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This is a place to post death notices/obituaries for lesser-known individuals who probably wouldn't be worthy of an individual thread.

The "feel good" aspect is giving honor to these folks who might fly under the radar, so to speak.

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Old 02-16-12, 09:40 PM   #126
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So, here's a weird one. Neil Hope from Degrassi died, but not just recently.

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Actor Neil Hope, who played Derek "Wheels" Wheeler on the long-running Degrassi series, died more than four years ago, it was confirmed publicly for the first time on Thursday.

Degrassi producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn said he died in 2007. Hope was 35 at the time of his death.

“We have respected the privacy of the family by not saying anything until now, but our entire team is very emotional about his passing,” Stohn said on his Twitter feed.

“Neil and his character Wheels in the early Degrassi deeply touched many lives.”

It wasn't clear why his death had not been reported previously, but a spokeswoman for Epitome Pictures, which produced the series, says contact with Hope had been lost over the past several years.

Reports said Hope — who appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Degrassi Junior High and The Kids of Degrassi Street — died Nov. 25, 2007 of natural causes.

Wheels struggled with alcoholism during the series and Hope spoke candidly about his parents’ alcoholism and his own struggles with alcohol abuse.

He was involved in a 1992 series called Degrassi Talks, in which Degrassi actors encouraged teens to seek help with problems such as addiction and sexuality. He also made a documentary with co-stars Rebecca Haines and Bill Parrott called The Darker Side that focused on children with alcoholic parents.

"Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team who are like a family to us and indeed to the lives of the many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played, starting from the early days of The Kids of Degrassi Street," Schuyler and Stohn said Thursday in a joint statement.

"His life was not an easy one but the time he spent with us was a shining example of determination, hard work and hopeful optimism and he is sorely missed," they added.

Hope was one of five children born to a Toronto family. He began acting at age nine. He lost a brother, Brian, to cancer.

Kevin Smith, a director who appeared as a guest on Degrassi, was one of many fans expressing sadness at Hope's death. He "will be missed," Smith tweeted.

Degrassi fans also shared the news on Facebook and poured out condolences on Twitter.
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Steve Bridges -

From his web site: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Bridges. His passing comes as a shock to all of us. The cause of death is not known at this time, but we will publish more information as it becomes available. Steve brought joy and laughter to millions and was a great inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. Our prayers go to his family at this time.

Steve impersonated Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.. he did great. Here's a clip from the correspondents dinner in 2006.

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Saw this one last week, but forgot to post it:

Jan Berenstain

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times

February 28, 2012
Jan Berenstain, who with her husband, Stan, made up one of the most successful husband-wife teams in children's literature, guiding an empire of books, videos and TV shows about the everyday problems of a family of bears, has died. She was 88.

Berenstain died Friday after a stroke in Solebury, Pa., according to HarperCollins, her publisher.

The Berenstain Bears books have offered parents and their young children guidance, comfort and old-fashioned humor about perennial issues such as fear of the dentist, dealing with bullies and resolving sibling rivalries since the first book was published 50 years ago.

Some 300 titles and 260 million copies later, the series featuring bumbling Papa Bear, practical Mama Bear and their children, Brother and Sister Bear, who live together in a multi-story treehouse, still resonates in families with pre-schoolers.

"The themes of those books — being kind to others, treating people with respect, being nice to your friends, saying what you mean — are universal," said her editor, Dave Linker. "They brought a lot of humor, so reading them didn't feel like drudgery."

Berenstain was instrumental to the collaboration. Both she and her husband, who died in 2005 at 82, were accomplished illustrators and worked together on nearly every book. He was responsible for most of the humor and she for the stories' "heart," Linker said.

Both Berenstains acknowledged that they endowed their alter egos with their own character traits. Papa Bear provides comic relief, often behaving as foolishly as his offspring, while Mama Bear is the voice of reason and morality who guides everyone to a tidy solution.

"I hate the Berenstain Bears," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote in 1989. He found Papa Bear so wimpy "he makes Dagwood Bumstead look like Batman." As for Mama Bear, he wrote, "Every adult will recognize her as the final flowering of the grade-school prissy.… The one you always dreamt of drowning."

Mama, Berenstain acknowledged in a Washington Post interview many years ago, "is based on me. But I'm not as nice or stalwart."

Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army as a medical artist, while she completed her studies at Philadelphia College of Art and worked as a riveter in a factory assembling flying boats for the military.

