Thursday, August 16, 2018

RIP Marisa Porcel

Marisa Porcel, Pepa in 'Escenas de matrimonia', dies at age 74

The actress worked in magazines, theater, film and television series such as 'Aquí no hay quien viva'

El Pais
August 16, 2018

The actress Marisa Porcel, who rose to fame for her role as Pepa in the TV series Escenas de matrimonia, died this Wednesday, at age 74, according to the portal MadridEsTeatro on her Twitter account.  "Maisa Porcel has left us ... one of those actresses of 'character' that we will miss ... DEP", is the text that MadridEsTeatro has inserted in the social network to communicate the death of the veteran actress.

Marisa Porcel interpreted in the TV comedy series Telecinco Escenas de matrimonia, (2007-2009) to Pepa, a peculiar wife that reflected the traditional Spanish marriage, along with the actor Pepe Ruiz, who played the role of her husband Avelino, roles that came from the program of varieties of José Luis Moreno Noche de fiesta  and that they repeated in the series La sopa boba.  Alberto Caballero, one of the creators, has said goodbye to her on Twitter: "Thanks for all those moments on and off the set."  Caballero, and his sister Laura, they hired her again in Aquí no hay quien viva and La que se avecina in different roles.

Throughout her artistic life, the actress also worked in the magazine, the theater and the cinema, where she worked three times with Carlos Saura (La prima Angélica, Ana y los lobos y El jardín de las delicias), three times with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Habla, mudita, Camada negra y La mitad del cielo) and Narciso Ibáñez Serrador (¿Quién puede matar a un niño?). On television she appeared in Curro Jiménez, Los ladrones van a la oficina, Médico de familia, Historias para no dormir and, already in her last years of fame, La familia Mata, once again with Pepe Ruiz. Her signing in that series of Antena 3 with an exclusive contract, however, did not sit well with Telecinco.  Moreno came to interpose at the time a lawsuit against the two actors for abandoning their job in Escenas de matrimonia,without giving the 15 days of notice stipulated by law.  The demand for breach of contract" was dismissed, although the Antena series never triumphed and ended up returning to Telecinco.

PORCEL, Marisa (Marisa Luisa Porcel Montijano)
Born: 11/15/1943, Tarzona, Zaragoza, Arigon, Spain
Died: 8/15/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Marisa Porcel’s westerns – actress:
Sabata the Killet – 1970 (Manolita)
In the Dust of the Sun - 1972

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

RIP Miriam Nelson
By James Gray

Miriam Nelson, Hollywood choreographer who staged some of the most delightful dance numbers ever filmed and with a career spanning the golden eras of stage, screen, and television, died peacefully Sunday August 12th at home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 98 years old.

Miriam Nelson (born Miriam Lois Frankel on September 21, 1919 in Chicago, Illinois) began tap dancing at a very young age. When she was fourteen years old, she moved with her family to New York and performed at the famous "Billy Rose's Casa Mañana" (with dance partner Van Johnson). She went on to perform in six Broadway musicals from 1939-1943: "Sing Out The News," "Yokel Boy," "Very Warm For May," "Higher and Higher," "Panama Hattie," and "Let's Face It," by the likes of Kaufman & Hart, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein & Vincent Minnelli, Rogers and Hart and 2 shows by Cole Porter. These shows starred Buddy Ebsen, Phil Silvers, Eve Arden, Jack Haley, Danny Kaye, Nanette Fabray, Vivian Vance, Ethel Merman, Betty Hutton and her good friends and fellow frequent chorus girls June Allyson and Vera Ellen. In 1941, she was known as "The Best Chorus Girl on Broadway."

After her marriage to fellow hoofer and former skater Gene Nelson, the couple made the move to California where Miriam landed a 7 year contract at Paramount Studios after just two days in Hollywood, during a chance lunch in the studio commissary!

Throughout her performing career she appeared in such Hollywood classics as "Double Indemnity," "Cover Girl," "The Jolson Story," "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Pillow Talk."

When Gene was signed by Warner Bros. to star in a series of musical films, she assisted and co-choreographed his dance numbers and coached Doris Day ((who became a life-long friend)) and his other female costars. In his films: "Tea for Two," "Lullaby of Broadway," "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady," and "She's Working Her Way Through College." At a time when Hollywood was dominated by male choreographers, Miriam became a major force in the field.

After her divorce from Gene Nelson, Miriam choreographed a successful string of films for Columbia and Paramount Studios and five films with her dear friend Blake Edwards. Her feature film credits include: "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Jolson Story," "Picnic," "Hawaii," "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," and "The Apartment."

She expanded her activities to directing and choreographing for television, special theatrical events, and nightclub acts.

