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britcom68
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#8751 Post by britcom68 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:02 am

Wife of theatre showman Gower, long-time dancer, teacher and actress Marge Champion at 101 years old. Although most of her credits for film or TV were either as choreographer or on-screen dancer, she had a brief but memorable role in The Swimmer as one of the housewives with a pool that Burt Lancaster encounters.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/arts ... Position=3

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#8752 Post by Feego » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:58 am

One of my absolute favorite musical numbers (even though I've never seen the film!) is "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from Lovely to Look At with Marge and Gower Champion.

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#8753 Post by GaryC » Sat Oct 24, 2020 1:35 pm

Viola Smith, drummer, at age 107.

I should have included her when I updated the list in the Centenarians thread back in August as she had film credits.

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#8755 Post by Ovader » Sat Oct 24, 2020 9:54 pm

Edoardo Bruno (1928–2020) passed away on September 16 from an undisclosed cause. Some people may remember his only directorial effort His Day of Glory/La sua giornata di gloria (1969) which was coupled with Bertolucci's PARTNER on a NoShame Films 2005 DVD edition. In 1950 he was the founder of the film magazine "Filmcritica".

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#8756 Post by JSC » Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:26 pm

Unfortunately, I only just noticed this, but British actor John Shrapnel passed away in February.
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/ ... l-obituary

A prolific stage actor, he was also a ubiquitous presence in British television (Justice, Crown Court, Elizabeth R., Armchair Thriller, Blackeyes, G.B.H.) and films (Nicholas and Alexandra, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Gladiator). He always brought an intense energy to his performances, which meant he was often cast as a person under extreme pressure.

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#8757 Post by ando » Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:15 pm

JSC wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:26 pm
Unfortunately, I only just noticed this, but British actor John Shrapnel passed away in February.
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/ ... l-obituary

A prolific stage actor, he was also a ubiquitous presence in British television (Justice, Crown Court, Elizabeth R., Armchair Thriller, Blackeyes, G.B.H.) and films (Nicholas and Alexandra, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Gladiator). He always brought an intense energy to his performances, which meant he was often cast as a person under extreme pressure.
I noticed this late, too, but felt it was too late to acknowledge. That was an apt description of his talent, or at least, how it was put to use. He was a very good Sussex in Elizabeth R, Hector in Troilus & Cressida and even gave dignity to small roles like an explosives dealer in Hennessey - all recommended films. R. I. P.

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#8758 Post by Lemmy Caution » Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:39 am

John Shrapnel -- that's a great name!

Edit: His ancestor Henry Shrapnel gave the name shrapnel to the English language.

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#8759 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:19 pm

UK comedian Bobby Ball. He was part of the comedy duo Cannon & Ball who featured in the early evening TV schedules in a show that ran between 1979 and 1988. They were ITV's relacements for Morecambe & Wise, who I seem to remember spent much of the decade fighting it out against the BBC's replacements for Morecambe & Wise Little & Large (Eddie Large himself passed away back in April). A lot of that era has long passed now and I would be surprised if anyone under 30 in the UK would recall any of those figures as none of those light entertainment shows have been shown on television in decades, unlike the staple of Morecambe & Wise (and The Two Ronnies) which still gets regularly brought out for repeat airings at Christmas time.

However Cannon & Ball did headline their own feature film made during the height of their TV fame with 1982's The Boys In Blue, directed by Val Guest and which was a remake of a 1939 Will Hay film Ask A Policeman.

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#8762 Post by swo17 » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:54 am

yoloswegmaster wrote:
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#8763 Post by martin » Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:28 am

The Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov has died

He was 56, died of Covid-19. He should have conducted Beethoven's 9th symphony yesterday evening in Copenhagen but died in Moscow the day before (Thursday 29th). He caught the virus while in Moscow according to Danish papers.

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#8764 Post by yoshimori » Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:54 pm

> Alexander Vedernikov

How unfortunate. I think I have most of his (relatively few) recordings. He was perhaps the most engaging of Martha Argerich's recent partners. And his Prokofieff R&J and Khachaturian Spartacus are favorites.

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#8765 Post by L.A. » Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:49 am

Taiwanese filmmaker Chang Yi, known for films such as Kuei-mei, a Woman and This Love of Mine.

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#8766 Post by colinr0380 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:20 pm

The comedian John Sessions who is probably best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and QI, but turns up in small roles in lots of films as well from debut in Roger Christian's psychic horror The Sender in 1982 up to only a couple of years ago with appearances in Florence Foster Jenkins and the Rachel Weisz film Denial. He also played politicans Harold Wilson in Made In Dagenham and Edward Heath in The Iron Lady. He turns up in Princess Caraboo, the mid-90s live action Pinocchio film (in a strange cast including Udo Kier, Martin Landau, Rob Schneider, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Griff Rhys Jones!), and apparently appears somewhere in Gangs of New York!

He also 'played Russian' a few times, in the Leo Tolstoy biographic film The Last Station and in the Robert De Niro directed epic The Good Shepherd.

TV-wise he probably got his best parts in the Stephen Poliakoff historical drama The Lost Prince, as well as in the 2000 BBC adaptation of Gormenghast. He also plays Henry Fielding in the 1997 BBC adaptation of Tom Jones (the only literary adaptation to have the author as a self insert character who gets knocked down by the carriage carrying the main cast in the opening scene?). But of course I will always remember his cross-dressed role (similar to the cross dressing in Monty Python) as long suffering cleaner Mrs Huggett in the Stella Street series which was the show with the conceit that famous superstar Michael Caine has somehow managed to promote a leafy suburban London street into becoming the new home for all of the famous celebrities of the time (including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards running the corner shop! I think the joke is that they are finally having to do some real work!), all of whom get divided up between Sessions and fellow comedian Phil Cornwell doing impressions of them. It has been a long time since I last saw it but I seem to recall a moment where in the kitchen during one of Michael Caine's apparently regular Zulu-themed house parties (featuring Roger Moore in blackface) that Dirk Bogarde gets cornered by Al Pacino wanting to talk to him in a threatening manner about "that film where you followed that young boy around Venice!"
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#8767 Post by GaryC » Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:39 pm

I can't see any online obits yet, but Australian actress Lynne Murphy has passed at age 97. As well as acting on radio, stage and screen, she contributed to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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#8768 Post by GaryC » Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:43 pm

Johnny Kevorkian, director of Await Further Instructions and others. Age and cause of death so far unknown, but it appears to have been sudden and he can't have been old.

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#8769 Post by MichaelB » Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:30 am

The invaluable Film Polski website has just posted its annual list of Polish film and TV people who've died in the last twelve months: virtually everyone is strictly domestic-interest only, although big international names like Krzysztof Penderecki very occasionally leap out.

(Although his passing was of course acknowledged here at the time.)

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#8770 Post by L.A. » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:43 am

Ken Hensley, best known as a member of Uriah Heep.

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#8772 Post by Aunt Peg » Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:21 am

Australian actress Joy Westmore probably best known for her long running role as prison officer Joyce Pringle in Prisoner (she was one of the sympathetic screws in the show):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Westmore

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#8774 Post by JSC » Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:56 pm

Geoffrey Palmer aged 93.
That one stings. A ubiquitous presence on British television. Lost track of how many times I've seen him turn up in
any number of shows (and some films) and always a delight to see.

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