"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"
Rapper -- via the Toronto Sun.
Actress, singer, dancer , comedian -- via tvseriesfinale.com. She will be best remembered for her TV roles in series such as "All in the Family" and "Laverne & Shirley," but Garrett started out as a theatrical and cabaret actress/singer/dancer before World War II. She made it to Broadway, then in to movies such as "On the Town," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "My Sister Eileen." After a period of blacklisting of her and her husband Larry Parks during the Second Red Scare, she came roaring back.
Actress and force of nature -- via the Los Angeles Times. A WWII internment camp survivor, she was a nude model and exotic dancer, then an actress. Her signature role was Varla in Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Her iconic portrayal of a blatantly sexual, violent and tough "bad girl" resonated through film history, informing many subsequent strong female characters.
Film special effects man, prop master, location scout and troubleshooter -- via Westerns All'Italiana. More on his remarkable career from the Telegraph.
Journalist, Communist Party functionary and trombonist -- via the Guardian.