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"By writing or reading obituaries, we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others."
Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"


"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'"
John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Philip Eisenberg

Opera prompter -- via the San Francisco Chronicle

Martin Ernest Dannenberg

The Jewish soldier who uncovered the original copy of Hitler's infamous "Nuremberg laws" -- via the L.A. Times

Ravindra Kelekar

Konkani writer -- via IBN Live

Gloria Winters-Vernon

Actress best known for her role as Penny in the early TV hit "Sky King" -- via the L.A. Times

Cal McLish aka Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish

MLB pitcher -- via newsOK.com

Natalie Nevins

Singer and flautist best known for her work on "The Lawrence Welk Show" -- via Philly.com

Gwilym Hughes

"Gwilym Hughes with the late entertainer Roy Castle, presenter of the TV programme Record Breakers"
The best movie fan ever -- he saw more than 28,000 of them! Via the BBC

David Rowland

Designer of the ubiquitous "40/4" chair -- via the New York Times

Conny Stuart

Dutch singer and actress -- via Radio Netherlands

Franz Schurmann

Historian, journalist and founder of the Pacific News Service -- via the San Jose Mercury News

Suzanne Grossman

Actress, writer and translator -- via the L.A. Times . . .


"Suzanne Grossmann

Actress, writer and translator

Suzanne Grossmann, 72, an actress, writer and translator, died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles, said family friend Patricia MacKay. Grossmann had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, a progressive disease that affects breathing.

Grossmann's works were performed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Old Globe in San Diego and several other theaters in the United States, Canada and England.

Working with actor-director Paxton Whitehead, Grossman translated and adapted "La Main Passe" by French playwright Georges Feydeau, which opened as "The Chemmy Circle" at the Shaw Festival in Canada in 1968 and at the Mark Taper in 1969. They also translated and adapted another Feydeau play, "Le Dindon," into "There's One In Every Marriage," which reached Broadway in 1972.

Her stage adaptations included "Number Our Days" for the Mark Taper in 1982.

As an actress, Grossmann made her Broadway debut in 1966 in "The Lion in Winter." Other credits included "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "The Show Off" in 1968 and "Private Lives" in 1969. She also had a role in the 1967 television production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

Grossmann also wrote more than 100 episodes of the television soap opera "Ryan's Hope" and several works for Canadian television.

Born Dec. 21, 1937, in Basel, Switzerland, she was reared in Brazil, the United States and Canada. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts at McGill University in Montreal and was in the National Theatre School of Canada's first graduating class in 1963."

Jackson Gillis

Prolific writer for radio and television -- via Variety

Ahna Capri aka Anna Marie Nanasi

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter. She worked extensively in television in the '60s and '70s, and appeared in such campy classics as "Enter the Dragon," "Pirhana" and "The Brotherhood of Satan" -- as well as the vastly underregarded "Payday" --

Satoshi Kon

Anime director and manga artist -- via Anime News Network

Gibson Sibanda

Labor activist and opponent of Mugabe -- via New Zimbabwe

Bill Phillips

Country singer -- via the Tennessean

George David Weiss

Songwriter -- via the New York Times. He wrote some classics, such as "Rumors Are Flying," "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You," "Wheel of Fortune," "What a Wonderful World" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." A member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Nancy Dolman

Actress and comedian -- via Entertainment Weekly

Satch Davidson

Former NL umpire witnessed history -- Aaron's HR breaking Ruth's HR record, and Fisk's game-winning shot in the 1975 World Series.

Fogwill aka Rodolfo Enrique Fogwill

Argentine writer -- via the Buenos Aires Herald

Edward Kean

The man who wrote "The Howdy Doody Show," and in the process invented the phrase "Kowabunga!" -- via Yahoo News