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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

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Lee Radziwill (born Caroline Lee Bouvier), the New York socialite and younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, died Friday at the age of 85.

She was the namesake of her niece, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, the eldest surviving child of her sister and President John F. Kennedy .

 She had three husbands between 1953 and 2001: Michael Temple Canfield, a member of a publishing family; Prince Stanisław "Stash" Albrecht Radziwiłł, a Polish aristocrat; and the director Herbert Ross. All of the marriages ended in divorce. 

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Radziwll was a close friend of the author Truman Capote, who talked her into headlining a Chicago stage production of Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story" in 1967. She appeared as Tracy Lord, the character played by Katharine Hepburn in the 1940 film version. Radziwill's presence in the play drew widespread attention, but the reviews were harsh.

In 1968, Radziwill starred in an ABC made-for-television version of the classic 1944 film noir "Laura," which starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price and Dame Judith Anderson. Based on the 1943 novel by Vera Caspary, the film starred Andrews as a police detective enchanted by the portrait and life story of a murdered woman.

Capote adapted the story for the television special, which starred Radziwill (billed as Lee Bouvier) in the role of the title character. Also starring in the production were Robert Stack and George Sanders. 

The TV version of "Laura" aired on January 24, 1968. Once again, a Radziwill project received major attention, but terrible reviews.

She never acted again.

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21 hours ago, jakeem said:

Lee Radziwill (born Caroline Lee Bouvier), the New York socialite and younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, died Friday at the age of 85.

She was the namesake of her niece, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, the eldest surviving child of her sister and President John F. Kennedy .

 She had three husbands between 1953 and 2001: Michael Temple Canfield, a member of a publishing family; Prince Stanisław "Stash" Albrecht Radziwiłł, a Polish aristocrat; and the director Herbert Ross. All of the marriages ended in divorce. 

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Radziwll was a close friend of the author Truman Capote, who talked her into headlining a Chicago stage production of Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story" in 1967. She appeared as Tracy Lord, the character played by Katharine Hepburn in the 1940 film version. Radziwill's presence in the play drew widespread attention, but the reviews were harsh.

In 1968, Radziwill starred in an ABC made-for-television version of the classic 1944 film noir "Laura," which starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price and Dame Judith Anderson. Based on the 1943 novel by Vera Caspary, the film starred Andrews as a police detective enchanted by the portrait and life story of a murdered woman.

Capote adapted the story for the television special, which starred Radziwill (billed as Lee Bouvier) in the role of the title character. Also starring in the production were Robert Stack and George Sanders. 

The TV version of "Laura" aired on January 24, 1968. Once again, a Radziwill project received major attention, but terrible reviews.

She never acted again.

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Lee Radziwill had two children: Anthony and Anna Radziwill. Anthony was a Peabody Award-winning ABC -TV producer, who died of cancer a month after the death of his first cousin and best friend, John F Kennedy Jr.

Lee's first husband, Michael Canfield, was rumored to be the illegitimate son  of the Duke of Kent,  Uncle to Queen Elizabeth II.

Her third husband, Herbert Ross, was a mentor and choreographer for Barbra Streisand on Broadway and later directed her in Hollywood in "Funny Lady".

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Sad news. I remember Laura and how bad it was. I didnt realize she was married to Herbert Ross or her son died before she did.

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Has anybody noticed the death of Clark Gable's grandson? I'm hearing that he died today in Dallas Texas at the age of 30. He was the former host of  "Cheaters" and I believe his name was Clark James Gable or he called himself Clark Gable III. His death was announced on Facebook by his sister Kayley Gable.

He was the son of John Clark Gable, the only son of movie Legend Clark Gable.

 If you get to see a photo of him, you will see that he was almost a dead ringer for his grandfather.

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1 hour ago, Princess of Tap said:

Has anybody noticed the death of Clark Gable's grandson? I'm hearing that he died today in Dallas Texas at the age of 30. He was the former host of  "Cheaters" and I believe his name was Clark James Gable or he called himself Clark Gable III. His death was announced on Facebook by his sister Kayley Gable.

