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From "On Doris Lessing and Not Saying Thank You" from The New Yorker:

Winning the Nobel Prize was not the most important moment of Doris Lessing’s extraordinary and prolific life, and it seems as though some of her critics won’t forgive her for not pretending that it was, just as they won’t forgive her for leaving her two young children in the care of their father, in Rhodesia, so that she could pursue a different kind of life. Her obituary in the New York Times has a tone of peevish, gawking reproach. (Much better to read Margaret Atwood’s wonderful tribute in the Guardian.) These are many of the same people who pick at Lessing for refusing to call her best-known work, “The Golden Notebook,” a feminist book. But the uncompromising and unapologetic way in which she conducted both her private life and her writing life should speak for itself.

Doris Lessing, Oct. 22, 1919-Nov. 17, 2013

From "On Doris Lessing and Not Saying Thank You" from The New Yorker:

Winning the Nobel Prize was not the most important moment of Doris Lessing’s extraordinary and prolific life, and it seems as though some of her critics won’t forgive her for not pretending that it was, just as they won’t forgive her for leaving her two young children in the care of their father, in Rhodesia, so that she could pursue a different kind of life. Her obituary in the New York Times has a tone of peevish, gawking reproach. (Much better to read Margaret Atwood’s wonderful tribute in the Guardian.) These are many of the same people who pick at Lessing for refusing to call her best-known work, “The Golden Notebook,” a feminist book. But the uncompromising and unapologetic way in which she conducted both her private life and her writing life should speak for itself.

Doris Lessing, Oct. 22, 1919-Nov. 17, 2013

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Lou Reed, March 2, 1942-October 27, 2013

Lou ReedMarch 2, 1942-October 27, 2013

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From The Baltimore Sun:
Jean E. Hill, a Baltimore model and actress who later performed in three John Waters films, died [August 21, 2013] of renal failure … She was 67.
"She had a personality almost too large for show business, and she startled closed-minded people in every level of society. Sometimes raunchy in her public life, Jean was always classy in her private one, and underneath it all was a real lady," [Waters] said.
"She was a tremendous human being. She was a woman who was very giving and generous and took in many foster kids during her life," said Aileen Johnson, a Washington writer and lawyer.
"She was also very much a woman of the world who could talk to anyone. She had friends in both high and low places, and did not suffer fools gladly," she said.
"I remember the time Jean told Kate Moss that she had been a model, too, and Kate got a big kick out of that," said Mr. Waters.
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From The Baltimore Sun:

Jean E. Hill, a Baltimore model and actress who later performed in three John Waters films, died [August 21, 2013] of renal failure … She was 67.

"She had a personality almost too large for show business, and she startled closed-minded people in every level of society. Sometimes raunchy in her public life, Jean was always classy in her private one, and underneath it all was a real lady," [Waters] said.

"She was a tremendous human being. She was a woman who was very giving and generous and took in many foster kids during her life," said Aileen Johnson, a Washington writer and lawyer.

"She was also very much a woman of the world who could talk to anyone. She had friends in both high and low places, and did not suffer fools gladly," she said.

"I remember the time Jean told Kate Moss that she had been a model, too, and Kate got a big kick out of that," said Mr. Waters.

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Elmore Leonard, What a Guy!
Says Jackie Collins: RIP Elmore Leonard. What a guy – what a teller of wild and wonderful and, most of all, raunchy tales. A storyteller with a crazy imagination mixed in with personal experiences. Many have tried, but nobody has managed to outdo crime fiction’s master of the thriller.
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Elmore Leonard, What a Guy!

Says Jackie Collins: RIP Elmore Leonard. What a guy – what a teller of wild and wonderful and, most of all, raunchy tales. A storyteller with a crazy imagination mixed in with personal experiences. Many have tried, but nobody has managed to outdo crime fiction’s master of the thriller.

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 Karen Black, Versatile Character Actress, Dies at 74

Karen Black, an actress whose roles in several signature films of the late 1960s and ’70s included a prostitute who shared an LSD trip with the bikers played by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider and a waitress unhappily devoted to the alienated musician played by Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, died on [August 8, 2013] in Los Angeles. She was 74.



“She could be a Mount Holyoke senior intent on saving the whooping crane,” Tom Burke wrote in The New York Times in 1970, describing his first impression of her at her home in Hollywood. “What she really is, of course, is a splendid actress who literally turned herself into the tough, acid-tripping New Orleans whore of ‘Easy Rider,’ and then became Rayette Dipesto, the loving, mediocre and totally unforgettable waitress of ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ and if she is not those characters, not super-hip, neither is she just what she appears to be, waiting on this sunny terrace like a ripening apple. Oh, she is warm, accessible; she is also shrewd, worldly, changeable, a subtle comic, and something of a freak, a beautiful freak.”

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Karen Black, Versatile Character Actress, Dies at 74

Karen Black, an actress whose roles in several signature films of the late 1960s and ’70s included a prostitute who shared an LSD trip with the bikers played by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in Easy Rider and a waitress unhappily devoted to the alienated musician played by Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, died on [August 8, 2013] in Los Angeles. She was 74.

