Friday, December 23, 2011

Notable Passings

...Robert Easton, an actor for six decades who was also a highly regarded dialect coach, has passed on at the age of 81.

Easton's ability with language, as described in the Los Angeles Times, was truly remarkable, leading to him being nicknamed the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood."

Easton's screen career began in UNDERTOW in 1949. He had bit parts in a variety of films including THE TALL TARGET (1951), DREAMBOAT (1952), TAKE ME TO TOWN (1953), and THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954). He appeared in countless TV shows and was acting as recently as this year.

...Another cast member of THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954), Doe Avedon, has passed on at the age of 86.

Avedon played the stewardess, Miss Spalding.

Avedon's first marriage to photographer Richard Avedon is said to have provided the inspiration for the Fred Astaire-Audrey Hepburn film FUNNY FACE (1957).

Avedon was later married to director Don Siegel.

...Former child actress Susan Gordon has passed on at the age of 62.

Her film credits included THE MAN IN THE NET (1959) with Alan Ladd and THE FIVE PENNIES (1959) with Danny Kaye. She also guest starred in numerous TV shows.

More information on Susan Gordon's career can be found at her official web page.


Blogger la peregrina said...

Thank you for this post, Laura, I had only heard of Doe Avedon's death and not about the deaths of Robert Easton and Susan Gordon.

Two of the passing are bittersweet for me as I can still hear Robert Easton's voice in my head and I thought, "Didn't she play the stewardess in The High And The Mighty?," when I read Doe Avedon's name. Susan Gordon's death was a shock since she died young. May they all rest in peace.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks very much for your note. I'm glad I was able to share information about the lives and careers of these interesting actors.

Best wishes,

9:19 PM  

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