He was the son of John Clark Gable, the only son of movie Legend Clark Gable.

 If you get to see a photo of him, you will see that he was almost a dead ringer for his grandfather.

Clark Gable’s Grandson Dead At 30: Clark Gable III Found Unresponsive In Dallas Home

'He was an amazing kid,' his mother tells Radar.

 

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2019/02/clark-gable-grandson-dead-30/?fbclid=IwAR21JZdiOeGqtIG5IgTeDWLSxdza1sSMBXJxNCtFckE6r82FqkrHpuZ43XE

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"More sad news...MORGAN WOODWARD, everyone's favorite Bad Guy died this morning after several years of fighting off cancer. He was an astonishingly versatile actor and one of the kindest, gentlest man you could ever meet. Everyone who ever met Morgan, loved him. So very lucky to have been in his orbit for the past 35 years. His last acting performance was in my son RJ's music video of "Here Today." Go check it out on Spotify. He went peacefully this morning. It's been a tough week. For the past few years we've been having "Morgan Woodward's Last Birthday Party." He loved them and so did we! Actually, I talked with him last week about our plans for his 94th birthday celebration. Attached is a selection of favorite photos and one of his charming interviews from A WORD ON WESTERNS. What a great voice! Rest in Peace, Amigo. You are missed already!"

 

 

 

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The actress Beverley Owen, who played the original Marilyn in TV's "The Munsters," has died at the age of 81. She succumbed to ovarian cancer at her home in Vermont on February 21, 2019.

Butch Patrick, who played Marilyn's cousin Eddie Munster on the 1960s CBS sitcom, announced the news Sunday on Facebook: "Beautiful Beverly Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes."

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In "The Munsters," Owen appeared as the normal-looking niece in a family of ghoulish characters. She played the gorgeous teen Marilyn in the first 13 episodes of the sitcom -- from September 1964 to December 1964. She reportedly was unhappy doing the show in California because her fiancé was in New York.

She was replaced by actress Pat Priest, the daughter of Ivy Baker Priest -- Treasurer of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

After her departure from the series, Owen married Jon Stone, a writer, director and producer, in 1966. They had two daughters, but divorced in 1974.

Owen traded acting for educational pursuits. She earned a master's degree in in Early American History in 1989.

In real life, Owen was a brunette with long hair. When she played Marilyn, she wore a blond wig.

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On 2/22/2019 at 8:17 PM, mr6666 said:

Clark Gable’s Grandson Dead At 30: Clark Gable III Found Unresponsive In Dallas Home

'He was an amazing kid,' his mother tells Radar.

 

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2019/02/clark-gable-grandson-dead-30/?fbclid=IwAR21JZdiOeGqtIG5IgTeDWLSxdza1sSMBXJxNCtFckE6r82FqkrHpuZ43XE

I wonder what he died of? I only see a slight resemblance. I didn't realize Cheaters was still on.

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Death, exciting and new
Come aboard, we're expecting you

Jeraldine Saunders, 1923-2019

Saunders was a cruise director who wrote a book about her experiences, Love Boats.  The book was popular enough that it was turned into a TV movie, and then that TV movie was popular enough that it got picked up into a series... The Love Boat which ran for nine years and gave lots of old Hollywood stars another chance to show their stuff.

Saunders was also engaged to be married to character actor Albert Dekker at the time of his rather interesting death in 1968.

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Actor Nathaniel Taylor, Jr., who played Lamont Sanford's hipster friend Rollo Lawson on the 1970s TV sitcom "Sanford and Son," has died at the age of 80. He had suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles last month and succumbed to its complications on February 27, 2019.

A product of Los Angeles, Taylor appeared in many other television series of the 1970s and 1980s, including "The Bill Cosby Show," "Adam-12," "Police Story," "What's Happening!" and "227."

