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Old 02-26-2017, 11:17 AM   #841
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BILL PAXTON DEAD AT 61

2/26/2017 7:18 AM PST

We're told Paxton underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke.

Bill Paxton has died ... TMZ has learned.

We're told the actor died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery.
Paxton had a string of hits, including "Twister," "Titanic" and "Aliens." He won an Emmy for "Hatfields and McCoys."

He was on a CBS series, "Training Day" at the time of his death. The 61-year-old actor had 2 children and was married to Louise Newbury for 30 years.

The family says, "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery." The family accurately describes his "illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and flimmaker." The family adds, "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.

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"If Hillary was president now, would we be turning the clock back on the one issue for which there is no more time, climate change?”

“Would we be having to wonder if our president’s love of dictators foreshadows some kind of coup here? Would anyone have to wonder if she was Putin’s bitch? And instead of trying to kick millions off health care to pay for a tax cut for herself, she’d be trying to raise her own taxes to get more people covered."

“Do you really think if just-as-evil-Hillary had been elected conservatives would now be in control of the Supreme Court as they will for decades? Just wait until the 5-to-4 decisions start rolling in gutting unions, making it harder for minorities to vote, siding with polluters, overturning abortion rights..."

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"If Hillary was president now, would we be turning the clock back on the one issue for which there is no more time, climate change?”

“Would we be having to wonder if our president’s love of dictators foreshadows some kind of coup here? Would anyone have to wonder if she was Putin’s bitch? And instead of trying to kick millions off health care to pay for a tax cut for herself, she’d be trying to raise her own taxes to get more people covered."

“Do you really think if just-as-evil-Hillary had been elected conservatives would now be in control of the Supreme Court as they will for decades? Just wait until the 5-to-4 decisions start rolling in gutting unions, making it harder for minorities to vote, siding with polluters, overturning abortion rights..."

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Known to many as the "queen of carbon science" — for her foundational work uncovering the electrical properties of carbon and other semi-metals — Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), died on Monday, February 20, at the age of 86 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dresselhaus was President of APS in 1984, and was involved in many research areas in the physics community. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience in 2012, the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize in 2008, the National Medal of Science in 1990, and numerous other scientific prizes, Dresselhaus was celebrated for her lifelong commitment to researching the electronic properties of two-dimensional materials. Her work included the exploration of ‘buckyballs’ — spherical, hollow molecules composed of carbon atoms — and graphene. Some of her best-known research focused on uncovering the electric properties of carbon nanotubes and enhancing thermoelectric properties of nanowires.

Beyond her scientific research, Dresselhaus was a champion of women in science and an active leader to her colleagues. She became the first woman at MIT to attain the rank of full, tenured professor, and was the first woman to win the National Medal of Science in Engineering. These primary achievements pushed her to lead by example for women following in her footsteps.

In 1971, Dresselhaus and a colleague organized the first Women’s Forum at MIT, and she later accepted a Carnegie Foundation grant to continue encouraging female students in the traditionally male-dominated field of physics research. Dresselhaus was also appointed the Abby Rockefeller Mauze chair, an Institute-wide chair, endowed in support of the scholarship of women in science and engineering. She was later awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2007, and the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences in 2010.

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In celebration of Millie Dresselhaus:

Last week, the world lost a pioneer. Millie Dresselhaus, known as the "Queen of Carbon" for her trailblazing research into the element, was the first woman to win the National Medal Of Science in Engineering, and the first woman to attain the rank of tenured MIT professor. Millie's unmatched enthusiasm, mentoring spirit, and commitment to promoting the roles of women in science and engineering are things worth celebrating today and everyday.

We at General Electric were so inspired by Millie's achievements in science and gender equality, that we created a goal for our company to employ 20,000 women in tech roles by 2020. Thank you Millie for inspiring us all.

From your friends at GE....via a full page ad in today's Boston Globe.
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I just wrote a post about trans woman Keke Collier being killed in Chicago earlier this week, and now I'm having to announce that we have lost another trans sister in Chyna Gibson

New Orleans Police responded to a call Saturday night around 8:26 PM CST in the 4300 block of Downman Road and found the body of the 31 year old Gibson lying in the parking lot of the Bella Plaza shopping center in New Orleans East between two vehicles in front of a clothing store.

And as usual, at least one NOLA news station, WWL-TV misgendered her.

She had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead on the scene. Gibson is now the fifth US trans woman murdered in 2017, all women of color...
http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/...na-gibson.html
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Joni Sledge, a founding member of the vocal group Sister Sledge, was found dead Friday in her home in Phoenix.

