Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Notable Passings

Two luminaries of the acting profession have left us as the year draws to a close.

...Actor Edward Herrmann, a member of the cast of GILMORE GIRLS (2000-07), has died at 71. The cause was brain cancer.

Herrmann was also especially known for playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt in ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN (1976) and ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS (1977); this year he returned to the role by voicing FDR in the documentary THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY (2014).

Actress Kelly Bishop, who played Herrmann's wife on GILMORE GIRLS, shared that she spent time with him at the hospital this week.

GILMORE GIRLS was one of my favorite TV series so I was particularly saddened by this news.

...Actress Luise Rainer, a two-time Oscar winner for THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936) and THE GOOD EARTH (1937), has passed on.

Rainer was just a couple weeks short of turning a remarkable 105 years old.

She was a century old when she traveled from Europe to Hollywood to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival.

Turner Classic Movies was due to salute Rainer on her birthday this January 12th, so I anticipate that day will now serve as her memorial tribute. Her TCM Festival interview with Robert Osborne will be shown, along with seven films.


Blogger Tom said...

So sad to hear about Mr. Herrmann; enjoyed him in Annie, Purple Rose of Cairo and so many other movies. Rest in peace.

6:51 PM  
Blogger SimpleGifts said...

I, too, am very sad about the passing of Edward Herrmann. The weekly watching of THE GILMORE GIRLS was a sacred tradition in our family and Herrmann's Richard Gilmore was always a joy to behold. I had the wonderful opportunity to see Herrmann years ago on stage in Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Goodman Theatre. I think you'll delight in this interview Herrmann gave - look at the part about THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER (1982).
-- Jane

4:43 PM  
Blogger Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of Edward Herrmann. He was a wonderful actor. Love him in the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies... The Christmas Wish and The Christmas Pageant.

10:03 AM  

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