Monday, January 22, 2018

RIP Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer Dies: Hollywood’s Oldest Working Actress Was 105

Deadline Hollywood
By Dino-Ray Ramos
January 22, 2018

Actress Connie Sawyer died peacefully at the age of 105 at her home at in Woodland Hills, CA. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name, Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress who worked through late 2017.

Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, CO. Her career in entertainment began at the age of 8 when she won a talent contest in Oakland. At 18 years old, she landed her first vaudeville show in Santa Cruz.

Legendary singer, comedian, and actress Sophie Tucker became Sawyer’s mentor before she went on to Broadway where she played Miss Wexler in A Hole in the Head. She would later take the same role in the film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra. Her other film credits include The Way West, Ada and The Man in the Glass Booth.

To many, she is recognized as the lady in Dumb and Dumber who stole Jim Carrey’s character’s wallet. She also appeared in The Pineapple Express, as well as When Harry Met Sally.

She has numerous TV credits which span six decades. This includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother. Most recently she appeared in Showtime’s Ray Donovan as James Woods’ mother.

In addition to her being highlighted in the documentaries Showfolk and Troupers, she published her autobiography, I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t.

Sawyer is survived by her two daughters Lisa Dudley and Julie Watkins; four grandchildren Hannah Stubblefield, Sam Dudley, Emily and Carrie Watkins; and three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Adam and Maya.

SAWYER, Connie (Rosie Cohen)
Born: 11/27/1912, Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 1/22/2018, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Connie Sawyer’s westerns – actress:
Guestward Ho! (TV) - 1960
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Liz)
The Way West – 1967 (Mrs. McBee)
True Grit – 1969 (talkative woman at hanginig)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969 (Mrs. Lewis)
Evil Roy Slade (TV) – 1972 (Aggie Potter)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (old lady)

RIP Howard Lew Lewis

Maid Marian actor Howard Lew Lewis dies at 76

BBC News

The actor Howard Lew Lewis, best known for his roles in Maid Marian and her Merry Men and Brush Strokes, has died at the age of 76.

He played Rabies in all four series of children's comedy Maid Marian and her Merry Men, written by Tony Robinson.

Robinson posted on Twitter: "RIP Rabies. The kind, funny and gentle Howard Lew Lewis died on Saturday. Much missed."

Lewis also starred as barman Elmo on sitcom Brush Strokes.

Maid Marian and her Merry Men first aired in 1989.

It was known for its off-the-wall comic style and for spoofing other films and TV shows.

Lewis also appeared with Robinson in Blackadder and had roles in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil.

In a 2003 interview, Lewis said he turned to acting after many years working in computers. He added that when they decided to make him a manager, "it was time to move on and became an actor".
The actor described his time working on Maid Marian as "excellent" but "muddy".

Lewis spoke to the Scottish Mail on Sunday just before Christmas, confirming he had dementia.

LEWIS, Howard Lew
Born: 8/21/1941, London, England, U.K.
Died: 1/20/2018, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Howard Lew Lewis’ western – voice actor.
Asterix in America – 1994 [English voice of Obelix]

Saturday, January 20, 2018

RIP Mary Ruth

Bakersfield Californian
January 20, 2018

Mary (Kizziar) Murie

Our dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mary (Kizziar) Murie, went to her eternal rest on January 12, 2018 in Bakersfield, CA. She is survived by Earle Murie, her husband; Pam Findley, her daughter; Mark Murie, her son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mary was born in Maypearl, Texas and spent her childhood in Hollywood, CA where she performed as a child actress for MGM Pictures. She attended high school in Pomona and college in Ontario, CA. In 1951 she married the love of her life, Earle Murie, in Louisville, Kentucky after which Earle served in the Korean War. Upon Earle's discharge, the couple resided in the Long Beach, CA area, where their son and daughter were born. Eventually the family moved to San Luis Obispo where Earle and Mary lived for over 45 years, participating in community theater productions as actors, directors, instructors, and producers of numerous musical theater productions.

Mary was a tireless wife, mother, and grandmother. She delighted in serving her family, both physical and spiritual. She loved animals, was devoted to God, and enjoyed crafts, gardening, watching Jeopardy, eating chocolate, and, especially, music and theater. Her bright smile and positive outlook will be missed by many.

Memorial services to celebrate Mary's life will be held at the Los Osos Valley Church of Christ, 2058 Los Osos Valley Road, on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. A lunch reception will follow.

RUTH, Mary (Mary Ruth Kizziar)
Born: 1932, Maypearl, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2018, Barkersfield, California, U.S.A.

Mary Ruth’s western – actress:
Song of the Buckaroo – 1938 (Mary Ruth Alden)

Friday, January 19, 2018

RIP Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone, Oscar-Winning Actress in ‘Written on the Wind’ and ‘Peyton Place’ Star, Dies at 92

By Kirsten Chuba
January 19, 2018

Dorothy Malone, star of the big and small screen with “Written on the Wind,” “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place,” died on Friday morning in Dallas of natural causes. She was 92.

Working in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the striking blonde actress won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Douglas Sirk’s melodrama “Written on the Wind,” which she starred in with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack. Among her more notable early roles was the bookshop proprietress in “The Big Sleep” opposite Humphrey Bogart.

After years of smaller roles, the Oscar helped her secure roles in larger projects like “Too Much, Too Soon,” “Man of a Thousand Faces,” and “Warlock.” She would frequently work with Hudson throughout the 1960s, as she played opposite him twice more in “The Tarnished Angels” and “The Last Sunset.”