He also was in the films "Trouble Man" (1972, which featured a soundtrack composed by Marvin Gaye); "Black Girl" (1972, directed by Ossie Davis); "Willie Dynamite" (1975, which starred Roscoe Orman and Diana Sands); and "The Hunter" (1980, Steve McQueen's final film).

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Rollo, a recurring character usually teamed with Lamont (Demond Wilson) on "Sanford and Son" from 1972 to 1977, was a target for Fred G. Sanford (played by series star Redd Foxx). The cantankerous junk dealer frequently referred to Rollo as a criminal.

After "Sanford and Son" ended, Taylor reprised Rollo in the series spinoffs "Grady" (1975-1976, which starred Whitman Mayo, who had played Fred's friend Grady Wilson) and "Sanford" (1980-1981, Foxx's short-lived revival of his popular TV character). 

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Two actresses that I found in the Sunday L.A. Times obituary section.    These were just the standard family provided write-ups and I just happen to recognize them by their picture:

Mitzi Hoag Beggs;    She was in Bonzana,  We'll Get By,  Facts of Live,  and other T.V. shows and was in the movie Tammy and the Doctor.   (second picture)

The other is Sue Casey:  Some of her more famous films include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), Neptune's Daughter (1949), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Show Boat (1951), Rear Window (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Camelot (1967) and Paint Your Wagon (1969). Casey appeared in two Academy Award for Best Picture winners: An American in Paris (1951) and American Beauty (1999)

 

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Mitzi Hoag also appeared on the ABC comedy/drama series "Here Comes the Brides," which aired from 1968 to 1970. She played "Miss Essie" Hallyday, the Seattle schoolteacher who eventually married the lumberjack Olaf "Big Swede" Gustavsen (played by Bo Svenson).

The series, set in the American Northwest in the mid-1860s, focused on newly arrived women from the East intended as marriage prospects for local loggers. It starred Robert Brown, teen idol Bobby Sherman, a pre-"Starsky and Hutch" David Soul, Bridget Hanley (as the leader of the brides), Mark Lenard and Joan Blondell.

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Sorry to hear about Nathaniel Taylor Jr. Rollo was one of the funniest characters on TV

at the time. His skirmishes with the very unhip old man Sanford were especially funny.

Keepin' it real man.

 

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Dick Dale, the influential musician known for his mastery of the surf guitar style and a performer in one of the best "Beach Party" movies, has died of heart failure at the age of 81. Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston on May 4, 1937, he was of Lebanese descent. 

He continued to perform until the end of his life to finance treatment of his health problems.

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In 1962, Dale revived the traditional Eastern Mediterranean song "Misirlou" with an instrumental rock 'n' roll version. It became even more popular three decades later when the filmmaker Quentin Tarantino used Dale's recording in the 1994 cinematic hit "Pulp Fiction."

In 1964, Dale and his band The Del-Tones appeared in "Muscle Beach Party," the second installment of the series of films that began with "Beach Party" a year earlier. The sequel reunited stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Another musical guest was the 13-year-old Motown artist Little Stevie Wonder, whose voice hadn't changed yet. 

 

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Nadja Regin, the Serbian actress who appeared as two different characters in the James Bond films "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "Goldfinger" (1964), has died at the age of 87.

She was the third secondary Bond Girl to die during the past year. Eunice Gayson, who appeared as Sylvia Trench in "Dr. No" -- the first 007 adventure in 1962 -- and "From Russia With Love," died on June 8, 2018 at the age of 90.

Tania Mallett, who was the revenge-minded Tilly Masterson in "Goldfinger" -- her sister Jill Masterson (memorably played by Shirley Eaton) expired after having been painted gold from head to toe -- died on March 30, 2019 at 77.

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In "From Russia With Love," the second installment of the Bond series, Regin appeared as the jealous girlfriend of the savvy Istanbul spy chief Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz). Her craving for his attention inadvertently saved his life.