For television she staged and choreographed Judy Garland's first TV special, "The Red Skeleton Show," "The Colgate Comedy Hour," "Opening Day At Disneyland" (Walt Disney hired her to choreograph dance numbers around Disneyland, including the renown Golden Horseshoe Revue), "Father Knows Best," "The Lucy Show," "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "Designing Women," two Academy Award telecasts and "Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women" (Primetime Emmy Nominee) name a few.

Night club artists Carol Channing, Ann Miller, Barbara Eden, Howard Keel, Steve and Edie, Donald O'Connor, Jane Russell, Gordon and Sheila MacRae, and the world famous Playmates - all had staging and choreography created by Miriam Nelson.

Miriam conceived and staged shows for Radio City Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, arena shows for Jim Henson, two Super Bowl half-time shows, the opening of the New Madison Square Garden with Bob Hope and the very first "Disney On Parade."

In 1953, Miriam became one of the founding members of SHARE (Share Happily and Reap Endlessly), a non-profit organization composed of women passionately dedicated and committed to raising funds for developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children, as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities. Just a month ago, Miriam was honored at SHARE's 65th event where she received a standing ovation.

Miriam was known as the Marni Nixon of Tap and provided the tap sounds in many movies including those of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Ginger Rogers and many more& AND she was still tap dancing this past week at the age of 98.

Someone recently asked her if she would ever retire. Her answer "Not as long as the phone keeps ringing" and in 2009, her autobiography, "My Life Dancing with the Stars," was published.
Known throughout the business as an upbeat person and joy to work with, she nonetheless challenged all who worked with her and drew the very best out of them. John Wayne once shouted to a group taking a break on set as Miriam walked by, "Run for the hills, fellas! Or Miriam will make you dance!" And she did, for thousands of performers throughout the decades.

She was predeceased by second husband, producer Jack Myers, and is survived by her son Chris Nelson, her three grandsons Christopher, Josh, Matt, and her great granddaughter, Emma.

NELSON, Miriam (Miriam Franklin)
Born: 9/21/1919, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/12/2018, Beverly Hills, California U.S.A.

Miriam Nelson’s westerns – choreographer, actress:
The Restless Breed – 1957 [choreographer]
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 [choreographer]
Riverboat (TV) – 1959 [choreographer]
Bronco (TV) – 1960 (Emmy Coles)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Polly Gregory)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Mrs. Clayton)
Cat Ballou – 1965 [choreographer]
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 [choreographer]
Sunset – 1988 [choreographer]

RIP Albert Millaire

Quebec actor Albert Millaire dies at 83

Montreal Gazette
August 15, 2018

The actor, known for his classic roles across the province, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 but continued to work nonetheless.

Quebec actor Albert Millaire, whose voice resonated across the province’s stages and television screens throughout a half-century, died surrounded by loved ones at the age of 83 on Wednesday afternoon.

Until the very end of his life, Millaire continued to “speak of theatre with passion,” said a statement from his agency, Premier Rôle.

The actor, known for his classic roles, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, but continued to work nonetheless. He was recognized by many older Quebecers as the image of Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, who he played in a popular television series in 1969. He also portrayed Sir Wilfrid Laurier in a miniseries about the ex-prime minister in 1987. Millaire won the Gémeaux prize in 2014 for best supporting actor in a soap opera for his role in Mémoires vives.

Born: 1/18/1935, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 8/15/2018, Canada

Albert Millaire's westerns - actor:
Adventures in Rainbow Country (TV) - 1969-1970 (Roger Lemieux)
By Way of the Stars (TV) - 1992-1993 (Renauld)

RIP Helen Burns

The London Times
August 15, 2018

HELEN BURNS LANGHAM Helen died peacefully on 23rd July 2018, aged 101. Actor, director, great-grandmother and friend, widow of Michael Langham

BURNS, Helen
Born: 12/22/1917, London, England, U.S.A.
Died: 7/23/2018, London, England, U.K.

Helen Burns western – actress:
Zorro: The Gay Blade – 1981 (Consuelo)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

RIP Edward Teets

Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2017

August 4, 1938 - October 23, 2017 Edward A. Teets died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He was 79. Edward was born in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from the University at Boulder in 1960. He came to Los Angeles and received his Master's degree in Theater Arts at UCLA in 1962. He began his career at Dick Powell's Four Star Television with series "The Rogues" with Charles Boyer and David Niven, and later "The Big Valley" with Barbara Stanwyck. During that time he enlisted and served in the Army Reserve. Most of his career was as an independent producer in motion pictures and television with such shows "Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years" as well as films "Under Fire," "Three Men and a Baby," "Falcon and the Snowman," "Catch 22" and many more. He was a member of the Directors Guild, Television Academy and Academy of Motion Pictures. Edward is survived by his wife Patricia, his brother Peter (wife Vivian) Teets, as well as his loving nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law Robert (wife Curley) Sawyer. There will be a gathering for the family in Colorado to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers or formal contributions we ask that you express a gesture of kindness to someone less fortunate.

