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    Not a big star or anything. But this broke my heart nonetheless.

    'Jaws' actress Lee Fierro, whose Mrs. Kintner slapped Chief Brody, dies of coronavirus at 91
    Winston, a.k.a. Alvena Rae Risley Hiatt (1944-2019), RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    Not a big star or anything. But this broke my heart nonetheless.

    'Jaws' actress Lee Fierro, whose Mrs. Kintner slapped Chief Brody, dies of coronavirus at 91
    For me, I see someone who is 91 and I almost always think, they lived a long life and while it is very sad, I'm glad they had so many, hopefully good, years on earth, and I hope they are at peace now and let's celebrate their life. But now, I'm not thinking that way because it really does feel like they are gone too soon no matter the age. Maybe she could've lived til 95 or even 100 had this been better managed. It's a very sad and depressing state of affairs.

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    Speaking of being in their 90's, English actress and Bond girl Honor Blackman has died at age 94 (no cause of death listed). She is probably most famous in the US for her role on The Avengers, and also for playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
    This is not the bouquet you toss

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    For me, I see someone who is 91 and I almost always think, they lived a long life and while it is very sad, I'm glad they had so many, hopefully good, years on earth, and I hope they are at peace now and let's celebrate their life. But now, I'm not thinking that way because it really does feel like they are gone too soon no matter the age. Maybe she could've lived til 95 or even 100 had this been better managed. It's a very sad and depressing state of affairs.
    Yeah, it's like being tackled on the 1-yard line. It's just wrong.
    Winston, a.k.a. Alvena Rae Risley Hiatt (1944-2019), RIP

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    Actress Shirley Douglas, Canadian activist and mom to Kiefer Sutherland, dead at 86

    Daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas was an impassioned social justice advocate
    The Canadian Press · Posted: Apr 05, 2020 5:21 PM ET | Last Updated: April 5



    Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died.

    She had just turned 86 on April 2.

    Sutherland announced his mother's death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia on Sunday morning. He said that her illness was not related to COVID-19.

    "My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life," said Sutherland.

    "Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming."

    A native of Weyburn, Sask., Douglas worked with famed directors including Stanley Kubrick on Lolita and David Cronenberg on Dead Ringers. She won a Gemini Award for her performance in the 1999 TV film, Shadow Lake.

    She also tirelessly supported a variety of causes throughout her life, including the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers and the fight to save public health care, pioneered by her politician father.

    In 1965, Douglas married Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, with whom she had two children before they divorced — twins Rachel, a production manager, and Kiefer, who became a film and TV star in his own right.

    Douglas also had another son, Thomas, from a previous marriage.

    Loved both arts and politics
    In a 2009 interview with The Canadian Press, she admitted that being away from home for lengthy periods of time to pursue acting was hard on her children, but said she knew it would make her a better mother in the end.

    "Our jobs, we move around a great deal … and that is the reality that my children grew up with — is being left, and not happily," said Douglas, who used a wheelchair in recent years due to a degenerative spine condition that caused her severe pain.

    "You either have to decide you're going to be guilty about it and not do it, or that you are going to do it and that you will be, in the end — and I hate to use it as an excuse — but that you'll be a better mother than being home bitter that you aren't allowed out."

    Born on April 2, 1934, Douglas showed an early interest in the arts as well as politics as she journeyed on the campaign trail with her father, who became premier of Saskatchewan, a federal NDP leader and a socialist icon.

    She attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, where she acted in theatre and TV and participated in anti-nuclear marches.

    In the 1960s and 1970s, while living in California, Douglas campaigned against the Vietnam War and protested for various politicial and social causes.

    She also helped to establish a fundraising group called Friends of the Black Panthers. Her support for the group brought controversy, though — she was refused a U.S. work permit and arrested in 1969 on conspiracy charges of possessing unregistered explosives. The courts eventually dismissed the case and exonerated her.

    Douglas's other activism included co-founding the first chapter in Canada of the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament.

    She said she never worried whether standing up for what she believed in — even in the days of the so-called Hollywood black list — would hurt her acting career.

    "I think to live your life you have to live it, and if you see something that offends you morally or any other way, you have to follow that and take it up," Douglas told The Canadian Press, noting she also had support from many fellow actors and filmmakers.

    "I know a lot of McCarthy-ite victims. It was hard for them but really they had no choice. And when you have no choice and you see something, it's like if you see a child going to be run over by a car — you grab the child.

    "And for me, many things that I see wrong are as obvious as grabbing a child and so what else would you do?"

    Douglas, who lived in Toronto since 1977, was nominated for two other Geminis: in 1998 for her leading role in the series, Wind at My Back, and in 1993 for starring in the film, Passage of the Heart.

    She was also an Officer of the Order of Canada, an inductee into Canada's Walk of Fame and had an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the University of Regina.

    Her other screen credits included the film Nellie McClung, in which she played the title role of the famed Canadian activist. Other TV series in which she appeared included Street Legal, Road to Avonlea, Corner Gas, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Robson Arms.

    In 1997, Douglas got to work onstage with son Kiefer in the Tennessee Williams play, The Glass Menagerie.

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    Perhaps her biggest role, though, was as a champion for medicare.

    Douglas would speak of the importance of a universal health-care system at virtually any opportunity and lobbied government officials and fundraised for the cause.

    She was also a national spokesperson for the Canada Health Coalition lobby group and was involved in the Toronto Health Coalition and the Friends of Medicare Toronto.

    "Let us never forget that the federal government is the guardian and enforcer of the five principles of the Canada Health Act: universality, accessibility, portability, comprehensiveness and public administration," she said in a statement on behalf of the Canadian Health Coalition during the 2011 federal election campaign.

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    May she RIP
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    How did I not know of Keifer and Tommy's connection? Bad Canadian!
    A Canadian Slam winner? Inconceivable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptmcmahon View Post
    How did I not know of Keifer and Tommy's connection? Bad Canadian!

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    Linda Tripp, most famous for advising Monica Lewinsky to hang on to that dress, has died at age 70 of breast cancer.
    This is not the bouquet you toss

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    Rolling Stone
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    John Prine, one of America’s greatest songwriters, has died at age 73 from coronavirus complications

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    Also due to coronavirus.


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    Hal Willner, the veteran music producer and longtime 'Saturday Night Live' staffer, has died at age 64

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    John Horton Conway, mathematician, "inventor" of THE GAME OF LIFE, dies of C19 complications.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Kind of interesting to see the Seattle Seahawks mentioned so much more than the Vikings in these reports. I think he may have played with the Vikings longer, and certainly in more games with them which is why if you're on social media, so much of the remembrance is by former Vikings players. So if you're trying to place him, think of the Vikings too, not just the Seahawks.


    Ian Rapoport
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    Former #Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson died last night in a car accident in Alabama, a spokesperson for his employer Tennessee State tells me. Jackson, 36, was TSU’s QB coach. Along with Seattle, he also played for the #Vikings and #Bills.

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    I had forgotten he played for the Seahawks...only remembered the Vikings, so I was perplexed at first.

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    Died from natural causes. May he RIP.


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    Brian Dennehy, the regular-guy actor whose bulldog build, good-guy demeanor and no-nonsense approach meshed in an array of memorable roles for film, television and the theater, has died

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