They were married in 1946, a few weeks after Stan's discharge, and began collaborating on cartoons for the Saturday Evening Post and Colliers. They found success with domestic humor, finding something laughable in burnt dinners and squabbles over who used up the toothpaste.

By 1956, they were the parents of two boys, Mike and Leo, and began drawing a monthly feature for McCall's magazine called "It's All in the Family."

In the early 1960s, spurred by their sons' love of Dr. Seuss books, they decided to try writing and illustrating a children's book. They took the story about a family of lovable, human-like bears to Dr. Seuss himself, Theodor Geisel, who was editor-in-chief and president of Beginner Books, a division of Random House.

Geisel provided crucial input. He shortened the authors' first names so they rhymed. Thus, Stanley became Stan and Janice Jan.

To sharpen the characters, he asked them to model the bears on actors. So the Berenstains based Papa's personality on Wallace Beery, who played the down-on-his-luck boxer in "The Champ," while Brother was based on Jackie Cooper, who played the devoted son in the sentimental 1931 classic movie.

Written in rhyme, the story about the bears' quest to replenish the family honey pot was published in 1962 as "The Big Honey Hunt." Still in print, it begat an enterprise that has branched out into chapter books for older readers, animated TV specials, Saturday morning cartoons, clothing, toys, video games, even an iPhone app.

After Stan's death, Berenstain continued to produce books with son Mike, who will run the family enterprise with his brother. Nineteen new Berenstain books will be published this year.

Naming the bears after themselves was not the Berenstains' idea. It was Geisel's. After he accepted their second book, "The Bike Lesson," he added a line to the cover calling the story "Another adventure of the Berenstain Bears."

"That's really how our bears were named," Berenstain told an interviewer for Something About the Author. "We never really would have thought of it."

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Jan Berenstain

By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times

February 28, 2012
Jan Berenstain, who with her husband, Stan, made up one of the most successful husband-wife teams in children's literature, guiding an empire of books, videos and TV shows about the everyday problems of a family of bears, has died. She was 88.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituari...,1096922.story
Sad. I remember the day her husband died, too. Still can recall reading the books as a kid, and these days I read them to my own kids. Glad to hear the son will be carrying on the family legacy.
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"It's a Small World" songwriter Robert Sherman dies at 86



Robert Sherman, left, poses with his brother Richard M. Sherman, right, and actress Debbie Reynolds after the brothers won the Academy Award for best music for "Mary Poppins" on April 5, 1965. (Credit: AP)

(CBS/AP) LONDON - Robert B. Sherman, one half of the award-winning duo who penned memorable songs for "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - as well "It's a Small World (After All)" - has died.

Sherman's agent, Stella Richards, said Tuesday that Sherman died peacefully in London on Monday. He was 86.

Together with his brother Richard, Sherman won two Academy Awards for Walt Disney's 1964 hit "Mary Poppins" - best score and best song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee." They also earned a Grammy for best movie or TV score.

Their hundreds of credits as joint lyricist and composer also include the films "Winnie the Pooh," "The Slipper and the Rose," "Snoopy Come Home," "Charlotte's Web" and "The Magic of Lassie." Their Broadway musicals included 1974's "Over Here!" and stagings of "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in the mid-2000s.

Son Jeffrey Sherman wrote on Facebook that his father "wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded."

"His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever," his son wrote. "Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.

The brothers' awards include 23 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They became the only Americans ever to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival for "Tom Sawyer" in 1973 and were inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2005.

President George W. Bush awarded them the National Medal of Arts in 2008, commended for music that "has helped bring joy to millions."

Alan Menken, composer of scores for Disney films including "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin," said the Sherman brothers' legacy "goes far beyond the craft of songwriting."

"There is a magic in their songs and in the films and musicals they breathed life into," he said.

The Shermans began a decade-long partnership with Disney during the 1960s after having written hit pop songs like "Tall Paul" for ex-Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and "You're Sixteen," later recorded by Ringo Starr.

They wrote over 150 songs at Disney, including the soundtracks for such films as "The Sword and the Stone," "The Parent Trap," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocrats" and "The Tigger Movie."

The two credited their father, composer Al Sherman, with challenging them to write songs and for their love of wordsmithing. His legacy of songs includes "You Gotta Be a Football Hero," "(What Do We Do On a) Dew-Dew-Dewy Day" and "On the Beach at Bali-Bali." His sons went on to popularize the terms "fantasmagorical" and "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

Another of their songs - "It's a Small World (After All)" - has become one of the most translated and performed songs on the planet.

