Faces - Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker - August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955
He also known as “Yardbird” and “Bird”, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Many Parker recordings demonstrate his virtuoso playing style and complex melodic lines, sometimes combining jazz with other musical genres, including blues, Latin, and classical.Parker acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career; this and its shortened form, “Bird”, which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite”, “Ornithology”, “Bird Gets the Worm”, and “Bird of Paradise.”Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.——My home page: www.thursdayfile.com—Join our weekly Digest published on Thursday morning - http://www.thursdayfile.com/Main_Page/TF_Newsletter.html

Faces - Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker - August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955

He also known as “Yardbird” and “Bird”, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Many Parker recordings demonstrate his virtuoso playing style and complex melodic lines, sometimes combining jazz with other musical genres, including blues, Latin, and classical.
Parker acquired the nickname “Yardbird” early in his career; this and its shortened form, “Bird”, which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite”, “Ornithology”, “Bird Gets the Worm”, and “Bird of Paradise.”
Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.
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Photo I: Iris Apfel portrait Bruce Weber // Photo II: Iris Apfel e Alexander Wang, 2011.
Iris Apfel is an American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon.
Born Iris Barrel in Astoria, August 29, 1921, Queens, New York.
Apfel is the only child of Samuel Barrel, whose family owned a glass-and-mirror business, and his Russian-born wife, Sadye, who owned a fashion boutique.
In 1948, she married Carl Apfel. Two years later, they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. From 1950 to 1992, Iris Apfel took part in several design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Ford, and Clinton.
Apfel consults and lectures about style and other fashion topics.
In 2013, she was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.

Elvis Presley. January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977.

Elvis Presley. January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977.

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Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov ‘quits’The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded.There has been heavy shelling both in Donetsk and Luhansk as Ukrainian forces battle the separatists.The news came with a disputed Russian aid convoy stationed near the border.'Tsar' takes overMr Borodai confirmed Strelkov’s departure to Russian media but gave no reason.He said reports that Strelkov, a Russian citizen, had been injured were “total rubbish”."You probably already know that he, like myself, has left his post," Mr Borodai said in a video posted by Russia’s pro-Kremlin Life News website."The [Donetsk People’s Republic] already has a new defence minister."Mr Borodai said the new minister went by the nom de guerre Tsar. His name was given by other sources as Vladimir Kononov.There have been two other high-profile resignations of rebel leaders in the past week.Mr Borodai handed over to Alexander Zakharchenko as “prime minister” in Donetsk and the rebel chief in Luhansk, Valery Bolotov, said he was temporarily handing over to his defence minister, Igor Plotnitskiy.

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Ukraine crisis: Rebel military chief Strelkov ‘quits’
The military leader of pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Igor Girkin - known as Strelkov - has resigned.
Alexander Borodai, the former PM of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, confirmed the news but denied reports Mr Strelkov had been wounded.
There has been heavy shelling both in Donetsk and Luhansk as Ukrainian forces battle the separatists.
The news came with a disputed Russian aid convoy stationed near the border.
'Tsar' takes over
Mr Borodai confirmed Strelkov’s departure to Russian media but gave no reason.
He said reports that Strelkov, a Russian citizen, had been injured were “total rubbish”.
"You probably already know that he, like myself, has left his post," Mr Borodai said in a video posted by Russia’s pro-Kremlin Life News website.
"The [Donetsk People’s Republic] already has a new defence minister."
Mr Borodai said the new minister went by the nom de guerre Tsar. His name was given by other sources as Vladimir Kononov.
There have been two other high-profile resignations of rebel leaders in the past week.
Mr Borodai handed over to Alexander Zakharchenko as “prime minister” in Donetsk and the rebel chief in Luhansk, Valery Bolotov, said he was temporarily handing over to his defence minister, Igor Plotnitskiy.