In "Goldfinger," which followed "From Russia With Love," Regin played Bonita -- the treacherous Havana nightclub dancer who tried to lure 007 (Sir Sean Connery) to his death during the pre-credits sequence.

Born Nadezda Poderegin in what was then Yugoslavia on December 2, 1931, she began her acting career in her native country and in Germany before moving to the United Kingdom in the 1950s.

Regin explained her appearances in back-to-back Bond films this way: "I think ["Goldfinger"] was maybe given to me as compensation because I was meant to have more scenes in 'From Russia With Love'."

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Here are some behind-the-scenes deaths from recent weeks:

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Kazuo Koike (May 8, 1936 - April 17, 2019)

Japanese manga writer who was responsible for the long-running Lone Wolf and Cub books, as well as their film versions, as well as Lady Snowblood, also adapted into a film series, and Crying Freeman, which served as the basis for an anime TV series and a live-action film.

 

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David V. Picker (May 14, 1931 - April 20, 2019)

American producer and studio head who oversaw such films as Lenny (1974), Smile (1975), The Jerk (1979), and The Man with Two Brains (1982). At various times he served as CEO or studio head of United Artists, Paramount Pictures, Lorimar, Columbia Pictures, and Hallmark Entertainment.

 

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Steve Gollin (March 6, 1955 - April 21, 2019)

American producer who headed Propaganda Films from 1986 to 1999, after which he formed a new production company, Anonymous Content. His companies produced or helped produce The Game (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and the TV series True Detective (2014-) and Mr. Robot (2015-). He earned Oscar nominations for Babel (2006) and The Revenant (2015), and won an Oscar for producing Spotlight (2015).

 

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Terry Rawlings (1933 - April 23, 2019)

British film editor whose works included The Sentinel (1977), Yentl (1983), Legend (1985), GoldenEye (1995), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004), among others, He earned BAFTA nominations for Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982), and an Oscar nomination for Chariots of Fire (1981).

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John Singleton, the first black director to receive an Oscar nomination in that category, died today at the age of 51, after suffering a massive stroke last week. He was nominated for the 1991 film Boyz N the Hood in the categories of both directing and original screenplay --- and he was only 23 when the film was released, making him the youngest ever nominee in the former category as well. Other films were Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Rosewood (1997), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Four Brouthers (2005), and Abduction (2011).

https://deadline.com/2019/04/john-singleton-dead-hollywood-reacts-boyz-n-the-hood-director-death-1202604145/

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Singleton certainly had an eye for talent. "Boyz in the Hood" marked the screen debuts of actors Morris Chestnut (now starring in the hit NBC drama series "The Enemy Within"), Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube (who became a successful filmmaker as well) and Oscar winner Regina King.,
 
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Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

 

LOS ANGELES — Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends.

"Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death," the foundation said in an emailed statement.

With her lilting contralto, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, she was a top box office draw and recording artist known for such films as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink" and for such songs as "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."

But over time, she became more than a name above the title: Right down to her cheerful, alliterative stage name, she stood for a time of innocence and G-rated love, a parallel world to her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. The running joke, attributed to both Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant, was that they had known Day "before she was a virgin."

Day herself was no Doris Day, by choice and by hard luck.

In "Pillow Talk," released in 1959 and her first of three films with Rock Hudson, she proudly caught up with what she called "the contemporary in me." Her 1976 tell-all book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story," chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages, contrasting with the happy publicity of her Hollywood career.

"I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America's Virgin, and all that, so I'm afraid it's going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together," she wrote.

She never won an Academy Award, but Day was given a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, as George W. Bush declared it "a good day for America when Doris Marianne von Kappelhoff of Evanston, Ohio decided to become an entertainer."

In recent years, she spent much of her time advocating for animal rights. Although mostly retired from show business since the 1980s, she still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, "My Heart," hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom. The same year, she received a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Friends and supporters lobbied for years to get her an honorary Oscar.

