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Monica Vitti 90, the classic-trained Italian actor who earned a perennial place in art house drama as the inspiration for Michelangelo Antonioni for his 1960s films about existential dread before redefining herself as a comedian, died Wednesday in Rome. Once an icon of the Italian mystery, always on screen and on the covers of fashion magazines, she’s been out of sight for nearly 20 years, due to a degenerative condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease.

Bud Clark 90, the former Portland mayor and bar owner, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure. Clark, who was known for his social and eccentric personality, became mayor in 1985 after a surprise victory over current mayor Frank Ivanci. He served two terms until 1992. He also owned the Goose Hollow Inn in southwest Portland. As mayor, he shifted the focus toward community policing, helped expand mass transit, developed a plan to address homelessness, and worked to build the Oregon Convention Center.

Jimmy Johnson 93, who grew up picking cotton and listening to acoustic guitar in his native Mississippi before moving north to become one of Chicago’s greatest blues guitarists and singers of the late 20th century, died Monday at his home in Harvey, Illinois.

Like many other American bluesmen, Johnson first saw widespread fame in Western European capitals in the 1960s and 1970s, bustling with clubs and theaters. It was thanks, in part, to bands and musicians like the Rolling Stones, Peter Green (co-founder of Fleetwood Mac), and Eric Clapton, who helped spur commercial interest in the American blues that inspired them. “I’m bigger in Europe than I am in the States,” Johnson told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2020.[In America] They will play Caucasian blues before my country. …why are you running Eric Clapton’s record and not his own? ”

chisley crest The celebrity news program ‘Extra’ reporter who won the Miss USA 2019 title while working as a lawyer was found dead on January 30 in New York. The New York Police Department said Crist died in a fall from a high-rise building on Manhattan’s West Side, where she owned an apartment. Lt. Thomas Antonetti, a spokesman for the department, said the investigation into her death was tantamount to suicide. In the hours leading up to her death, Krist shared a photo of her on Instagram with the caption, “I hope this day brings you comfort and peace.”

Hargus “Pig” Robbins, 84, one of the most prolific pianists of country music sessions and a major contributor to Bob Dylan’s landmark 1966 album, “Blonde on Blonde” died on January 30. His death was announced on the website of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She did not mention the place of his death and did not specify the cause.

Robbins appeared on thousands of famous recordings made between the late 1950s and the mid-2000s, including Hank Snow’s “You’ve Been Everywhere” (1962), and Loretta Lynn’s Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (with Lovin’ on Your Mind)” (1966) and Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You” (1974). Several have also crossed over to become more pop hits, including Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” (1961) and Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” (1978).

Michael Spafford, Died January 29, a Seattle painter, printmaker, and educator whose work inspired both passionate admiration and casual controversy. The cause was lung cancer, according to his son Spike Maford.

One of the most respected artists on the Seattle art scene, Spafford was the subject of a very unusual joint exhibition held by three major local galleries in 2019, and the simultaneous publication of a monograph, “Michael C. Spafford: Epic Works.” For nearly 60 years, his work—which included paintings, prints, and watercolors—was devoted to interpretations of classic mythology, depicted in bold, highly stylized shades. Faces usually lack traits; Hands were often free from fingers, and color was sometimes discarded in favor of simple black and white.

Howard Heisman, Actor and stand-up comedian 81, best known for playing a stuck-up radio disc jockey in the 1960s on the TV sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati,” died Jan. 29 in Los Angeles. His wife, Caroline Ducruc, said he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from complications from colon surgery last summer.

Heisman received two Emmy Award nominations for his role as Dr. Johnny Pfeiffer on “WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran on CBS for four seasons from 1978 to 1982. The series featured one of the top 40 rock radio stations, as The cast rages against the disco era. With hard rock and punk songs. Heisman’s ruthless character, after being pushed out of the L.A. station where he was a star, acts as a prominent member of the counterculture in the Midwest outlet after smoothly talking about his path to the job.

Mel Mermelstein, 95, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who, fulfilling a sacred promise to his father and the millions of other Jews murdered by the Nazis, brought a group of Holocaust deniers to court in the 1980s and achieved a legal and moral victory in the ongoing battle against historical revisionism, died January 28 at his home in Long Beach, California. His daughter, Eddie Mermelstein, said the cause was complications from COVID-19.

Sister Janet Mead, AAn Omani Catholic nun who dedicated her life to the homeless, Aboriginal and other disadvantaged people in her native Australia and became a worldwide sensation as a pop star who topped the charts in 1974 with a rocking version of the Lord’s Prayer, died on January 26. in Adelaide. She was reported to be 83 or 84 years old. The Catholic Diocese of Adelaide confirmed the death, without giving a reason, but friends said she had cancer.

The song Lord’s Prayer has sold over two million copies worldwide, climbed the charts in more than 30 countries and reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 at Easter 1974.

Phyllis Oakley 87, whose 25-year diplomatic career at the State Department almost didn’t happen due to an unwritten rule forbidding female Foreign Service officers from marrying, died Jan. 22 in a Washington, D.C. hospital, according to her son, Thomas Oakley, “her heart just stopping.”

The State Department gave way to banning informal marriages in 1974, allowing women to marry and offering to return those forced out earlier. Oakley was reinstated after a forced 16-year hiatus, becoming deputy department spokesman under President Ronald Reagan and Assistant Secretary of Intelligence and Research under President Bill Clinton.

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