The group of sisters recorded the dance anthem "We Are Family" in 1979. Other hits were "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "My Guy."


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Born Oct. 18, 1926, Berry wrote and performed some of the great classics of the early rock 'n' roll era – "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen" and many more.

In 1953, he began performing with Johnnie Johnson, who would become Berry's frequent collaborator. Berry got a kick out of experimenting with combining the blues he regularly played with the country music he heard white audiences requesting. The combination caught on, and more and more people began attending his concerts. He caught the attention of famed bluesman Muddy Waters, who sent him to audition for Chess Records. Founder Leonard Chess liked what he heard, recorded and released "Maybellene," and a legend was born.

Berry churned out hits throughout the 1950s, and after a prison stint in the early 1960s, he was back on the charts with hot singles including "No Particular Place To Go," "Nadine" and "You Never Can Tell." He topped the R&B chart over and over, and while he frequently had songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, only one of his singles ever saw the No. 1 spot there – the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling." He continued to play and tour well into his 80s.

Berry's influence is seen all over rock 'n' roll, and his music is widely considered some of the greatest rock music ever recorded. He was the very first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His "Johnny B. Goode" ranked No 1 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time," and it's just one of many of his songs to find a place on such lists. John Lennon notably said of Berry, "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'"

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Chuck Barris, the "dangerous mind" behind game shows including "The Newlywed Game" and "The Gong Show," died Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He was 87.

Barris was the King of Schlock TV, the creator of a genre of titillating TV shows that some say is the direct ancestor of today's tell-all reality shows. That's a judgment usually accompanied by hand-wringing. Barris' TV creations were lambasted as the lowest-common-denominator viewing of the 1960s and '70s, bringing down the country's collective IQ by several points. Barris would argue, however, that his shows were harmless and positive: They were fun, simple, and eminently watchable.

It all started with 1965's "The Dating Game." Barris' first game show, created after a stint of working backstage for Dick Clark on "American Bandstand," "The Dating Game" took a simple concept and turned it into a long-running TV institution. Created by Barris but hosted by a variety of others, most notably Jim Lange in the show's initial run, it saw three bachelors vying for the hand of one bachelorette. She decided among them by asking them questions about how they would woo her on a date. Once she chose a winner, they'd be sent on a destination date in a faraway city, paid for by the show. The twist: The bachelorette couldn't see the bachelors while she questioned them and had to make her decision based on their answers and voices alone.

The twist jump-started Barris' career and the careers of several others as well. One of the legacies of "The Dating Game" was the leg up it gave to a number of young actors and actresses who appeared as contestants before they became famous. They include John Ritter, Farrah Fawcett, and Casey Kasem.

The success of "The Dating Game" opened the door for other romance-based game shows in a trend that culminated in more recent ratings-grabbers such as "The Bachelor" and "Who Wants To Marry a Millionaire?" For Barris, the obvious next step after setting up couples on dates was to feature young marrieds, in his next hit game show: "The Newlywed Game," in 1966. Like "The Dating Game," it was hosted by others, with Bob Eubanks taking the reins for years. Its premise: Ask a newly married couple questions about their lives together and see just how similar – or uproariously different – their answers would be.

Some questions had the contestants remembering romantic moments, like, "Where was your first kiss?" Others tested a husband's memory: "What did your wife wear on your first date?" Risque answers were often encouraged, especially by the questions about "making whoopee," the show's frequently used euphemism. Barris loved the way the show's simple premise brought never-ending hilarity: "In my opinion, the best game-show format ever was 'The Newlywed Game' because it's so simple: It's just four couples, eight questions, and a refrigerator or washing machine. That's it. You're done, and it worked."

Indeed, it did work: "The Newlywed Game" became one of the longest-running game shows in TV history, with an original run of eight and one-half years, followed quickly by a syndicated run and a number of revivals in the decades that followed. It was still popular when, in 1976, Barris took on hosting duties in his next – and most notoriously strange – TV creation.

"The Gong Show" was a talent show gone off the rails, a deliberately awful collection of the truly talented, the sincere-but-dreadful, and the just plain strange. Originally slated as host, John Barbour was yanked before the first episode when he realized the show would be a parody rather than a genuine talent show and tried to change Barris' mind about the angle. Barris didn't want to change his mind, so he stepped in as host at the last minute, and his quirky persona proved the perfect final touch needed to elevate "The Gong Show" to legendary status.