Born to a music teacher and a housewife, she had dreamed of a dance career, but at age 12, she suffered a crippling accident: a car she was in was hit by a train and her leg was badly broken. Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, "trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words."

Day began singing in a Cincinnati radio station, then a local nightclub, then in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day, after the song "Day after Day," to fit it on a marquee.

A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942. Her second marriage also was short-lived. She returned to Les Brown's band after the first marriage broke up.

Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947. After early stardom as a band singer and a stint at Warner Bros., Day won the best notices of her career with "Love Me or Leave Me," the story of songstress Ruth Etting and her gangster husband-manager. She initially balked at it, but the 1955 film became a box-office and critical success.

She followed with another impressive film, Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much," starring her and James Stewart as an innocent couple ensnared in an international assassination plot. She sings "Que Sera, Sera" just as the story reaches its climax and viewers are beside themselves with suspense. The 1958 comedy "Teacher's Pet" paired her with an aging Clark Gable as an idealistic college journalism teacher and her student, an old-school newspaper editor.

But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with her Oscar-nominated role in "Pillow Talk." She and Hudson were two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line and initially hated each other.

She followed with "The Thrill of It All," playing a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of obstetrician husband James Garner. The nation's theater owners voted her the top moneymaking star in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964.

Her first musical hit was the 1945 smash, "Sentimental Journey," when she was barely in her 20s. Among the other songs she made famous were "Everybody Loves a Lover," ''Secret Love," and "It's Magic," a song from "Romance on the High Seas," her first film.

Critic Gary Giddins called her "the coolest and sexiest female singer of slow-ballads in movie history."

"Romance on the High Seas" had been designed for Judy Garland, then Betty Hutton. Both bowed out, and Day, recommended by songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, won the role. Warner Bros. cashed in on its new star with a series of musicals, including "My Dream Is Yours," ''Tea for Two" and "Lullaby of Broadway." Her dramas included "Young Man with a Horn," with Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, and "Storm Warning," with Ronald Reagan and Ginger Rogers.

Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower and the problems they have when blending their families.

With movies trending for more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1966-1973 run on CBS.

Disillusionment grew in the 1960s when she discovered that failed investments by her third husband, Martin Melcher, left her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.

She had married Melcher, who worked in her agent's office, in 1951. He became her manager, and her son took his name. In most of the films following "Pillow Talk," Melcher was listed as co-producer. Melcher died in 1969.

In her autobiography, Day recalled her son, Terry Melcher, telling her the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes.

In 1974, Day won a $22.8 million judgment against Jerome B. Rosenthal, her lawyer and business manager, for mishandling of her and Melcher's assets.

Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as the Beach Boys. But he was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for the house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.

Day married a fourth time at age 52, to businessman Barry Comden in 1976. She lived in Monterey, California, devoting much of her time to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

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Associated Press writer Bob Thomas in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Such a shame! Wouk would have observed his 104th birthday on May 27. Here's a 2017 CBS Sunday Morning piece about him.

 

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Herman Wouk wrote Marjorie Morningstar, one of my favorite novels when I was a teenager. Such a talented man. I've read that although the physical  appearance of Captain Queeg in the brilliant Caine Mutiny was changed for the film, he didn't mind since he felt that Bogart's portrayal was his best performance and wonderful.

His heartfelt feelings for his Jewish heritage were an important part of his storytelling. A gifted and talented writer and an important contributor to literature.

RIP Herman Wouk

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54 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Herman Wouk wrote Marjorie Morningstar, one of my favorite novels when I was a teenager. Such a talented man. I've read that although the physical  appearance of Captain Queeg in the brilliant Caine Mutiny was changed for the film, he didn't mind since he felt that Bogart's portrayal was his best performance and wonderful.

His heartfelt feelings for his Jewish heritage were an important part of his storytelling. A gifted and talented writer and an important contributor to literature.

RIP Herman Wouk

I always loved Ed Wynn's beautiful portrayal of the uncle in " Marjorie Morningstar ".

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