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In this Feb. 17, 2013, photo, Ja'Net DuBois attends Los Angeles Premiere of

'Good Times' Ja'Net DuBois dies; co-wrote 'Jeffersons' theme

Feb. 18, 2020 10:03 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ja’Net DuBois, who played the vivacious neighbor Willona Woods on “Good Times” and composed and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” has died. DuBois’ song “Movin’ on Up” provided a joyous intro to “The...

FILE - In this June 2, 1996, file photo, Zoe Caldwell holds her award for Leading Actress in a Play for her role in

Actress Zoe Caldwell, Tony winner for 'Medea,' dies at 86

Feb. 18, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony Award winner who brought humanity to larger-than-life characters, whether it be the dotty schoolteacher Miss Jean Brodie, an aging opera star Maria Callas or the betrayed, murderous Medea, has died. She was 86. Her son Charlie Whitehead said Caldwell died...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, Ernest Hemingway's close friend and biographer, A.E. Hotchner, talks about his friendship with Hemingway at his home in Westport, Conn. A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at age 102. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

Feb. 15, 2020 11:21 PM EST

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102. He died...

Tom Stoppard to receive PEN America writing award

Feb. 12, 2020 2:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — British playwright Tom Stoppard and the Canadian poet and fiction writer M. NourbeSe Philip are among those being honored next month by PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. PEN announced Wednesday that Stoppard will receive the $25,000 PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for...

Two-time Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly has died at 77

Feb. 12, 2020 11:44 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died. She was 77. Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary...

Elton John, left, and Bernie Taupin, winners of the award for best original song for

Almost-EGOTs Elton John, Hildur Guðnadóttir win music Oscars

Feb. 9, 2020 11:49 PM EST

Twenty-five years after winning his first Oscar, Elton John has picked up his second at the 2020 Academy Awards, where “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir marked a historic night for female musicians. John won his second best original song award for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me...

The Latest: ‘Parasite’ wins best picture Academy Award

Feb. 9, 2020 11:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): __ 8:30 p.m. “Parasite” has won the best picture Academy Award, making history as the first foreign language film to win the ceremony's top honor. Bong Joon...

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, Italian opera soprano Mirella Freni poses at the 44th MIDEM (International record music publishing and video music market) in Cannes, southern France. Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall opera audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni's manager said she died Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 at her home in Modena, Italy. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Feb. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of stokes, according to her...

A worker walks along the red carpet during preparations for Sunday's red carpet arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hanks, Fonda and more stars amuse at Oscars rehearsals

Feb. 8, 2020 11:00 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are standing on the Oscars stage performing some hilarious material for a few dozen people who are in stitches watching the two comedians. No, the entirety of Hollywood didn’t flake on the 92nd Academy Awards or get stuck in some horrendous...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, actor and comedian Orson Bean arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, USA. According to a statement from the Police in Los Angeles Saturday Feb. 8, 2020, Orson Bean was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles. Bean was 91. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, FILE)

Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed by car in LA

Feb. 8, 2020 11:28 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian who enlivened the game show "To Tell the Truth" and played a crotchety merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91. The Los Angeles County coroner's office...