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Stanley Donen, ‘Master of the Musical’ Who Directed ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ Dies at 94 (Sat, 23 Feb 2019)
He worked on the musical with Gene Kelly, with whom who he also co-directed another famous production, “On the Town.”
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Jackie Shane, Transgender Pioneer of 1960s Soul Music, Dies at 78 (Sat, 23 Feb 2019)
Ms. Shane grew up black and transgender in the Jim Crow South, became a star in Canada, then left the stage, returning in 2017 with a Grammy-nominated album.
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Marella Agnelli, Society’s ‘Last Swan’ and a Passionate Gardener, Is Dead at 91 (Sat, 23 Feb 2019)
Mrs. Agnelli, descended from Neapolitan nobility, glided through the Italian aristocracy as an artist’s muse and subject of fashion-world fascination.
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Ethel Ennis, Singer Who Walked Away From Fame, Is Dead at 86 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
She was praised by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. But she preferred to stay home and became Baltimore’s “First Lady of Jazz.”
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Toni Myers, Who Turned Astronauts Into Filmmakers, Dies at 75 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
She directed Imax space documentaries known for their eye-popping imagery.
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W.E.B. Griffin, 89, Dies; a Best-Selling Novelist Dozens of Times (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
He estimated that he published more than 150 books — including dozens about soldiers, spies and cops — using numerous pseudonyms (including W.E.B. Griffin).
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Ken Nordine, Surreal Poet With a Jazz Beat, Is Dead at 98 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
His improvisational poetry, which he called “word jazz,” attracted admiring collaborators like Fred Astaire, Jerry Garcia, Tom Waits and Laurie Anderson.
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Fred Foster, Nashville Champion of Talent, Is Dead at 87 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
As a producer, a music publisher and the founder of Monument Records, he nurtured the early careers of Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson.
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David Horowitz, 81, Dies; TV Consumer Advocate Cried, ‘Fight Back!’ (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
On a nationally syndicated TV show, he put products to the test to see if they measured up to their claims. Johnny Carson spoofed him.
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Seweryn Bialer, 92, Defector and Soviet Union Scholar, Dies (Thu, 21 Feb 2019)
An author who knew his subject firsthand from his years as an official in Communist Poland, he became a sought-after voice on Soviet affairs.
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Peter Tork, Court Jester of the Monkees, Is Dead at 77 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
Mr. Tork was an accomplished musician, but he became famous for his comedic role as the goofy member of a made-for-television band.
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Norman Orentreich, 96, Force Behind Hair Transplants, Dies (Thu, 21 Feb 2019)
In the 1950s, Dr. Orentreich took hair from the back of the head and planted it in the scalp, and lo, it grew. He also helped establish the Clinique skin-care line.
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Overlooked No More: Dorothy Bolden, Who Started a Movement for Domestic Workers (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
Bolden adapted the organizing techniques she learned as a civil rights activist to secure protections for domestic workers, a largely unregulated part of the work force.
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Theodore Isaac Rubin Is Dead at 95; Popularized Psychotherapy (Thu, 21 Feb 2019)
Dr. Rubin was a public face of psychotherapy and a prolific author. One of his novels was the basis of the 1962 movie “David and Lisa.”
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Jeffrey Hart, Influential and Iconoclastic Conservative, Is Dead at 88 (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
He was an author, Republican speechwriter, National Review polemicist, Dartmouth Review provocateur and, to many, an antiwar apostate when he defected to Obama.
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Wallace Broecker, 87, Dies; Sounded Early Warning on Climate Change (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
Called by some “the grandfather of climate science,” he wrote a 1975 paper that asked, “Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?”
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Bibi Ferreira, Grande Dame of Brazilian Stage, Dies at 96 (Wed, 20 Feb 2019)
Ms. Ferreira, who kept singing well into her 90s, brought Broadway musicals to Brazil and made the music of Édith Piaf and Frank Sinatra her own.
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Don Newcombe Dies at 92; Dodger Pitcher Helped Break Racial Barrier (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
Newcombe, a teammate of Jackie Robinson’s, was an overpowering righty as a rookie of the year, an M.V.P. and the first Cy Young Award winner.
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Albert Vorspan, 95, Is Dead; Rallied Reform Judaism for Social Justice (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
He was a catalyst in the movement’s embrace of the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, apartheid and continuing anti-Semitism.
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Guy Webster, Master of the Album Cover Photograph, Dies at 79 (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
Mr. Webster captured memorable images of the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas & the Papas and numerous others.
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Karl Lagerfeld, Designer Who Defined Luxury Fashion, Is Dead (Thu, 21 Feb 2019)
“He represents the soul of fashion,” said Anna Wintour of Vogue, “restless, forward-looking and voraciously attentive to our changing culture.”
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George Mendonsa, 95, Most Likely the Sailor in a Famous Photo, Dies (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
Mr. Mendonsa made the most credible claim to being the man captured kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day in a picture that became a national emblem.
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Don Bragg, Olympic Pole-Vault Champion, Is Dead at 83 (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
His dream of playing Tarzan in the movies went unfulfilled, but he set records and won a gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome.
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U Tin, Burmese Slide Guitar Master, Dies at 87 (Wed, 20 Feb 2019)
Mr. Tin adapted a Western instrument to express the richness of Burmese music, including folk tunes, royal court music and movie songs.
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Kiyoshi Koyama, Prominent Japanese Jazz Journalist, Dies at 82 (Wed, 20 Feb 2019)
As the editor of his country’s leading jazz magazine, he documented the music’s development. As a producer of archival albums, he helped document its past.
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