Tragic news today: Annabel Tollman, one of the most renowned stylist in the business, was found dead this morning in her West Village apartment. According to sources, the former fashion director at Interview and Wallpaper passed away in her sleep from a blood clot. She was somewhere between the ages of 36 to 39. Read More
Before the old man with the beard and scythe surrenders completely and we turn 2013 over to the kid in diapers with his year to grow, let’s pause and raise a glass to the folks we left behind in the year that just ended—not to refresh, but to reflect. I hate good-byes, but from Gore Vidal to Whitney Houston, some memorable people turned their lights out last year, and they deserve a proper send-off.
The world of show business lost Phyllis Diller. One does not exactly “lose” Phyllis Diller, even in a crowd. Although her prickly presence will always be preserved in the archives of comedy, the definition of “hilarious” will have to be altered if we ever hope to laugh in quite the same way again. Self-deprecating housewife-turned-stand-up clown, she said, “I’ve got so many liver spots I come with a side of onions,” and “I was the world’s ugliest baby. When I was born, the doctor slapped everybody.” With her mink eyelashes and foot-long cigarette holder, she was labeled the poor man’s Auntie Mame, but she was as warm-hearted as she was funny. Read More
Michael Clarke Duncan, the massively built actor who brought sensitivity to the character of a death-row inmate in the 1999 film The Green Mile and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in the process, has died at 54 of complications from a heart attack. Mr. Duncan, who recently starred in the Fox Read More
David Rakoff, an “East Asian Studies Major Who Has Forgotten Most of His Japanese” and one of New York’s finest essayists, passed away Thursday evening following a long battle with cancer. He was 47. Read More
The composer Marvin Hamlisch, one of very few people to have won the Tony, Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy, has died at 68. Hamlisch’s career achievements included writing the score for A Chorus Line, at that time the longest-running Broadway musical of all time and one that received the Tony and the Pulitzer.
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Andrew Sarris, the man who brought auteur theory to American shores and who ably reviewed films for The Observer, has died at 83, the Times reports. Mr. Sarris’s passion for film bled into his prose at The Observer years after he’d already become one of America’s most prominent champions of innovative directors at The Village Voice. To the end of his writing career here, Mr. Sarris sang the praises of directors like Bunuel, rather than focusing solely on Oscar bait or big-budget fiascos. Read More
Henry Hill, whom Martin Scorsese based the protagonist in his 1990 crime film Goodfellas on, died Tuesday after battling alcoholism and a prolonged illness. He was 69. Read More
Ms. Summer, whose classics included “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “On the Radio,” and “Love To Love You Baby” had spent her last days living in Florida. Though no official cause of death has been announced, the five-time Grammy winner had been battling with lung cancer for the past 10 years. Read More
Donna Summer, a singer who rose to fame on the disco craze of the 1980s, has reportedly died of cancer at 63. Ms. Summer’s breakthrough hit in the U.S., “Love to Love You Baby,” was an over-15-minute-long club smash, featuring the singer’s then-scandalous moans. Other hits included club favorites like “Last Dance” and Read More