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December 29th, 2008 8:57am EST favorite Add to My News
Anjelica HustonAn actress' husband, a jazz musician, a playwright and several others passed away this month. Read more...

Anjelica Huston's Sculptor Husband Graham Dies

Californian sculptor Robert Graham, the husband of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, has died aged 70. Graham, whose works were incorporated into civic monuments including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Huston and other family members were at his side.

Graham lived much of his life in California and gained fame for designing a ceremonial gateway for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to mark the 1984 Olympics. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger paid tribute to Graham and praised his contribution to the state.

He says, "Robert was an amazing sculptor who forever shaped the presence of sculpture art throughout California and the world. His work was truly influential and he will forever remain an icon in this state."

No further details of Graham's death were available as WENN went to press.


British Opera Star Van Allen Dies

British opera star Richard Van Allan has lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 73. Van Allan, a bass-baritone who sang on the world's opera stages, died on December 4 in London, the National Opera Studio has confirmed.

The singer served as director of the studio from 1986 to 2001, following a stellar career which included starring roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera in London, the English National Opera and the Sussex Opera in England, where he made his debut in 1964. Van Allan's final appearance was in 2006 at English opera house Glyndebourne in Die Fledermaus.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Pickering, their daughter, and a son from his first marriage.

Jazz Musician Cavanaugh Dies

Jazz pianist and singer Page Cavanaugh has died of kidney failure, aged 86. The jazz star, whose Page Cavanaugh Trio rose to fame in the 1940s on film and in Frank Sinatra's radio show, died on December 26.

The act played at nightclubs along Southern California until the 1990s, and appeared in several films including Doris Day's big screen debut, 1948s Romance on the High Seas.Cavanaugh's band also appeared with Sinatra at New York's famed Waldorf-Astoria among other venues, and played for NBC Radio's Jack Paar Show. Most recently, the group released its album Return to Elegance in 2006.

Cavanaugh, who never married, reportedly has no surviving family members.


Russian Cellist Berlinsky Dies

Russian cellist Valentin Berlinsky has died, aged 83. Berlinsky, who served as cellist for the renowned Borodin Quartet for more than 60 years, died on 15 December (08) in Moscow. The death was announced on the quartet's website, borodinquartet.com, which gave no cause.

Berlinsky, the longest-serving member of the group, performed until his retirement last year. With the other players, he gave performances at the funerals of Stalin and famed composer Sergei Prokofiev.

He is survived by a daughter, concert pianist Ludmila Berlinskaya.


Broadway Playwright Wasserman Dies

Broadway playwright Dale Wasserman has died of congestive heart failure, aged 94. Wasserman, who wrote 1960s Broadway hits "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Man of La Mancha," died on December 21 at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

"Man of La Mancha," which opened off-Broadway in 1965, won the Tony Award for best musical two years later, after making its move to the famed New York theatre district. And 1963 stage hit "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" saw a revival when the beloved show was brought back to Broadway in 2001.

The celebrated writer penned more than 75 scripts for the stage, television and film during his time, including 1958 flick The Vikings, starring Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas. His 1955 script Elisha and the Long Knives, one of 30 small screen dramas he worked on, helped television series Matinee Theater win an Emmy Award.

Wasserman is survived by his wife of 24 years, Martha Nelly Wasserman.

American Singer Bramlett Dies

Singer/producer Delaney Bramlett has died in hospital at the age of 69 following complications from surgery. Bramlett, who worked with musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton, passed away on Saturday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The songwriter, who penned classic rock songs including Let it Rain, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his wife Susan. Bramlett enjoyed a 50-year career in the music business. With his first wife, Bonnie Lynn, he created the Southern blues-rock band Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The group opened for Blind Faith, which featured British guitarist Clapton, in 1969.

As well as recording with the band, Bramlett continued to produce for artists such as Etta James and performed with stars including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Earlier this year, Bramlett released his first LP in six years, A New Kind of Blues.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.


American Actress Savage Dies

Actress Ann Savage has died in her sleep aged 87. The star, who earned a cult following as a femme fatale in 1945 movie Detour, passed away on Christmas Day at a nursing home from complications following a series of strokes, according to her manager, Kent Adamson.

Savage's acting debut came in 1943 crime story One Dangerous Night, and she made more than 30 films in the 1950s. Her Hollywood career faded in the mid-1950s, but she had a resurrection after starring in Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin's 2008 movie My Winnipeg. Savage married three times, and her last husband and long-time manager, Bert D'Armand, passed away in 1969. She has reportedly been buried next to him at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)




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