On "The Gong Show," contestants sang, danced, and otherwise tried to entertain, usually with a bizarre twist: Two competent singers squeezed into one outfit of clothes; a dentist played "The Stars and Stripes Forever" on his drill; an Elvis impersonator sang "Hound Dog" in a droning monotone. And those were the fairly normal acts. Things often got weird on "The Gong Show," encouraged by Barris' enthusiastic introductions. If an act were bad, the celebrity judges – a rotating panel of three that included 1970s notables like Jamie Farr, Phyllis Diller, and Jaye P. Morgan – would rush to hit a gong, signaling the act's end. If it was good, or at least goofy enough to appeal to the judges, it didn't get gonged, and the contestant might be the day's winner of a check for $516.32 (the going day rate for Screen Actors Guild members at the time) and a trophy.

Pulling it all together was Barris, whose discomfort with being onstage manifested in a series of tics that audiences grew to love – he'd punctuate his sentences with claps, point at the camera, dance while watching an act perform. He pushed the envelope with risque acts, which contributed to the show's cancellation in 1978 (though it ran in syndication for another two years and was revived later for a reboot). After the program's cancellation, Barris tried to keep up the show's momentum with "The Gong Show Movie" in 1980, but reviews were dismal; it quickly dropped out of sight.

Other shows created by Barris include 1973's "The New Treasure Hunt," 1967's "How's Your Mother-in-Law?", and, in 1979, the contentious "Three's a Crowd," which pitted a man's wife against his secretary to see who could answer more questions about his life, preferences, and proclivities. The latter show, which was seen as deeply problematic, was denounced by major groups including United Auto Workers and the National Organization for Women. A hostile backlash followed, with "Three's a Crowd" being pulled from the air after just a few months and the rest of Barris' creations also suffering in its wake. The ratings of his programs plummeted, including "The Gong Show," and his various shows still in syndication came to abrupt ends.

Barris rallied, trying out new show concepts including "Camouflage" in 1980 and a new version of "Treasure Hunt" the following year. Then, in 1984, Barris once again demonstrated his ability to surprise the world with his eccentricity when he published the autobiography "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." It included the legendary claim that he was an assassin for the CIA throughout the 1960s and '70s. He asserted that when he chaperoned "Dating Game" contestants on their destination dates, sometimes in foreign – and hostile – countries, he would sometimes slip off to carry out his orders from higher-ups at the CIA, assassinating a target before accompanying the happy couple back home.

Barris insisted on the truth of the claim his whole life, though a CIA spokesman said that his assertion was "ridiculous. It's absolutely not true." But it was fascinating enough for screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to turn it into a feature film, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell as Barris. The film added to the mythology of Barris' life by including salacious details that were, themselves, made up. Barris told Time magazine, "(Kaufman) wrote stuff out of nowhere. My mother never dressed me like a girl. I was never on drugs. The part about my father being a serial killer? That's Charlie. He writes such good stuff."

"Dangerous Mind" was one of several books Barris wrote, including two additional memoirs and novels including 1973's "You and Me, Babe" and 2009's "Who Killed Art Deco?" Barris also had a career in music, primarily as a songwriter, though he also recorded. His greatest songwriting success was the 1962 hit "Palisades Park," which Freddy Cannon recorded. The tune reached No. 3 on the Billboard chart.
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Gilbert Baker, the artist and LGBT civil-rights activist who designed the Rainbow Flag, passed away Friday at the age of 65. According to the Bay Area Reporter, Baker’s cause of death has not been disclosed and he passed away in New York. Baker’s long-time friend and fellow gay-rights activist Cleve Jones confirmed the news, posting on Twitter, “My dearest friend in the world is gone. Gilbert Baker gave the world the Rainbow Flag; he gave me forty years of love and friendship.” Baker designed the iconic symbol of the gay pride movement in 1978.
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Don Rickles, comedian, dies at age 90.


Don Rickles, one of the most influential comedians in history, has died at the age of 90.

Rickles passed away from kidney failure on Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home, his longtime publicist confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

His wife of 52 years, Barbara, was by his side at the time of his death.

The icon, whose career spanned more than seven decades, is known as the best "insult comic" ever. His first big break came in 1965 when he appeared on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson." Soon after, he reached headliner status in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe.

He was also a regular on Dean Martin's "Celebrity Roast," which perfectly showcased his no-mercy stand-up comedy style that earned him the nickname "The Merchant of Venom." The comedian's roast of then-president Ronald Reagan (which you can watch here) during his inaugural ball in 1985 is one of Rickles' most noteworthy performances.

Don found the most success in his TV guest appearances throughout the years, appearing in a variety of shows like "The Lucy Show," "Get Smart" and "Hot In Cleveland." He also had his own show, "The Don Rickles Show," which only lasted one season in 1972.

