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"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"

Mondine Garcia

Jazz and Gitane guitarist -- via Django Station.

Hideko Takamine

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."

Alvin H. Marill

Film historian -- via Legacy.com. This indefatigable researcher and compiler authored the mighty "Movies Made for Television 1964-2004" in five volumes, in addition to many other projects!

David Gurland

Cabaret singer -- via Theatermania.

Jose Rojo

Civil rights attorney and activist -- via the Houston Chronicle.

Per Oscarron

Actor -- via Yahoo News.

Brenda Starr

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.
 
Although she rose (or sank, depending on your point of view) to the post of editor, got married to the dashing Basil St. John, had a child, got divorced, and paged through several romances, she was always glamorous, globe-trotting Brenda -- even though serious issues occasionally crept into the strip. Goodbye, Brenda, we'll miss you.