Published: February 13, 2009
Estelle Bennett, one of the beehived queens of 1960s girl-group pop as a member of the Ronettes, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67.
February 14, 2009    

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The Ronettes in 1966. From left, Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector and Nedra Talley-Ross.

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Ms. Bennett in 2007.



She was found on Wednesday in her apartment by a friend, after family members had been unable to reach her for several days, said her daughter, Toyin Hunter. The cause was colon cancer, Ms. Hunter said.
With their short skirts, heavy makeup and enormous towers of Aquanet-steadied hair, the Ronettes were New York’s sassy, street-smart variation on the virginal girl-group model. Their biggest hits, like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” embodied the forceful “wall of sound” aesthetic of their producer, Phil Spector, with a simple but reverberant backbeat and swells of strings and vocals.
The group was led by Ms. Bennett’s younger sister, Veronica (better known as Ronnie), who, with Ms. Hunter, survives her. It also included their cousin Nedra Talley. Their unpolished but flirty voices, and Ronnie’s breaking “whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh” in “Be My Baby,” have echoed through generations of female rock singers.
After winning a talent contest at the Apollo Theater in 1959, they started to make a name for themselves dancing the twist at the Peppermint Lounge. The three young singers sang backup for Joey Dee, Bobby Rydell and others, and beginning in 1961 began making their own records. After several early singles failed to become hits, they signed with Mr. Spector’s Philles label in 1963 and released “Be My Baby” that August.
An immediate hit, the song went to No. 2 and sold two million copies. Over the next three years the Ronettes released a series of singles that have become classics, including “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up” and “Walking in the Rain,” though none of the singles after “Be My Baby” reached the Top 20.
The three young women developed their signature look together, but Estelle, who attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, had a particular flair for fashion and design. Ronnie — who married Mr. Spector in 1968 and later divorced him — dominated the group, while Estelle developed a role as “the quiet, sophisticated one,” Ms. Talley, who now goes by the name Nedra Talley-Ross, said in an interview on Friday.
As the group became famous, Estelle had a series of famous suitors, including Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Johnny Mathis, Ms. Talley-Ross said.
The group broke up in 1966, leaving Estelle devastated. She released a single, “The Year 2000,” which set a vision of nuclear apocalypse to Ronettes-like music, and made a few other recordings. But soon she left music, and for much of her adult life Ms. Bennett struggled with mental illness; she was also homeless for a time, her daughter said.
The Ronettes sued Mr. Spector in 1988, seeking $10 million in what they said were unpaid royalties and income made from licensing the group’s songs to movies and commercials; they said that they had received only one payment from Mr. Spector, for $14,482.30. They lost the licensing part of the case but were still able to collect more than $1 million in royalties, according to Jonathan Greenfield, Ronnie Spector’s husband.
In 2007 the Ronettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, introduced by Keith Richards. Ms. Bennett made a brief acceptance speech but did not perform with her old band mates. Still, Ms. Talley-Ross said, she had not seen her so happy in years.
“Estelle did not want the Ronettes to end,” she said.
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Published: February 14, 2009
Beverly Eckert, who became a prominent spokeswoman for the families of 9/11 victims after her husband was killed in the attacks, died Thursday in the plane crash near Buffalo. She was 57 and lived in Stamford, Conn.
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Beverly Eckert spoke with reporters in October 2004.