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Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, screen legend, dead at 89
August 12 2014 - The associated Press
Photo I: Lauren Bacall // Photo II: Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe // Photo III: Lauren-Bacall-at-home-with-her-and-Humphrey-Bogart’s-children-Stephen-and-Leslie. // Photo IV: Lauren’s quote
Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen.
A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 with one scene in her first film, To Have and Have Not. Leaving Humphrey Bogart’s hotel room, Bacall — a lanky figure with flowing blond hair and a stunning face — murmured
"You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."
With that cool, sultry come-on, not only was a star born, but the beginning of a legend, her title burnished over the years with pivotal roles, signature New York wit, and a marriage to Bogart that accounted for one of the most famous Hollywood couples of all time.
Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89 in New York, according to the managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, Robbert J.F. de Klerk. Bacall’s son Stephen Bogart confirmed his mother’s death to de Klerk. She was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday, according to Kathleen Robinson, the hospital’s media relations director.
The Academy-Award nominated actress received two Tonys, an honorary Oscar and scores of film and TV roles. But, to her occasional frustration, she was remembered for her years with Bogart and treated more as a star by the film industry than as an actress. Bacall would outlive her husband by more than 50 years, but never outlive their iconic status.
They were “Bogie and Bacall” — the hard-boiled couple who could fight and make up with the best of them. Unlike Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall were not a story of opposites attracting but of kindred, smouldering spirits. She was less than half Bogart’s age, yet as wise, and as jaded as he was.
They starred in movies like Key Largo and Dark Passage together, threw all-night parties, palled around with Frank Sinatra and others and formed a gang of California carousers known as the Holmby Hills Rat Pack, which Sinatra would resurrect after Bogart’s death.
She appeared in movies for more than a half-century, but none brought her the attention of her early pictures.
Not until 1996 did she receive an Academy Award nomination — as supporting actress for her role as Barbra Streisand’s mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces. Although a sentimental favourite, she was beaten by Juliette Binoche for her performance in The English Patient.
She finally got a statuette in November 2009 at the movie academy’s Governors Awards gala.
"The thought when I get home that I’m going to have a two-legged man in my room is so exciting," she quipped.
Her persona paralleled her screen appearances: She was blunt, with a noirish undertone of sardonic humour that illuminated her 1979 autobiography, By Myself (she published an updated version in 2005, By Myself and Then Some.)
'My childhood is a confusion'
Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx on Sept. 16, 1924 and was raised by her Romanian immigrant mother after her parents split when she was a child (her mother took part of her family name, Bacal; Betty added the extra L when she became an actress.)
"My childhood is a confusion," Bacall wrote in By Myself, which made Bacall one of the rare celebrity authors to win a National Book Award. She told of nightmares over the arguments of her parents, of her mother’s struggle to earn a living, of being sent off to boarding school.
As a young woman, Diana Vreeland, the famed editor of Harper’s Bazaar, thought she was ideal for fashion modelling, and Bacall appeared regularly in the magazine. The wife of film director Howard Hawks saw her on a magazine cover and recommended her as film material, and she went to Hollywood under a contract.
Hawks became her mentor, coaching her on film acting and introducing her to Hollywood society. He was preparing a movie to star Bogart, based on an Ernest Hemingway story, To Have and Have Not, with a script partly written by William Faulkner.
By this time she had acquired the professional name of Lauren, though Bogart and all her friends continued to call her Betty.
In By Myself, she wrote of meeting Bogart: “There was no thunderbolt, no clap of thunder, just a simple how-do-you-do.”
'The Look'
On her first day of shooting, her hands were shaking so much that she couldn’t manage a simple scene of lighting a cigarette.
"By the end of the third or fourth take," she wrote in By Myself, "I realized that one way to hold my trembling head still was to keep it down, chin almost to my chest and eyes up at Bogart. It worked, and turned out to be the beginning of ‘The Look.’"
Work led to romance. The 23-year age difference (he called her “Baby”) failed to deter them, but they faced a serious obstacle: Bogart was still married to the mercurial actress Mayo Methot, with whom he engaged in much-publicized alcoholic battles. She was persuaded to divorce him, and the lovers were married on May 21, 1945.
"When I married Bogie," she remarked in a 1994 interview, "I agreed to put my career second, because he wouldn’t marry me otherwise. He’d had three failed marriages to actresses, and he was not about to have another."
Still, she appeared in a few films without Bogart: Confidential Agent (with Charles Boyer), Young Man with a Horn, (Kirk Douglas) and How to Marry a Millionaire, with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.
Nearly married Sinatra
She had son Stephen in 1949 and daughter Leslie in 1952. She also became active politically, joining her husband in protesting the Hollywood blacklist of suspected Communists and campaigning for Democrats. Few could forget the picture of her slouched on top of a piano, long legs dangling, while Harry Truman — then vice president — was seated in front of the keys.
But the party began to wind down in March 1956, when Bogart was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. On the night of Jan. 14, 1957, Bogart grabbed his wife’s arm and muttered, “Goodbye, kid.” He died in the early morning at the age of 57.
After a period of mourning, Bacall became romantically involved with Sinatra. When an “engagement” was mistakenly leaked by press agent “Swifty” Lazar, the singer blamed her, and he terminated the romance.
"Actually, Frank did me a great favour — he saved me from the disaster our marriage would have been," she wrote in By Myself.
Still mourning for Bogart, Bacall left Hollywood in October 1958. She made a film in England, and did a critically panned play that was significant because she would meet her second husband during her time on Broadway: Jason Robards Jr. He was similar to Bogart in that he was an accomplished actor, hard drinker — and married. After Robards was divorced from his second wife, he and Bacall married in 1961 but Robards’ drinking and extramarital affairs resulted in divorce in 1969.
'I prefer to prevail'
Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981 brought Bacall Tony awards. Among her later movies: Murder on the Orient Express, The Shootist and Robert Altman’s Ready to Wear. She played Nicole Kidman’s mother in the 2004 film Birth, and in recent years appeared as herself in a cameo for The Sopranos.
For decades she lived in Manhattan’s venerable Dakota, where neighbours included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She was ever protective of the Bogart legacy, lashing out at those who tried to profit from his image.
Bacall became friends with Faulkner when he was writing scripts for Hawks. One of her prized possessions was a copy of Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech on which he wrote that she was not one who was satisfied with being just a pretty face, “but rather who decided to prevail.”
"Notice he didn’t write ‘survive,’ " she told Parade magazine in 1997. "Everyone’s a survivor. Everyone wants to stay alive. What’s the alternative? See, I prefer to prevail."

