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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…

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