Samuel W. Alderson
Samuel W. Alderson was born in Cleveland, Ohio but was raised in southern California as a toddler where his Romanian-immigrant father ran a custom sheet-metal and sign shop. He graduated from school at the age of 15 and went on to intermittently study at Reed College, Columbia. He frequently interrupted his education to help out with the family sheet-metal business and he completed his formal education at the University of California, Berkeley under the tutelage of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Ernest O. Lawrence, but did not complete his doctoral dissertation. In 1952, he began his own company, Alderson Research Laboratories, at about the same time, automobile manufacturers were being challenged to produce safer vehicles, and to do so without relying on live volunteers or human cadavers. With this as a goal, Alderson produced the V. I. P, a dummy designed to mimic an average males acceleration and weight properties, and to reproduce the effects of impact like a real person. His work went on to see the creation of the Hybrid family of test dummies, Alderson worked for the United States military.
During World War II, he helped develop a coating to improve the vision of submarine periscopes. He helped create dummies, known as medical phantoms, that reacted to radiation, and synthetic wounds, used in training simulations. Based on that experience, he formed another company that he managed until shortly before his death, Radiology Support Devices, on, he built dummies to test the Apollo nose cones water landing capability. Alderson died at his home in Marina Del Rey, Alderson was widowed once and divorced three times. In addition to his son Jeremy, he is survived by a sister, another son, and four grandchildren
Beatrice Bea Arthur was an American actress, comedian and animal rights activist. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame. Beatrice Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13,1922, to Rebecca and Philip Frankel in Brooklyn, Arthur was raised in a Jewish home with sisters Gertrude and Marian Kay. In 1933, the Frankel family relocated to Cambridge, during World War II, she worked as a truck driver and typist in the United States Marine Corps Womens Reserve, receiving an Honorable Discharge in September 1945. From 1947, Arthur studied at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with German director Erwin Piscator, Arthur began her acting career as a member of an off Broadway theater group at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City in the late 1940s.
She reprised the role in the unsuccessful 1974 film version opposite Lucille Ball, in 1981, she appeared in Woody Allens The Floating Light Bulb. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994 portraying the Duchess of Krakenthorp, in 1971, Arthur was invited by Norman Lear to guest-star on his sitcom All in the Family, as Maude Findlay, the cousin of Edith Bunker. An outspoken liberal feminist, Maude was the role to the conservative Republican character Archie Bunker. Nearly 50, Arthurs tart turn on All in the Family impressed viewers as well as executives at CBS who, she would recall, lets give her her own series. That series, previewed in her second All in the Family appearance, the show, debuting in 1972, found her living in the affluent community of Tuckahoe, Westchester County, New York, with her fourth husband Walter and divorced daughter Carol. Her performance in the role garnered Arthur several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, Maude would earn a place for Arthur in the history of the womens liberation movement.
A prime example is Maudes Dilemma, an episode airing near Thanksgiving of 1972 in which Maudes character grapples with a late-life pregnancy. Even though abortion was legal in New York State, it was illegal in other regions of the country and, as such. As a result, dozens of affiliates refused to broadcast the episode when it was originally scheduled, as a result, a reported 65 million viewers watched the two episode arc either in their first run that November or during the following summer as a rerun. The episode initially aired two months before the U. S. Supreme Court legalized the procedure nationwide in the Roe v. Wade outcome in January 1973, by 1978, Arthur decided to move on from the series. Later the same year, she costarred in Star Wars Holiday Special, in which she had a song and dance routine in the Mos Eisley Cantina. She hosted The Beatrice Arthur Special on CBS on January 19,1980 and her other roommates included widow Rose Nylund and Dorothys Sicilian mother, Sophia Petrillo
Sylvia Ashley was an English model and socialite who was best known for her marriages to British aristocrats and American movie stars. Ashley was born Edith Louisa Sylvia Hawkes in Paddington, London and her sister, Lillian Vera Hawkes, married British film producer Basil Bleck. Hawkes was married five times, Major Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Lord Ashley Douglas Fairbanks, after this brief career in the chorus line of musical comedy, she went on to appear in a number of West End plays. In 1924, she made her debut in Midnight Follies, in 1925, she acted in Tell me More at Londons Winter Garden Theatre, and in The Whole Towns Talking. On 1 March 1941, Lady Ashley filed articles of incorporation to establish a known as the British Distressed Areas Fund. The headquarters of the organisation was located in Los Angeles, in their joint memoir Bring on the Girls. P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton relate the story of Sylvias audition for George Grossmith Jr. for the 1924 musical Primrose, Must I sing, all of you have to sing if you want jobs as showgirls in Primrose.
