Posts tagged "obits"

Joan Rivers Showed Women It’s Okay To Be An Asshole (If You Want)

Yesterday, the world lost one of  THE most daring and fearless stand-up comedians we have ever known, male or female. Joan Rivers was a special kind of icon. She is one of the greats, up there with Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Being fearless i…
By: Katrin Higher / September 5, 2014

It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2014

In Memory Of My Therapist

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Report: #DarkSkinRedLip Founder Karyn Washington Dead At 22

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

Peaches Geldof Dead At 25

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 i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 7, 2014

The New York Times Twitter Feed Identifies Accomplished Fashion Designer L’Wren Scott As “Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend”

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Talent Remembered In Epic Memorial Clip

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2014

RIP: Maggie Estep, ’90s Slam Poet, Dead At 50

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 serie…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Shirley Temple Black Dies At 85

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 i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

Remembering Ned Vizzini (1981 – 2013)

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 sadness are on rapid…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2013

RIP: World Famous Psychic Sylvia Browne Is Dead At Age 77

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 age 3,…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 21, 2013

My Very Specific Lilly Pulitzer Memories

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. …
By: The Gloss / April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello Dead At 70

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…
By: Newser / April 8, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

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]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 8, 2013

Breaking: Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Has Passed Away

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"…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 4, 2013

Mindy McCready Dead At 37

Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, has died. She was 37. The coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said McCready died today in Heber Springs but couldn't immediately provide further details. He didn't have further information on who was taking care of her two sons. …
By: Newser / February 17, 2013

RIP Jerry Nelson, “Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” Veteran

You might not recognize Jerry Nelson‘s name, but you’re probably more familiar with "Sesame Street"’s the Count, Amazing Mumford and Snuffalupagus, or Statler (half of the heckling duo of Statler and Waldorf), Floyd Pepper (the mustachioed guitar player in the Muppet Show house band), Lew Zealand (that guy who chucks fish), Gobo Fraggle, Robin the Frog,…
By: The Mary Sue / August 25, 2012
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