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Here's an archive of the classic-movie related news items for 1998.
All have been verified by reliable news sources, but if you have any updated
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- 4- Mae Questel, voice of Betty Boop in more than 150 short cartoons
as well as the voice of Olive Oyl in the Popeye cartoons, dies at the age
- 16- Emil Sitka, veteran character actor best known for being picked
on by the Three Stooges, dies at age 83.
- 6- Washington National Airport is renamed for Ronald
Reagan, classic movie actor and former president of the United States.
- 6- George Masters, Hollywood hairstylist and makeup artist for everyone
from Marlene Dietrich and
Marilyn Monroe to Dustin Hoffman in his role as "Tootsie," dies
of heart failure at age 62.
- 10- Lloyd Bridges, classic movie actor who overcame McCarthy-era
blacklisting, dies at age 85.
- 23- Dozens of previous Oscar
winners, including such classic stars as Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine,
Red Buttons, George Chakiris,
Claude Jarman Jr.,
George Kennedy, Jack Lemmon,
Rita Moreno, Patricia Neal, Jack Palance,
Sidney Poitier, Luise Rainer,
Harold Russell, Eva
Marie Saint, Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger,
Claire Trevor, Shelley
Teresa Wright, appear on the telecast of the 70th Annual Academy
Awards in a special tribute to previous winners.
- 1- Gene Evans, character actor in more than 30 films of the late
1940s and '50s, including OPERATION PETTICOAT (1959) and who played the
father on TV's "My Friend Flicka," dies of heart failure at age
- 3- Charles Lang, Academy
Award-winning cinematographer (and 18-time nominee) who shot THE GHOST
AND MRS. MUIR (1947) and SABRINA (1954), dies of pneumonia at age 96.
Ann Miller, veteran Hollywood comedienne and tap-dancing star of
such films as STAGE DOOR (1937), EASTER PARADE (1948), SMALL TOWN GIRL
(1953) and KISS ME KATE (1953), celebrates her 75th birthday.
- 3- Gene Raymond, handsome blond actor and husband of Jeanette MacDonald,
whose films of the '30s and '40s included FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933), the
musical, dies of pneumonia at age 89.
- 9- Alice Faye, queen of many-a 20th
Century-Fox musical of the '30s and '40s, dies of cancer at age 83..
- 11- Gene Fowler Jr., writer, editor, producer and director who made
the cult classic I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), dies at age 80.
- 14- Frank Sinatra, singer,
Oscar-winning actor, and American pop idol, dies of a heart attack at age
- 5- Jeanette Nolan, actress whose 70-year career featured many roles
in westerns, including THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) and TV's
"Wagon Train," dies of stroke complications at the age of 86.
- 8- Dirk Bogarde, award-winning British actor and writer who appeared
in a number of films throughout the 1950s and '60s, reveals that a massive
stroke after an operation in 1996 has left him paralyzed down one side
- 16- The American Film Institute's list of the 100
greatest American movies names CITIZEN KANE (1941) as America's greatest
movie, followed by CASABLANCA
(1942), THE GODFATHER (1972), GONE WITH
THE WIND (1939)
and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
- 22- Maureen O'Sullivan, beautiful star of the 1930s who was Jane
to Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan in several of the films, dies of a heart
attack at age 87.
- 6- Roy Rogers, the singing cowboy who rode the "happy trails"
with Dale Evans on and off the screen in the '40s and '50s, dies of heart
failure at age 86.
- 21- Robert Young, very active MGM
player of the 1930s and '40s who later became known for his TV roles on
"Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D," dies of
respiratory failure at age 91.
- 27- Binnie Barnes, British-born character actress featured in over
70 films throughout the 1930s and '40s including HOLIDAY (1938) and THE
SPANISH MAIN (1945), dies at the age of 95.
- 28- Jerome Robbins,
master choreographer of modern ballet and co-director of WEST
SIDE STORY (1961), dies of a stroke at age 79.
- 6- Akira Kurosawa, Japanese filmmaker and creator of THE SEVEN SAMURAI
(1954), dies of a stroke at age 88.
- 2- Gene Autry, Hollywood's first singing cowboy, dies at age 91.
- 3- Roddy McDowall, child
star of films like HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
(1941) and LASSIE COME HOME (1943) who continued acting into adulthood
in films like THE PLANET OF THE APES series, dies of cancer at age 70.
- 3- Bob Kane, creator of "Batman" (in 1939) and writer
and consultant for several of the Caped Crusader movies between 1943 and
1997, dies at age 83.
- 8- Jean Marais, French actor and pillar of French cinema throughout
the 1940s, '50s and '60s, dies of a heart attack at age 84.
- 13- Valerie Hobson, elegant Irish-born actress who appeared in a number
of English films throughout the 1930s and '40s including GREAT EXPECTATIONS
(1946), dies at age 81.
- 1- Freddie Young, Oscar-winning cinematographer for LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA (1963) and DR. ZHIVAGO (1965), dies at age 96.
- 7- John Addison, Hollywood and TV composer throughout the 1950s
and '60s who won an Oscar for his score to TOM JONES (1963), dies of a
stroke at age 78.
- 20- Irene Hervey, leading lady of a number of films during the 1930s
and '40s who was most famous for her role as Janice Tyndall in DESTRY RIDES
AGAIN (1939), dies at age 89.
- 28- Don Taylor, actor, writer and director who played a number of
clean-cut American boys in 1950s films such as FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950),
THE BLUE VEIL (1951) and STALAG 17 (1953), dies in Los Angeles at age 78.
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