Category Archives: LEGEND

Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies At Age 82

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In sad news for the sartorial world, innovative designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82 in Kent, Connecticut, his family confirmed to ABC News. Known for his use of luxurious and colorful fabrics, de la Renta began designing as a teenager after he became an apprentice to Cristobal Balenciaga when he left his home country of the Dominican Republic to study art in Spain. Before starting his own line,he worked for Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby in the 1960s. It was during this time that he became a couturier to Jacqueline Kennedy, and went on to design for every First Lady after her.

With Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour
With Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour

Beyond the line that carried his name, he worked for Balmain and Lanvin. In 2006, he added bridal wear to his label, most recently designing Amal Alamuddin‘s dress for her wedding to George Clooney. His creations became favorites of the rich and powerful, routinely dressing stars like Sarah Jessica ParkerPenelope Cruz and his close friend, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It was recently announced that Peter Coppings, the former artistic director for Nina Ricci, would be taking over reigns as creative director of Oscar de la Renta, with his first collection to be unveiled in February.

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With Amal Clooney in Vogue

 

Sarah Jessica Parker at this year’s Met Gala

Mr. de la Renta is survived by his wife Annette de la Renta, his stepchildren from his two marriages and an adopted son, Moises de la Renta. He also leaves behind an immense legacy and unforgettable fashions that still stand the test of time. Here are some of his most recent fabulous designs.

Spring 2015 Ready To Wear
Spring 2015 Ready To Wear

 

Spring 2013 Ready To Wear
Spring 2013 Ready To Wear

 

Fall 2012 Ready To Wear
Fall 2012 Ready To Wear

 

Fall 2014 Ready To Wear
Fall 2014 Ready To Wear

 

Spring 2011 Ready To Wear
Spring 2011 Ready To Wear
Spring 2011 Ready To Wear
Spring 2011 Ready To Wear
With Karlie Kloss and Daria Strokous at the end of his last show.
With Karlie Kloss and Daria Strokous at the end of his last show.

 

Runway pictures courtesy of Style.com

Actress And Activist Ruby Dee Dies At Age 91

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The legendary Ruby Dee passed away at age 91 at her home in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday night, as reported to The Associated Press by her daughter. Born Ruby Ann Wallace, she got her start on Broadway, but it was a star turn as Rae Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story,’ that helped to launch her film and television career.

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She appeared alongside Sidney Poitier in 1961’s A Raisin in the Sun, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. The role of Mama Lucas inAmerican Gangster earned her an Oscar nomination and a Screen Actor’s Guild award. She appeared in critically acclaimed episodes forPolice Woman and Peyton Place.’ Starred in the made-for-TV movie adaptation of Dr. Maya Angelou‘s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and even made her way down to Miami for an episode ofThe Golden Girls where she played Blanche’s former nanny. One of her most famous roles was as Mother Sister in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing,’ which also co-starred her husband Ossie Davis, who died in 2005. Lee made a statement on his Instagram about Dee’s passing saying that he was “crushed” over death. Ruby frequently appeared along side Ossie in on stage and screen. In their autobiography,With Ossie & Ruby: In This Life Together,’ they discussed their political activism, and friendships with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The couple were arrested in 1999 for protesting the shooting of Amadou Diallo in front New York City’s police headquarters.

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Her stage career included performances in King Lear,’ ‘The Glass Menagerie andBus Stop.‘ At Sunday night’s Tony awards, Audra McDonald included her as one of the black actresses that made her stage career possible. A breast cancer survivor of more than three decades, she leaves behind three children, musician Guy DavisNora Davis Day and Hasna Muhammed.

A private service will be held for family and friends, a public service will be announced at a later date.

 

Film Legends Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine Have Passed Away

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Peter O’Toole and
Joan Fontaine – RIP

 

The movie world has lost a number of legends this past week. British Actor Peter O’Toole died on Saturday at the age of 81 in London after a long illness. O’Toole is known to fans for his work in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. Soon after the success of the film, O’Toole became a star and a heartthrob due to his 6-foot-2 frame, bright blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. British playwright Noel Coward famously said that “If you’d been any prettier, it would have been Florence of Arabia.”

His career included such critically acclaimed films such as’Goodbye Mr. Chips,’ How To Steal A Million’ with Audrey Hepburn and ‘The Lion In Winter’ with Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins. His most recent credits included ‘Troy,’ Ratatouille’ as the voice of food critic Anton Ego and ‘Venus’ which gave him his last Oscar nomination. O’Toole would be nominated for 8 over the span of his career, the most of any performer. In 2003, he was honored with the Academy Honorary Award which he initially balked at saying that he was “still in the game.” He finally accepted when his children informed him that it was the highest honor that any actor could receive.

He is survived by his two daughters Kate and Pat from his first marriage to actress Sian Phillips, and his son Lorcan from his second marriage.

Actress Joan Fontaine died at the age 96 on Sunday in Carmel, California. Fontaine rose to fame playing one of the many jilted wives in the classic ‘The Women,’ and as a new wife Alfred Hitchcock‘s ‘Rebecca,’ a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination. A year later she would win the Best Actress trophy for her work in Hitchcock’s ‘Suspicion.’ She shared the screen with the likes of James StewartCary Grant and Burt Lancaster, and went on to start in such films as ‘Gunga Din’ and ‘The Constant Nymph,’ for which she received her third Oscar nomination and holds a record for being the youngest actress to to have three nods. In the 1950s, she would make a move to the stage, co-starring in ‘Tea and Sympathy’ with a young Anthony Perkins. Her last film appearance was in the 1994 ‘Good King Wenceslas’ but she continued to act in the theater.

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Fontaine had a notoriously strained relationship with her older sister, Olivia de Havilland, as Olivia was favored by their mother, who refused to let Joan use the family name for her career. In her 1978 memoir, ‘No Bed of Roses,’ she said of the rivalry with her sister, “I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did. And if I die first, she’ll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it.” Well Ms. de Havilland, who is now 97, and resides in France, must be seething.

Fontaine is also survived by her daughter Deborah Dozier and a grandson.