His career lasted over 50 years—and despite a memorable appearance in The Twilight Zone’s “To Serve Man” episode—his most iconic role is certainly that of Jaws, the metal-toothed James Bond villain who first tried to kill Roger Moore in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me.

Richard Kiel, 1939-2014

A.V. Club Obituary

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“When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing ‘Mr. Lonely.’ I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s.”

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

New York Times obituary

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Lauren Bacall: Appreciation for a LIKEon.
No Likey: All 16 Hollywood icons named in Madonna’s Vogue are now gone.
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Lauren Bacall: Appreciation for a LIKEon.
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Lauren Bacall: Appreciation for a LIKEon.
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New Orleans socialite Mickey Easterlingtook in [her wake] from her perch on a wrought iron bench, her famous accouterments of hat, feather boa and cigarette holder all in evidence. She even wore a diamond-studded ‘Bitch’ pin on her chest.”

Full story (New Orleans Advocate)

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

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

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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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.”

(Source: The New York Times)