Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2008

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 the performing arts in 2008. Notables who died include Heath Ledger, Barry Morse, Suzanne Pleshette, Bo Diddley, Tim Russert, Eartha Kitt, Beverly Garland and Isaac Hayes.
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 2008 can be found in this comprehensive reference work. For each, the date, place, and cause of death are provided, along with a 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: 482
Bibliographic Info: 1247 photos, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3482-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5384-9
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Lentz’s Performing Arts Obituaries

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction      ix

Reference Bibliography      xiii

The 2008 Obituaries      1

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; “indispensable reference sources for obit information”—Classic Images; “fascinating…difficult to put down…a nostalgia evoking experience”—ARBA; “a comprehensive and well done reference work”—Reference Reviews; “the reference value of such biographical information in one place (or series) is invaluable”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.