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In an odd coincidence of timing, Demme directed some months back an episode of the Fox drama series Shots Fired, starring Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss, and that episode will premiere tonight. It is Demme's last directorial credit, according to IMDB.

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So sorry to hear this. I remember her from numerous appearances on "Maverick."

 

According to IMDb, she appeared in eight episodes:

  • "The Jeweled Gun" (1957, with Jack Kelly and James Garner). As Daisy Harris (aka Daisy Haskell).
  • "Maverick Springs" (1959, with Kelly and Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "The Misfortune Teller" (1960, with Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "A Bullet for the Teacher" (1960, with Roger Moore). As Flo Baker.
  • "Kiz" (1960, with Moore). as Kiz Bouchet.
  • "Dade City Dodge" (1961, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "The Troubled Heir" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "One of Our Trains Is Missing" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla / Melanie Blake/ Modesty Blaine.
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Crowley with James Garner as Bret Maverick

 

 

I agree. Maverick was the first thing on my mind, too, when I heard of Kathleen Crowley's death. She was a pleasure to watch in that series, her characters beautiful, droll, usually duplicitous. Memory tells me that in an episode like Maverick Springs (one of the best of the series) she used her beauty and feminine charm to bewitch and try to out wit the Maverick brothers. It was particularly wonderful to watch her match her considerable skills against James Garner's wily Bret. The fact that she was invited back to appear in the series as often as she was (Crowley being one of the most frequent guest players in the series) speaks to this little remembered actress's great effectiveness on the show.

 

RIP, beautiful lady.

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So sorry to here about Jonathan Demme. He directed some great films. It's too bad his last film was a disappointment. :(

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So sorry to hear this. I remember her from numerous appearances on "Maverick."

 

According to IMDb, she appeared in eight episodes:

  • "The Jeweled Gun" (1957, with Jack Kelly and James Garner). As Daisy Harris (aka Daisy Haskell).
  • "Maverick Springs" (1959, with Kelly and Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "The Misfortune Teller" (1960, with Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "A Bullet for the Teacher" (1960, with Roger Moore). As Flo Baker.
  • "Kiz" (1960, with Moore). as Kiz Bouchet.
  • "Dade City Dodge" (1961, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "The Troubled Heir" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "One of Our Trains Is Missing" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla / Melanie Blake/ Modesty Blaine.
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Crowley with James Garner as Bret Maverick

I don't remember Miss Crowley, but I'm sure I saw her many times on Maverick.

 

However, the photo you have is a photo of my favorite Warner Brothers TV actress Cricket Blake, AKA Connie Stevens.

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I don't remember Miss Crowley, but I'm sure I saw her many times on Maverick.

 

However, the photo you have is a photo of my favorite Warner Brothers TV actress Cricket Blake, AKA Connie Stevens.

 

Good catch, Princess. Here's an image of Kathleen Crowley with Jack Kelly

 

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I don't remember Miss Crowley, but I'm sure I saw her many times on Maverick.

 

However, the photo you have is a photo of my favorite Warner Brothers TV actress Cricket Blake, AKA Connie Stevens.

 

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Mea culpa! Here's a photo for sure of Kathleen Crowley and Roger Moore, who played Beau Maverick.

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Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for his work on THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), died this morning in New York, due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He was 73.

 

Demme was one of the more versatile directors of his generation; getting his start as a protégé of Roger Corman, Demme began writing and directing a string of exploitation films such as CAGED HEAT (1974) and CRAZY MAMA (1975) in the 1970s. Demme subsequently directed dramas (PHILADELPHIA [1993]), comedies (SWING SHIFT [1984], RACHEL GETTING MARRIED [2008]) and thrillers (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE [2004]).

 

Indiewire remembers Jonathan Demme here: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/04/jonathan-demme-dead-73-silence-of-the-lambs-1201809289/.

Sad to read he died.

Jonathan Demme, like Mike Nichols, had the ability to get good performances from his cast. He also like to show the peculiar side of people, of life. Matthew Modine getting dressed in Married to the Mob deserved a scene and our attention; and Jason Robards showed us the Howard Hughes of life and myth in Melvin and Howard.

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Actress Virginia Pound, who changed her name first to Lorna Gray in 1938, and again to Adrian Booth in 1945, has died. She was 99 years old.

