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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 12-18

Jan. 7, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 12-18 Jan. 12: Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 81. Actor Anthony Andrews is 72. Actress Kirstie Alley is 69. Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is 69. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 68. Radio and TV personality Howard Stern is 66. News...

Author Elizabeth Spencer is pictured in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in front of a personal library in 2005. Spencer died on Dec. 22, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at age 98, according to the playwright Craig Lucas. (News Observer via AP, File)

Elizabeth Spencer, 'Light In the Piazza' author, dies at 98

Dec. 24, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Spencer, a grande dame of Southern literature who bravely navigated between the Jim Crow past and open-ended present in her novels and stories including the celebrated novella "Light In the Piazza," has died at 98. Spencer, who sometimes went by her married name Elizabeth Rusher,...

Harmonicist, age 90, plays music to make the season bright

Dec. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The weather outside was frightful, but inside a Mobile Whataburger on a recent Friday, the music was delightful – thanks to Aulden Sumrall, who, sitting in a back corner of the restaurant, would occasionally pick up his harmonica and play Christmas music for the customers who...

This Dec. 2, 2019 photo shows actor Jonathan Majors during a portrait session in New York. Majors was named one of the breakthrough artists of the year by the Associated Press. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

2019 Breakthrough Entertainer: A star-making year for Majors

Dec. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — How is a great actor made? For Jonathan Majors, the 30-year-old breakout star of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” it started in drama school. It swelled with the discovery of August Wilson. It was provoked by teachers who pushed him to look deeper into himself and into...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, file photo, actor Danny Aiello smiles while being photographed in New York. Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,”

Blue-collar character actor Danny Aiello has died at age 86

Dec. 13, 2019 5:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "Moonstruck" and “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right...

'The Long Good Friday' writer Barrie Keeffe dead at 74

Dec. 10, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Barrie Keeffe, screenwriter of classic British gangster movie “The Long Good Friday,” has died. He was 74. Keeffe’s agent, Stephen Durbridge, said Keeffe died Tuesday in London after a short illness. London-born Keeffe made his name in the theater with plays including...

FILE - This April 3, 1980 file photo shows Ron Leibman, from left, his wife Linda Lavin, playwright Neil Simon and Dinah Manoff in New York following the opening of the play

Actor Ron Leibman dead at 82

Dec. 6, 2019 10:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Ron Leibman, who appeared in movies, theater and television in a career that spanned six decades and won a Tony award for Tony Kushner's iconic play ”Ängels in America," has died after an illness. He was 82. Leibman's agent, Robert Attermann, said the actor died Friday. He...

In this Oct. 29, 2019 photo, singers smile while performing a piece during a Musical Memory Makers rehearsal, at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud, Minn. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Music brings back memories for choir members with dementia

Nov. 25, 2019 1:05 AM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — People with memory loss, caretakers and volunteers warmed up their voices at the Whitney Senior Center with choir director Cindy Stay. She had the group move their arms like swaying trees, relax their shoulders, "throw" their voices and sing "Make new friends," to loosen up at a...