Thursday, February 28, 2019

RIP Aytaç Arman

A ceremony was held in Adana for master actor Aytaç Arman


Aytaç Arman , who lost his life on Febraury 26, 2019, was 70 years old. He was sent off to his hometown in Adana . Aytaç Arman wasborn Veysel İnce on June 22, 1949 – 26 February 2019) was a Turkish actor.He appeared in more than 40 films and television shows between 1971 and 2019. He starred in the 1979 film The Enemy, which won an Honourable Mention at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival. Arman's body was taken to the Kabasakal Cemetery after the ceremony in front of the Metropolitan Municipality. The ceremony here, Aytaç Arman's wife Radife Baltaoğlu and his son Erdem Ince and relatives, the Minister of National Education Ziya Selcuk, Adana Governor Mahmut Demirtas, MHP candidate again Adana Metropolitan Mayor Huseyin Sözlü, some deputies and some artist friends of Arman with citizens. Following the funeral prayer, the Minister Selcuk, Arman's son Erdem Ince and relatives gave the shoulder of the player's coffin. Aytaç Arman's funeral was held and he was buried in the Kabasakal Cemetery.

ARMAN, Aytaç (Veysel Ince)
Born: 6/22/1949, Adana, Turkey
Died: 2/26/2019, Istanbul, Turkey

Aytaç Arman’s western – actor:
Ve günese kan siçradi - 1972

RIP Andre Previn

André Previn Dies: Four-Time Oscar-Winning Composer Was 89

Deadline Hollywood
By Greg Evans
February 28, 2019

André Previn, the four-time Oscar-winning composer and conductor, died today at his home in New York. He was 89.

His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his manager Linda Petrikova.

Among Previn’s many movie credits, his musical work, scores or arrangements for Gigi (1958), Porgy & Bess (1959), Irma la Douce (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964) won Oscars.

Previn holds the Oscar record for most music nominations in one year: In 1961, he scored Elmer Gantry and Bells Are Ringing, and also was nominated for the song “Faraway Part of Town” from the film Pepe.

Among his many other awards, Previn was honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Previn’s dozens of film scores and music contributions (even uncredited ones) stretch back to 1948’s Tenth Avenue Angel and 1949’s Lassie movie The Sun Comes Up, and continue through ’50s classics like Bad Day At Black Rock, Gigi, Kismet, to ’60s prestige films including A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Elmer Gantry, Irma la Douce, Two For The Seesaw and My Fair Lady.

Outside of Hollywood, Previn wrote, with Allan Jay Lerner, the 1969 Broadway musical Coco starring Katharine Hepburn as Coco Chanel. In 1974 he composed the music, to Johnny Mercer’s lyrics, for the London musical production The Good Companions. He wrote, with librettist Philip Littel, a 1998 opera version of A Streetcar Named Desire and, in 2007, the movie-based opera Brief Encounter, with John Caird.

Previn was also known worldwide as a performer and pianist, who appeared with artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald and Renée Fleming. He was a frequent guest, both in concert and on record, of major orchestras around the globe, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. He held chief artistic posts with the Houston Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.

His chamber musical work and concertos included collaborations with his fifth wife, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Lynn Harrell. In 2009, to celebrate his 80th birthday, Previn presented four concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

According to Previn’s official website, his awards and honors include the Austrian and German Cross of Merit, the Glenn Gould Prize, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center and the London Symphony Orchestra. He won Grammy Awards for recordings of his violin concerto “Anne-Sophie” and recordings with the Boston and London Symphony orchestras.

