Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003

Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture


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About the Book

The entertainment world lost several legendary stars and a host of other men and women involved in film, television, stage and music in 2003. Comedian and humanitarian extraordinaire Bob Hope died at 100, and Oscar winning icons Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck passed on during the year. Other notables who died include country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter Cash, television funnyman John Ritter, The Honeymooners Ed Norton (Art Carney) and The Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), veteran newsman David Brinkley, stage and screen star Hume Cronyn, The Untouchable Robert Stack, comedian Buddy Hackett, Hollywood tough-guy Charles Bronson and fellow Magnificent Seven Horst Buchholz.
The obituaries of these and other performers and filmmakers, musicians and producers, dancers and composers, writers and others associated with the performing arts who died in 2003 can be found in this comprehensive reference work. For each, the date, place and cause of death are provided, along with a brief recap of their career and citations from major newspaper and periodical stories reporting the death. Filmographies are given for film and television performers, and photographs of many of the individuals are included. Individual books in this annual series are available dating back to 1994. A subscription plan is available for future issues.

About the Author(s)

Harris M. Lentz III, independent scholar and prodigious researcher, is the author of numerous reference works. He lives in Horseshoe Lake, Arkansas.

Bibliographic Details

Harris M. Lentz III
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 451
Bibliographic Info: 835 photos, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1756-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5208-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Lentz’s Performing Arts Obituaries

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

Reference Bibliography      3

The 2003 Obituaries      5

Book Reviews & Awards

“this volume is a one-stop resource summarizing the deaths of all major individuals in the fields of television, film, cartoons, theater, music and popular literature throughout the world. Each obituary is well written and concise…a great resource…recommended”—Choice; “fascinating…very useful and convenient”—ARBA; “useful”—Booklist; “indispensable reference sources for obit information…recommended…detailed biographical entries…libraries will find this work most helpful, and it will also appeal to readers wishing for a permanent record”—Classic Images; “the best”—Big Reel; “interesting…provide[s] information that might not [be] as easy to find in another source”—Reference Reviews.