"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
"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"
Jazz and Gitane guitarist -- via Django Station.
Film actress and essayist -- via Japan Times. She began her career at the age of 5 in 1929, and was referred to as "Japan's Shirley Temple." Her career spanned seven decades; her greatest work was with directors Kinoshita and Naruse, most notably in "Floating Clouds" and "When a Woman Ascends the Stairs."
Fictional reporter -- via the Washington Post. Although she could be postulated as an early feminist icon, Starr served alternately as a damsel in distress and romantic heroine. Her comic-strip adventures referred to her during much of her life as a "girl reporter," as though that was a remarkable anomaly.