PREVIN, Andre (Andreas Ludwig Priwin)
Born: 4/6/1929, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died:  2/28/2019, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Andre Previn’s westerns – composer, conductor, performer:
The Kissing Bandit – 1948 (composer)
Big Jack – 1949 (composer, conductor)
Devil’s Doorway – 1950 (composer)
The Outsider – 1950 (composer, conductor)
Escape from Fort Bravo – 1953 (composer)
Bad Day at Black Rock – 1955 (composer, conductor)
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1956 (conductor)
The Way West – 1967 (performer)
Paint Your Wagon – 1969 (composer)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

RIP Sheena Marshe

Dr. Who Cast Crew

British actress Sheena Marshe passed away in a care home in Kent, England where she had lived for several years. She was 83. Born in Leaminton Spa, Warwickshire, England in 1935 she was a British fashion model who hit the newspapers because she was a judoka trying to get into pictures. She and her husband Doug Robinson were partners in a London gymnasium. Sheena made her movie debut in the Spanish/British co-production “Pasaporta al Inferno (1956), in which she played a girl in the nightclub scenes. In Britain she was mostly seen in small television roles (e.g. ‘Educating Archie’, 1958) and commercials. In 1958 she landed an important role in the West End play The Trial of Mary Dugan, as a “know-all-about-men-girl”. When Jayne Mansfield was making “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw” (1958) in Britain, Sheen was considered as Jayne’s stand-in but Jayne wasn’t pleased at all and the deal go through. She appeared in the play When in Rome with June Laverick and Dickie Henderson, in 1959. Marshe did some movies in the early sixties “Over the Odds”, “Dentist on the Job”, “The Frightened City” all in 1961 but never reached real fame  

MARSHE, Sheena (Shirley Kemp)
Born: 1935, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, U.K.
Died: 2019, Kent, England, U.K.

Sheena Marshe’s western – actress:
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (TV) – 1966 (Kate Fisher)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

RIP Ross Lowell

Ross Lowell, Oscar Recipient and Inventor of Gaffer Tape, Dies at 92

The Hollywood Reporter
By Rhett Bartlett
February 26, 2019

He also created clamps for lighting systems and photographed documentaries for directors John Boorman and Robert Aldrich.

Ross Lowell, a cinematographer, filmmaker and Oscar winner whose inventions kept movie sets, lighting equipment and cables together and helped actors find their marks onstage, has died. He was 92.

Lowell died Jan. 10 at his home in Pound Ridge, New York, his son, documentarian Josh Lowell, told The Hollywood Reporter. Josh was one of the subjects of the Oscar-nominated short film Oh Brother, My Brother (1979), co-directed by his father and mother, Carol Lowell.

Lowell shot the documentary On the Trail of the Iguana (1964), about the making of John Huston's The Night of the Iguana, the director's 1964 adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play.

He also shot the Oscar-winning short film A Year Toward Tomorrow (1966); the Charlton Heston-narrated While I Run This Race (1967), a short film about poverty; The Rock (1967), a promotional film for John Boorman's 1967 film noir classic Point Blank; and Operation Dirty Dozen, a look inside Robert Aldrich's 1967 war drama The Dirty Dozen.

Lowell's creation of lighting clamp systems and gaffer tape came after he encountered a problem on the set of the 1957 documentary "The Delinquents: The Highfields Story" for Walter Cronkite's CBS series The 20th Century.

Filming in the former home of Charles Lindbergh that had become a juvenile rehabilitation center, Lowell wanted to install lighting units that could remain in the rooms for several months without interfering with the day-to-day operation of the center.

He combined a socket and handle onto a ball-swivel that could be clamped onto mounting devices, like a putty knife or suction cup (as were items to use in those days).
"It worked surprisingly well, but there were too many little parts, and the suction cup was less than a completely reliable mounting device," he wrote in a 1979 article for American Cinematographer magazine.

"That might have been the end of it, except that I was intrigued by the challenge of trying to incorporate all of the functions of the accessories into the basic light. Mounting the socket and swivel onto a thin, resilient plate enabled the light to go behind moldings. End of the putty knife accessory. It also provided a base on which to balance the unit on floors and tables."

