Angela Lansbury, 96, the British actor who stole the stage in Broadway musicals “Mame” and “Gypsy” and solved endless murders as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” died Tuesday at home in Los Angeles, said a statement from his three children. She died five days before her 97th birthday.
Lansbury has won five Tony Awards for his performances on Broadway and a lifetime achievement award. She earned Oscar nominations as a supporting actress for two of her first three films, “Gaslight” (1945) and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1946), and was nominated again in 1962 for ” The Manchurian Candidate” and his murderous interpretation. of a communist agent and the main character’s mother.
Her stardom came in middle age when she became the New York theater hit, winning Tony Awards for “Mame” (1966), “Dear World” (1969), “Gypsy” (1975) and “Sweeney Todd” (1979). In 2009 she received her fifth Tony, for Best Featured Actress in a revival of Noel Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ and in 2015 won an Olivier Award for the role.
But Lansbury’s wider fame began in 1984 when she debuted “Murder, She Wrote” on CBS. Loosely based on the stories of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, the series centered on Jessica Fletcher, a middle-aged widow and former substitute teacher living in the seaside village of Cabot Cove, Maine. “Murder, She Wrote” and other television work earned him 18 Emmy nominations.
Chuck Deardorf, 68, one of the strongest pillars of North West jazz, the bassist and former head of the jazz department at the Cornish College of the Arts, died on October 9. The cause was COVID-19. “It came too quickly,” said pianist Jovino Santos Neto, whose Quinteto played Deardorf for many years. “He was one of the best in the world,” he added.
Elected to the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 2010, Deardorf was a familiar face to fans whether he led his own band with guitarist Dave Peterson or worked as a regular member of bands by Santos Neto or vibraphonist Susan Pascal. . He also worked for many years with pianist Dave Peck, the late masters Bud Shank and Don Lanphere, and an encyclopedia of jazz greats including Kenny Barron, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Marian McParland and Joe Williams.
Nikki Finke, 68, a journalist known for her juicy industry scoops and gossip that befuddled Hollywood’s rich and powerful through her LA Weekly column, Deadline Hollywood, which she eventually made a website, is died October 9 in Boca Raton, Florida, after a long illness.
“I had no intention of being a disrupter,” Finke wrote in a 2016 Deadline 10th anniversary column. “I recognized that showbiz coverage could change as the digital platform leveled a playing field that had previously belonged to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. At the time, the trades were slow to adopt the idea that it was no longer necessary for trees to die for a media to be influential.
Billy Al Bengston, 88, the artist who helped establish the LA Cool School at Ferus Gallery through his heavily lacquered geometric brand of West Coast, Pop art-inspired personalized car culture, died Oct. 8 of natural causes in Venice, Italy. California.
Bengston rose to fame in Los Angeles in the 1960s when he painted abstract works of commercial logos and auto parts, among a group of young luminaries of contemporary West Coast art, including Ed Ruscha , Ed Moses, Robert Irwin and Larry Bell. Bengston’s signature chevron – or sergeant’s stripe badge – appears in many of his works
Art Laboe, 97, the pioneering radio DJ who read heartfelt song dedications to generations of loyal listeners and was credited with helping end segregation in Southern California during a broadcast career of eight decades, died Oct. 7 at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., after catching pneumonia, said Joanna Morones, spokeswoman for Laboe’s production company Dart Entertainment. His last show was pre-recorded and aired on October 9.
Toshi Ichiyanagi, 89, a pioneering pianist and composer who studied with John Cage and spearheaded Japan’s advances in modern experimental music, has died. Ichiyanagi, who was married to Yoko Ono before marrying John Lennon, died Oct. 7, according to the Kanagawa Arts Foundation, where Ichiyanagi had served as chief artistic director. “In my creation, I tried to let various elements, which have often been viewed separately as contrasts and opposites in music, coexist and permeate each other,” Ichiyanagi once said.