After years in the film business, Malone waded into television with a starring role on prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place” from 1964 to 1968. She later revived her Constance MacKenzie character in TV movies based on the series, 1977’s “Murder in Peyton Place” and 1985’s “Peyton Place: The Next Generation.” She also appeared in a number of miniseries, including “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Condominium.”

Malone’s last on-screen appearance may be one of her most famous, playing a mother convicted of murdering her family in 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” alongside Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

Originally Dorothy Maloney, the star was born in Chicago but grew up in Dallas, attending Southern Methodist University. She was discovered there by a talent scout while acting in a school play, and soon after was signed to a studio contract.

Manager Burt Shapiro reported her death.

She was married and divorced three times, to actor Jacques Bergerac, Robert Tomarkin and Charles Huston Bell. She is survived by two daughters she had with Bergerac, Mimi and Diane.

MALONE, Dorothy (Dorothy Eloise Maloney)
Born: 1/30/1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/19/2018, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

Dorothy Malone’s westerns – actress:
Frontier Days – 1945 (Martha Mercer)
Two Guys from Texas - 1948 (Joan Winston)
Colorado Territory – 1949 (Julie Ann Winslow)
South of St. Louis - 1949 (Deborah Miller)
The Nevadan – 1950 (Karen Galt)
The Bushwhackers - 1951 (Cathy Sharpe)
Saddle Legion - 1951 (Dr. Ann F. Rollins)
Jack Slade – 1953 (Virginia Maria Dale)
Law and Order – 1953 (Jeannie)
The Lone Gun - 1954 (Charlotte Downing)
At Gunpoint - 1955 (Martha Wright)
Five Guns West - 1955 (Shalee)
Tall Man Riding - 1955 (Corinna Ordway)
Pillars of the Sky – 1956 (Calla Gaxton)
Tension at Table Rock - 1956 (Lorna Miller)
Quantez - 1957 (Chaney)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Nora Atkins)
Warlock – 1959 (Lily Dollar)
The Last Sunset – 1961 (Belle Breckenridge)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Mary Parker)

RIP Albert Bettcher

Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,' 'The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He stepped into Dustin Hoffman's flippers as Benjamin Braddock in one scene, a highlight of his long career in Hollywood.

Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.

A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.

On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off one particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he strides out of his parents' house in a wetsuit, diving mask and flippers, dives into a pool, swims underwater and resurfaces, only to be pushed back into the pool by his father.

Those are Bettcher's feet in the flippers, his daughter noted.

In a 1967 story for Action magazine, Surtess wrote that Bettcher had to rehearse for two days to get that sequence just right.

Bettcher also trained his lens on Kim Novak in Pal Joey (1957), Jeanne Eagels (1957) and Bell Book and Candle (1958), on Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), on Joan Crawford in Strait-Jacket (1964), on Jessica Lange and a giant ape in King Kong (1976) and on William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in Body Heat (1981).

Bettcher shot 34 installments of ABC's Batman during its first season in 1966 and did the movie that was released later that summer. Earlier, he manned a camera on The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and The Outlaws Is Coming (1965).

Born in Chicago, Bettcher served with the 168th Signal Photographic Company during World War II. In 1946, he filmed the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal in the Philippines.

Back in the U.S., Bettcher started out in the still lab at Columbia Pictures, where he worked for seven years before breaking in as an assistant cameraman on Over-Exposed (1956). He assisted for nine years before advancing to operator.

Bettcher's film credits also included Pepe (1960), The Mechanic (1972), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Breathless (1983), Howard the Duck (1986) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) and, for television, The Bill Cosby Show in the early 1970s and The Waltons.

His daughter noted that Bettcher continued to keep up with his profession after his retirement. He was working his way through the screeners that the Motion Picture Academy had just sent him and had seen Hamilton a few weeks ago.

Connie, his wife of 75 years, died last year.

Survivors also include a great-granddaughter, Aurelia.

Born: 12/7/1920, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/21/2017, Pasadena, California, U.S.A

Albert Bettcher’s westerns –
Gunman's Walk – 1958 [assistant camera]
They Came to Cordura – 1959 [assistant camera]
The Wild Westerners – 1962 [assistant camera]
Empire (TV) – 1962-1964 [assistant camera]
The Outlaws Is Coming - 1965 [assistant camera]
Man and Boy – 1971 [cameraman]

RIP Anna Campori

Dead Anna Campori, the Grandmother of the Black Corsair: she was 100 years old

Il Messaaggero
January 19, 2018

The Actress Anna Campori has died at 100 years and 6 months in her home in Trastevere, Rome, where she was born during the first world war and grew up. She was surrounded by the affection of her big family, a daughter, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Her daughter Alessandra announced this to the ANSA: "Mamma has always been a woman full of much love and generous energy, Dad, he too was an actor who left 18 years ago, even my sister died 7 years ago," she said.

Campori, started working in films at a very young age, forming a long association with Totò, and many actors and directors, along with her husband Pietro De Vico, who died in 1999. She was great success as a actress on television of the ‘60s in a very innovative musical comedy that fascinated the boys but also the adults: "Giovanna, la nonna del Corsaro Nero " for a particularly long time," of which, today there is almost nothing left as the episodes went live", explains Alessandra. Anna had a long career in the theater and cinema and a long association with Totò.  But she also worked with Rascel, Panelli Steno, Corbucci and Dino Risi. In 2013 she had a cameo in the film by Daniele Lucchetti Anni Felici. The funeral Rome, will be held on January  20 at 3 p.m., in San Francesco a Ripa.

Born: 9/22/1917, Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 1/19/2018, Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Anna Campori’s western – actress:
Rick and John, Conquerors of the West – 1967 (Irene Jefferson)