Oh very well, she replied petulantly, going down to the floats she handed over a piece of music to the pianist in the pit, God save our gracious King, Long live our noble King, God save the King. Grossmith, an observer of ritual and stood at attention. His minions rose and stood at attention, Guy, on his way to announce his arrival, stood at attention. As the anthem came to the stopping point, George started to sit down. James Carey is credited with a version, in another version John Bull. has expressed the same sentiment in his own way. A printing is extant giving them all, the pianist stopped playing, but that didnt stop Sylvia. They wanted her to sing, did they, of course no one dared to call a halt. The national anthem is sacrosanct – especially if youre an actor-manager clinging to the hope of a belated knighthood, Lady Ashley died of cancer at age 73 in Los Angeles. She is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, her grave is 680 feet north of that of her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
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Christian Audigier was a French fashion designer known for the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch clothing lines. Audigier was born as Christian Ginutti on 21 May 1958 in Avignon, Audigier began working in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen. He designed a line of denim that was inspired by his love for rock and roll and his designs became so popular that a top executive from MacKeen Jeans took notice of Audigiers talent, affording him the opportunity to create with the company and travel the world. He moved to New York in his twenties to expand his own brand. He worked with Guess, Diesel, Bisou Bisou and XOXO and he moved to Los Angeles where he would achieve most of his success as a fashion designer. After the death of artist Kenny Howard, known as Von Dutch, in 1992, Howards daughters sold the Von Dutch name to Michael Cassel, Audigier helped popularize the brand, but left on amicable terms in 2004. He went on to popularize the Ed Hardy brand, Audigiers other brands include SMET with French singer Johnny Hallyday.
Audigiers brands are sold internationally in over 40 countries, in 2008, he joined forces with a small cooperative in France, Montpeyroux Estates, to release a line of fine wines. The bottles are wrapped with labels that are designed with the classic Ed Hardy designs and are done by art director, Audigier was a partner along with Pure Management in a nightclub in the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The nightclub closed in September 2010 and he released a line of Ed Hardy perfumes for men and women. In 2012, he appeared on an episode of Swedens Next Top Model, Audigier was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone cancer, in January 2015. He died on 10 July 2015 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Christian Audigier at the Internet Movie Database Ed Hardy shop Christian Audigier at the Fashion Model Directory
Claudia Joan Alexander was an American research scientist specializing in geophysics and planetary science. She worked for the United States Geological Survey and NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alexander was born in Canada but raised in Santa Clara, California by her mother and father, Harold. She had two siblings and David, Alexander wanted to be a journalist but her parents—who were paying for her education—wanted her to become an engineer. After a summer job at the Ames Research Center, she became interested in planetary science, in 1983 Alexander received a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley in geophysics, which she thought would be a good background for a planetary scientist. Alexander earned her Masters from the University of California, Los Angeles in geophysics and her masters thesis used Pioneer Venus Orbiter data to study solar cycle variations in extreme ultraviolet radiation of the Venus ionosphere and its interaction with the solar wind. She earned her Ph. D.