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Update - Robin Williams Died by Hanging, Official Says
By Nicole Perlroth August 12, 2014 — http://www.nytimes.com
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt at his home, a coroner’s office official said Tuesday in providing the first details of the actor’s death.
A personal assistant knocked on Mr. Williams’s bedroom door at around 11:45 a.m. on Monday and grew concerned when he did not answer, Lt. Keith Boyd, an assistant deputy chief coroner for Marin County, told reporters at a news conference. The assistant went inside and found Mr. Williams slightly suspended from a door frame in a seated position, Lt. Boyd said.
The assistant called 911 and emergency workers arrived at noon, and declared him dead at 12:02 p.m., the official said.
The authorities found a pocket knife with dried blood on it and superficial wounds on Mr. Williams’s left wrist, Lt. Boyd said. Mr. Williams was declared dead by asphyxiation by hanging.
Officials said Mr. Williams had been treated for depression. They declined to comment on whether there was a suicide note.
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Robin Williams (Robin McLaurin Williams)
Born: July 21, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: August 11, 2014 (aged 63), Near Tiburon, California, U.S.A
He was an American actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, and screenwriter.
His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana.
His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region.
His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin.
Williams’s ancestry included English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.
June 4, 1978, Robin Williams married his first wife, Valerie Velardi. Their son Zachary Pym “Zak” Williams was born on April 11, 1983.  Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988
April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, a Filipino American and Zachary’s nanny, who was several months pregnant with his child. They had two children, Zelda Rae Williams (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan Williams (born November 25, 1991). In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams
Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California.
Photo I: Robin Williams 2009 by Jay Paul. // Photo II: Robin Williams with Pam Dawber on ‘Mork and Mindy’. // Photo III: Robin as D J Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning Vietnam 1987.
Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
August 11 2014 — Dave Itzkoff — http://www.nytimes.com
Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63.
The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” An investigation was underway.
The statement said that the office received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. Pacific time, saying that a man had been found “unconscious and not breathing inside his residence.” Emergency personnel sent to the scene identified him as Mr. Williams and pronounced him dead at 12:02 p.m.
Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr. Williams “has been battling severe depression.”
His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The privileged son of a Detroit auto executive who grew up chubby and lonesome, playing by himself with 2,000 toy soldiers in an empty room of a suburban mansion, Mr. Williams, as a boy, hardly fit the stereotype of someone who would grow to become a brainy comedian, or a goofy one, but he was both. Onstage he was known for ricochet riffs on politics, social issues and cultural matters both high and low; tales of drug and alcohol abuse; lewd commentaries on relations between the sexes; and lightning-like improvisations on anything an audience member might toss at him. His gigs were always rife with frenetic, spot-on impersonations that included Hollywood stars, presidents, princes, prime ministers, popes and anonymous citizens of the world. His irreverence was legendary and uncurtailable.
“Chuck, Cam, great to see you,” he once called out from a London stage at Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Lady Camilla Bowles. “Yo yo, wussup Wales, House of Windsor, keepin’ it real!”
And yet he never seemed to offend.
Almost from the moment that he first uttered the greeting “Nanoo, nanoo” as Mork from Ork, an alien who befriends a wholesome young Colorado woman (Pam Dawber), on the sitcom “Mork and Mindy,” Mr. Williams was a comedy celebrity. “Mork and Mindy” made its debut on ABC in September 1978, and within two weeks had reached No. 7 in the Nielsen ratings. By the spring of 1979, 60 million viewers were tuning in to “Mork and Mindy” each week to watch Mr. Williams drink water through his finger, stand on his head when told to sit down, speak gibberish words like “shazbot” and “nimnul” that came to have meaning when he used them, and misinterpret, in startlingly literal fashion, the ordinary idioms of modern life.
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J.J. Murphy