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Ms. Eckert was aboard Continental Connection Flight 3407 on her way to Buffalo, her hometown, to help celebrate what would have been the 58th birthday of her husband, Sean P. Rooney.
On Feb. 6, Ms. Eckert joined other relatives of 9/11 victims and victims of the 2000 attack on the Navy destroyer Cole in a meeting with President Obama to discuss changes in the handling of terrorism suspects.
“Beverly lost her husband on 9/11 and became a tireless advocate for those families whose lives were forever changed on that September day,” President Obama said at the White House on Friday morning. “And in keeping with that passionate commitment, she was on her way to Buffalo to mark what would have been her husband’s birthday and launch a scholarship in his memory. So she was an inspiration to me and to so many others, and I pray that her family finds peace and comfort in the hard days ahead.”
After the death of her husband, who was a vice president for risk management services at the Aon Corporation, Ms. Eckert was a co-chairwoman of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, a group of victims’ relatives who looked into possible government failures before the attacks.
Ms. Eckert supported the work of the 9/11 Commission, and after its recommendations were released, she urged Congress to adopt the findings.
Annalisa DiNucci, Ms. Eckert’s next-door neighbor and friend, said Ms. Eckert’s top concerns were transparency in the investigations into the attacks, the improvement of building codes and emergency communications, and her desire to see Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is believed to be the mastermind of the attacks and is in United States custody, put on trial.
Beverly A. Eckert was born May 29, 1951. She met her future husband at a dance at Canisius High School, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, when they were 16. She received a degree in fine arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974.
Mr. Rooney lived in Buffalo until 1978, managing restaurants before starting work in the financial services industry and living in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to a 2001 article in The Buffalo News.
The couple had recently celebrated turning 50 together with vacations to Vermont, to mark his birthday, and Morocco, to mark hers, when the terror attack occurred. They had been married 21 years.
Mr. Rooney was one of 32 Aon employees who were at work on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower. He exchanged voice mail messages and telephone calls with his wife as he tried to make it to safety. He had made his way to the 105th floor in an attempt to reach the roof when he died.
Ms. Eckert was also a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and at the Julia A. Stark Elementary School in Stamford, according to Ms. DiNucci, her neighbor.
Five or six years ago, she met a man, Shawn Monks, during a trip to Block Island, R.I., Ms. DiNucci said. Mr. Monks, who was from Garrison, N.Y., lived with Ms. Eckert in Stamford.
Besides Mr. Monks, Ms. Eckert is survived by three sisters, Susan Bourque of East Aurora, N.Y.; Karen Eckert of Williamsville, N.Y.; and Margaret Eckert of Springfield, Mass.; a brother, Raymond Eckert, of Amherst, N.Y.; and seven nephews and one niece.
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Published: February 13, 2009
Alison L. Des Forges, a human rights activist and historian who tried to call the world’s attention to the looming genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and who later wrote what is considered the definitive account of the eventual slaughter of more than 500,000 Rwandans, was among the passengers killed Thursday when Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo. She was 66 and lived in Buffalo.
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Alison L. Des Forges, second from left, before a panel discussion in New York City in 2005.


