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Our Gang - Jackie Cooper The most successful member of the Our Gang troupe as far as post-Gang achievements in Hollywood was Jackie Cooper. He joined the Gang in 1929 at age seven, making his first appearance in 'Boxing Gloves.' He was the best of the troupe at adapting to the new sound technology. His most famous Our Gang roles have him smitten with Miss Crabtree, his school teacher. By 1931 Cooper was in demand for feature films, so Hal Roach sold his contract to Paramount Studios. Cooper received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Skippy (1931) at age nine, making him the youngest actor ever to be nominated for that award. He is famous for playing opposite Wallace Beery in five films, most notably The Champ (1931). Although Cooper and Beery had a magical rapport in films, years later Cooper revealed that Beery was a foul-mouthed and sadistic person who was loathed by everyone on the set. Cooper served in the Second World War and later returned to Hollywood as a director. He won an Emmy for directing an episode of MASH. Cooper and Spanky McFarland are the only two Our Gang actors to have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cooper was widowed in 2009 after 55 years of marriage to his third wife. He also outlived two of his four children. Cooper died at age 88 on May 3, 2011.
Tags: Jackie  Cooper  Our  Gang 
Added: 28th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Vin Scully 1964 Vin Scully, the great baseball broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is shown here in a 1964 photo. Scully, 82, who began his career as a 22-year-old broadcaster with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, recently announced he will return for his 62nd season of Dodger baseball in 2011.
Tags: baseball  Vin  Scully  Dodgers  broadcasting 
Added: 23rd August 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Gerry Rafferty Passes Today at the age of 63 Gerry Rafferty, best known for performing the 1970s hits "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died at the age of 63 after Battling an "undisclosed illness", The Guardian reports. Rafferty's family confirmed that he died peacefully at home this morning. In November 2010, Rafferty was admitted to a hospital in Bournemouth, Dorset, suffering from liver failure. His family was told that there was little chance of his survival, although after he was taken off life support, his condition began to improve. Rafferty died on 4 January 2011.
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Added: 4th January 2011
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Posted By: Music Maiden
Wayne Gretzky Turns 50 Hockey's greatest offensive player, Wayne Gretzky, will celebrate his 50th birthday on January 26, 2011. Here's a photo of Gretzky as a youth player on the Brantford (Ontario) Nadrofsky Steelers. By the age of ten he had accrued the mind-boggling totals of 378 goals and 139 assists in just one season with the Steelers.
Tags: Wayne  Gretzky  hockey   
Added: 24th January 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Maria Schneider Dead at 58 It has been reported that actress Maria Schneider died of cancer on February 3, 2011 at the age of 58 after a long illness. Schneider is most famous for her performance opposite Marlon Brando in the erotic and controversial 1972 film Last Tango in Paris. Its plot centered around a secret love affair between two strangers who agree not to reveal their names to one another. Scandalous for its time, the movie featured the shapely 20-year-old Schneider in several steamy scenes featuring frontal nudity. Brando was 48 at the time.
Tags: Maria  Schneider  actress 
Added: 3rd February 2011
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Betty Garrett Dies Actress Betty Garrett, best known for her roles on both All In The Family and Laverne & Shirley, died in Los Angeles on February 12, 2011. She was 91. Garrett played the Bunkers' neighbor, Irene Lorenzo, for three seasons. Her character was an atypical female for the era. (She was skilful with tools and machinery while her husband's domain was the kitchen.) After leaving the AITF cast, she took the role of Edna Babish, the girls' landlord on Laverne & Shirley, for which she won a Golden Globe as best supporting actress.
Tags: Betty  Garrett  actress  TV  death 
Added: 16th February 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Last American WWI Veteran Dies A chapter in American history concluded on February 27, 2011 when Frank Woodruff Buckles passed away in Virginia. The 110-year-old Buckles was the last accepted American First World War veteran. He enlisted at the age of 16 in 1917 and served until 1920. During the Great War, Buckles was stationed in England and France where he drove ambulances. In 1941, when the United States entered the Second World War, Buckles was a civilian employee of a shipping company in the Philippines. When the Japanese seized control of the islands, he was held prisoner for three years.
