Louis Anderson, The 68-year-old, whose four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as the mother of adult twins on the TV series “Baskets,” died Friday. Anderson died in a Las Vegas hospital from cancer.
A portly, round-faced Anderson used his girth and a turbulent childhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota as fodder for his early stand-up routines. His late act was also inspired by his family. He won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy in 2016 for his portrayal of Christine Baskets, mother of twins played by Zach Galifianakis, in FX’s “Baskets.” Anderson, who received three consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, played it with restraint and with specific touches he attributes to his mother.
Meatloaf, 74, the heavyweight rock superstar beloved by millions for his ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album and for dark, theatrical anthems like ‘Paradise By the Dashboard Light’, ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ and “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This),” died Thursday. No cause or other details were given, but the singer, born Marvin Lee Aday, had numerous life issues. health over the years.
“Bat Out of Hell,” his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, was released in 1977 and made him one of rock’s most recognizable performers. Fans fell in love with the long-haired, 250+ pound singer’s roaring voice, and “Bat Out of Hell” has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Meat Loaf was not a consistent hitmaker, but he maintained close ties with his fans through his manic live shows, social media, and numerous television, radio, and film appearances, including including “Fight Club” and cameos on “Glee” and “South Park.”
Elza Soares, 91, one of Brazil’s most beloved music icons, died Thursday at his home in Rio de Janeiro, his family announced on social media. Throughout his prolific decades-long career, Soares has grown to embrace many musical genres – including samba, jazz, soul, afro-funk, rap, punk and electronica – recording 36 critically acclaimed studio albums that led to her being named the “singer of the millennium”. by the BBC in 1999. In 2015, Soares won her only Latin Grammy – at age 79 – for her album “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo” (“The Woman from the End of the World”). Active until his last days, Soares’ latest album, “Planeta Fome” (“Planet Hunger”) of 2019 was considered one of the 25 best Brazilian albums of the second half of this year by the Critics Association of art in São Paulo.
Gaspard Uliel, 37-year-old French film star best known outside his native country for playing the young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising” and the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in “Saint Laurent”, died on Wednesday, the day after a skiing accident in France. His death, from a head injury, according to the French press, came just weeks before Ulliel was due to appear in Marvel’s “Moon Knight” series for Disney+, which is slated for release March 30.
Hardy Kruger, 93, the first German actor to become a Hollywood star after World War II, died in California on Wednesday. For much of the 1960s and 1970s, Kruger was the most visible German-born actor on American screens. He appeared in dozens of films, including “Flight of the Phoenix” (1965), with James Stewart; “Barry Lyndon” (1975), starring Ryan O’Neal; “The Wild Geese” (1978), with Richard Burton and Roger Moore; and “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), with an all-star cast that included Sean Connery, Robert Redford and Laurence Olivier.
Lusia Harris, 66, one of the most acclaimed basketball players of the 1970s, who led Delta State University in Mississippi to three consecutive national championships, scored the first points in a women’s Olympic basketball game and was the only woman drafted by an NBA team, died Tuesday in Greenwood, Mississippi, where she lived. She has had a variety of unspecified health issues in recent years.
Harris was a formidable inside presence, matched by the skillful play of 4-foot-11 point guard Debbie Brock. Lusia Harris, who often went by Lucy, was a 6-foot-3 center with a soft shooting touch and a powerful style of play compared to NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. Harris was Delta State’s only black player. In 1992, Harris became the first black woman and one of the first two players named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Andre Leon Talley, 73, the larger-than-life fashion editor who shattered his industry’s glass ceiling when he rose from the Jim Crow South to the front rows of Parisian couture, leveraging his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of fashion and his quick wit in roles as an author, lecturer, television personality and curator, died Tuesday in White Plains, New York. Talley suffered from several chronic illnesses, including asthma, and had contracted COVID-19 several days earlier, Darren Walker, a friend of Talley and president of the Ford Foundation, confirmed in an email.
Yvette Mimieux, 80-year-old actress who found fame in the early 1960s portraying delicate, fragile women in ‘The Time Machine’, ‘Where the Boys Are’ and other films, died in her sleep of natural causes on Monday night at her home in Los Angeles. “I guess I had a soulful quality,” she told the Washington Post in 1979. “I was often presented as a hurt person, the ‘sensitive’ role.”