Veteran actor dies after filming first Game of Thrones scenes
August 11 2014 - http://www.bbc.com
A veteran actor who had just filmed his first scenes for Game of Thrones has died.
JJ Murphy, 86, died suddenly on Friday (August 08 2014) at his home in Belfast.
Mr Murphy had recently joined the cast for series five of the HBO series, which is largely filmed in Northern Ireland.
He had been cast as Ser Denys Mallister of the Night’s Watch. The character was due to appear throughout series five.
Mr Murphy had been expected to film more scenes this summer.
He also had a role alongside fellow Game of Thrones actor, Charles Dance, in the upcoming Hollywood film, Dracula Untold.
The movie was filmed in Northern Ireland in 2013 with a budget of £100m, and is due to be released in October.
Dracula Untold was not Mr Murphy’s first experience of Bram Stoker’s creation. He played Van Helsing in a 1980 production of The Death of Dracula at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
He was well known in Northern Ireland for his stage work having trained at the Old Group Drama School in the 1940s, and as a member of the Lyric Players Theatre.
Belfast born Mr Murphy leaves behind wife Mary, and two children, Joseph and Jane, and granddaughter Sarah-Jane.
His funeral will be held in Belfast on Wednesday.
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Lynn Borden (Lynn Freyse)
Born: March 24, 1939 (age 75), Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
She  is an American actress best known for her role as “Barbara Baxter” in the final season of the Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel, which aired on CBS from 1961 to 1966.
Borden’s father, Bill Freyse (1898–1969), a Detroit native, was a cartoonist who drew the classic comic strip and panel cartoon ‘Our Boarding House’ from 1939 until his death 30 years later. The strip, syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association, ended its run in 1984.
Her first role was uncredited as a party guest in Days of Wine and Roses (1962). The next year she had another uncredited part as a bus passenger in David Janssen’s ABC drama, The Fugitive. She was selected for her role of Barbara Baxter in the TV series Hazel (TV series) by Shirley Booth, who played the title role. Hazel ended after five full seasons in 1966, purportedly due to Booth’s health problems.
Borden appeared in “Walking Tall” (1973) and the low-budget horror film Frogs, about a town overrun by amphibians and reptiles. Other appearances include the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. She has made guest appearances on such television series as My Three Sons, The F.B.I., Family Affair (twice), Ironside, Get Smart, The Mod Squad, Petrocelli, McMillan and Wife, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy and CSI: NY. In her later years, Borden worked in commercials and plays.

Yvonne CraigPhoto I: Batgirl (Yvonne Craig) in a studio portrait from January 1967. // Photo II: Yvonne Craig as Marta - Orion ‘slave-girls’ // Photo III: Yvonne Craig