| Jul 13, 2009
Joe Bowman, a nationally known Texas sharpshooter who could blast an aspirin to powder at 30 paces and split a playing card edgewise at 20, has died. He was 84.
He had been in Albuquerque, where he had staged a fast-draw and sharpshooting exhibition...
| Jul 30, 2009
Character actress and leading lady
Virginia Carroll, 95, a movie character actress and B-western leading lady who appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Don "Red" Barry and Tex Ritter, died of natural causes July 23 in a Santa Barbara...
| Aug 16, 2009
Ernst Katz, who nurtured thousands of young musicians during 72 years as the founding conductor of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, died of natural causes Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his nephew, Gary S. Greene. He was...
| Mar 31, 2009
Monte Hale, one of the last of Hollywood's celluloid "singing cowboys" and a founder of what is now the Autry National Center of the American West, has died. He was 89.
Hale had been in failing health and died Sunday of age-related causes at his home...
| Sep 3, 2009
Dick Berg, a longtime television and motion picture writer and producer, died Tuesday from a fall at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.
A pioneer of the made-for-television movie format that revolutionized network programming in the 1970s, Berg helped...
| Mar 4, 2010
| 8:06 PM
Nathan Scott, a film and television composer, arranger and conductor whose credits include composing music for the TV classics "Dragnet" and "Lassie," has died. He was 94.
Scott, the father of jazz saxophonist and composer-arranger Tom Scott, died...
| Mar 19, 2010
Fess Parker, whose star-making portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett on television in the mid-1950s made him a hero to millions of young baby boomers and spurred a nationwide run on coonskin caps, died Thursday. He was 85.
Parker, who played another...
| Jun 6, 2010
Typically, we go to the desert at least once a year. We love the expansive space, several of the inns and restaurants and, of course, the otherworldly foliage of Joshua Tree National Park. We also enjoy the musical legacy of Gram Parsons, the former...
| Jul 17, 2008
HERE IN the high desert north of Palm Springs, the tranquillity may be inspirational, but the elements can be harsh. Coping with 100-plus heat one month, flurries of snow in another can prove tough for residents in the cramped, wooden homes typical of the...
| Dec 29, 2007
Among the major notables who passed from the scene this year, three of the most famous -- two masters of cinema and a genius of football -- died on the same day: July 30.
Two others -- a historic Russian leader and a U.S. chronicler of war -- left us...
| May 6, 2007
FEW pop-culture figures resonated with American troops in World War II the way Bing Crosby did. He was a tireless figure on USO tours in Europe and when his rich, dignified baritone gave them "White Christmas" or "I'll Be Home for Christmas," the weary...
| Jun 29, 2009
| 11:26 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Gale Storm, whose wholesome appearance and perky personality made her one of early television's biggest stars on "My Little Margie" and "The Gale Storm Show," has died at age 87.
Storm, who had been in failing health in recent years,...