Rolling Obituary Thread: 2015

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Donna Douglas -- who famously portrayed Elly May Clampett on the legendary 60s TV series "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- passed away Thursday at her home in Louisiana with friends and family by her side.

Douglas' granddaughter confirmed the death to TMZ.

Donna starred on "The Beverly Hillbillies" for all nine seasons and even returned for the 1981 reunion TV movie.

Douglas also appeared in several other iconic TV series, including "Mister Ed," "The Twilight Zone," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," "Adam 12," and "Route 66."

She also co-starred with Elvis Presley in "Frankie and Johnny."

Douglas filed two famous lawsuits over the years. In the 1990s, she sued Disney claiming they stole the idea for "Sister Act" from her. In 2011, she sued Mattel for making a Barbie doll with her likeness without her permission. She lost the "Sister Act" case and settled the Barbie case.

Donna was 81.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 January 2015 19:09 (six years ago) link

Ever-eloquent Mario Cuomo, a son of Queens who rode his rhetorical gifts to three terms as New York governor and tantalized Democrats by flirting with a run for President, died Thursday. He was 82.

Cuomo passed away at 5:15 p.m. of heart failure, surrounded by family in his Manhattan apartment as his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was in Buffalo delivering his second inaugural address of the day.

(I know this was covered at the tail end of the 2014 thread, but I put it here for posterity.)

Johnny Fever, Friday, 2 January 2015 19:13 (six years ago) link

RIP & May The Bird of Paradise Fly You Up A Nose and Into Heaven

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 3 January 2015 01:42 (six years ago) link

Eh, what?

According to Charlie Louvin, Little Jimmy was the classic tough little short guy. Earlier this evening I took a tater and waited. RIP.

Can We Be Shown Worldbuilders + Mike Harrison? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 3 January 2015 02:19 (six years ago) link

v strange, a friend was talking on New Years Eve about meeting Dickens backstage

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 3 January 2015 04:19 (six years ago) link

Time for new screenname

Dedlock Holiday (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 January 2015 09:38 (six years ago) link

Oh wait, wrong Dickens

Dedlock Holiday (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 January 2015 09:38 (six years ago) link

Edward Brooke, liberal Republican from Massachusetts who in 1966 became the first African-American popularly elected to the Senate.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 4 January 2015 14:55 (six years ago) link

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott:

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 January 2015 15:35 (six years ago) link

RIP Stuart Scott. You were the man.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 4 January 2015 17:16 (six years ago) link

These two clips featured here will shred ya. Just a bit of fair warning.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 January 2015 17:26 (six years ago) link

Meantime, in contrast, I give you the National Review. So successful.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 January 2015 19:04 (six years ago) link

she can beard for Ed Koch once more

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 January 2015 18:51 (six years ago) link

Rene Vautier, who claimed to be the "most censored director in France", died on Sunday aged 86, his family said.

...Many of his films were banned or condemned by the establishment and one even landed him in prison. He was sentenced to a year in jail for making "Africa 50", which he shot when was just 20, and which is seen as the first French anti-colonial film. It denounced the crimes of the French army and the lack of education afforded to the natives of French colonies. It was banned for 40 years.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Monday, 5 January 2015 20:20 (six years ago) link

Rod Taylor,,20890158,00.html

Jack Cardiff's Dark of The Sun RULES.

Don A Henley And Get Over It (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 9 January 2015 02:23 (six years ago) link

Another one for the 'I Thought They Died Years Ago'.Appearing in the The Time Machine AND Zabriskie Point is kinda cool.

The World's Strangest Man 2014 (Tom D.), Friday, 9 January 2015 10:24 (six years ago) link

musicologist Bob Gilmore

Merdeyeux, Friday, 9 January 2015 13:04 (six years ago) link

RIP Andraé Crouch

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 January 2015 14:18 (six years ago) link

Comic actor and calypso singer Lance Percival:

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Friday, 9 January 2015 19:24 (six years ago) link

Francesco Rosi:

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Saturday, 10 January 2015 22:25 (six years ago) link


Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 10 January 2015 22:47 (six years ago) link

Taylor Negron according to Twitter.

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 11 January 2015 02:52 (six years ago) link


MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Sunday, 11 January 2015 03:07 (six years ago) link

RIP. Did not notice mention of The Aristocrats in that obit.

Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 January 2015 03:17 (six years ago) link

I think I'd heard something about him being sick, but I'd totally forgotten it. R.I.P.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 11 January 2015 04:24 (six years ago) link

Anita Ekberg?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:00 (six years ago) link

Very sad.

This is beautiful and amazing and heartbreaking:

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 11 January 2015 20:26 (six years ago) link

Probably best known for The Avengers, also lots of other British TV and some film work including the Golden Voyage Of Sinbad.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Monday, 12 January 2015 08:20 (six years ago) link

Oh sad - definitely one of the major figures of British genre film/tv. I'm particularly fond of Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, perhaps the most polymorphously perverse of all Hammer movies.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 12 January 2015 08:37 (six years ago) link

Yeah, shame, RIP Brian.

The World's Strangest Man 2014 (Tom D.), Monday, 12 January 2015 10:14 (six years ago) link

Oh no, that is terrible news. RIP.

Zings of Oblivion (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 12 January 2015 18:46 (six years ago) link

Samuel Goldwyn Jr., key arthouse distributor of the 1980s

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:52 (six years ago) link


Mark G, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:26 (six years ago) link

RIP Dozy. I always mean to investigate DDDBMT, I like them, but I never do.