TEETS, Edward (Edward Archer Teets)
Born: 8/4/1938, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 10/23/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Ewdward Teets’ westerns – assistant director, production manager:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966-1969 [assistant director]
The Frisco Kid – 1969 [production manager]

Saturday, August 11, 2018

RIP Meg Randall

Classic Images
By Laura Wagner
August 10, 2018

R.I.P., MEG RANDALL (August 1, 1926 – July 20, 2018), movie and TV actress of the 1940s and '50s best known for her three appearances in the Ma and Pa Kettle series as Richard Long's girlfriend and then wife. In the '40s, she was billed as Gene Roberts. No obits but it was announced by her daughter:

“Sorry to break the bad news to everyone today but Jean Roberts a.k.a. Meg Randall Passed away on Friday night. I was going to say a lot about her but I’m just not up to it yet. I was also going to mention certain people on Facebook that meant so much to her but I knew I would leave someone out and decided not to. Jean has been sick for months and barely able to speak. Believe it or not there was a humorous moment in all of this! When after days of not speaking the only thing she said was “Where is Charles Roberts?” Although she never met him He entertained her for years on Facebook! I never thought someone her age would be able to do Facebook like she did! Thank you everybody so much for Having fun with her it brightened her life so much.” – Kristin Punt

RANDALL, Meg (Genevieve Roberts)
Born: 8/1/1926, Clinton, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 8/10/2018

Meg Randall’s western – actress:
Last of the Badmen – 1957 (Lila)

RIP Shawn Michaels

Affordable Burial and Cremation

Thomas Joseph Mickles, AKA Shawn Michaels, of Hollywood, California passed away peacefully on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Prescott VA under their wonderful Hospice care in Prescott, Arizona surrounded by his family.

Shawn was the 1st of four sons born to proud parents, Dorwin and Margaret Mickles on August 7, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With the help of his dear Mother, Margaret and the Nuns he loved so much he graduated 8th grade from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School with the class of 1940.

Not more than 3 years later proud father Dorwin gave son Thomas permission necessary to enlist in the U.S. Navy in WWII where he proudly served as a Hospital Apprentice 1st Class from 1943-1946 aboard the destroyer, USS Marshall in the Pacific Theater earning his Pacific Theater Ribbon-3 stars, American Theater Ribbon-1 star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Victory Medal.

After receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Shawn returned home to Philadelphia where he used his G.I. Bill along with fellow WWII vets Charles Bronson and Jack Klugman, to enroll at the Bessie V. Hicks Drama School…where he met and married his future Bride, Bette Brown of Reading, Pa. and mother of his two children, Pam and Kirk. The family settled in Reading, Pennsylvania. Eight years later after various fields of endeavor which included a stint singing on Reading Radio Station, he loaded up the family and headed for sunny California to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.

Early years brought T.V. appearances on “Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West, Odd Couple, and Quincy” Films included, Scrooged and Lethal Weapon 1-4.

His second marriage to Harriet Haddad, brought the birth of daughter, Jennifer who now resides in Colorado.

While honing his craft in the movie industry he developed a love of legit theatre as he worked in small theater productions around Hollywood and surrounding areas, where he met lifelong friend and fellow actor Audrey Marlyn Singer. Together, they co-founded, Actors Forum Theatre in West Hollywood where his love for stage acting became his passion and expertise. Together they produced, directed and often starred in many wonderful productions, along with a wealth of equally talented actors, members of theatre.

Shawn received Drama Log Awards for Best Actor and Director, as well as the love and respect of his peers at Actors Forum and the Hollywood Theatre community which he returned back to them.

Shawn’s love of his children and grandchildren was apparent with every moment spent together and his presence at holiday gatherings or just a visit was always anxiously and happily anticipated…he made the simplest activity fun and full of laughter…he brought a smile to your face simply walking through the door…

He loved his life and will be missed by all of us lucky enough to be along on his journey…it was a wonderful ride!

He is survived by his brother, Charles Mickles; daughters, Pam Field and Jennifer Michaels; grandchildren, Keith, Shannon, Ryan, Ross, Evan; Great Grandchildren Braiden, Jaden and Tyler; 6 nieces, 1 nephew of the fabulous Mickles Clan of Philadelphia, Pa.

MICHAELS, Shawn (Thomas Joseph Mickels)
Born: 8/7/1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 7/20/2018, Prescott, Virginia, U.S.A.

Shawn Michaels’ westerns – actor:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1962 (Crony, husband)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (convict painter)