Archive for April, 2010

A Heartbreaking Loss – Dixie Carter: 1939-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 11, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Designing Women actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died of endometrial cancer Saturday morning in Houston, Texas at age 70.  “This has been a terrible blow to our family,” husband Hal Holbrook said in a written statement. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”  

A native of Tennessee, Carter was most famous for playing quick-witted Southerner ‘Julia Sugarbaker’ for seven years on Designing Women, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1993.

She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives.  Carter’s other credits include roles on the series Family Law and Different Strokes.   She had been married to Hal Holbrook since 1984.

We would like to extend our prayers and sincerest condolences to Hal Holbrook, her daughters, and co-workers.  Dixie was an amazing woman who lived her life with the dignity and grace of a Southern Belle.  She will be greatly missed.

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When You Wish Upon A Star… Eddie Carroll: 1933-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 11, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Eddie Carroll, an actor who for decades gave voice to ‘Jiminy Cricket’ in Disney projects and impersonated Jack Benny in a noted one-man stage show, has died. He was 76.

Carroll died Tuesday from a brain tumor at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Los Angeles, said his wife, Carolyn.

“He was so proud to do both roles,” his wife said. “He just admired the whole fantasy of ‘Jiminy Cricket’, and he loved the man … who was Jack Benny.”

In 1973, Carroll became the second actor to voice the cricket, who was the title character’s conscience in the 1940 animated film Pinocchio.

A Childhood Favorite Passes Away: Meinhardt Raabe – 1915-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 10, 2010 by hollywoodshow

Countless generations have viewed the MGM Classic musical The Wizard of Oz, and it is with sadness that we add Meinhardt Raabe to the list of those whose passing we announce.  Best known for his role as ‘The Coroner’ who proclaimed the ‘Wicked Witch of the East’ dead, Meinhardt was loved by hundreds of thousands of people.  He passed away yesterday morning in a Florida hospital at age 94. 

Meinhardt appeared at several Hollywood Shows over the years, and never tired of repeating the lines that made him famous.  “As coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.” 

Now it is our turn to add a few thoughts of our own.  “As an actor, we’ll remember you, and as a person, we will treasure you, for you’re not only merely in our hearts, you’re truly part of our hearts.”  Farewell, Mr. Raabe.  May there be a yellow brick road be waiting for you in Heaven.

“Dynasty” Fans Mourning The Loss Of Another Cast Member – Christopher Cazenove 1944-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 7, 2010 by hollywoodshow

The British actor Christopher Cazenove died today after contracting septicaemia. He was 66.

Cazenove, who was best known for playing the role of Ben Carrington in the 1980s TV soap opera Dynasty, had been in a coma since collapsing at home in February after a trip to California during which he had complained of migraines.  His family, who had been at his bedside at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said in a statement that he had fought a “valiant battle” against his illness.

The Winchester-born and Eton and Oxford-educated actor’s film career began in 1970 with an uncredited role in Julius Caesar. He went on to several parts in British TV, most notably in The Duchess of Duke Street. More recently he appeared in A Fine Romance and Judge John Deed. He played Henry Higgins in Trevor Nunn’s stage production of My Fair Lady.

He had been married to the actress Angharad Rees; they divorced in 1994. In 1999 his elder son died at 25 in a car crash. Cazenove had been with his partner Isabel Davis since 2003.

In a statement released through Lesley Duff, his agent for the past 12 years, Ms Davis and his family said: “Christopher died peacefully on April 7 surrounded by his loved ones having contracted septicaemia at the end of February.  Despite a valiant fight and the untiring efforts of the wonderful team at St Thomas’s, he was overwhelmed.  All who knew and loved him will be devastated by the loss of this incredible man who touched so many lives.”

Hollywood Loses Another Legend – John Forsythe – 1918-2010

Posted in Breaking News! on April 2, 2010 by hollywoodshow

The entertainment community has lost a true gentleman, and it is with unbelievable sadness that I post this announcement of John Forsythe’s death.  John was an amazing man with tremendous humor, incredible understanding, and a gift for acting that through roles in Charlie’s Angels and as ‘Blake Carrington’ in Dynasty, will go down in the pages of Hollywood history as being nearly unparalleled. 

John Forsythe passed away at his home last night at 92.  He’d been battling cancer for the past several years, but had been in remission until it unfortunately returned last year.  He had also been battling pneumonia, which is what finally ended his life. 

On behalf of everyone at The Hollywood Show, our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Nicole, daughters Page and Brooke, his countless friends and co-workers. 

On a personal note, I had the great privilege of having several conversations with John while working on assorted projects over the past decade, and this post, although I knew it would be one that would eventually be done, is without a doubt one that I wish we could have not needed for a few more years.  Rest in peace, dear friend.  You will be incredibly missed… JM