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February 11, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan
Nina Blanchard, the founder of an internationally known Hollywood modeling agency whose roster included Cheryl Tiegs and other top models, has died. She was 81. Blanchard died of cardiac arrest Sunday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said Ed Dawson, a longtime friend. A onetime TV makeup artist, casting director and modeling school executive director, Blanchard started the Nina Blanchard Agency in 1961. Booking talent for television commercials, print advertising and runway modeling, her agency was once described in The Times as "the best-known and richest of its kind outside Manhattan."
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September 3, 2013
Frank Pulli MLB umpire turned to instant replay in '99 Frank Pulli, 78, a longtime umpire for Major League Baseball who used instant replay to make a call nearly a decade before video reviews were allowed, died Wednesday in Palm Harbor, Fla., of complications from Parkinson's disease, according to MLB. Pulli umpired in the National League from 1972 to '99 and worked four World Series, six NL championship series and two All-Star games....
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June 29, 2010 | By Johanna Neuman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called the conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died early Monday. He was 92. Byrd, who served longer and cast more congressional votes than any other member of Congress in U.S. history since taking office in January 1959, died at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va., a family spokesman said. He was admitted to the hospital late last week with what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the high temperatures in the capital.
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July 28, 2013
Ponciano Ponce Actor appeared in TV drama 'Hawaiian Eye' Ponciano "Poncie" Ponce, 80, a Hawaiian-born actor who had a burst of fame in the early 1960s while appearing in the tropical TV detective drama "Hawaiian Eye," died July 19 at his Los Angeles home, his family announced. No cause was given. Ponce played Kazuo Kim, the ukulele-strumming cabbie who ran a one-man taxi business, in "Hawaiian Eye," which ran on ABC from 1959, the year Hawaii gained statehood, to 1963.
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September 21, 1994
How is it that the most interesting people I read about anymore are in the obituaries? FRANK L. BURKE Los Angeles
OPINION
March 21, 1999
Was it by design or by chance that your article on the dying town of Boron (March 15) was continued onto the page holding the obituaries? DAVID ESTES, Yucaipa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1995
Is it only a coincidence that most of the article ("Default on Debts Would Hurt O.C.--but How Much?" May 30) on a possible Orange County debt default is adjacent to the obituaries? JANICE H. HILL San Clemente
SPORTS
October 12, 1985
Scott Ostler's column of Oct. 8 ("Oh, What a Story Mauch and the Angels Almost Wrote") was a wanton waste of newsprint. It should have been condensed and placed with the obituaries. DON MARSH Orange
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1992
I would like to add the following two points, both of which have annoyed me for some time: 1) Seems to me there's a plethora of women in Section A of The Times, but they're all in their underwear. Why are there so many bra "sales" as compared to, say, men's underwear or anything else for that matter? 2) Judging from the obituaries, women never die! Or is it just that there aren't any whose passing is worth noting? MARY A. BROWN Burbank
SPORTS
October 10, 1992
Most bullpen relievers are called firemen. I have a suggested name for the Dodger relief corps--the Arsonists. I have been a Dodger fan since they moved to Los Angeles and have never been more disgusted than this year. I would like to give Peter O'Malley some advice. When you clean house, start with Fred Claire. This man should go back to writing sports or obituaries or whatever he did. Then after Tom Lasorda moves somewhere, send the entire bullpen crew packing and when they go, take Ron Perranoski along with them.
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July 27, 2013
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, 97, a plantation-born Louisianian who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Chevy Chase, Md., according to her daughter, ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts. Boggs served three years as ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton administration. Her years in Congress started with a special election in 1973 to finish the term of her husband, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., whose plane disappeared over Alaska six months earlier.
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January 10, 2013
Ned Wertimer, 89, an actor who played Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," died Jan. 2 at a Valley Village nursing home of complications from a fall at his Burbank home in November, said his manager, Brad Lemack. Wertimer had dozens of guest-starring roles on TV series from the early 1960s through the late 1980s, including "McMillan and Wife," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "I Dream of Jeannie. " But he was best known as Ralph Hart, the uniformed, mustachioed doorman at the luxury apartment building on "The Jeffersons," the "All In the Family" spinoff that ran from 1975 to 1985.
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January 5, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Elwood Jensen, a medical researcher whose ground-breaking work in the field of endocrinology and breast cancer led to revolutionary and life-saving treatments, died of complications from pneumonia on Dec. 16 in suburban Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati announced. He was 92. He was repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Prize for his discovery of hormone receptors while at the University of Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. At Chicago, Jensen focused on the impact that breast tissue had on estrogen while most other researchers analyzed how the hormone influenced tissue.
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December 28, 2012
Fontella Bass, 72, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, died Wednesday at a St. Louis hospice of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago, said her daughter, Neuka Mitchell. Bass had also suffered a series of strokes over the last seven years. Bass was born in 1940 into a family with deep musical roots. Her mother was gospel singer Martha Bass, one of the Clara Ward Singers. Her younger brother, David Peaston, had a string of R&B hits in the 1980s and 1990s.
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December 1, 2012
Inder Kumar Gujral Former prime minister of India Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, 92, who gave a new impetus to improving India's relations with its neighbors during a term in office that lasted less than a year, died Friday in New Delhi after a yearlong illness, said Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Gujral had been hospitalized earlier in November with a lung infection. Born Dec. 4, 1919, in the Punjab region of what is now Pakistan, Gujral joined India's freedom movement in the early 1940s and was imprisoned in 1942 for opposing British colonial rule.
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November 29, 2012
Martin Richards Stage producer and philanthropist Martin Richards, 80, a prominent stage producer who won an Oscar for producing the 2002 film "Chicago" decades after bringing it to Broadway, died Monday after a battle with cancer, said his publicist, Judy Jacksina. Plays and musicals he produced over several decades won 36 Tonys. They include the 1978 musical "On the Twentieth Century"; Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in 1979 and the 2005 revival; Tommy Tune's "Grand Hotel" in 1989; the 1984 "La Cage Aux Folles" and 2004 revival; and "The Will Rogers Follies," which debuted in 1991.
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March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
OPINION
June 28, 2004
One of the first items I check when reading my Times is the obituaries. I enjoy reading of the successful and often interesting lives of the deceased. Although American obits don't generally measure up to the British newspapers' creativity in this field, The Times June 24 obituary on little Mattie was wonderful ("Matthew 'Mattie' Stepanek, 13; Poet, Peacemaker"). What a special little guy this was; he did so much to bring us all a message of love and peace. I couldn't help but contrast this angel on Earth with the monsters who kill strangers simply to enhance their standing in street gangs, or to the terrorists in Iraq who behead innocent people to make a political statement.
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August 26, 2012
Saturday reaction to the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969: "When I think of Neil, I think of someone who for our country was dedicated enough to dare greatly. ... He showed a skill and dedication that was just exemplary. I'll miss him not only for that but just as a close personal friend. " -- John Glenn , fellow astronaut who became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 :: "I know I am joined by millions of others in mourning Neil's passing — a true American hero and the best pilot I ever knew.
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July 17, 2012
A celebration of life for Willis Edwards, a civil-rights activist and Democratic political operative who died July 13 at 66, is planned for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. The public is welcome.
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