Away from the piano, the two raised families and pursued their own interests, yet still lived close to each other in Beverly Hills and continued working well into their 70s. When "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" came to Broadway in 2005, they added new lyrics and four new songs.

Though they were estranged for a number of years, the brothers largely avoided sibling rivalry. When asked about that, Richard Sherman was philosophical, touching and jokey all at the same time - much like the songs he wrote with his brother.

"We're human. We have frailties and weaknesses. But we love each other very much, respect each other," he said. "I'm happy that he's a successful guy. That makes me a successful guy."

Robert Sherman moved to Britain, where he wrote new songs for stage revivals of "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," in 2002 after the death of his wife Joyce. He is survived by his brother and four children: Laurie, Jeffrey, Andrea and Robert.
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'Disco Inferno' singer James Ellis dies

James Ellis, whose booming "burn the mother down" vocals powered the Trammps' smash hit Disco Inferno, died Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C. He was 74.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, Ellis had been suffering from Alzheimer's prior to his death, and the Associated Press reported that he passed away at a nursing home.

The Trammps had enjoyed minor success prior to Disco Inferno, which was released in 1976 but didn't generate much action on the charts until it was added to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977.

The rest is history: The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack stayed at No. 1 on the album charts for 24 consecutive weeks in 1978, and Disco Inferno reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ellis and the Trammps never had another hit as big as Disco Inferno, but they kept on touring up through 2008 before Ellis' health worsened, according to the Rock Hill Herald.

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James Ellis, whose booming "burn the mother down" vocals powered the Trammps' smash hit Disco Inferno, died Thursday in Rock Hill, S.C. He was 74.
I wonder if he's being cremated ... ?
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Jack Tramiel, the man who helped to create the Commodore 64 and shaped the world of video games that we know today, passed away Sunday, reports Forbes. He was 83.

Tramiel was born to a Jewish family in Poland. In 1939, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz. Tramiel was rescued in 1945 by the U.S. Army, but not before his father perished. Not long after, he immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. armed forces, where he learned to repair office equipment. Upon leaving the army, he set up a small business repairing typewriters in New York City. He later relocated to Toronto, Canada, to form a bigger operation, one that would eventually produce the Commodore 64.

Commodore International was formed in 1954, and produced calculators up until the late '70s. Convinced by an engineer that personal computers would be the next thing, Tramiel's company produced the Commodore PET, which was a huge hit for the educational market. But it's the Commodore 64, introduced in 1982, that Tramiel is best known for. It offered impressive sound and graphics for its time, and coupled with a $595 price tag, was an economical alternative to other 64K computers on the market.

The Commodore 64 was part of Tramiel's mantra of creating "computers for the masses, not the classes." The competition was stiff, including Atari and Apple, but the C64 would end up becoming one of the most successful computers of its day.

One quotient of the populace that warmly accepted the C64 were video game players and makers. After the home video game market crashed in the early '80s, the C64 stayed relevant with new games produced by major publishers or enthusiasts.

Due to an internal power struggle, Tramiel was ousted from the company that he founded in 1984. From there, he purchased what was left of Atari from Warner Communication, after a home-gaming market crash had greatly devalued the gaming brand. Once in charge of Atari, Tramiel released the Atari ST. The move was meant to combat the Amiga home computer, which his former company was launching at that time.

The Atari/Commodore rivalry raged for much of the '80s, a direct precursor to the Nintendo/Sega battles and Sony/Microsoft platform wars that have become the fabric of video games to this very day. Those who were around to play the games that the war produced have fond memories. While support for the Commodore diminished over the years, it is still recognized as an invaluable and beloved part of video game's heritage.

Gaming has become a cultural phenomenon, with artwork and various forms of music often dipping liberally into the past for inspiration. The look and feel that many Commodore 64 games embodied is part of this mix. A more specific example is the demoscene, in which contemporary artists create music videos using the same technical constraints that authors of the C64 during its heyday were forced to deal with.

Many games of today employ an 8-bit, retro vibe, and even though many of today's younger gamers may not know who Jack Tramiel is, his legacy lives on in every pixel and byte of sound produced to this very day.

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By ROLLING STONE April 5, 2012 10:50 AM ET

Jim Marshall, inventor of one of rock & roll's most important innovations – the Marshall amplifier – has died at age 88.

