Saturday, October 18, 2014

Obituaries

Entertainer Tim Hauser, 72, best remembered as being a member of the group the Manhattan Transfer, of cardiac arrest:

Begun in 1972 when Mr. Hauser was making ends meet as a New York City cabdriver, the Manhattan Transfer became known for its jazzy treatment of a wide spectrum of musical styles, from gospel and swing to doo-wop, pop and rhythm and blues; for stylish and sophisticated arrangements; and for a razzle-dazzle stage presence featuring slick costuming and arch choreography.

The group’s wide repertoire embraced different eras. It included Louis Armstrong numbers from the first half of the 20th century; “Tuxedo Junction,” which had been a hit for Glenn Miller in 1940; “Route 66,” Bobby Troup’s 1946 paean to the great American highway, which had been covered by Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry and others; the gospel tune “Operator,” recorded by the Friendly Brothers in 1959; the Rascals’ 1967 pop hit “Groovin’ ”; and soul songs like “The Boy From New York City,” a remake of a 1965 hit by the Ad Libs that was the group’s only Top 10 single.
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One-time SNL performer Jan Hooks, 57, died October 9 of cancer:

Ms. Hooks joined “S.N.L.” in 1986 and was part of a cast that is widely regarded as one of the best in the show’s history, alongside the likes of Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Nora Dunn and later Mike Myers.

Among the prominent women she impersonated were Donald Trump’s wife, Ivana, and the television evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, whom she had seen on cable in Atlanta before Ms. Bakker and her husband, Jim, became nationally known. After leaving the show in 1991, Ms. Hooks returned several times to portray Hillary Rodham Clinton — the first “S.N.L.” cast member to tackle that assignment.

She was probably best known for her frequent appearances with Ms. Dunn as the Sweeney Sisters, an excruciatingly enthusiastic but minimally talented lounge act. Recalling the original “S.N.L.” stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, Allan Johnson of The Chicago Tribune wrote in 1999, “If Aykroyd and Belushi were the perfect comedy partnership on ‘S.N.L.,’ then Hooks and Dunn were close behind.”
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Actress Elizabeth Pena, 55, best remembered for her role in the film La Bamba:

In addition to her film work, Peña had multiple television roles, including a starring role as a Latin American housekeeper in the 1987-88 sitcom “I Married Dora.” She had a recurring guest role on "Modern Family," playing the mother of Sofia Vergara's character, and appears regularly on the current crime drama "Matador." She also directed a few episodes of television shows and was a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.
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The body of actress Misty Upham, 32, has been found near Seattle:

The cause of her death is still under investigation, the King County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Photos: People we lost in 2014 Photos: People we lost in 2014
The 32-year old actress died October 5, 2014.

A member of Upham's family found her body during a search for the actress, according to police in Auburn, Washington. It lay at the bottom of a steep embankment near the White River.

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