in the physics of plasma from the University of Michigan in 1993—where she was named Woman of the Year. Alexander worked at the United States Geological Survey studying plate tectonics and she worked as science coordinator for the plasma wave instrument aboard the Galileo spacecraft before becoming the project manager of the Galileo mission. She was the project manager for the mission, and oversaw the spacecrafts dive into Jupiters atmosphere at the missions conclusion in 2003. She wrote or co-authored fourteen papers and she was a strong advocate for women and minorities in the STEM fields. At the time of her death, Alexander had been serving as manager and scientist of NASAs role in Rosetta. In addition to her work, Alexander wrote science fiction and childrens books. Alexander was a member of the American Geophysical Union—where she had served as chair of the diversity subcommittee—, in 2015 scientists from the European Space Agencys Rosetta mission honored their deceased colleague by naming a feature after her on the missions target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A gate-like feature on the comet has been named C.
Alexander Gate, Alexander died on July 11,2015 in Arcadia, California after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. Video, First Person, Claudia Alexander NASA Tribute, Claudia Alexander Women in Planetary Science interview with Alexander
Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director and film producer. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema and his style of filmmaking was unique among directors, in that his subjects covered most genres, but with a subversive twist that typically relies on satire and humor to express his personal vision. Altman developed a reputation for being anti-Hollywood and non-conformist in both his themes and directing style, actors especially enjoyed working under his direction because he encouraged them to improvise, thereby inspiring their own creativity. He preferred large ensemble casts for his films, and developed a recording technique which produced overlapping dialogue from multiple actors. This produced a natural, more dynamic, and more complex experience for the viewer. He used highly mobile camera work and zoom lenses to enhance the activity taking place on the screen, critic Pauline Kael, writing about his directing style, said that Altman could make film fireworks out of next to nothing.
In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Altmans body of work with an Academy Honorary Award and he never won a competitive Oscar despite five nominations. His films MASH, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Nashville have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Altman is one of the few filmmakers whose films have won the Golden Bear at Berlin, the Golden Lion at Venice, and the Golden Palm at Cannes. Altmans ancestry was German and Irish, his grandfather, Frank Altman. Altman had a Catholic upbringing, but he did not continue to follow or practice the religion as an adult, although he has referred to as a sort of Catholic. He was educated at Jesuit schools, including Rockhurst High School and he graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri in 1943. In 1943 Altman joined the United States Army Air Forces at the age of 18, during World War II, Altman flew more than 50 bombing missions as a crewman on a B-24 Liberator with the 307th Bomb Group in Borneo and the Dutch East Indies.
Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California and he worked in publicity for a company that had invented a tattooing machine to identify dogs. He entered filmmaking on a whim, selling a script to RKO for the 1948 picture Bodyguard, Altmans immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer. Having enjoyed little success, in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, in February 2012, an early Calvin film directed by Altman, Modern Football, was found by filmmaker Gary Huggins. Altman directed some 65 industrial films and documentaries before being hired by a businessman in 1956 to write. The film, titled The Delinquents, made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists for $150,000, while primitive, this teen exploitation film contained the foundations of Altmans work in its use of casual, naturalistic dialogue
Ramsay Ames was a leading 1940s American B movie actress, dancer, pin-up girl and television host. She appeared in the film The Mummys Ghost, where she played the Princess Ananka, after her career subsided in the 1940s, Ames and her husband lived in Spain, where she had her own television interview show and occasionally took on support roles in films produced in Europe. During a trip to California to visit her mother, Ramsay had a meeting at the airport with Columbia Pictures President Harry Cohn. The meeting resulted in a screen test and her movie debut in Two Señoritas from Chicago, from there, she moved to Universal Pictures, where she was featured in such films as Calling Dr. Death and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. She appeared in a Monogram Pictures drama, Below the Deadline, Ames had attended the Walter Hillhouse School of Dance, specializing in Latin-style dance. She became part of a team under the name Ramsay Del Rico. An injury forced her to alter her career plans. She took up singing and became the vocalist with a top rhumba band, athletic in high school, she excelled as a swimmer.
