VETERAN ACTRESS JANE RUSSELL IS DEAD AT 89

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and ’50s, has died at age 89.

    Russell’s daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield says the actress died Monday at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness.

    Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, cast Russell in his sexy, and controversial, 1941 Western "The Outlaw," turning her into an overnight star.

    She would go on to appear opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, as well as fellow actress Marilyn Monroe.

    Although her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell remained active throughout her life.

    Until her health began to decline a few weeks ago, Waterfield said she remained active singing and working for various causes.

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    ACTOR LEN LESSER DEAD AT 88

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known
    for his role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," has died. He was 88. Lesser’s family
    said in a statement that the actor died Wednesday in Burbank, California
    from cancer-related pneumonia.

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    ACTRESS BETTY GARRETT, DEAD AT 91

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty Garrett, the vivacious Broadway star who played Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by the Hollywood blacklist, has died in Los Angeles, her son said Sunday.

    Garrett was best known as the flirtatious girl in love with the shy Sinatra in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "On the Town," both in 1949, and later in life she became well-known to TV audiences with recurring roles in the 1970s sitcoms "All in the Family"
    and "Laverne and Shirley." Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm, said her son, Garrett Parks.

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    DAVID NELSON IS DEAD AT 74

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    LOS ANGELES — David Nelson, who starred on his parents’ popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

    Nelson died at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

    Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick. (AP)

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    BUZZ ALDRIN SUES TRADING CARD COMPANY

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    LOS ANGELES — Former lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin is not over the moon about the use of his photo on a series of trading cards.

    The 80-year-old Aldrin sued Topps Inc. this week in federal court in Los Angeles, saying the company had unfairly profited from his historic achievement when they used an iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the moon in a series of "American Heroes" trading cards.

    Topps attorney Michael Kahn told the Los Angeles Times that the firm has a First Amendment right to include a factual description of the Apollo 11 mission and it included an image of Aldrin in his lunar suit because he is "an American hero."

    The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order prohibiting Topps from marketing the cards.
    (News article from the Los Angeles Times)

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