Lowell also needed tape that was strong and heat-resistant and wouldn't leave a residue. He came across Johnson & Johnson's Permacel tape, used for ducts and heating coils, and transferred its adhesive surface onto tough silver fabric backing. That became gaffer tape.
Shortly after, he launched Lowel-Light, a company that supplied location and compact lighting.

In 1979, Lowell received a Technical Achievement Oscar for "the development of compact lighting equipment for motion picture technology."

And in 1987, he was honored with the John Grierson Gold Medal by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers "in recognition of his many achievements, inventions and innovative developments in the field of lightweight lighting and of grip equipment."

Lowell's idea for Oh Brother, My Brother came about when his then-wife Carol said she regretted that the family had no footage of Josh, then 6, and another son, Evan, then 2.
The 16mm short film followed the sons in everyday conflict and love for each other. The Lowells observed the boys' interactions and then wrote a script that allowed room for improvisation.

"We hoped it would serve as a discussion film, a jumping-off point for people to talk about their feelings. We felt there was a need for a deeper level of discussion without having to go for professional help," Lowell told Popular Photography in 1981.

In 1992, he published the educational book Matters of Light & Depth, about his decades in the lighting industry.

In the introduction he wrote, "Because good craft is contagious, artists like Vermeer, photographers like Eugene Smith, teachers like Slavko Vorkapich, films like Citizen Kane and countless technicians like assistant cameraman Tibor Sands have unwittingly influenced this work."

Josh Lowell co-directed the climbing documentary The Dawn Wall (2018), photographed by another younger brother, Brett.
In addition to his three sons and a daughter, survivors include his wife, Marilyn.

Born: 7/10/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/10/2019, Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.A.

Ross Lowell’s western – photographer:
J W Coup - 1971

RIP Lisa Seagram

Lisa Seagram, Actress on 'Batman' and 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies at 82

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

She also showed up on the big screen in 'Bachelor in Paradise,' 'Come Blow Your Horn' and 'A House Is Not a Home.'

Actress Lisa Seagram, who appeared on such TV shows as Batman, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched and Burke's Law in the 1960s, has died. She was 82.

Seagram died Feb. 1 after a seven-year battle with dementia, her daughter Chela Fiorini said.

Seagram portrayed Lila, the attractive red-headed accomplice of Milton Berle's villainous Louie the Lilac, on the third season of ABC's Batman. Earlier, she appeared as Edythe Brewster — the bride of Frank Wilcox's oil baron John Brewster, the guy who made Jed (Buddy Ebsen) a millionaire — on CBS' The Beverly Hillbillies.

Seagram also showed up on six episodes of ABC's Burke's Law, tried to seduce Darrin (Dick York) on an installment of ABC's Bewitched and worked on such other series as My Three Sons, My Favorite Martian, The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Perry Mason, McHale's Navy, Honey West and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

The daughter of a New York City police detective, she was born Ruth Browser in Brooklyn on July 7, 1936. She worked as a graphic artist and as a model in New York's garment district before studying acting with Paul Mann, Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen and Bill Hickey, then landed a small role in John Cassavetes' Faces (1959).

Seagram walked into the office of Paramount studio head Martin Rackin without an appointment and left with a role as a college coed in Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961), starring Tommy Sands and Fabian. She then played Bob Hope's French secretary in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) and a party guest in Come Blow Your Horn (1963), starring Frank Sinatra.

Her film résumé also included The Thrill of It All (1963), The Carpetbaggers (1964), A House Is Not a Home (1964), Caprice (1967), 2000 Years Later (1969) and several films made in Italy.

Later, she worked in commercial real estate in Los Angeles and as an acting teacher in Hawaii.

Survivors include another daughter, Alisa, and grandchildren Jessica and Michael.

Donations in her memory may be made to Patients Out of Time or Leeza's Care Connection.

SEAGRAM, Lisa (Ruth Browser)
Born: 7/7/1936, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/1/2019, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Lisa Seagram’s westerns – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (girl, saloon girl)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 (Esther)
El Puro – 1969 (saloon owner)