Wednesday, May 31, 2017

RIP Margaret Ann Garza

Joe Jackson Funeral Parlor

Margaret Ann Garza was born on March 21st, 1986 to Fred and Carmen Garza. She was the epitome of love, and she was so very loved by all. Besides God, her family and close friends were always first. She was a loving daughter and a true friend. Margaret was thoughtful, kindhearted, unselfish, and genuine. She had a beautiful smile, but beyond that, a beautiful heart. She always gave her time to anyone who needed her. She was either sharing a good time celebrating friends, comforting friends, or just there when someone needed a friend.

Margaret dared to dream big. She did things most people only aspire to. She loved pageantry, singing, acting, and modeling. Margaret was crowned Ms. Texas Belleza Latina in 2007 and Ms. Belleza Latina International in 2008. She appeared in various ads in television and in print. She had several acting roles and most recently appeared in the nationally televised series, “The Son”, as well as Mercury Plains with Scott Eastwood and Pizza Joint, which will premiere this June.

She enjoyed life and worked hard to achieve her goals. Margaret attended Alexander High School in Laredo. She graduated from TAMIU with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. She was a driven, motivated and dedicated professional who believed in self-discipline and hard work. She recently obtained her broker’s insurance license.

Margaret enjoyed the simple things in life and knew their worth. Everything big and small was worth its weight in gold to her. She was beauty without presumption, intelligence with humility, and unyielding perseverance without rest.

Margaret was a self-proclaimed “Daddy’s Girl” who loved every moment with him. She gained her love of nature, riding horses, shooting guns, and all things cowboy from her #1 Cowboy, her Daddy. And from her mama, it was having pride in a nice clean home, her love of cooking, and her respect for others. Margaret had a lovely bond with her mother. Above all, she and her mother were best friends. Both her parents loved, cared, and nurtured Margaret. Their love made Margaret the beautiful human being she was inside and out.

Margaret touched our hearts, empowered us, and inspired many people. She was a “Once in a Lifetime Kind of Woman” who left us too soon. We celebrate her life, and mourn her passing. Margaret Ann Garza passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Round Rock, TX.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother: Alicia Garza; maternal grandparents: Frank and Margarita Wolter.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her beloved parents: Juan A. “Fred” & Carmen W. Garza; paternal grandparents: Alfonso (Isabel) Garza; aunts and uncles: Beto (Kathy) Garza, Rene (Margaret) Garza, Mario (Amada) Garza, David (Dane) Garza, Cesar (Gwen) Garza, Daniel (Debra) Garza, Carlos (Alma) Garza, Ana Maria (Marco Tulio) Cruz, Tere (Jose Luis) Resendez, Martha (+Bernie) Cortez, Vicente J. (Johanna) Leija, as well as an extended number of cousins, relatives and beloved friends.

The family will receive condolences on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., from 5 to 9 in the evening; where a Vigil for the Deceased and Rosary will be recited at 7.

Funeral cortege will depart the funeral chapel at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to St. Patrick Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m.

Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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GARZA, Margaret Ann
Born: 3/11/1986, Harlingen, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/30/2017, Round Rock, Texas, U.S.A.

Margaret Ann Garza’s western – actress:
The Son (TV) – 2017 (Carmen)

RIP Anne Kimbell

Wet Mountain Tribune

A celebration of life will be held later this summer for Anne Kimbell Relph who over the past quarter century founded and developed the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts in Westcliffe. Her efforts placed the Wet Mountain Valley on the map as a small-town center for the performing arts. Ms. Relph died May 16, 2017. She was 84. She was born June 28, 1932 in Louisiana to Andrew and Kathryn (Collins) Banks. At the age of three, she and her family moved to Hollywood, Calif., and a year later, at the age of four, she began her career in radio with “The Children’s Radio Workshop” in Los Angeles. At the age of 12, she joined the Screen Actors Guild, and worked continuously in film, television, and on the stage. Most notably, she played Rosalind Russell’s daughter in “Roughly Speaking,” and John Garfield’s sister in “Growing Up.” As an adult, she starred in Roger Corman’s first film, “Monster from the Ocean Floor,” and “Girls at Sea” with Guy Rolfe. Both films were quite popular when shown over the years at The Jones Theater in Westcliffe.