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Her death was confirmed by Human Rights Watch, the New York-based advocacy group; Dr. Des Forges was senior adviser for its Africa division for nearly 20 years.
Although she lived in Buffalo, Dr. Des Forges (pronounced deh-FORZH) spent much of her adult life in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. She was among a group of activists who investigated killings, kidnappings and other rights abuses of civilians in Rwanda from 1990 to 1993.
In May 1994, several weeks into the mass killing of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, Dr. Des Forges called for the killings to be officially declared a genocide. By then about 200,000 people had been killed.
“Governments hesitate to call the horror by its name,” Dr. Des Forges wrote in The New York Times, “for to do so would oblige them to act: signatories to the Convention for the Prevention of Genocide, including the United States, are legally bound to ‘prevent and punish’ it.”
Peacekeepers should be sent into the country and economic sanctions imposed, Dr. Des Forges said, concluding, “Can we do anything less in the face of genocide, no matter what name we give it?”
After a Tutsi-led rebel group took power after ending the killings, Dr. Des Forges spent four years interviewing organizers and victims of the genocide. She testified before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, based in Arusha, Tanzania, and at trials in Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Canada. She also appeared on expert panels convened by the United Nations and what is now the African Union, as well as the French and Belgian legislatures and the United States Congress.
The MacArthur Foundation recognized her work with a $375,000 “genius” grant in 1999.
Her authoritative book, “Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda,” was published that year.
On its Web site, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum said Dr. Des Forges’ book provides “a meticulously detailed description of the organization of the campaign that killed some half million Tutsi,” adding that it “analyzes the failure of the international community to intervene in the genocide.”
Mahmood Mamdani, a professor of government and anthropology at Columbia University and the author of the book “When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda” (2001), called Dr. Des Forges “the leading person who sought to document the events leading up to the Rwandan genocide, so that future generations would have the material on hand to draw the appropriate lessons from it.”
In 2001, after a Belgian court sentenced four Rwandans, two of them Roman Catholic nuns, to long prison terms for their roles in the genocide, Dr. Des Forges said she had been deeply impressed by the proceedings — the first in which a jury of ordinary citizens was asked to sit in judgment of war crimes in another nation.
“People maybe don’t even realize just how revolutionary this jury trial, so far from the events, really is,” she told The Times then. The Belgian trial, she said, “has been done with a great deal more depth than those in Rwanda.”
Dr. Des Forges was also an authority on human rights violations in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire.
While a central focus of her work was documenting the crimes of the Hutu-led government that organized the three-month-long genocide, Dr. Des Forges later leveled strong criticism of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, the Tutsi-led rebel movement headed by Paul Kagame, now Rwanda’s president. His government has been in power since the genocide.
Dr. Des Forges was among critics who accused the Kagame government of massacring thousands of Rwandan civilians in 1994, of killing civilians and refugees in the eastern Congo in 1996 and 1997, and of making repeated military interventions in the Congo. The government barred her from entering the country last year.
Alison B. Liebhafsky was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Schenectady, N.Y., the daughter of Herman A. Liebhafsky, a chemist, and Sybil Small. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1964 and received a master’s degree in 1966 and a doctorate in 1972, both in history, from Yale.
Her master’s thesis focused on the impact of European colonization on Rwanda’s social system, and her doctoral dissertation was about Yuhi Musinga, the mwami, or ruler, of Rwanda from 1896 to 1931, during which Germany, and later Belgium, colonized Rwanda.
Dr. Des Forges is survived by her husband, Roger V. Des Forges, a historian of China who teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo; a brother, Douglas Small Liebhafsky; a daughter, Jessie Des Forges; a son, Alexander; and three grandchildren.
Dr. Des Forges’ efforts went beyond historical documentation.
Theodore S. Dagne, an Africa analyst for the Congressional Research Service, worked with Dr. Des Forges in Africa and in Washington. On Friday, he recalled how she fought to save the life of a human-rights associate in Rwanda, Monique Mujawamariya.
“On Day 1” of the genocide, Mr. Dagne said, “Alison was calling Monique hour after hour as they were going door to door killing people; Monique tells Alison they are close.”
Ms. Mujawamariya managed to escape by crossing the border.
“Day after day, for months,” Mr. Dagne said, “Alison lobbied everybody she could think of in Kigali and Washington and finally arranged for Monique to come to this country.”
Ms. Mujawamariya now lives in Canada, he said.
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Published: February 14, 2009
Leila Hadley, whose impulsive trip around the world in her 20s led to a career writing travel books like “Give Me the World” and “A Journey With Elsa Cloud,” died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 83 and lived in Manhattan and on Fishers Island, N.Y.
February 15, 2009    

Leila Hadley in Africa in the 1950s. She wrote a series of guidebooks for travelers with children.

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Leila Hadley in 1972.

