Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Those we lost in 2018, continued

Sondra Locke (May 28, 1944 – November 3, 2018) – 

American actress and director. 

Locke made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Locke went on to star in such films as Willard, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can and Sudden Impact. She had worked with Clint Eastwood, who was her companion for over 13 years. Locke's autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey, was published in 1997. 

Locke died on November 3, 2018, at the age of 74 from a cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancers 

In 1989, Locke filed a palimony suit against Eastwood after he changed the locks on their Bel-Air home, and moved her possessions into storage while she was on the Impulse set. Following a year-long legal battle, the parties reached a settlement wherein Eastwood set up a film development/directing pact for Locke at Warner Bros. in exchange for dropping the suit. Locke sued Eastwood again for fraud in 1995, alleging the deal with Warner was a sham—the studio had rejected all of the 30 or more projects she proposed and never used her as a director. According to Locke's attorney Peggy Garrity, Eastwood committed "the ultimate betrayal" by arranging the "bogus" deal as a way to keep her out of work. Locke settled the case with Eastwood out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.[32][33] The outcome of the case, Locke said, sent a "loud and clear" message to Hollywood, "that people cannot get away with whatever they want to just because they're powerful."

Locke brought a separate action against Warner Bros. for allegedly conspiring with Eastwood to sabotage her directorial career. As had happened with the previous lawsuit, this ended in an out-of-court settlement, in 1999. The agreement with Warner Bros., Locke said, was "a happy ending" after "five years of torture." "I feel elated. This has been the best day in a long, long time," Locke said outside the courthouse. The case is used in some modern law-school contract textbooks to illustrate the legal concept of good faith.


Paul Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) – 

American business magnate, investor, software engineer, humanitarian, and philanthropist. 

Alongside Bill Gates, Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution and later became the world's largest PC software company. In March 2018, he was estimated to be the 44th-wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.7 billion, revised at the time of his death to $20.3 billion. He gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services. 

Allen was diagnosed with Stage 1-A Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982. His cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy. Allen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009. Likewise, the cancer was successfully treated until it returned in 2018, which ultimately caused his death by septic shock on October 15, 2018. He was 65 years old 

By the time he died . . . at the age of 65, Allen had given away hundreds of millions of dollars to causes across the globe. Like many of the tech elite, he was a proponent of giving while living, trying to solve contemporary problems. In 2012, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named him the most generous living donor in America, after he gave away $372.6 million in 2011. He gave $100 million to launch the Frontiers Group, which funds unconventional scientific research; pledged $100 million to fight Ebola; and launched a school of computer science with a $50 million endowment. In 2016, he gave away a total of $295 million, or 1.6 percent of his total wealth, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. In total, he gave away $2 billion to charitable causes.


David Ogden Stiers (October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018) – 

American actor, voice actor, and conductor. 

After appearing in numerous productions on Broadway, and originating the role of Feldman in The Magic Show, in which he appeared for four years between 1974 and 1978, he was cast as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on the television series M*A*S*H in 1977, a role he would portray until the series' conclusion in 1983. It earned him two Emmy Award nominations. He appeared prominently in the 1980s in the role of District Attorney Michael Reston in several Perry Mason television films, and voiced a number of Disney characters during the 1990s and 2000s. Stiers continued to contribute voice work for films and television productions in his later years and spent his later years as a conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. 

He died at his home in Newport, Oregon, of bladder cancer on March 3, 2018 aged 75. 

Stiers, loved classical music. It flowed through his veins. Deeply involved and well educated in the subject matter, he became a conductor of classical orchestras. . . . Farrell [who played BJ Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H] one of Stiers' closest friends on set, remembers Stiers being offended that he didn't have much of an appreciation for classical music. "He used to bring tapes in for me and say, 'Listen to this,'" Farrell recalls. "Then afterward, he'd ask what I thought and I'd say, 'That's nice.' And he'd say, 'Nice?!' He kept trying until one time he had me listen to a piece and walked away. When he came back, he saw there were tears in my eyes and he said, 'A-ha! You're not so dead. You just have to be reawakened!'"


Douglas Rain (March 13, 1928 – November 11, 2018) – 

Canadian actor and narrator. 

Who? I hear you saying. That would be right, Rain was not an A list celebrity or well known performer. Though primarily a stage actor, he provided the creepy voice of the HAL 9000 computer for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984). “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” See and hear the HAL-Dave confrontation by clicking on: 

Rain died on November 11, 2018, at the age of 90 at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital in Stratford, Ontario, of natural causes. 

In praising Douglas Rain's contribution to "2001: A Space Odyssey", Stanley Kubrick often said that he would like to direct him again - on-camera this time, but in a non-speaking role. However, they never worked together a second time.

Eunice Gayson (17 March 1928 – 8 June 2018) –

English actress.

Gayson is best known for playing Sylvia Trench, James Bond's love interest in the first two Bond films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love) and is therefore considered to have been the first-ever "Bond girl".

Gayson died on 8 June 2018, aged 90

Gayson had initially been cast in Dr. No as Miss Moneypenny, the secretary of Bond's boss, who often flirted with Bond, while the actress who played Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell, had been cast as Sylvia Trench. However, Maxwell found the Trench character too immodest, and their roles were switched. Gayson's voice was overdubbed by Nikki van der Zyl, who also provided the voices recorded for other female characters in both films. Gayson is therefore considered the first "Bond girl".


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