Ms. Relph’s real love was the stage, and she studied with Lee Strasberg in New York and starred on Broadway opposite Eddie Bracken in ‘The Seven Year Itch,” and in London in “Roar Like a Dove,” produced by Vivien Leigh. She also played opposite Marlon Brando in “Arms and the Man” in the eastern U.S. touring production. She first came to Colorado in the 1950s as leading lady at the famed Elitch Garden Theater in Denver, and at that time fell in love with the state. While on stage in London she met and married James F. Relph, a Foreign Service Officer. Together they lived in Switzerland, Germany, and in the African nations of Chad and Tunisia. She founded a school for women in the Republic of Chad, and developed cross-cultural programs for women in Tunisia. Ms. Relph loved traveling the world and was always open-minded about people from other cultures and religions. She had written several books about her life as a spouse of a Foreign Service Officer, After returning to California in the early 1980s, Ms. Relph served as an executive director of the University of Southern California’s Orange County Center. She founded the “Enterprising Woman” organization to provide education and support to women who were going into business for themselves. During that period, in 1992, she came to Colorado to buy a small horse ranch, and ended up purchasing the historic Jones Theater in Westcliffe which was going to be turned into a laundromat. Her goal was to preserve the theater for the Wet Mountain Valley, and she always considered Westcliffe to be her home, though she continued to return seasonally to Laguna Beach, Calif. Ms. Relph always enjoyed the friendly people who lived in Custer County, and was always gratified when people would be inspired by what they saw at the Jones Theater. She had a passion for keeping the arts alive in a small community, and especially loved seeing local kids pursue the arts. She was the founder of the Westcliffe Center for the Arts, and over the years served as its president, producer and artistic director up until the time of her death. She and her long-time partner, the late Tom Stagg, helped grow the WCPA and spearheaded the building of Studio 2 addition to the Jones Theater. She also was instrumental in developing the annual Shakespeare in the Park festival here. Ms. Relph held a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in women’s studies from George Washington University. She also spoke French and German. Ms. Relph is survived by a daughter, Christiane Kimbell Relph (and husband, Mark Maloney) of rural Westcliffe. Also surviving are a granddaughter, Kathryn Kimbell Potts, step granddaughters Cassidy Maloney and Hayley Maloney; and her beloved dachshund, Snoopy. A happy celebration of life will be held later this summer in Westcliffe. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts at P.O. Box 790 in Westcliffe.

KIMBELL, Anne (Anne Banks)
Born: 6/28/1932, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 5/16/2017, Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S.A.

Anne Kimbell’s westerns – actress:
Fort Osage – 1952 (Annie Winfield)
Wagons West – 1952 (Alice Lawrence)
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1952 (Sally)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1952, 1953 (Alice Fleming, Jennifer Kellin)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1954, 1955 (Mary Jordan)

RIP Elena Verdugo

Elena Verdugo, Emmy-Nominated Actress on 'Marcus Welby, M.D.,' Dies at 92

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

She also sang with Xavier Cugat and played a gypsy girl who befriends Lon Chaney Jr. in 'House of Frankenstein.'

Elena Verdugo, who portrayed the devoted office assistant and nurse Consuelo Lopez opposite Robert Young on the 1970s ABC drama Marcus Welby, M.D., has died. She was 92.

Verdugo died Tuesday in Los Angeles, a representative for actress Sharon Gless told The Hollywood Reporter. Early in her career, Gless had a recurring role as hospital worker Kathleen Faverty on Marcus Welby, M.D., and she and Verdugo had been extremely close ever since.

On Facebook, Gless called Verdugo "my dearest, longest-time friend … wonderful actress, funniest woman I ever knew. She was mischief till the end. It is not just the end of an era. It is the end of an epoch. The world is a less interesting place."

Verdugo replaced Audrey Totter as the star of the CBS Radio comedy Meet Millie and continued to play the wisecracking Brooklyn secretary Millie Bronson on the CBS television version — one of the first shows to be broadcast live from Hollywood — that ran for four seasons, from 1952 through 1956.

On the big screen, Verdugo appeared opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1945 Universal horror films House of Frankenstein (as the sympathetic gypsy girl Ilonka) and The Frozen Ghost and in the adventure tale Thief of Damascus (1952).

Verdugo also was a singer and dancer. She performed in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and handled the vocals on his hit "Tico Tico," which was used in the finale of the 1945 Sonja Henie film It's a Pleasure!.

The 5-foot-2 Verdugo received supporting actress Emmy nominations in 1971 and 1972 for playing the warmhearted Consuelo, whom many consider to be the first working-professional Latina woman to be portrayed on series television. Marcus Welby aired for seven seasons, from 1969-76.

Early in the medical drama's run, Consuelo would pour Dr. Welby a cup of coffee when he arrived at the office, but Verdugo said that changed after working women wrote in to complain.

"[They said,] 'You stop getting him coffee in the morning, we are sick of it, now all doctors want us to get a cup of coffee for them in the morning,'" she once recalled. "And I said, 'I got it, I got it! I will cut it down.'"

A native of Los Angeles, Verdugo was a descendant of Jose Maria Verdugo, a Spanish army officer who in 1784 was granted grazing rights to a 36,000-acre area that included much of what is now Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock and La Crescenta.