The death was confirmed by her son Matthew Eliott, who could not provide details about the cause. She had suffered from emphysema for several years.
Mrs. Hadley, a glamorous, socially fluent beauty with a long list of prominent friends and lovers on her résumé, first tried her hand at writing with the encouragement of S. J. Perelman, one of many admirers. After quitting her job as the publicity director for “The Howdy Doody Show” in 1951, she took her 6-year-old son, Arthur T. Hadley III, on a two-year round-the-world trip, traveling from Singapore to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and from Beirut to Malta onboard a schooner being sailed by four young American men, one of whom became her second husband.
The trip provided the material for “Give Me the World,” praised for its sharp-eyed, vivid descriptions and for the author’s enthusiasm for leaving the beaten path, wherever she was. Mrs. Hadley went on to write a series of guidebooks for travelers with children, drawing on her own experience as a mother of four.
“Children are hardy and adaptable if given a chance to rise to the occasion,” she told The New York Times in 1962. “I always remember that wonderful Zulu saying, ‘Dirt that don’t make dead, fattens.’ ”
Her reputation as an expert on children came under a cloud when her daughter Caroline Nicholson and Ms. Nicholson’s oldest daughter, Faith, filed a lawsuit against her in 2003. The suit claimed damages for what the two said was sexual abuse during the 1970s, when Mrs. Hadley was having an affair with Henry Luce III, the oldest son of the founder of Time magazine, whom she married in 1990. (He died in 2005.) Mrs. Hadley, who denied all accusations of abuse, said that her daughter had filed the lawsuit simply to get money.
The case was settled out of court earlier this year.
Leila Eliott Burton, the daughter of a linens manufacturer, grew up in comfortable circumstances in Greenvale, N.Y. The pronunciation of her first name stumped new acquaintances throughout her life. “It’s LEE-la, as in the Hindi for ‘cosmic play,’ which should register in anyone’s mind forever, but doesn’t,” she once said.
After graduating from St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md., where her classmates included Gloria Vanderbilt, she turned down a scholarship to Radcliffe to marry Arthur Twining Hadley II, whom she later described as “handsome, but a cad.” Her mother handed her off with the only bit of intimate advice she ever imparted: “Don’t worry, Dear, sex will only last a year.”
The marriage quickly ended in divorce, as did marriages to Yvor H. Smitten, a geologist she met on her round-the-world tour, and William C. Musham, a Chicago businessman. In addition to her sons Matthew, of North Salem, N.Y., and Dr. Arthur T. Hadley III of Richmond, Tex., and her daughter Caroline Nicholson of Devonshire, England, she is survived by another daughter, Victoria S. Barlow of Manhattan; and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Hadley quickly landed on her feet after her first marriage ended and found work in public relations, initially with the cartoonist Al Capp. In 1950 Look magazine described her as “the chic, high-level, in-the-know, celebrity-surrounded career girl that millions of young women dream of becoming in New York.” After making a splash with her first book, she worked as an editor at Diplomat magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, where she rose to the position of cartoon editor.
At the same time, she wrote “How to Travel With Children in Europe” (1963), a successful advice book, which led to “Fielding’s Guide to Traveling with Children in Europe” (1972) and “Traveling With Children in the U.S.A.” (1976). With John Barclay she wrote “Manners for Young People” (1966).
In 1978 her daughter Victoria invited her to visit India. Victoria, from whom she had been estranged for years, was translating Sanskrit texts into Tibetan near Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile. Mrs. Hadley saw the invitation as a chance to re-establish ties, and she and her daughter traveled from New Delhi to Dharamsala. Mrs. Hadley described the trip in “A Journey With Elsa Cloud,” a blend of autobiography, family saga and travel book whose title came from Victoria’s childhood wish to be “the sea, the jungle, or else a cloud.”
Along the way, Mrs. Hadley developed a lifelong interest in Tibet. In 1979 she wrote “Tibet 20 Years After the Chinese Takeover.” She was a board member of Tibet House for many years and endowed the Leila Hadley Luce Chair for Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University.
Trouble lay just over the horizon after the journey of reconciliation. Victoria denounced the book and later contributed family letters and her own diaries to support her sister Caroline’s lawsuit, whose details were reported in The New York Post and Vanity Fair.
Caroline Nicholson said that Mr. Luce had repeatedly tried to rape her and that she had been invited into bed by her mother and Mr. Luce. The case was dismissed in 2004 when the judge ruled that New York’s 30-year statute of limitations for the complaint had expired. Faith Nicholson said that Mrs. Hadley had attempted to assault her sexually and had intentionally inflicted emotional distress.
As charges and countercharges flew back and forth, Mrs. Hadley revealed, in her deposition, that she had been pursued ardently by Marlon Brando when he was performing on Broadway in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and had had a passionate affair with the cartoonist Charles Addams.
Matthew Eliott (who changed his last name in the 1970s) conceded that his mother was mentally troubled but challenged his sisters’ version of events, which painted a picture of their mother as a narcissist obsessed with money, social connections and her weight.
During the turmoil Mrs. Hadley produced a serene book, “A Garden by the Sea” (2005), about the pleasures of tending marigolds and irises on Fishers Island.
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Published: February 12, 2009
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Shirley Jean Rickert, who starred in several “Our Gang” film comedies as a child and later became a burlesque performer, died here Feb. 6. She was 82.
February 13, 2009    

