Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household names who’d been in numerous iconic films. These two deaths are being handled very differently — Bacall’s obituaries and remembrances are far more focused on… READ MORE »
On Saturday night, I learned that someone very important to me died last week. Deb Powell Simons was my therapist throughout my teen years and early 20s. I had known she had been sick many years ago; learning of her death came as a complete shock. She leaves behind a husband and four young children. READ MORE »
The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou’s contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her poems can be found… READ MORE »
Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside… READ MORE »
Karyn Washington, the founder of the site For Brown Girls and the #DarkSkinRedLip project, has died at age 22, Clutch Magazine is reporting. On the #DarkSkinRedLip website, Washington posted photographs of Black women proudly wearing red lipstick; the project came about after the rapper A$AP Rocky said that women of color can’t wear red lipstick. READ MORE »
Peaches Geldof, a writer, model and designer who is the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, has died at 25, the BBC is reporting. A London-based “It Girl,” Peaches —whose full name was Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof — most recently wrote for Nylon magazine and penned a column for Elle as a teenager. She is the daughter… READ MORE »
Nevermind that fashion designer L’Wren Scott, who died today from an apparent suicide, modeled for Chanel, styled Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds campaign, outfitted a number of Hollywood films, and made gowns worn by Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and numerous other celebs. According to The New York Times, the most notable thing… READ MORE »
Maybe you won’t cry while watching this 20 minute long memorial clip of the best moments of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s expansive film career. But you’ll certainly be left with a heavy heart at the illimitable artist the world has lost. From his lighter, more comedic roles in “Almost Famous” and “Flawless,” to his severe and… READ MORE »
If you were alive in the ’90s and liked poetry, chances are you liked slam poetry. Or at least went to a slam poetry performance, even if you didn’t like it. My first exposure to slam poetry was during a creative writing class at summer camp when I was 14; we watched the PBS series… READ MORE »
Shirley Temple Black, the 1930s child star, died on Monday night at age 85. Temple Black acted in 23 films throughout her childhood during the Depression, when she was the most popular actor in America. She sang, danced and inspired the eponymous non-alcoholic soda drink. After retiring from Hollywood at 22, she became active… READ MORE »
On Friday morning I had just sat down at my desk at work when I got the message: my friend Ned committed suicide the day before.
What? No, not Ned. No. No. What? Why? Why now?
I don’t have anything original to say about grief, other than that incredulity, anger and… READ MORE »
Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on behalf of civil rights for South Africa’s Black people, living in a six-foot wide cell on Robben Island. Mandela had been sick for a long… READ MORE »
But did she see it coming?
Psychic Sylvia Browne, who is probably most famous to people my age for her regular appearances on “The Montel Williams Show” during the ’90s, passed away yesterday morning at her home in San Jose, CA. She was 77. Browne claimed to have discovered her psychic abilities at… READ MORE »
It’s been a rough few days for women who really love jaunty pearl accessories. Not only did Margaret Thatcher pass away, so did Lilly Pulitzer. Was Lilly Pulitzer a feminist? Yeah. Sure. Probably. Seems like it. She was certainly someone I grew up with, and these are some very specific memories brought to mind by very specific dresses. Read… READ MORE »
Annette Funicello, who shot to fame at age 12 as a Disney Mouseketeer, has died from complications of multiple sclerosis at age 70, her family confirms to Extra. Funicello parlayed her Disney fame into a successful singing and acting career perhaps most noted for her “Beach Party” movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s. “You… READ MORE »
Breaking news this morning: Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, has passed away from a stroke, her spokesperson confirmed. Thatcher was 87. [Sky News] … READ MORE »
Very sad news to report: The Chicago Sun-Times has confirmed that legendary film critic Roger Ebert has passed away at the age of 70. Just two days ago, Ebert revealed that his cancer had come back and released what would be his final column for the paper, saying that he was taking “a leave of presence” and would… READ MORE »