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

Peter O'Toole and  Joan Fontaine - RIP
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.


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.

Lou Reed’s Widow Laurie Anderson Writes Loving Obituary In Local Newspaper

Laurie and Lou
Laurie and Lou

Photo: Zimbio.com

The East Hampton Star published a very tender and loving obituary written by artist, Laurie Anderson for her husband,  rock icon Lou Reed who passed away Sunday in his home.

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— Laurie Anderson, his loving wife and eternal friend 

What a lovely and gently poetic scene Laurie has painted with her words…thank you, Laurie for sharing this moment with the world.

Rest peacefully, Lou.

Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls Singer Dead At 53

Chrissy Amphlett – Dead at 53

Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

Wow.  Even knowing about Chrissy Amphlett’s struggles with both breast cancer (2010) and MS (2007) over  the majority of the early 90s, the iconic song I Touch Myself hearing the news of her passing today at age 53 is still incredibly sad and shocking.

via abc.au.co

Amphlett, who grew up in Geelong, Victoria, lived in New York with her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton.

The cause of her death is not yet clear.

In 2010 she revealed she had breast cancer but in early 2011 she said she was in remission.

In 2007 the charismatic frontwoman also revealed a battle against multiple sclerosis.

In March, she shared an insight into her health troubles via her official Facebook page.

Unfortunately the last 18 months have been a real challenge for me having breast cancer and MS and all the new places that will take you,” she wrote.

You become sadly a patient in a world of waiting rooms, waiting sometimes hours for a result or an appointment.

“You spend a lot time in cold machines… hospital beds, on your knees praying for miracles, operating rooms, tests after tests, looking at healthy people skip down the street like you once did and you took it all for granted and now wish you could do that.

I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do.”



The Divinyls’ biggest hit was a must-see on MTV and VH1, and a must blast in the car classic and did indeed reach number one in Australia and was also a success in the U.K. and in the U.S.

You will be missed, you beautiful red-headed vixen. Rest peacefully, Chrissy…