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The “Our Gang” cast in 1931, including Jackie Cooper, third from left, and Shirley Jean Rickert, third from right.

She died in a nursing home after a long illness, her daughter, Melody Kennedy, said.
Ms. Rickert, who later went by her married name, Measures, appeared in the “Our Gang” films in 1931 with Jackie Cooper and other pre-Spanky and Alfalfa characters, playing a coquettish Mae West-type character with a short blond bob. Between 1927 and 1934, she played Tomboy Teri Taylor in eight Mickey McGuire comedies alongside Mickey Rooney.
She performed in several other films, including “ ’Neath the Arizona Skies” with John Wayne and “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly. After her movie career, she worked in burlesque in the 1950s, billed as Gilda and Her Crowning Glory, for her long blond hair. As Gilda, she performed in theaters and nightclubs across the United States and Canada.
She left burlesque in 1959, working in jobs that included being a bartender, a secretary and the sales director for a regional theater in Springfield, Mass. In the mid-’70s, she became a traveling saleswoman for industrial hardware.
“I walk in and they say, ‘Not another nuts-and-bolts salesman,’ ” Ms. Rickert told The Associated Press in 1993. “And then I open my sales folder and show them an 8-by-10 of me in ‘Our Gang.’ I say, ‘You grew up with me.’ Then they do a 360.”
Late in life, she performed in local theater productions, helped maintain a Web site for her fans and occasionally appeared at film festivals and conventions. She also sold her crafts at a local shop.
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Published: February 11, 2009
Carolyn George d’Amboise, a photographer and a former soloist with the New York City Ballet whose high-flying, witty performances contributed to the young company’s early impact in the 1950s, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 81.
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Carolyn George in Balanchine’s “Western Symphony.”



The cause was complications of primary lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease, said her husband, Jacques d’Amboise, the former City Ballet star and founder, with his wife, of the National Dance Institute, an arts organization for children.
Tall, slim and elegant, Ms. George (who used her maiden name professionally) was nicknamed Tweety Bird by the choreographer Jerome Robbins for her arrow-swift leaps in works like George Balanchine’s “Symphony in C.” John Martin, the dance critic of The New York Times, hailed her move from the corps de ballet to solo roles as “a happy surprise” in 1954.
Born in Dallas on Sept. 6, 1927, Ms. George was descended from some of the first settlers in Waco, Tex. Her achievements and aspirations were regularly chronicled by Dallas newspapers.
But as she recalled later, “I had my sights set on New York.” Interviewed in The Dallas Times Herald in 1959, the year she left City Ballet, she noted that since there were no professional dance companies in Dallas, “the only professional experience I had before trying a dancing career was gained in Dallas summer musicals.”
In 1946 Carl Randall, director of those musicals — the Starlight Operettas — and his wife chaperoned Ms. George to New York for a summer of study at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. The New York City Ballet was founded two years later.
Ms. George also spent a year at the Texas State College for Women before transferring to the San Francisco Ballet school and appearing with its company.
In 1952 she returned to New York and appeared in musicals. She also auditioned for City Ballet, but was told she could join only after the company’s 1952 European tour. She made an unscheduled debut before the tour when she was pulled from the audience to replace an ill dancer in Balanchine’s “Swan Lake.” Balanchine then invited her to join on tour.
Ms. George danced with City Ballet from 1952 and became a soloist in 1954. She married Mr. d’Amboise on New Year’s Day 1956 and left that year to give birth to their son George. She returned in 1958 but resigned the next year, when George was being treated for cancer.
In addition to her husband and George, of Boulder, Colo., she is survived by another son, Christopher, a choreographer who was a dancer in City Ballet and artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, of Manhattan; twin daughters, Catherine d’Amboise of Santa Fe, N.M., and Charlotte d’Amboise, the actress and dancer, of Manhattan; four grandchildren; and a sister, Marilyn Sheffield of Plano, Tex.
Ms. George created roles at City Ballet in Robbins’s “Fanfare,” Todd Bolender’s “Souvenirs” and William Dollar’s “Five Gifts,” and often won praise when she stepped into existing roles.
In the 1980s Ms. George started photographing for City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. She studied with the photographer Ernst Haas, and her books of photos included dance and nondance subjects.
In 1973 Ms. George made a cameo appearance as the grandmother in Balanchine’s “Nutcracker” at City Ballet. It was a family affair. Her husband was the Sugarplum Fairy’s cavalier, Christopher was the little Nutcracker Prince, the twins danced in children’s roles and George replaced the boy who propels a bed around the stage.
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Published: February 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Bee, who became an overnight country music star at 13 with her 1952 hit version of the novelty song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” died on Saturday in Oceanside, Calif. She was 69.
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Molly Bee in the early 1950s.



The cause was complications of a stroke, after several months of failing health, her manager, Rick Saphire, said.
Ms. Bee was just 10 when she began her music career, singing the Hank Williams’s classic “Lovesick Blues” on the country star Rex Allen’s radio show.
Three years later she was a star herself, with a hit song and a regular role on “Hometown Jamboree,” a popular Southern California country-western television show.
She made her movie debut in 1954 in “Corral Cuties,” opposite the country star Tennessee Ernie Ford, with whom she had recorded the duet “Don’t Start Courtin’ in a Hot Rod Ford” the year before.
She also appeared in the films “Going Steady,” “Chartroose Caboose” and “The Young Swingers” and recorded songs like “Young Romance,” “Five Points of a Star” and “Don’t Look Back.”
She also had a regular role on Ford’s TV variety show and played Pinky Lee’s sidekick on “The Pinky Lee Show,” one of the most popular children’s programs of the 1950s.
Molly Gene Beachboard was born on Aug. 18, 1939, in Oklahoma City and reared in Tennessee and Arizona before moving to Los Angeles with her family at the age of 11.
She was married five times. She is survived by two daughters, Lia Genn and Bobbi Carey; a son, Michael Allen; a brother, Robert Beachboard; and four grandchildren.
Ms. Bee’s career began to fade by the late-1960s, and in later years she was candid in saying that a period of drug abuse was one of the reasons.
She began a comeback in the 1970s, playing small country bars that were a far cry from the large concert halls she had once presided over. Slowly she rebuilt her audience, releasing the albums “Good Golly Ms. Molly” in 1975 and “Sounds Fine to Me” in 1982.
More recently she appeared occasionally at autograph shows.
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Published: February 11, 2009
HAVANA (AP) — Orlando Cachaito López, the bassist considered the heartbeat of the Cuban group Buena Vista Social Club, died here Monday. He was 76.
February 11, 2009    

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Orlando Cachaito López



The cause was complications of prostate surgery, said Manuel Galbán, a Cuban musician who played with Mr. López for decades.
Mr. López was a founding member of the band, a group of older Cuban musicians brought together in the 1990s by the American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder. The group included Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Omara Portuondo.
Later, the filmmaker Wim Wenders showcased their talents, which had been all but forgotten, in the documentary “Buena Vista Social Club.” The band, which plays a mix of traditional Cuban rhythms, saw its renown grew as it toured internationally.
But it has lost many of its members. Mr. González, a pianist; and the vocalists Mr. Segundo (born Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz), Mr. Ferrer and Pio Leyva have all died in recent years.
Mr. López was also a star independent of Buena Vista. His groundbreaking debut album, “Cachaito,” won a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music in 2002.
Born in Havana in 1933, Mr. López hailed from a family of at least 30 bass players, including his uncle, the well-known Israel Cachao López. Mr. López’s nickname translates to “Little Cachao.” His father, Orestes, played piano and cello as well as bass and was also a composer.
Mr. López originally played the violin but, as he said many times, eventually switched to the bass after his grandfather urged him to take up the family trade.
Mr. López was a pioneer of Cuban mambo, and by 17 was part of a noted big band group known as Riverside. He later joined Cuba’s national symphony and played with a band called Los Zafiros.
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Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo ae
Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo ae

Puso un baile una jutía, para una gran diversión
de timbalero un ratón que alegraba el campo un día
Un gato también venía elegante y placentero
buenas noches compañero siempre fijo hacia el timbal
para ahi el tipo de tocar para descansar un poco
salió el ratón medio loco, también voy a descansar
y el gato en su buen bailar, bailaba un danzón liviano
el ratón se sube a guano y dice bien placentero

Y ahora si quieren bailar busquen otro timbalero

Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé
Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé
Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé

Oye faustino Oramas y su compañero necesito
que me apaguen el fuego

Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé

Oye si estas perdido marca los siete ceros
y asi vendran mas pronto los bomberos

Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé
Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé mama!
Ay Candela, Candela, Candela me quemo aé

Dilan, dilan
Me quemo aé
dilan, diriran
Me quemo aé
diriran, diriran…

Margarita que me quemo (me quemo aé)
Yo quiero seguir gozando (me quemo aé)
La candela me esta llamando (me quemo aé)
Me gusta seguir guarachando (me quemo aé)
Esta tarde venimo’ acabando (me quemo aé)
Como quera seguimo’ tocando (me quemo aé)
La mujer cuando de agacha (me quemo aé)
Se le abre el entendimiento (me quemo aé)
La mujer cuando de agacha (me quemo aé)
Se le abre el entendimiento (me quemo aé)
Y el hombre cuando la mira (me quemo aé)
Se le para el pensamiento (me quemo aé)
De ti me gusta una cosa (me quemo aé)
Sin que me cueste trabajo (me quemo aé)
De ti me gusta una cosa (me quemo aé)
Sin que me cueste trabajo (me quemo aé)
De la barriga pa’ arriba (me quemo aé)
De la cintura pa’ abajo (me quemo aé)
Mira se quema, se quema mama

İbrahim Ferrer
Pio Leyva
Eliades Ochoa
Juan de Marcos González
Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal
Barbarito Torres
Orlando “Cachaito” López
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Published: February 13, 2009
(AP) — Phil Carey, best known for his role as the tycoon Asa Buchanan in the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” died on Feb. 7 at his home in New York City. He was 83.
His death followed a battle with lung cancer, ABC network officials said.
Born Eugene Joseph Carey on July 15, 1925, in Hackensack, N.J., Mr. Carey began his film career with a part in “Operation Pacific,” starring John Wayne.
This led to contracts with Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures and roles in “Springfield Rifle,” “Mister Roberts,” “Fighting Mad,” “The Long Gray Line” and other movies. Mr. Carey’s prime-time television credits include starring roles in “Philip Marlowe,” “Laredo” and “The Untamed World.” He was a guest star on shows like “Gunsmoke,” “All in the Family,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Police Woman.”
He also toured in stage plays, including “All My Sons” and “Cyrano de Bergerac.”
Mr. Carey originated the role of the billionaire Asa Buchanan in 1980 and played him until the character died in his sleep, in August 2007. But Mr. Carey was brought back in video wills and was last seen on the show on Dec. 29.
He is survived by his wife, Colleen, and their two children, Shannon and Sean, as well three children from a previous marriage, Lisa, Linda and Jeff.
SOURCE: The New York Times:
By Allan Bernstein
Copyright 2009 Houston Chrinicle

Feb. 11, 2009, 6:38AM

Sharon Steinmann Chronicle
Former City Councilwoman Eleanor Tinsley advocated beautification efforts in Houston and championed the city’s 1980 sign ordinance to regulate billboards.
Visitation and memorial service for Eleanor Tinsley
Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main, where she was a member and had taught Sunday school. Cremation to follow.Family members will receive visitors 4-6 p.m. Thursday on the Allen Parkway side of Eleanor Tinsley Park, just west of downtown Houston.

Few genteel teachers of piano and the Bible go on to win political battles for school desegregation, smoking bans, billboard regulation, bicycle helmet requirements, gay rights and park space. In fact, Eleanor Whilden Tinsley may have been the only one.


The former Houston school board chair and city councilwoman died of cancer Tuesday at 82, a dozen days after she was honored at a fundraising luncheon for the local branch of Planned Parenthood. There, she told the audience why friends frequently brought her turtle-shaped objects from around the world. Turtles were her personal symbol, she said, because they only get things done when they stick out their necks.


The critics who portrayed Tinsley as the raging queen of liberal causes, government over-reaching and the “nanny state” were hardly the most venomous of her enemies.


Unidentified people threw grease, garbage and black roses on her southwest Houston lawn during school integration in the early 1970s, friends and former aides recalled Tuesday.


Death threats forced city officials to remove her name from a reserved City Hall parking space in the early 1980s as she pushed for fluoridization of the east side water supply.


As she successfully sought the removal of hundreds of billboard advertisements, which she considered visual pollution, a sign company used one of the boards in 1988 to portray “Tinsley Town” as a city hit by related job losses. Her response: “As a public official, I’m not going to be squelched or have a muzzle put over my mouth.”


All this about a Dallas native whose great grandfather, Rufus C. Burleson, was president of conservative Baylor University in the late 1800s. Tinsley was a Baylor graduate, too.

‘A shining example’

Her admirers portray Tinsley as the force for dragging Houston into modern times with her focus on “quality of life” issues.


She was gratified and humbled, daughter Kathleen Ownby said Tuesday, by her selection as the namesake for the downtown park along Buffalo Bayou and an elementary school. A great-granddaughter due in the spring will be named Eleanor in her honor, Ownby added.

“How lucky can you be to have a park, a school and a great-granddaughter named for you?” Tinsley said recently, according to her daughter.


Ownby is the longtime executive director of the non-profit Spark School Park Program, which Tinsley founded and which has built 200 recreation areas at schools.


Tinsley, then a parent volunteer in public schools, won her first election campaign in 1969 as part of a pro-integration school board slate called Citizens For Good Schools. The new trustees presided over the creation of magnet schools and Houston Community College.


After Tinsley served as school board chairwoman, she was defeated in a 1973 re-election effort.

Breaking barriers

In 1979, after serving on housing authority and children’s welfare boards, Tinsley launched her campaign to unseat veteran at-large councilman Frank Mann, who vilified “queers and oddwads.” Tinsley won, joining controller Kathy Whitmire and district councilwoman Christin Hartung in breaking the gender barrier in city politics. Along the way, she became one of the first local candidates to solicit endorsements from Planned Parenthood and gay groups.


Through city regulations, Tinsley took aim at indoor smoking and billboards.


“She also did things people don’t (immediately) think of,” former aide Madeleine Appel said Tuesday. “She helped found the mounted patrol, the 911 system, the water fund where you check off to give $1 to help the elderly and poor pay their bills. She helped start the READ Commission. Even the choking (treatment) signs in the restaurants, that was one of her projects.”


In 1990, Tinsley ran as a Democrat for a county commissioner’s seat and was defeated by Republican Jerry Eversole. Term limits forced her off the council at the end of 1995.


Her husband, University of Houston history professor James Tinsley, died in 2007.


Other survivors include daughter Marilyn Daniel of Houston, son Tom Tinsley of Washington, D.C., brother Walter Whilden of Maryland, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.




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