 

Billed as Virginia Pound in her first role in Paramount's HOLD 'EM NAVY (1937), she was under contract to both Paramount and Columbia in the late '30s and early '40s, appearing opposite Buster Keaton and The Three Stooges in shorts at Columbia, credited as Lorna Gray, as well as landing supporting parts in such films as THE MAN THEY COULD NOT HANG, opposite Boris Karloff, SO PROUDLY WE HAIL, opposite Claudette Colbert, and an unbilled role in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.

 

She changed her name again, this time to Adrian Booth, when she signed to a long-term contract at Republic Pictures in 1945. She appeared in many westerns at Republic in the late '40s, and was one of only two actresses to regularly receive above-the-title billing in Republic westerns -- Roy Rogers' wife, Dale Evans, was the other.

 

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I've been away from the Board for a few days and come back to learn Kathleen Crowley has left us.  She was one of my favorite actresses along with Diane Brewster and Ruta Lee who's now the only one left.  I didn't care about her looks, I just wanted that smokey voice and to be able to play the variety of roles she got.  This included damsels in distress, shady ladies who caused the heroes distress and some wryly funny turns as well (see below).  I did like her better as a brunette which she was early in and towards the end of her career. 

 

I knew she'd been Miss New Jersey and a Miss America finalist but not that she was shorter than I am.  James Garner gave her very high praise in his book as an actress saying she was the only one from his time at WB who really stood out.  As he worked with the two above-as well as Angie Dickinson-during that time that's impressive.

 

One role I remember was as a "trophy wife" of a nasty businessman and murder suspect on Bourbon Street Beat.  At the end she walks into Rex and Cal's office and says as only she could, "My husband just told me to get lost-so I did.  Can somebody help me find my way back?"  The two drooling dogs, er detectives, are happy to oblige.         

 

It's nice that like them she also had a happy life off screen.  This makes her a winner all around.  RIP dear lady.  And thanks, folks, for all the photos.

 

I guess Virginia/Lorna/ Adrian aka "Mrs. Brian" fits into this club as well.  That's the problem; most of the Hollywood folks who just do their jobs well and live quiet honorable lives don't get the headlines the flamboyant ones do.  That's sad.     

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Actress Virginia Pound, who changed her name first to Lorna Gray in 1938, and again to Adrian Booth in 1945, has died. She was 99 years old.

 

Thanks for mentioning her. Normally I don't comment on deaths, but Adrian Booth Brian is my favorite of the Republic leading ladies.

 

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I just sent this note in an email to a friend of mine who knew her:

 

"I learned Adrian passed away yesterday. As we discussed before, she was my favorite of the Republic leading ladies. Such a striking on-camera presence and a very good actress.

 

I suppose there aren’t many left now. 

 

On another note, I watched IN OLD CALIFORNIA last night (it was added on Amazon Prime). The philosophical speech Duke makes to the others, imploring them to help the ‘riffraff' dying of the epidemic in the mining camps because “they’re people too” seemed to hit home. I’d say it espouses Republic’s main philosophy, that each person is important to the overall well-being of the community."

 

And of course, Adrian played a part in it.

 

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I was sorry to read about the passing of Lorna Gray.

 

I first saw her when I was a young boy, playing Vultura, the villainess, of a fun Republic serial that used to get played on a local channel, Nyoka and the Tigermen. She was strikingly beautiful, with considerable screen presence in this 1942 effort.

 

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Later I recognized her as a spoiled heiress in a Three Stooges short, Three Sappy People. There would be some pastry throwing at a posh party in this one, with Lorna's character giving as good as she got. That would be one of four Stooges shorts in which she appeared, proving to be a good sport in the slapstick antics required of her here.

 

And just a couple of weeks ago I viewed her in a little outdoors "B", Spoilers of the North. By this time she was billed as Adrian Booth, playing a passionate half breed in love, for some strange reason, with creepy Paul Kelly.

 

Lorna Gray prospered in the Hollywood "B" units at Columbia, Republic and Monogram, retiring from the industry in 1951 and later appearing, during the '90s and mid 2000s, at a few film festivals and autograph shows. I hope it was fun for her after all those years to see fans who still remembered and appreciated her work.

 

To the little boy in me, the lady will always be beautiful Vultura.

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Two very good Republic films with Adrian Booth Brian are--

 

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VALLEY OF THE ZOMBIES (1946) is a slick B horror flick. She's billed as Lorna Gray in the film, but as Adrian Booth on the poster art (when it was re-released).

 

And then there's BRIMSTONE (1949), an A western photographed in Trucolor. She's billed as Adrian Booth.