Later in his career, he became the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the "Toy Story" films. According to IMDb, he was set to reprise his role in "Toy Story 4," which is expected to premiere in 2019.

The industry icon has remained out of the spotlight in recent years.

The day after Johnny Carson's death in 2005, Don appeared with Bob Newhart, whom he considered his best friend, on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to honor the longtime host. In 2014, the funnyman was honored by the likes of David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart in the Spike TV special "One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles."

He also penned a memoir, "Rickles' Book," that was published in 2007. A documentary about his career, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project," debuted on HBO later that year -- his performance in the special earned him an Emmy for individual performance in a variety or music program.

The legend was born in Manhattan in 1926 and studied acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City after serving in the Navy during World War II.
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I am very sorry Rickles died. Thanks for posting, Gemme.

I have to say I never cared for Don Rickles' brand of humor. "Sacrifice one person so the whole group gets a laugh." Mean-spirited type humor. I have seen people sincerely hurt or humiliated by him. Just not funny to me! (only my opinion)

Anyway, like I said, I hate to hear of anyone losing their life.

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He did a great voice for Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story! I wonder who will replace him in that roll?
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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday morning in an apparent suicide, Massachusetts corrections officials said.

The 27-year-old was serving a life sentence for murder. Just last week he was acquitted in a double homicide case.

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Erin Moran, best known as Ron Howard’s kid sister in the classic sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56.

Moran was just six years old when she was cast in the TV series “Daktari,” where her most unusually costars were a chimp named Judy and Clarence the Lion. During that three-season run, she made her film debut in the Debbie Reynolds comedy “How Sweet It is!” As a child, Moran also appeared in Melvin Van Peebles’ “Watermelon Man” and made guest appearances in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “My Three Sons,” “Family Affair” and “Gunsmoke.”

But Moran was best known for playing Ron Howard’s feisty kid sister, Joanie Cunningham, on the sitcom “Happy Days” from the time she was 12 until 22 (1974-1984). Her teaming with Scott Baio proved to be so popular that they spun off into their own short-lived series, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”

She later went on to make appearance on “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Diagnosis: Murder” and “Arrested Development.” In 2008, she was a contestant on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.”
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Actor Scott Baio has been forced to backtrack from harsh comments he made about his former Happy Days co-star Erin Moran's death following criticism from fans.

While appearing on The Bernie and Sid Show on Tuesday morning, the actor appeared to blame Moran for her own untimely passing, saying, "you do drugs or drink, you're gonna die."

"I'm sorry if that's cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you've gotta take care of yourself," he said on the show.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...n-morans-death

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Scott Baio regrets blaming Erin Moran’s death on drugs, alcohol

BY KATE FELDMAN

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 5:46 AM

“Happy Days” star Scott Baio regrets speaking out on Erin Moran’s deathas drug-related before learning it was likely complications from stage four cancer.

The 56-year-old actor reportedly went to bed reading that Moran died of a possible heroin overdose and he went on “The Bernie & Sid Show” the next morning under that impression, according to TMZ.

Baio added that he would have never discussed her past drug and alcohol abuse if he had known about the cancer diagnosis.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...icle-1.3096540

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How did Erin Moran die? Stage 4 cancer likely killed ‘Joni’ Happy Days star, not drug overdose

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Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died at the age of 56 and her cause of death was likely stage 4 cancer, authorities said today.

“A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office. A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” Sheriff Rod Seelye said in a statement.

Toxicology results are pending but no illegal narcotics were discovered at Moran’s Indiana residence, the statement revealed.

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Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Academy Award for “The Silence of the Lambs,” has died. He was 73.

In a 46-year career in Hollywood, Demme is best known for directing 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” and 1993’s “Philadelphia.” His most recent feature was 2015’s “Ricki and the Flash,” which starred Meryl Streep as an aging rock star.

After starting out directing television commercials, Demme’s film career began in the early 1970’s, writing and directing for B-movie producer Roger Corman. His earliest film credit is as a screenwriter on 1971’s biker movie “Angels Hard as They Come,” and 1974’s “Caged Heat,” written by Demme to satisfy Corman’s desire to fill the “women in prison” niche of exploitation films, was Demme’s directorial debut.

