Obituaries

7:44am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dies, Family Spokesman Says

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 9:04 am

Marvin Hamlisch in 1979.
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"Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including The Sting and won a Tony for A Chorus Line, has died in Los Angeles at the age 68," The Associated Press reports.

According to the wire service:

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8:12pm

Sun August 5, 2012
The Record

Chavela Vargas, Legendary Ranchera Singer, Dies

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:23 pm

Chavela Vargas performing in Buenos Aires in 2004.
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A legend of Latin American song has died. Chavela Vargas was a cultural icon across the Spanish-speaking world, with a voice that redefined notions of beauty and an attitude that brashly bent gender roles. Vargas died Sunday; she was 93.

She was born Isabel Vargas Lizano in Costa Rica, but audiences knew her as Chavela, a hard-partying, rabble-rousing, fiery singer who adopted Mexico as her homeland and began singing on the streets in her early teens.

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5:16am

Wed August 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Gore Vidal, In Words

Gore Vidal in 1991. He died Tuesday, at the age of 86.
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The death of writer and cultural critic Gore Vidal on Tuesday, at the age of 86, means many are trying today to capture that man of words' life in just a few phrases:

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2:52am

Wed August 1, 2012
Remembrances

Gore Vidal, American Writer And Cultural Critic, Dies

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:31 am

Author Gore Vidal in 1986. Vidal, whose prolific writing career spanned six decades, died Tuesday at age 86.
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Gore Vidal came from a generation of novelists whose fiction gave them a political platform. Norman Mailer ran for mayor of New York City; Kurt Vonnegut became an anti-war spokesman. And Vidal was an all-around critic. His novels sometimes infuriated readers with unflattering portraits of American history.

He also wrote essays and screenplays, and his play The Best Man currently has a revival on Broadway.

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10:42am

Sun June 17, 2012
NPR Story

Rodney King Found Dead

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 11:23 am

Rodney King — whose 1991 beating by police officers was filmed and lead to riots in Los Angeles — was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday. He was 47. Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates about the beating and how its aftermath changed race relations in America forever.

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