Verdugo finished high school on the Fox studio lot and appeared as a dancer in the Don Ameche-Betty Grable studio musical Down Argentine Way (1940).

Her film résumé also included Rainbow Island (1944), starring Dorothy Lamour; Song of Scheherazade (1947), with Yvonne De Carlo; Gene Autry's The Big Sombrero (1949); the Charlie Chan mystery The Sky Dragon (1949); and Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), starring Jose Ferrer.

Before running Dr. Welby's office, Verdugo had recurring roles on the short-lived TV series Redigo, The New Phil Silvers Show, Many Happy Returns and the Juliet Prowse starrer Mona McCluskey.

While filming the Abbott & Costello comedy Little Giant (1946), she met screenwriter Charles R. Marion, who also wrote for the comedy team's radio show, and they married. After a divorce, she wed Charles Rosewall, a doctor, in 1972, and they were together until his death in 2012.

Verdugo's son, actor Richard Marion (Pharmacist's Mate Williams on TV's Operation Petticoat), died at age 50 of an apparent heart attack in 1999.

Born: 4/20/1925, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/30/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Elena Verdugo’s westerns – actress:
Cavalier West – 1931 (little girl)
Belle Starr – 1941 (young girl)
El Dorado Pass – 1948 (Dolores)
Snow Dog – 1950 (Andree Blanchard)
Gene Autry and the Mounties – 1951 (Marie Duval)
The Big Sombrero – 1953 (Estella Estrada)
The Pathfinder – 1952 (Lokawa)
The Marksman – 1953 (Jane Warren)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959 (Connie Drake)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Maria Carroyo)
Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Gerry)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Abigail Bennett)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1969 (Violet Morton)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RIP Michael Ogiens

Michael Ogiens, Producer and Former CBS Exec, Dies at 69

Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also served as president of MTM Productions and co-created the Robert Urich drama 'The Lazarus Man.'

Michael Ogiens, a television producer and former programming executive at CBS and MTM Productions, has died. He was 69.

Ogiens, who co-created the 1990s TNT series The Lazarus Man, starring Robert Urich, died Thursday in his sleep in Los Angeles, his daughter Emma said.

Most recently, Ogiens developed and produced movies for the Hallmark Channel, including Hannah's Law, All of My Heart, A Country Wedding and Love You Like Christmas. He was in preproduction on a sequel to All of My Heart at the time of his death.

In 1995, Ogiens was named president of MTM Productions and charged with leading efforts to revive the company founded by Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore. Under his watch, MTM greenlighted series including The Pretender (NBC), Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. (CBS) and Sparks (UPN).

A native of Los Angeles, Ogiens worked at CBS for 14 years.

As vp daytime programs, he was responsible for scheduling, affiliate relations, development and supervising production on programs including The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless, After a promotion, Ogiens oversaw animation and live-action Saturday morning series as well as a slate of young people's specials.

Moving into primetime as vp programs, he helped revitalize production of shows out of New York, and that yielded the sitcoms Kate & Allie, Charles in Charge and Foley Square.

Returning to L.A., Ogiens became vp comedy development, where his slate included My Sister Sam and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason's Designing Women.

With former CBS colleague Josh Kane, Ogiens then co-founded the Ogiens/Kane Co., which developed The Lazarus Man and other projects like The Young Riders (ABC), Trenchcoat in Paradise (CBS), Into the Badlands (USA) and The Lot (AMC).

Ogiens was a board member and past president of the Friends of the Los Angeles Free Clinic (now known as the Saban Community Clinic), where he was instrumental in fundraising activities.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Renee, and another daughter, Kate. Donations in his memory can be made to the Saban Community Clinic.

Michael Ogiens
Born: 1948, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Michael Ogiens’ westerns – executive producer:
The Young Riders (TV) – 1989-1990 [executive producer]
Into the Badlands (TV) – 1991 [executive producer]
The Lazarus Man (TV) – 1992 [writer]
Hannah’s Law (TV) – 2012 [executive producer]

RIP Pat Ridley

San Jose Mercury News
June 1, 2017

Patrick Leslie Ridley Sr. ,82, of Shingle Springs, California, suffered a stroke and passed away on May 25, 2017 at 3:30 AM at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville, California. His wife Richenda Ridley was by his side.

Pat was born in El Paso, Texas on August 3, 1934 to Stanford and Katherine Ridley. At an early age, Pat was an Eagle Scout. He served in the US Navy from 1952- 1956 as an EM3 on the USS Queenfish (SS-393) submarine. He returned to El Paso where he attended Texas Western College. He moved to San Jose, CA in 1958 and received a BS in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University. Pat worked at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA for 31 years as a Quality Engineer on Special Programs. After he retired from Lockheed, he and Richenda moved to Alpine, TX and then settled in Shingle Springs, CA. His favorite hobby was to be an extra in films with his best friend of 50 plus years Frank Bednarz. They appeared in westerns such as Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 and Rough Riders and other popular films such as Bee Season, Rocky V, and Moneyball.