1980’s “Melvin and Howard” was Demme’s first film to win critical acclaim. “Melvin and Howard” is a fictionalized account of a true story, an encounter between reclusive movie mogul Howard Hughes (played by Jason Robards) and a Utah gas station attendant, Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat). The film also starred Mary Steenburgen, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

“Melvin and Howard,” widely praised by critics including Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael and nominated for a number of Academy Awards and Golden Globes, marked the beginning of a string of successful films for Demme, including 1984’s Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn vehicle “Swing Shift,” 1986’s “Something Wild,” starring Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels, and the 1988 comedy “Married to the Mob,” which featured Michelle Pfeiffer as a mobster’s wife attempting to detach herself from the mafia.

At the same time, Demme was also directing a number of successful documentaries, including the 1984 Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense,” praised by critic Pauline Kael as “close to perfection;” and the Spalding Gray monologue “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987).

But it was 1991’s thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” and 1993’s “Philadelphia” that cemented Demme’s place in the pantheon of great film directors. “The Silence of the Lambs,” based on a novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, starred Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling, who must consult with imprisoned serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to track down another killer. The film was a huge critical and popular success, one only three films to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Demme followed up “The Silence of the Lambs” with the 1993 drama “Philadelphia,” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. “Philadelphia,” one of the first major movies to deal in depth with the topics of HIV/AIDS and homophobia, is loosely based on a 1987 lawsuit alleging wrongful dismissal because of AIDS discrimination. Roger Ebert called the film “a ground-breaker like ‘Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,’” and Tom Hanks won the Best Actor Academy Award and Golden Globe for his performance.

Demme’s films since “Philadelphia” include 1998’s “Beloved,” a thriller based on a Toni Morrison novel; a 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate,” 2007’s “Man from Plains,” a documentary about former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; and 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married,” widely seen as a return to successful return to the style of Demme’s early 1980s films.
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Character actor Michael Parks, 77, who played memorable roles in films by directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith has died.

Parks’ acting career began with small roles on 1960s television series, and from 1969 to 1970, he starred on NBC’s “Then Came Bronson” as Jim Bronson, a wanderer who motorcycles around the country. Parks also sang the show’s theme song, "Long Lonesome Highway," which became a pop and country hit. The song’s popularity led to a series of MGM albums in the following years.

Though he continued acting through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, notably playing Canadian drug smuggler Jean Renault in five episodes on David Lynch’s cult classic ABC series “Twin Peaks” in 1990, Parks’ career experienced a resurgence around the turn of the century. Coming to the attention of director Quentin Tarantino, Parks played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in the Tarantino-written “From Dusk Till Dawn” and the same character again in both of Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” movies as well as in the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino collaboration “Grindhouse.” He also appeared in Tarantino’s acclaimed 2012 drama, “Django Unchained.” The same year, he also played comic book author Jack Kirby in the best picture Oscar-winning “Argo.”

Parks played multiple roles in several movies, including “Kill Bill Vol. I” and Kevin Smith’s “Tusk.” Smith, who called Parks “hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform,” also directed him in the 2011 thriller “Red State.”

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Powers Boothe, a character actor on screens large and small had died. He was 68.

The Emmy Award-winning Boothe excelled in playing evil characters, including his role on the hit TV show "Deadwood." His film credits include "Sin City," "Tombstone," and "The Avengers."

He won his Emmy in 1980 for playing the eponymous crazed cult leader in the television movie "Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones."

Boothe was featured on the HBO series "Deadwood," playing the brothel owner Cy Tolliver. He also had a memorable role as the smarmy Sen. Roark in 2005's "Sin City" and the 2014 sequel "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For."

Fans of "24" remember his turn as acting President Noah Daniels on "24: Redemption."
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Born May 13, 1936, O'Dell was part of a group of young rock 'n' rollers making waves in the Phoenix music scene during the mid-1950s. She was the only woman in that group, which included Duane Eddy, Sanford Clark and producer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood.

“She stood her place with all the guys. She was not looked at as a female player. She was looked at as a player, period,” said Joe Chambers, founder of the Musicians Hall of Fame. “She was just a joy to be around.”

In 1956, she played rhythm guitar on Clark's hit "The Fool," a song written and produced by Hazlewood.

Beginning in 1957, O'Dell played on many Duane Eddy's most memorable recordings, including twangy gems "Rebel Rouser," "Ramrod" and his take on the "Peter Gunn" theme. The pair, who had known each other since they were teenage guitarists in Phoenix, were lifelong friends and sidekicks. Eddy fondly called her "the first side-chick of rock 'n' roll."

In 2014, O'Dell, Barbara Mandrell and Velma Smith were the first three women inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Other members of the Class of 2014 included Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton, among others. She called that moment her "Cinderella night," said Chambers. “Corki didn’t miss a beat. She was just tearing it up.”
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