“She could be a Mount Holyoke senior intent on saving the whooping crane,” Tom Burke wrote in The New York Times in 1970, describing his first impression of her at her home in Hollywood. “What she really is, of course, is a splendid actress who literally turned herself into the tough, acid-tripping New Orleans whore of ‘Easy Rider,’ and then became Rayette Dipesto, the loving, mediocre and totally unforgettable waitress of ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ and if she is not those characters, not super-hip, neither is she just what she appears to be, waiting on this sunny terrace like a ripening apple. Oh, she is warm, accessible; she is also shrewd, worldly, changeable, a subtle comic, and something of a freak, a beautiful freak.”

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Bert Stern, an elite commercial photographer who helped redefine advertising and fashion art in the 1950s and ’60s but is perhaps best known for his painfully raw and poignant photos of Marilyn Monroe, taken for Vogue six weeks before her death, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. (Full NYT Obituary)

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Taylor Mead, Bohemian and Actor, Dies at 88
Mr. Mead was the quintessential Downtown figure. He read his poems in a Bowery bar, walked as many as 80 blocks a day and fed stray cats in a cemetery, usually after midnight. His last years were consumed by a classic Gotham battle against a landlord, which ended in his agreeing to leave his tenement apartment in return for money. At his death, he had been intending to return to New York after visiting a niece in Colorado.
It was as an actor in what was called the New American Cinema in the 1960s that he made his biggest mark. Warhol recruited him as one of his first “superstars,” and from 1963 to 1968 he made 11 films with Mr. Mead. In all, Mr. Mead figured that he had made about 130 movies, many of them so spontaneous that they involved only one take.
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Taylor Mead, Bohemian and Actor, Dies at 88

Mr. Mead was the quintessential Downtown figure. He read his poems in a Bowery bar, walked as many as 80 blocks a day and fed stray cats in a cemetery, usually after midnight. His last years were consumed by a classic Gotham battle against a landlord, which ended in his agreeing to leave his tenement apartment in return for money. At his death, he had been intending to return to New York after visiting a niece in Colorado.

It was as an actor in what was called the New American Cinema in the 1960s that he made his biggest mark. Warhol recruited him as one of his first “superstars,” and from 1963 to 1968 he made 11 films with Mr. Mead. In all, Mr. Mead figured that he had made about 130 movies, many of them so spontaneous that they involved only one take.

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Chrissy Amphlett Dead: Divinyls Lead Singer Dies at 53
Chrissy Amphlett, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit “I Touch Myself” brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in New York City on [April 21]. She was 53 years old.
The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with the success of the single “I Touch Myself,” which reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the United States and No. 10 in Britain.
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Chrissy Amphlett Dead: Divinyls Lead Singer Dies at 53

Chrissy Amphlett, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit “I Touch Myself” brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in New York City on [April 21]. She was 53 years old.

The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with the success of the single “I Touch Myself,” which reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the United States and No. 10 in Britain.

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Lilly Pulitzer Dies at 81; Heiress Who Gave Elite Clothes a Tropical Splash
Made of plain cotton, constructed so simply that they could be recreated at home, the modestly priced dresses … were accessible to most, but really wearable only by the few who were so rich that they could afford to have bad taste. A minidress of green peacocks dancing with merry seashells is not for just anyone.
“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics or peacocks,” Ms. Pulitzer told The Associated Press in 2009. “It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy.”
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Lilly Pulitzer Dies at 81; Heiress Who Gave Elite Clothes a Tropical Splash

Made of plain cotton, constructed so simply that they could be recreated at home, the modestly priced dresses … were accessible to most, but really wearable only by the few who were so rich that they could afford to have bad taste. A minidress of green peacocks dancing with merry seashells is not for just anyone.

“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics or peacocks,” Ms. Pulitzer told The Associated Press in 2009. “It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy.”

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Roger Ebert, Critic With a Common Touch
Mr. Ebert liked to say his approach — dryly witty, occasionally sarcastic, sometimes quirky in his opinions — reflected the working newspaper reporter he had been, not a formal student of film. His tastes ran from the classics to boldly independent cinema to cartoons, and his put-downs could be withering.
“I will one day be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of ‘The Brown Bunny,’ ” he wrote.
Mr. Ebert got some firsthand moviemaking experience by writing the screenplay for the 1970 movie “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” for Russ Meyer, a director known for his campy B-movies featuring busty women. Panned by fellow critics (“gratuitously violent,” Mr. Siskel said), the film seemed a point of pride for Mr. Ebert, who was paid $15,000 and never tired of talking about it.
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Roger Ebert, Critic With a Common Touch

Mr. Ebert liked to say his approach — dryly witty, occasionally sarcastic, sometimes quirky in his opinions — reflected the working newspaper reporter he had been, not a formal student of film. His tastes ran from the classics to boldly independent cinema to cartoons, and his put-downs could be withering.

“I will one day be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of ‘The Brown Bunny,’ ” he wrote.

Mr. Ebert got some firsthand moviemaking experience by writing the screenplay for the 1970 movie “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” for Russ Meyer, a director known for his campy B-movies featuring busty women. Panned by fellow critics (“gratuitously violent,” Mr. Siskel said), the film seemed a point of pride for Mr. Ebert, who was paid $15,000 and never tired of talking about it.

(Source: The New York Times)

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