Of Spanish/English descent, Ames first was recognized as a dancer/singer before moving into sultry-eyed 40s film roles and she was wed to Man of La Mancha playwright Dale Wasserman, and the couple lived in a villa called La Mancha on the Costa del Sol. She was married to and divorced Dale Wasserman, a Tony Award-winning musical writer and she died of lung cancer in 1998 on her 79th birthday. 3-11, by, Paul Parla/Charles P. Mitchell Reminiscences Of The Doomed Ananka Filmfax July 1998, 46-49, by, Paul Parla/Charles P. Mitchell, Bride Of The Mummy Fantastyka July 1998, Iss. 36-38, by, Paul Parla/Charles P. Mitchell, Souvenirs DAnanka La Mandite Movie Collectors World 28 November 1997, 86-88, by, Paul Parla/Charles P. Mitchell, Reminiscences Of The Doomed Ananka Scary Monsters Magazine June 1997, Iss. 47-50, by, Paul Parla, I Shall Make You Immortal Classic Images June 1996, Iss
Bobby Anderson (actor)
Robert James Anderson was an American actor and television producer, most famous for his role as the young George Bailey in Its a Wonderful Life. Bobby Anderson was born in Hollywood, to a showbiz family and he was the nephew, by marriage, of directors William Beaudine and James Flood, both of whom were married to Andersons mothers sisters. Andersons film career as an actor was brief and he appeared in the TV show Spin and Marty, and he made his last film in 1956. Anderson enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War, serving as a photographer on aircraft carriers, after his time in the Navy, he went on to work behind the scenes in assistant directing, later production with Disney, Warner Bros. He worked as a producer and production consultant for films such as Passenger 57, Demolition Man. He died of cancer at age 75 at his home in Palm Springs and he is survived by his wife Victoria, sons John and Joseph, daughters Kathleen and Heidi, and 11 grandchildren. Robert Anderson at the Internet Movie Database
Philip Abbott was an American actor of film and television. A native of Lincoln, Abbott was a lead in several films of the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared on the CBS anthology series Appointment with Adventure and The Lloyd Bridges Show. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, in 1961 he played journalist Edmond Aitken in The Case of the Envious Editor, and in 1965 he played Harry Grant in The Case of the Wrongful Writ. He guest starred on Jack Lords ABC series, Stoney Burke, Abbott is best remembered as Assistant Director Arthur Ward on the ABC series, The F. B. I. with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in the starring role as Inspector Lewis Erskine. Abbott died in 1998 of cancer in Tarzana, California and he is interred at the Roman Catholic San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles. The Bachelor Party as Arnold The Invisible Boy as Dr. Tom Merrinoe, true, as Chuck Fowler in episode O. S. I
Astrid Allwyn was an American stage and film actress. Allwyn was born Astrid Christofferson in South Manchester, part of a family that included four sisters, when she was 3 years old, her family moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. At age 13, she sang well enough in a concert to be offered a scholarship to the Boston Conservatory of Music, but she declined rather than move away from her home. After finishing high school, she moved to New York, hoping for a career as a concert singer, Allwyn studied dancing and dramatics in New York and joined a stock company. Allwyn made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Elmer Rices Street Scene, on the strength of her performance in Once in a Lifetime, she was given film work. She signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and began her screen career and her first husband was actor Robert Kent, the two appeared together in the 1936 Shirley Temple film Dimples. They married on January 10,1937, in Tijuana and she remained married to second spouse Charles O. Fee until her death in 1978, at age 72.
Two of their daughters and Vicki, became actresses, on March 31,1978, Allwyn died of cancer in Los Angeles, California. Lady with a Past Love Affair The Girl From Calgary Hello, servants Entrance Mystery Liner One More Spring Hands Across the Table Charlie Chans Secret Follow the Fleet Dimples Stowaway International Crime Venus Makes Trouble Love Affair Miracles for Sale Mr