Marshall was a drummer and drum teacher who opened his own music shop in London in 1960. When local musicians, including the Who's Pete Townshend, made him aware there was no British alternative to expensive American-made amplifiers, he designed his own. At Townshend's suggestion, Marshall created an amp with a cabinet – the "Marshall stack." Half a century later, the Marshall stack is a defining feature of rock concerts everywhere.

A tribute to the "Father of Loud," as he was known, has been posted to his company's website. Calling the sickly youth's rise "a true rags-to-riches tale," the tribute honors the founder as "one of the four forefathers" – along with Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover, inventor of the hum-cancelling "humbucker" – "responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born."

Though the Marshall amp family "mourns Jim's passing and will miss him tremendously," the tribute concludes, "we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!"

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/ne...#ixzz1reDxAOL3
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Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
Creator of iconic Porsche 911 dies

April 10 2012 at 04:53pm
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FA Porsche with the classic 911 in 1963. He was only 28 at the time.

Staff Porsche in Stuttgart are mourning professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the honorary president of the supervisory board, who passed away on 5 April in Salzburg, aged 76.

Porsche CEO Matthias Müller said: "As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that has shaped our sports cars to this very day."

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, eldest son of Ferry and Dorothea Porsche, was born on 11 December 1935 in Stuttgart, into a family dominated by cars - even as a little boy he spent a lot of time in the workshop of his grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche.

He graduated from the prestigious College of Design in Ulm in 1958 and started work in the Porsche design office, where one of his first projects was a plasticine model of a proposed successor to the 356 series.

A TIMELESS CLASSIC

In 1962 he became head of the Porsche design studio and a year later created a sports-car icon in the 911, a timeless classic that lives on in the seventh-generation 911, almost half a century later. He was also responsible for, among others, the Type 804 Formula 1 racer and the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, considered one of the most beautiful racing cars ever.

When Porsche became a limited company in 1972 all the family members retired. FA Porsche founded the Porsche Design Studio, and in 1974 moved it to Zell am See in Austria, where he designed classic men's accessories such as watches, eyewear and writing instruments under the brand name "Porsche Design". He also designed industrial products, household appliances and consumer goods for internationally known clients.

Always a functionalist, he said: "Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into form, without gimmicks that have to be explained. A coherent product needs no embellishment.

"Good design should be honest."

Let that be his epitaph, and a golden rule for those who shape the objects we use every day - especially cars.
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Greg Ham, Men at Work Flautist, Dead at 58.

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There isn't much of a creative way to put this, so I'm not going to bother: Greg Ham, famed flautist of he Grammy Award-winning group Men at Work was found dead earlier today (Thursday, April 19) in his apartment in Melbourne at the age of 58. Police have yet to reveal the cause of death.

"There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell said on the matter.

Reports stated that two friends found Ham's body in his apartment after they went to check on him being that they hadn't heard from him in some time.

Men At Work frontman Colin Hay issued a statement following news of Ham's death:

"We played in a band and conquered the world together," Hay said. "I love him very much. He's a beautiful man. The saxophone solo on 'Who Can It Be Now' was the rehearsal take. We kept it, that was the one. He's here forever."
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Wasn't sure if he was big enough to put in Music Talk but...

Bass Player Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn Dies In Tokyo

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Bass player and songwriter Donald “Duck” Dunn, a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70.

Dunn was in Tokyo for a series of shows. News of his death was posted on the Facebook site of his friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour. Cropper said Dunn died in his sleep.

Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early Sunday. She had no further details.

Dunn, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, performed on recordings with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and many others, and specialized in blues, gospel and soul. He played himself in the 1980 hit movie “The Blues Brothers.”

He received a lifetime achievement Grammy award in 2007 for his work with Booker T. and the MGs.
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So far this is turning out to be a big year for deaths in the music industry.

Influential banjo player Doug Dillard, familiar figure on ‘Griffith Show,’ passes away at 75



The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. A spokesman told AOL's country blog, The Boot, that Dillard died Wednesday in Nashville following a lengthy illness.

Along with his brother Rodney, the Dillards would become one of the dominant acts during the acoustic music boom of the 1960s, also gaining prominence and widespread exposure as occasional guest stars on "The Andy Griffith Show" as the mountain family 'The Darlings.' He also left his mark on the country rock genre as half of Dillard & Clark, which he formed in 1968 with ex-Byrds frontman Gene Clark.

