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Janusz Glowacki, Polish Playwright of Terror and Dark Humor, Dies at 78

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 01:59:40 GMT

Janusz Glowacki at the Vineyard’s Dimson Theater in New York in 2002 during a rehearsal for his play “The Fourth Sister.”Mr. Glowacki, whose plays were produced at the Public and other New York theaters, used dark humor to comment on turbulent times.

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Colin Meads, Revered New Zealand Rugby Star, Dies at 81

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:56:51 GMT

Colin Meads, center, in a match against France in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1968. He was a remorseless force of nature on the field.For many New Zealanders, Meads epitomized his nation’s rugged image of itself. As he put it, “Heads down, bottoms up and drive, drive for 80 minutes.”

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Thomas Meehan, Who Wrote the Books for Broadway Hits, Dies at 88

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:33:50 GMT

Thomas Meehan, left, and Mark O’Donnell after receiving Tony awards for their Broadway hit “Hairspray” in June 2003.“Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers” were among Mr. Meehan’s Tony Award-winning credits.

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Tony de Brum, Voice of Pacific Islands on Climate Change, Dies at 72

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:54:12 GMT

Tony de Brum in 2015 on the island of Ebeye in the Marshall Islands. As a boy he watched a nuclear bomb being tested over the Bikini Atoll.Mr. de Brum championed independence for the Marshall Islands and its preservation in the face of rising seas.

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Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:11:12 GMT

Jerry Lewis wrote, produced and directed many of his own films.Mr. Lewis rose to fame as Dean Martin’s comedy partner but went on to a major solo career with films like “The Bellboy” and “The Nutty Professor.”

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Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 01:07:01 GMT

Mr. Gregory, then a candidate for president, before speaking in Norfolk, Va., in October 1968.A black satirist who gave white audiences a deeper feel for the nation’s shameful racial history, Mr. Gregory was a national sensation in the early 1960s.

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Sonny Burgess, Rockabilly Wild Man, Is Dead at 88

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:55:04 GMT

Sonny Burgess, in dark jacket, in an undated performance.Mr. Burgess, who recorded for the storied Sun label, was a full-tilt rocker capable of whipping audiences into a frenzy.

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Leo Hershkowitz, 92, Dies; Unearthed New York City History

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:07:41 GMT

Leo Hershkowitz at the Museum of the City of New York in 2005.Professor Hershkowitz’s salvage operations earned him a reputation as a highly regarded archival scavenger.

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‘At a Dark Time in My Life, He Brought Me Joy’: Comedians Mourn and Celebrate Jerry Lewis

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:31:17 GMT

Jerry Lewis was surrounded by photographers during a photocall for the film “Max Rose” at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in 2013.Generations of comics paid their respects to Mr. Lewis after news of his death broke on Sunday.

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An Appraisal: For Jerry Lewis, Few Statuettes but Lots of Influence

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:06:22 GMT

Jerry Lewis at home in Las Vegas last year. Many comedians have cited him as an influence.The comic and filmmaker, who died Sunday, may not have collected many showbiz laurels, but his work shaped the comedians who came along after him.

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Arthur Finkelstein, Innovative, Influential Conservative Strategist, Dies at 72

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:33:43 GMT

Arthur Finkelstein, right, in 1983 at the Yale Club in Manhattan with Paul Curran, left, a one-time Republican candidate for governor of New York, and Whitney North Seymour, the former United States attorney for the Southern District.He fundamentally transformed political polling and financing and perfected virulent campaigns that toppled liberal incumbents.

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Stuart J. Thompson, Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Dies at 62

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:40:00 GMT

Stuart J. Thompson, a prolific Broadway producer and general manager whose productions won six Tony Awards, died on Thursday. “He elevated me,” said Patti LuPone.Mr. Thompson, whose productions were nominated for 20 Tony Awards and won six, helped mount hits like “The Book of Mormon.” “He elevated me,” said Patti LuPone.

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Jo Walker-Meador, 93, Dies; Raised Country Music’s Profile

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:06:27 GMT

Dolly Parton presenting Jo Walker-Meador with the Irving Waugh Award of Excellence for broadening country music’s influence in 1991, as other country stars look on.Mrs. Walker-Meador was the first employee of the Country Music Association and its longtime executive director.

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Bruce Forsyth, 89, Cheeky Fixture of British TV, Is Dead

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:59:34 GMT

Bruce Forsyth performing in 2013.Known for his toothy smile and crowd-pleasing charm, Mr. Forsyth was recognized by Guinness World Records as the male entertainer with the longest TV career.

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Edward Allcard, Solo Sailor on the High Seas, Dies at 102

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:41:49 GMT

Edward Allcard in an undated photograph.Mr. Allcard was said to be the first to sail across the Atlantic and back singlehandedly (the stowaway aside). He also circled the globe on a solo trip.

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Roy Lunn, Pioneering Engineer of Celebrated Cars, Dies at 92

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:45:38 GMT

Roy Lunn with two Ford GTs in 2016.The British-born Mr. Lunn oversaw development of the Mustang, GT40 and Jeep Cherokee and helped build an almost impregnable presidential limousine.

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Fadwa Suleiman, Actress and Voice of Syrian Opposition in Exile, Dies at 47

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:11:29 GMT

Fadwa Suleiman in Paris in 2012.Ms. Suleiman, who fled to France, defied gender and sectarian stereotypes to protest the regime’s repression and propaganda about the civil war.

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Paul Oliver, Pre-eminent Authority on the Blues, Dies at 90

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:38:43 GMT

Paul Oliver interviewing the blues artist Lightnin’ Hopkins in Houston in 1960.The author of “The Story of the Blues” and other books, he was a respected British architectural historian better known for his sideline as a student of black music.

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Gunnar Birkerts, Architect, Dies at 92; Gave Shape to the Unexpected

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:19:58 GMT

Gunnar Birkerts designed the Latvian National Library in Riga, also known as the Castle of Light.The Latvian-born Mr. Birkerts was inspired by Scandinavian masters of Modernism.

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Tommy Hawkins, Basketball All-American at Notre Dame, Dies at 80

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:10:17 GMT

Forward Tommy Hawkins of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over center Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics in a game at Boston Garden in April 1968. Hawkins played 10 years in the N.B.A.Hawkins was the first black basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year N.B.A. career.

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Marian C. Diamond, 90, Student of the Brain, Is Dead

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:31:21 GMT

Dr. Diamond studying rats with the psychologist Mark R. Rosenzweig, left, and the biochemist Edward L. Bennett in an undated photograph.Dr. Diamond, a neuroscientist, challenged the long-held assumption that the brain is a static and unchangeable entity and examined Albert Einstein’s.

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