Tags: First  World  War  veteran  dies 
Added: 7th March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Rick Martin 1951-2011 Hockey fans were saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Martin, 59, one of the National Hockey League's most lethal snipers during the 1970s. The popular and fun-loving Martin combined with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert to form the high-scoring French Connection line that led the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals in 1975. According to media reports, Martin was felled by a heart attack while driving alone in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence, NY on Sunday, March 13, 2011. Witnesses say they saw the car's driver, later identified as Martin, keel over at the wheel. His car crossed the center line, crashed into a utility pole, and slid into a tree. Bystanders and police attempted to revive Martin to no avail. In an NHL career that totalled 685 regular-season games from 1971 to 1981, Martin scored 384 goals and added 317 assists. In 63 playoff games, Martin tallied 24 goals and collected 29 assists.
Tags: hockey  Rick  Martin  Buffalo  Sabres  death 
Added: 13th March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
One-Legged Wrestler Wins NCAA Title Arizona State University (ASU) senior wrestler Anthony Robles capped off his college career accomplishing the most difficult task in the sport: winning the NCAA Championship. He earned the 2011 125-pound title with an impressive 7-1 decision over Iowa sophomore and defending national champion Matt McDonough on March 19. The championship victory didn’t come easy, but the 21-year-old Mesa, Arizona native is no stranger to overcoming odds. Robles was born with just one leg, but that never stopped him from doing anything any two-legged person can do. Since he was a toddler, Robles refused any special assistance typically allotted for someone missing a limb. According to reports, he tossed aside his prosthetic leg when he was only 3, choosing instead to hop on one leg or use his arms to walk. When he reached the sixth grade, he broke a record at his school for the most pushups performed. But the record-setting performances didn’t stop there. Robles first started wrestling in the eighth grade, joining in after watching one of his cousins during a practice. He stuck with it and by the time he reached age 17, he had won two Arizona state wrestling championships, earning a 46-0 record during his junior and senior years at Mesa High School. He remained successful at ASU, earning All-American honors, along with a couple Pac-10 Conference titles. But Robles said the National Title was by far his greatest athletic accomplishment so far. “I had a lot of butterflies going out there. I’ve dreamt about stepping on that stage a dozen times, and this whole year I’ve just been preparing for that moment,” Robles told the Daily Iowan. “I was scared. I was scared out there, but as soon as I hit that first takedown, I sort of relaxed.” Most may immediately think of the disadvantages a one-legged fighter may have, but there are a few advantages to wrestling with just one leg, too. Because he doesn’t carry the weight of an additional leg, Robles can weigh in at 125 pounds with a lot more muscle weight in his upper body than his opponents. He has also developed a unique style of wrestling with just one leg, which opponents have difficulties preparing for. “First time wrestling a tough opponent like that, it’s quite obvious there’s a difference in style of someone that has one leg and a large upper body as opposed to anyone else in the country,” said McDonough, who will return as the nation’s top wrestler next year. “It’s definitely not an experience to take lightly…” Robles, who will graduate from ASU in May, told ESPN reporters that his wrestling days are now over, but he plans on pursuing a career in public speaking. He always told the media that he wrestles for the love of the sport, and he’ll apply that same passion towards uplifting and motivating those in need. "It inspires me when I get kids, even adults, who write me on Facebook and send me letters in the mail saying that I've inspired them," Robles told USA Today. “I want to keep it up.”
Tags: Anthony  Robles  NCAA  wrestling 
Added: 22nd March 2011
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Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away March 23 2011 LOS ANGELES - Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen life was often upstaged by her stormy personal life, died Wednesday at age 79. She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, publicist Sally Morrison said. "All her children were with her," Morrison said.
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Added: 23rd March 2011
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