Born March 6, 1937 in Salem, MO, Dillard started playing guitar at age five, and began plucking the strings on the banjo after receiving the instrument as a present from his parents at age fifteen. Just a few years later, he and his brother, along with Bill Glenn, Henry and Jim Lewis and Paul Breidenbach formed The Ozark Mountain Boys. The group became a listener favorite on KSMO in Salem.

Dillard patterned his style after that of Earl Scruggs, and even had written fan letters to the legend during his formative musical years. According to his website, Dillard even had his father drive him to Scruggs' home, where he asked him to install the Scruggs tuners on his banjo.

In 1958, the brothers Dillard recorded their very first record together, "Banjo In The Hollow," for K-Ark Records, a label based in St. Louis. They would release two other singles for K-Ark, and later added radio personality Mitch Jayne to their act on the bass fiddle, along with mandolin player Dean Webb. With their sound finely tuned, the group ventured out to California to search for their big break.

In the early 1960s, while recording a live album at Los Angeles' Mecca nightclub when Richard Link caught their act. Link was a producer of the "The Andy Griffith Show," and was looking to cast a group as the musical mountain family The Darlings. Griffith, himself a musician, took to the Dillards immediately - often letting them perform some of their original songs on the the top-rated CBS series.

The weekly exposure led to other guest spots on TV shows, and even to slots on tours alongside of acts like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Carl Perkins, and the band even served as the opening act for Elton John on his first American tour in 1972.

In addition to his work with his brother, Doug also recorded many solo albums -- starting with 1969's The Banjo Album, and scored commercials for companies such as 7-Up and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Dillard formed "The Doug Dillard Band" in mid 1980s with Ginger Boatwright on vocals, Roger Rasnake, Jonathan Yudkin and David Grier, and they recorded and released "Heartbreak Hotel" produced by Rodney Dillard. The brothers still worked together in front of the camera from time to time, being part of Harry Dean Stanton's band in the Bette Midler film The Rose.

One of the music world's most respected players, Dillard was inducted into the SPBGMA Preservation Hall Of Fame ,and in 2009, the Dillards were inducted into the IBMA Hall Of Fame. Dillard had been ill for the past few months, and was taken to a Nashville hospital last night, where he passed away.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
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Eugene Polley, the inventor of the TV remote, has died. The former engineer died in hospital of natural causes on May 20 in Downers Grove, Ill. Polley was 96. In 1955 Polley developed the gun shaped wireless Flash-Matic for Zenith. The Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the upper corners of the television screen. Each pump of the Flash-Matic’s trigger allowed viewers to change channels or volume on their sets. During his 47-year career at Zenith, Polley earned 18 TV related patents including the Flash-Matic. Polley, along with fellow Zenith engineer Bob Alder, was honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their pioneering work in TV remotes.
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After he had been reported missing, Mr. Polley's body was eventually discovered in the living room behind the cushions of his sofa.
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Resuscitation attempts, including sharp blows to the side and the replacement of batteries, were unsuccessful.
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I gave him his own thread in TV Talk.
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"Risky Business" Mom Janet Carroll Dies at 71
Janet Carroll played a clueless mother in the 1983 classic

Janet Carroll, who played Tom Cruise’s mom in “Risky Business,” died Tuesday in New York at 71 after a lengthy illness, according to reports.

The1983 classic was Carroll’s first film role, which led to 20 other film roles and dozens of appearances on TV series like “Law and Order: SVU,” “Knight Rider, “21 Jump Street “ and “Scrubs,” People mag reported.

She also had recurring roles on "Married With Children," "Murphy Brown" and "Melrose Place.” Big screen credits include "Enough," "Forces of Nature" and "Family Business." In 2004 she starred on Broadway as Aunt March in "Little Women."

Co-starring opposite Cruise in "Risky Business," Carroll played a clueless mother unaware that her son was operating a brothel out of her home while she was away.

Carroll was born in Chicago and got her acting chops in the theater before making her small-screen debut in the TV movie "Chicago Story,” according to E! Online.

The actress, whose career spanned 30 years, is survived by her son, George Brown. A memorial service for Carroll will be held Saturday afternoon in Manhattan.

Her death was first reported by Variety.

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Not really an obituary, but he's dead and I didn't know where else to put it. It's a fund to mark the grave of one of the Little Rascals. You can afford a buck, tightwad.

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I've never heard of the guy, but I've certainly heard of his equipment!
That's what she said.
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My dad went to school with her in Chicago. Very sad.
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You didn't see that this was posted last week, did you?
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