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Maria von Trapp: Her Family Inspired ‘The Sound of Music’

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn 1938, Maria von Trapp fled the Nazi takeover of her Austrian homeland along with her father, her siblings, and her similarly named governess-turned-stepmother, Maria Kutschera von Trapp. Their adventure eventually inspired one of the most beloved film musicals in history, The Sound of Music, which made Julie Andrews (who played stepmother Maria) into a superstar. But the true story lived by von Trapp — who died on Feb. 22 at age 99 in Stowe, Vt. — was considerably different from the one depicted on …

Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

Sid Caesar: Maestro of TV Sketch Comedy

Posted on 02/13/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWithout Sid Caesar, we might not have had Saturday Night Live. In the early days of TV, some comedians simply got on camera and performed the same slapstick routines that had been a hit for them on Vaudeville, while others tried to replicate the situation comedy of radio shows. But Caesar, who passed away on Feb. 12 at age 91 in Beverly Hills, Calif., pioneered a new way to make us laugh in the age of television. >> Sign up for the …

Shirley Temple: The Biggest Child Movie Star

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt a time when Americans were weathering the tail-end of the Great Depression, child actress Shirley Temple Black was an unparalleled sensation. People not only flocked to her movies and bought Shirley Temple dolls, they also dressed their daughters in dresses and coats modeled after those she wore in the movie Dimples. “Every girl 3 to 14 will want them,” proclaimed a 1936 newspaper advertisement for a line of official “Inspired by Shirley Temple” outfits. The film credits of Shirley Temple, who passed …

Ralph Kiner: The Slugger Who Became a Hit Behind the Mic

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyAs a left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians in the 1940s and 1950s, Ralph Kiner was one of baseball’s greatest power hitters. Kiner, who died on Feb. 6 at age 91 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., led the National League in home runs seven straight times, and once clouted 54 of them in a season, more than even Willie Mays or Hank Aaron ever did. Kiner had another gift. In his second career as a TV announcer …

The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyWhen I glanced at my e-mail alerts on Sunday and saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguably the greatest film actor of his generation, had died of a probable drug overdose, I felt the same mix of sadness and anger that came over me when Whitney Houston died. Again, a performer taken way too soon… again a drug death preceded by reports that the artist was “clean and sober”…again that empty feeling of a creative resume half-filled, never to be completed. …