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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. Read more on The Gloss…

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 knew she was very attractive, very pretty and voluptuous, but Annette never flaunted it,” Avalon, now 75, told People in 1998. “She underplayed everything. She never tried to be sexy. People said to themselves, ‘I could date that girl if I ever met her.’ She wasn’t untouchable.” Read more on Newser…

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]

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” and would be doing fewer reviews. “What in the world is a leave of presence?” he wrote. “It means I am not going away.” In many ways, even with his sudden passing, that remains true. Rest in peace. [Twitter; Chicago Sun-Times]

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. Read more…

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, or maybe even Emmet Otter. Though he may never have had roles as iconic to the Muppets as some of his colleagues, his long, long history with the group touches almost everything they’ve ever done. He passed away yesterday after a long period of declining health, at the age of seventy-eight.

And that’s certainly a good enough reason to collect a few videos of his characters and share them. Read more…

RIP: Neil Armstrong, First Man To Walk On The Moon, Dead At 82

Sad news to report this afternoon: Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, confirms NBC. Armstrong had heart surgery just two weeks ago and celebrated his birthday only days ago. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and famously said that day’s events were “one giant leap for mankind.” A statement from his family reads, “The next time you walk out on a clear night and see the moon smiling, think of Neil and give him a wink.” [NBC]

After the jump, a rare interview with Armstrong from 1970 and video of those first few steps on the moon.  Keep reading »

Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Dead At 95

Ernest Borgnine, the hefty Hollywood actor who went from bad guy roles to Oscar stardom to TV comedy, died today at age 95 in Los Angeles, the APreports. The former Navy serviceman started by playing villains in Hollywood movies, but avoided typecasting by snagging the Oscar-winning lead in Marty in 1955. “The Oscar made me a star, and I’m grateful,” he said. “But I feel had I not won the Oscar I wouldn’t have gotten into the messes I did in my personal life.” Read more…

Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,” his grandson Danny Karapetian said. “He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it’s always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. … He was the biggest kid I know.” Read more…

RIP: Whitney Houston Dead At Age 48 [UPDATED]

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Whitney sang at a pre-Grammy party two nights ago. Read More »

UPDATE (Sunday, 3:45 p.m. EST): TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found in her room’s bathtub and that it’s possible she drowned? Sources also say prescription drugs were found in the room and that Houston took Xanax before performances; only an autopsy will be able to reveal if she died via drowning, overdose, or some other cause. An autopsy is scheduled for today, but an official cause of death won’t be available until the toxicology report is complete.

Seriously sad news to report: the Associated Press is reporting that singer Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48. She is survived by her daughter Bobbi Kristina (with ex husband Bobby Brown). The singer was photographed leaving a pre-Grammy party on Thursday night looking potentially intoxicated. Houston, of course, battled drug addiction in the past, although there is no word on her cause of death. In May 2011, Houston’s representative said that the singer had checked into rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. She had recently been seen out and about with former boyfriend Ray J.  [TMZ, Dlisted, CNN]

More updated info after the jump… Keep reading »

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