Pat was a kind, loving, devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and father-in-law. He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.

Pat is survived by wife Richenda Ridley, brothers Michael Ridley and Ray Ridley, daughter Penny Ridley, stepsons Richard Tetley and Christopher Tetley, granddaughter Christina Ridley and daughter-in-law's Katie Marshall and Judy Ridley, two nephews and five nieces.

He was preceded in death by wife Beverley Ridley, sister Marilyn Bailey, and sons Prentice Mayer and Patrick Leslie Ridley Jr.

A Celebration of Pat's Life will be announced at a later date.

"We will carry in our hearts the memory of your laughter and kind loving soul."
"Matthew 8:28 Come unto me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."

RIDLEY, Pat (Patrick Leslie Ridley)
Born: 8/3/1934, El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2017, Shingle Springs, California, U.S.A.

Pat Ridley’s westerns – actor:
Dead Man’s Walk (TV) – 1996 (banker)
Rough Riders (TV) – 1997 (townsman)
Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 – 1998 (townsman)

RIP Sonny West

WMC Action News
May 30, 2017

One of the original members of Elvis' Memphis Mafia died from cancer.

Delbert B. "Sonny" West, Jr., of Hendersonville, Tennessee, died May 24 in Nashville.

Sonny West was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the tonsil in April 2012. He fought the diagnosis with chemotherapy and radiation; he was pronounced cancer free later in 2012.

Since then, West underwent triple bypass heart surgery, contracted pneumonia, and developed lung cancer--which eventually took his life.

West was considered Elvis' Head of Security. He toured throughout the United States with Elvis and even appeared in several films with him.

West eventually landed some television and movie roles without Elvis--perhaps most notably as Ellie Mae's boyfriend in The Beverly Hillbillies.

West's funeral will be held at Crestview Funeral Home in Gallatin, Tennessee. There will be two public visitations: One Wednesday, May 31, between 4-8 p.m. and another Thursday, June 1, between 12-3 p.m.

West funeral is also open to the public. It will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st.

WEST, Sonny (Delbert B. West Jr.)
Born: 7/5/1938, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: May 24, 2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Sonny West’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Tickle Me – 1965 [stunts]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1967 (Indian brave)
Stay Away Joe – 1968 (Jackson He-Crow)

Monday, May 29, 2017

RIP Jean-Marc Thibault

Actor Jean-Marc Thibault is dead

Mainly known for his duet to the theater with Roger Pierre and for his role in the series "Maguy", the actor passed away Sunday in Marseille at the age of 93 years.


The comedian Jean-Marc Thibault, who has long formed with Roger Pierre one of the most famous comic duos of French theater, died Sunday May 28 in Marseille at the age of 93, announced his family to Agence France- Press (AFP).

 "He was a great father and man, an actor I loved a lot and who helped me a lot in my life ," said Alexandre Thibault, son of the comedian also known for his role in the television series Maguy .

 "A very popular actor has just left us, " said Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen.  "Jean-Marc Thibault had formed with Roger Pierre, for decades, one of the comic duos most appreciated by the French.  Their complicity worked wonders on stage and in movies, and on television screens, "she added in a statement.

Mimes and songs

Born on August 24, 1923 in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Yvonne, Jean-Marc Thibault grew up in Montreuil, Seine -Saint-Denis , then went to secondary school in Paris before joining the Simon course.  His school will be mostly the cabaret, next to Roger Pierre, met in the studios of Radio- Luxembourg .  In the aftermath of the Second World War, they began at the Caveau de la Republique and then at my cousin's and they would not leave each other for three decades.

The two fantasists combine texts, mimes and songs and use a multitude of accessories.  Their success led them into the whole of France.  Their popularity is still growing with the creation of variety programs for television, including "La Grande Farandole" and "Deux sur la 2".

Their association goes on in feature films for films such as La Vie est belle (1956), Vive les vacances (1958), Les Motards (1959), Enjoy the Friends (1969) or En grands pompes.  The duo, became very famous in the 1960s, separated in 1975, before reforming briefly in 1984 than again in 1990.

Jean-Marc Thibault also pursued a career as a soloist in the cinema, shooting in 70 films, and on television in particular from 1983 to 1994 in the famous series Maguy, which will earn him a great popularity with a younger audience.

Born: 8/14/1923, Saint-Bris-Le-Vineux, Yvonne, Bougogne, France
Died: 5/28/2017, Marseilles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Jean-Marc Thibault’s western – voice actor:
Lucky Luke: The Ballad of the Daltons – 1978 [French voice of Dr. Aldous Smith]