Brig. General Charles Edward McGee, On Jan. 102, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions in three wars died, Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced Jan. 16 on Twitter. . Ni says where McGee died. The Tuskegee Airmen is the nickname for the first African-American aircraft combat unit.
McGee was among more than 900 men to train in rural Alabama from 1940 to 1946 after the Air Force was forced to admit black pilots. About 450 were deployed overseas and 150 lost their lives in training or combat. McGee was one of the few pilots – white or black – to fly combat missions in this conflict and during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Ralph Emery, 88, the host widely regarded as the most popular radio and television personality in country music history, died Jan. 15 at a Nashville hospital. His death followed a brief, undisclosed illness. Heralded alternately as the dean of country music broadcasters and the Dick Clark of country music, Ralph Emery has spent more than six decades on the air promoting country music and seeking to broaden its appeal to an audience without natural affinity with the rural culture of the South.
Dallas Frazier, 82, who wrote No. 1 country hits for Tanya Tucker, “Elvira” for the Oak Ridge Boys and “Mohair Sam” for Charley Rich, died Jan. 14 at a rehabilitation center in Gallatin, Tennessee, near Nashville. . His daughter Melody Morris said he had suffered two strokes since August. Frazier also wrote “Alley Oop”, a new song that reached No. 1 on the Hollywood Argyles pop chart in 1960, inspired by the VT Hamlin comic strip of the same name.
Ricardo Bofill, 82, a Spanish architect behind some of the most amazing buildings in the world, died on January 14 in a hospital in Barcelona. The cause was COVID-19. Among Bofill’s best-known works are social housing projects, mostly built in France in the 1980s, with largely oversized classical elements. He began his career with a series of small projects in Spain that followed geometric rules to sometimes mind-boggling extremes. La Muralla Roja, designed in 1968 and completed in 1973, in the coastal town of Calpe, reimagined the North African casbah as a bright pink assemblage of walls and stairs as if arranged by MC Escher.
In an unexpected twist, Bofill’s old buildings have found new fans in the 21st century. “Westworld,” the HBO sci-fi series, was filmed in part at La Fábrica — a 32,000-square-foot former cement factory that he spent decades turning into a habitable ruin — and “Squid Game,” the Korean TV juggernaut, featured sets that looked a lot like La Muralla Roja.
Ronnie Spector, 78, whose commanding voice propelled indelible early 1960s hits including “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Jan. 12 after a brief battle with the Cancer.
Spector, born Veronica Bennett, teamed up with her older sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra Talley to form the Ronettes in 1957. With tousled hair, tight outfits and alluring looks, they transformed the virginal role model that had defined the bands female pop artists since the 1940s. They became one of the most enduring trios of the so-called girl group era, and long after the band broke up and her marriage to record producer Phil Spector, she was hailed as a symbol of artistic and personal resilience. .
In 2001, after more than a decade of litigation, she and her bandmates won a lawsuit against Phil Spector over unpaid royalties and licensing revenue from Ronettes recordings. In her 1990 memoir, “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette,” she recounted first-hand how her overbearing ex-husband deprived her of opportunities and reduced its contributions.
Ronnie Spector was a muse, friend and inspiration to artists such as John Lennon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Winehouse and Billy Joel – who wrote ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ for her – and her charisma was legendary. The Ronettes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Deborah Nickerson, 67, a human genomics researcher who helped discover the genes responsible for cardiovascular disease, autism and Miller syndrome, a rare condition that causes facial and limb deformities, died on December 24 at her home in Seattle. The cause was abdominal cancer, which had been diagnosed less than a week earlier.
Nickerson was also a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington and was one of the founders and directors of one of the five clinical sites that make up the Gregor Consortium, the successor to the Centers for Mendelian Genomics, named after after Gregor Mendel, a 19th century Austrian monk known as the father of genetics.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the consortium seeks to identify the genetic mutations responsible for so-called Mendelian disorders, in which patients have a mutation in a gene, such as that for cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease.