Thursday, September 26, 2013


Actress Jane Connell, 87, best remembered for her stage and screen portrayals of Agnes Gooch in Mame, died on Sunday.

She was one of the few bright spots in the movie version, which turned out to be a major disaster for star Lucille Ball, who had hoped to win an Academy Award despite ex-husband Desi Arnaz trying to talk her out of doing the movie.

Sound pioneer Ray Dolby died at the age of 80:

Film industry executives credit Dr. Dolby with developing sophisticated technologies that enabled directors like Steven Spielberg to endow sound with the same emotional intensity as pictures. "In 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' the sound of the spaceship knocked the audience on its rear with the emotional content," said Sidney Ganis, a film producer who is a former president of Paramount Pictures and a former president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "That was created by the director, but provided by
the technology that Ray Dolby invented."

Over the course of Dr. Dolby's career, the Dolby name became synonymous with high fidelity. For his pioneering contributions to audio engineering, Dr. Dolby received an Oscar, several Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Clinton and was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

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