Peas Be Upon Ham (Tom D.), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:29 (six years ago) link

Now, they are Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

You want awesome?

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:10 (six years ago) link

Novelist Robert Stone

Brad C., Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:08 (six years ago) link


Mark G, Friday, 16 January 2015 07:36 (six years ago) link

Shocker, RIP Kim!!!!!!!

Peas Be Upon Ham (Tom D.), Friday, 16 January 2015 10:09 (six years ago) link®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article

Ervin Drake’s “Now That I Have Everything” debuted the same day he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1983, a fitting coda for a career that was punctuated by hit versions of his songs, like Frank Sinatra’s “It Was a Very Good Year,” Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache” and the inspirational “I Believe,” sung by Frankie Laine.

Mr. Drake, who wrote lyrics and music, produced television programs and was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers, died on Thursday at 95 at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. The cause was complications of bladder cancer, said his stepson, Jed Berman.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 January 2015 20:19 (six years ago) link

Takao Saitô, Kurosawa's cinematographer on Ran, Sanjuro and many others

Faten Hamama, actress who was "Lady of Arabic Cinema"

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 18 January 2015 15:17 (six years ago) link

Big loss to the Herald, and Scottish journalism. I will miss his elegant, clever opinion pieces. Younger than I thought, too.

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Friday, 11 December 2015 08:38 (five years ago) link

Honduran footballer Arnold Peralta

ailsa, Friday, 11 December 2015 09:43 (five years ago) link

was that the first fat-comedian-married-to-hottie sitcom?

aaaaablnnn (abanana), Monday, 14 December 2015 08:58 (five years ago) link

Benedict Anderson died yesterday in Indonesia

ogmor, Monday, 14 December 2015 10:54 (five years ago) link

RIP guitarist and very funny guy Adam Roth, of bile duct cancer, one month after being diagnosed.

Die Angst des Elfmans beim Torschluss (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:32 (five years ago) link

Facebook has apparently decided to kill off Peter O'Toole for a second time.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:30 (five years ago) link

Kurt Masur

Die Angst des Elfmans beim Torschluss (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 19 December 2015 19:59 (five years ago) link

Lord Janner: saved by the knell.

Madchen, Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:08 (five years ago) link

Nigel Buxton.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:02 (five years ago) link


Über, Über mensch (wins), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:15 (five years ago) link

Nick Combe, the original drummer in Gallon Drunk.

suffeeciant attreebution (aldo), Monday, 21 December 2015 19:01 (five years ago) link

Don Howe

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Wednesday, 23 December 2015 18:51 (five years ago) link

Brooke McCarter, one of the teen vamps from The Lost Boys.

Bitch I'm in the 2112 (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 23 December 2015 20:00 (five years ago) link

George Clayton Johnson, author of Twilight Zone scripts, Star Trek's debut episode "The Man Trap" and co-novelist of Logan's Run

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 26 December 2015 23:41 (five years ago) link

Wow, what a résumé.

Die Angst des Elfmans beim Torschluss (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 December 2015 00:02 (five years ago) link

Helped shape a decade:

clemenza, Sunday, 27 December 2015 20:30 (five years ago) link


I usually don't get taken by these, but...

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 28 December 2015 03:29 (five years ago) link

Carson Van Osten, bass player for the (Todd Rundgren) Nazz, and later an artist for Disney

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 December 2015 05:10 (five years ago) link

Meadowlark Lemon!

I'm not 100% sure, but I think I did see them at Maple Leaf Gardens when I was kid.

clemenza, Monday, 28 December 2015 19:31 (five years ago) link

I gasped when I read that, coming back on the train to London. RIP big guy.

voodoo rage (suzy), Monday, 28 December 2015 20:10 (five years ago) link


Vernon Locke, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:20 (five years ago) link

Oh, damn. His recent interview with Marc Maron was hilarious. RIP.

Bitch I'm in the 2112 (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:35 (five years ago) link

aw, fuck.

Does that make you mutter, under your breath, “Damn”? (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:36 (five years ago) link

Well, that seems unlikely. RIP.

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:47 (five years ago) link

There's no question that the news is true, but allow me to not believe it for a while longer. R.I.P. Lemmy

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 02:32 (five years ago) link

RIP stormin norman

the late great, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 02:47 (five years ago) link

RIP Lemmy - Killed by Death, just like he predicted.

StanM, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 04:39 (five years ago) link

it's like when Ronnie James Dio died. I knew he was sick but it never crossed my mind to picture what it would be like without him

and now bummertown usa ;_;

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 05:12 (five years ago) link

Let me get this straight, Lemmy is dead?

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 10:06 (five years ago) link

Meadowlark Lemmy

Mark G, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:25 (five years ago) link

I don't wanna live forever ;_;

kevin smith what a bro (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 14:01 (five years ago) link

The Specials' John Bradbury

Alba, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:47 (five years ago) link

Hearing Guru Josh as well, but can't find a link

xpost, ah there we go

ailsa, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:51 (five years ago) link

And there's your English-language report:

Alba, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:21 (five years ago) link

R.I.P. Trapper John

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 1 January 2016 03:13 (five years ago) link

No way. He always had that youthful glow. RIP

Instant Karmagideon Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 January 2016 03:32 (five years ago) link

natalie cole

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 1 January 2016 16:57 (five years ago) link

Ring out the old: Rolling Obituary Thread: 2016

Green Dolphin Street Hassle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 January 2016 17:22 (five years ago) link

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