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Celebrity Deaths

Edith Fellows, Child Actress of 1930s, Dies at 88

By Associated Press on June 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Edith Fellows, a child actress who was the subject of a famous 1936 custody case, has died. She was 88.

Her daughter, Kathy Fields Lander, tells the Los Angeles Times that Fellows died of natural causes Sunday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Los Angeles.

Fellows' mother abandoned her as an infant, and she was raised by her grandmother, who brought her to Hollywood. She made about 50 movies in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, including the 1936 film "Pennies from Heaven." She later turned to the stage and TV.

Edith Fellows, Child Actress of 1930s, Dies at 88

By Associated Press on June 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Edith Fellows, a child actress who was the subject of a famous 1936 custody case, has died. She was 88.

Her daughter, Kathy Fields Lander, tells the Los Angeles Times that Fellows died of natural causes Sunday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home in Los Angeles.

Fellows' mother abandoned her as an infant, and she was raised by her grandmother, who brought her to Hollywood. She made about 50 movies in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, including the 1936 film "Pennies from Heaven." She later turned to the stage and TV.

Peter Falk, TV's Rumpled Columbo, Dead at 83

By Frazier Moore on June 24, 2011

Peter Falk, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011NEW YORK – The best way to celebrate Peter Falk's life is to savor how Columbo, his signature character, fortified our lives.

Thanks to Falk's affectionately genuine portrayal, Lt. Columbo established himself for all time as a champion of any viewer who ever felt less than graceful, elegant or well-spoken.

Comic Book Artist Gene Colan Dies at 84

By Matt Moore on June 24, 2011

NEW YORK – Comic book artist Gene Colan, whose career spanned seven decades and chronicled the adventures of characters like Dracula, Batman, Daredevil and the wise-cracking fowl Howard the Duck, has died in the Bronx at age 84.

Longtime friend and biographer Clifford Meth told The Associated Press that Colan died late Thursday at Calvary Hospital from complications of liver disease and cancer. Funeral details were not available, but Meth said it would be a private gathering.

Emmy-Winning TV Producer Bob Banner Dies at 89

By Associated Press on June 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES – Television producer and director Bob Banner, whose credits included the Dinah Shore, Garry Moore and Carol Burnett variety shows as well as the TV movies "The Darker Side of Terror," ''My Sweet Charlie" and "Sea Wolf," has died at age 89.

Banner died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in suburban Woodland Hills, family spokeswoman Lauren Cottrell told the Los Angeles Times.

Carl Gardner, Coasters Lead Singer, Dead at 83

By Associated Press on June 14, 2011

Carl Gardner, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Carl Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, has died in Florida. He was 83.

Gardner's wife Veta said her husband died Sunday at a Port St. Lucie hospice following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.

Tuesday Funeral for Former 'Cosby' Grandmother

By Associated Press on June 6, 2011

Clarice Taylor, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011NEW YORK – Funeral arrangements have been made for the actress and comedian who gained fame playing a grandmother on "The Cosby Show" and "Sesame Street."

A public viewing will be held for Clarice Taylor on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church on 116th Street in New York.

Faye Treadwell, Manager of The Drifters, Dies

By superstar1 on June 1, 2011

Faye Treadwell, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, new, 2011LOS ANGELES – Fayrene "Faye" Treadwell, who as The Drifters' manager was one of the first African-American female managers in show business, died last week in Burbank, Calif. She was 84.

Treadwell's daughter, Tina, said in a statement that Treadwell died after a long illness. No other details were provided.