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 on: October 20, 2014, 09:36:54 PM 
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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at age 82

Oscar de la Renta, the fashion designer whose red carpet gowns and evening wear made him a favorite with everyone from luminaries of the stage and screen to first ladies, died Monday. He was 82.

The Dominican-born de la Renta designed dresses for numerous first ladies, including Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, with the latter two wearing de la Renta gowns to inaugural balls. Most recently, he designed the wedding dress for Amal Alamuddin to wear when she married George Clooney last month.

De la Renta had lived in Spain and France before moving to New York, where he helped establish the U.S. as a home of serious fashion in the late 1960s.

De la Renta catered mostly to his socialite friends and neighbors, but also eyed more mass appeal with several fragrances and accessories licenses.

 on: October 20, 2014, 04:58:01 AM 
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 on: October 16, 2014, 01:00:26 PM 
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'Saturday Night Live' alum Jan Hooks dead at 57, reports say

Actress and comedian Jan Hooks, famous for her five years on “Saturday Night Live,” died on Thursday at 57, according to multiple reports.

Her death was confirmed by her agent, who did not provide any other details.

Hooks joined “SNL” in 1986 and was regarded by many as part of one of the best casts in the show’s history, alongside stars Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz.

Among the people she impersonated were Donald Trump’s wife, Ivana, and the TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. She was also the first cast member to portray Hillary Clinton.

But being on a live weekly broadcast proved hard on the comic actress.

"The show changed my life, obviously. But I have horrible stage fright," she said in an oral history of "SNL." While other performers wanted to "get in there and do it," she said, "I was one of the ones that between dress (rehearsal) and air was sitting in the corner going, 'Please cut everything I'm in.'"

After leaving SNL in 1991, she played Carlene Dobber on “Designing Women" and made appearances in “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “30 Rock.”

Born April 23, 1957, in Decatur, Georgia, Hooks studied for a time at the University of West Florida in Pensacola before leaving to begin her acting career, which included the 1985 movie "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

Kevin Nealon, who appeared with Hooks on "Saturday Night Live," remembered his former castmate at an event in Los Angeles, reports People magazine.

"She was totally amazing as a sketch player,” he said. “She so immersed herself in her characters, and her timing was amazing. She got it from some crazy stratosphere, and I was so attracted to that talent in her, and I don't think she ever knew how well respected and admired she was for her talent."

The pair, who were friends before “SNL,” even dated for a while before being cast on the show.

Nealon, 60, also remembered that Hooks introduced him to the world of “kitschiness. I remember how much she loved watching the Princess Di wedding. It was like the Super Bowl for her.”

 on: October 16, 2014, 12:45:20 PM 
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Actress Elizabeth Pena dies at age 55

LOS ANGELES –  Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.

Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said Wednesday the Cuban-American actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. No other details were provided.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to Cuban immigrant parents, Pena's Hollywood career spanned four decades and included roles in such movies as "La Bamba," ''Down and Out in Beverly Hills," ''Jacob's Ladder" and "Rush Hour." In filmmaker John Sayles' "Lone Star," she memorably portrayed a history teacher who rekindles a romance with an old flame, played by Chris Cooper.

Pena appeared on such TV shows as "L.A. Law," ''Dream On," ''Resurrection Blvd." and "Modern Family," where she played the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, Gloria.

She starred in the 1980s sitcom "I Married Dora" in the titular role as a housekeeper from El Salvador who weds her employer to avoid deportation.

Pena also provided her voice to Disney-Pixar's "The Incredibles," the "Justice League" cartoon series and Seth MacFarlane's "American Dad."

Pena most recently appeared on the El Rey Network drama "Matador."

"She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word," the network said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Elizabeth's family and friends during this difficult time. She will be deeply missed."

She is survived by her husband, two children, mother and sister.

 on: October 16, 2014, 05:53:18 AM 
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