 

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Daliah Lavi (1942-2017) - Israeli model, singer and actress who appeared in many films, primarily in Italy and Europe, and mainly in the 1960's. Among her better known films are Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), The Whip and the Body (1963), Lord Jim (1965), The Silencers (1966), Casino Royale (1967), and Catlow (1971).

 

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Daliah Lavi (1942-2017) - Israeli model, singer and actress who appeared in many films, mainly in the 1960's. Among her better known films are Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), The Whip and the Body (1963), Lord Jim (1965), The Silencers (1966), Casino Royale (1967), and Catlow (1971).

 

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I was a big fan of hers. She had a singing career long after her acting career. Sad to see her go.

 

Edit: Not sure how "Italian" got in there, she was Israeli.

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And still quite the beauty in her latter years it seems...

 

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Don Gordon (November 13, 1926 - April 24, 2017) was an American film and television actor. His most notable film roles were those in which he appeared alongside his friend Steve McQueen: Bullitt, Papillon and The Towering Inferno.

 

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Daliah Lavi (1942-2017) - Israeli model, singer and actress who appeared in many films, primarily in Italy and Europe, and mainly in the 1960's. Among her better known films are Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), The Whip and the Body (1963), Lord Jim (1965), The Silencers (1966), Casino Royale (1967), and Catlow (1971).

 

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Daliah Lavi was a great beauty. Besides her other accomphlishments, she served in the Israeli army.

 

RIP Daliah Lavi

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Yoshimitsu Banno (1931-2017) - Japanese filmmaker Yoshimitsu Banno has died at the age of 86. Banno worked closely with director Akira Kurosawa, serving as assistant director on the films Throne of Blood (1957), The Lower Depths (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958), and The Bad Sleep Well (1960). Banno later went on to write and direct one of the most memorable entries in the Godzilla film series, 1971's Godzilla vs Hedorah aka Godzilla vs the Smog Monster.

 

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Curt Lowens (1925-2017) - Character actor Curt Lowens has died at the age of 91. Lowens was born in what is now Poland. As Jews, his family suffered great hardship during his youth, and Lowens and his parents moved from their hometown to Berlin, and then to the Netherlands, where Lowens worked for the Resistance. After the war, he moved to the US and studied acting, amassing 125 film and TV credits across his 54 year screen career, including films like Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory (1960), The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969), The Mephisto Waltz (1971), The Hindenburg (1975), Firefox (1982), and Angels & Demons (2009), and TV shows like Hogan's Heroes, Mission: Impossible, The FBI, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica and many, many more.

 

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Powers Boothe, a character actor who appeared in films like Sin City and TV shows including Deadwood and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has died. He was 68.

 

Hailing from Texas, Boothe began his acting career in the theater, playing a number of Shakespearean roles including Henry IV. He made his Broadway debut in the late 70s. 

 

In 1980, he won an Emmy for lead actor in a limited series or special for playing the title role of cult leader Jim Jones in CBS' Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He won that award during an actors strike and chose to cross the picket line to accept his award, saying: "This may be either the bravest moment of my career, or the dumbest."

 

Boothe gained a reputation for playing villains with memorable roles in action film Sudden Death,  Bill Paxton's Frailty and the nefarious Senator Roark in Sin City. More recently Boothe took on the role of Gideon Malick as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting the role on The Avengers and reprising it on TV on ABC's The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

He portrayed Alexander Haig in Nixon (1995) and a sheriff in another Oliver Stone film, U Turn (1997), and was memorable as the gunman Curly Bill Brocius in Tombstone (1993).

 

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Jared Martin (1941-2017) - Actor in films and television from the 1960's through the 1990's. He got his start in acting in the earliest films of his college roommate Brian De Palma, such as Murder a la Mod (1968) and The Wedding Party (1969). He then had several guest appearances on TV series such as Dan AugustThe Bold Ones: The LawyersNight GalleryMedical Center, Cannon, Columbo and many more. He found his most lasting fame as Dusty Farlow on TV's Dallas.

 

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Jared Martin (1941-2017) - Actor in films and television from the 1960's through the 1990's. He got his start in acting in the earliest films of his college roommate Brian De Palma, such as Murder a la Mod (1968) and The Wedding Party (1969). He then had several guest appearances on TV series such as Dan AugustThe Bold Ones: The LawyersNight GalleryMedical Center, Cannon, Columbo and many more. He found his most lasting fame as Dusty Farlow on TV's Dallas.

 

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Sad to read this. He was great on Dallas and had several returns during the show's long run. He also did a very memorable episode of The Waltons where he played a crazy painter who did Erin Walton's portrait. A very interesting actor.

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