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Rosemary Murphy, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Actress, Dies At 89

To Kill a Mockingbird actress Rosemary Murphy died on Saturday in New York City. She was 89.

Rosemary Murphy Dies

Murphy had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and passed away in her Upper East Side apartment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy played neighbor Maudie Atkinson, better known as Miss Maudie. Her character lives across the street from lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) and his two young children – Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) in the fictional Maycomb, Alabama.

Prior to appearing in To Kill a Mockingbird, Murphy appeared in a number of TV series, including Robert Montgomery Presents, Thriller, Naked City, Wide Country and The Doctors and the Nurses. Following her turn in the Oscar-nominated picture, Murphy continued her TV work.

Murphy earned her first Emmy for playing Sara Delano Roosevelt in 1976 ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin.
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One of Earliest Surviving Academy Award Nominees in Acting Categories Dead at 88

Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher,
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'Love Boat' producer Henry Colman dies

'Love Boat' producer Henry Colman dies
Television producer and executive Henry Colman — whose credits include The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-o, and Green Acres — has died at age 89. An announcement Sunday by the Archive of American Television says Colman died Wednesday.

Colman’s career dates to early commercial television, where he started as production coordinator on the musical show Easy Does It. In 1951, Colman became assistant to the director for Kraft Television Theatre and later worked on such series as Robert Montgomery Presents and Colgate Comedy Hour.

As a TV executive, Colman oversaw the pilot of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and worked on Green Acres and Hawaii Five-o.
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'Love Boat' Producer, Archivist Henry Colman Dies at 89

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'Love Boat' Producer, Archivist Henry Colman Dies at 89
Producer Henry Colman, whose resume included the hit TV comedies "The Love Boat" and "Green Acres," has died at the age of 89. Colman passed away from natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Nov. 7. Colman began his career in television just as the medium was coming into its own. After starting as a production coordinator on the local musical show "Easy Does It," he became an assistant to the director on "Kraft Television Theatre" in 1951. He also worked on "Robert Montgomery Presents" and the "Colgate Comedy Hour." Also read:
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Norman Felton, "Man From U.N.C.L.E." Producer, Dead At Age 99

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Producer Norman Felton has passed away at age 99. Born in London, Felton emigrated to America as a teenager and became a successful TV producer.  By the mid-1950s, he was directing episodes of such high profile series as Robert Montgomery Presents and The Alocoa Hour. In the early 1960s, he produced the smash hit Dr. Kildare TV series, a spin-off of a successful 1940s film franchise. The show made Richard Chamberlain a star. Another series, The Lieutenant, was not successful but one of the stars, Robert Vaughn, impressed Felton. In 1964, Vaughn co-starred with David McCallum in the Bond-inspired TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The show ran until 1968 and became an international phenomenon, spawning 8 feature films derived from two-part episodes. Felton also produced the less successful Girl From U.N.C.L.E. spin-off starring Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison. Felton remained active in the TV industry through the 1970s before retiring.
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Ann Rutherford Bio: Titanic Old Rose Invitation

Gone With The Wind Actress Ann Rutherford Dies. [Photo: Ann Rutherford as Carreen O'Hara, Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.]

Ann Rutherford‘s most notable screen roles were in films made away from both MGM and Wallace Beery. She was a young woman who falls for trumpeter George Montgomery in Archie Mayo’s 20th Century Fox musical Orchestra Wives (1942), and became enmeshed with (possibly) amnesiac Tom Conway in Anthony Mann’s Rko thriller Two O’Clock Courage (1945).

Following a couple of minor supporting roles — in the Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) at Goldwyn and the Errol Flynn costumer The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) at Warner Bros. — and the female lead in the independently made cattle drama Operation Haylift (1950), opposite Bill Williams, Ann Rutherford retired from the screen. (Rutherford would later say that her Operation Haylift experience was anything but pleasant.)

She then turned to television, making regular television appearances in the ’50s (The Donna Reed Show, Playhouse 90,
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Cliff Robertson Passes Away at Age 88

The late Cliff Robertson – who passed away yesterday, just a day after his 88th birthday – gained a whole new generation of fans over the last decade of his life, following his portrayal of Peter Parker’s kindly Uncle Ben in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie trilogy. He personally and professionally embraced Ben’s famous creed (“With great power comes great responsibility”) for the duration of his film acting career, which spanned nearly six decades.

Robertson was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 9th, 1923. He began his television acting career at age 20, eventually landing recurring parts on shows like Hallmark Hall of Fame and Robert Montgomery Presents – along with a starring role on Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers – during the early 1950s.

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Actor Cliff Robertson Dies at 88

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Actor Cliff Robertson Dies at 88
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It's been announced that Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson has died, one day after his 88th birthday.

According to Evelyn Christel, his secretary of 53 years, Robertson died of natural causes Saturday afternoon in Stony Brook, New York.

Born in Los Angeles in 1923, Robertson became famous with roles on TV dramas in the 1950s and early 60s, including 'Hallmark Hall of Fame,' 'Robert Montgomery Presents,' 'Wagon Train,' 'Playhouse 90,' 'Outlaws' and 'The Twilight Zone.'

He shot to movie stardom playing Lt. John F. Kennedy in the 1963 biographical war drama 'Pt 109,' won an Oscar for 'Charly' in 1969, and went on to garner a new generation of fans with his appearance as kindly Uncle Ben in the 'Spider-Man' movies.

 

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Actor Ellenstein Dies

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Actor Ellenstein Dies
Veteran actor Robert Ellenstein has died. He was 87.

Ellenstein passed away last week of natural causes in Los Angeles, reports Variety.com.

After serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Ellenstein began his Hollywood career playing Quasimodo in TV programme Robert Montgomery Presents.

He had roles in 1957 action movie 3:10 to Yuma, North by Northwest, Love at First Bite and Star Trek IV: The Journey Home, playing the Federation President.

Ellenstein also racked up small-screen credits on TV series including Perry Mason, Mission: Impossible and the Wild Wild West.

He also founded The Los Angeles Academy of Stage and Cinema Arts.

The star is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois, two sons and a daughter, as well as four grandchildren.

Hollywood Writer/Producer Berg Dies After Fall

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The patriarch of Hollywood's Berg family, Dick Berg, has died after a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

A TV and movie writer and producer, Berg died on Tuesday.

Born in New York in 1922, he arrived in Hollywood in the early 1940s and became a dialogue coach for movie cowboy Roy Rogers.

But writing was his first love and many of his early scripts were turned into dramas for the Kraft Television Theatre and Robert Montgomery Presents series in the U.S.

By the late 1950s, Berg was an in-demand writer in Tinseltown and enjoyed careers at leading studios MGM, 20th Century Fox and Universal, where he created detective drama Johnny Staccato starring John Cassavetes.

He moved into TV production in the 1960s at Universal and was the man behind shows like Checkmate and Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, which offered aspiring writers the chance to get their original teleplays aired.

By the end of the 1960s, Berg was producing films like House of Cards and Counterpoint and TV movies and mini-series such as Wallenberg,The Martian Chronicles and Elmore Leonard's Pronto.

A former president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Berg was presented with the American Film Institute's Charles Fries Producer of the Year Award in 2000.

Berg also succeeded as a father - his sons are A. Scott Berg, who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Jeff, who is chairman of International Creative Management (Icm) talent agency; Tony, a record producer and executive; and Rick, a manager and producer.

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