Dead Celebrity

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Very parochially UK-relevant only, but I am amazed that this guy was so influential and slightly surprised I had not come across him before. Another unsung hero who had profound effects on the lives of those of us in the British masses…

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Loved him in Superman
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Ailsa Land - another person unheard of except in specialist domains. I do enjoy reading reading about these less well-known people who were nevertheless giants in their field. (Though not enjoying the fact they are obituaries.)

The “branch and bound” method that Land devised with her colleague Alison Doig (later Alison Harcourt) in 1960 “reshaped the landscape of mathematical programming”, in the words of the Operational Research Society. It is now a fixture of courses in maths, computing and statistics that have applications to real-world problems, and continues to be deployed in engineering, logistics and military operations.

true to her calling, Land managed her time optimally so that she could enjoy both family and career.

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Oh no…

Here is the GA Voice on Lil’s passing…

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Damaris Hayman

The sort of British character actor we all recognised but - let’s be honest - whose name we probably didn’t know. She was in so many British TV series and films. (I doubt many people elsewhere would recognise her, though.)

I love the description here of her being the missing link between Joyce Grenfell and Miranda Hart. Very apt.

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She had the so called long Covid.

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Another backroom hero

It was due to his work that the Oscars decided to introduce a Best Makeup award.

Lynch was plunged into despair, certain that his film would be a disaster, until the British makeup artist Christopher Tucker came to the rescue. But applying the resulting designs, which had been modelled from a cast of the real Joseph Merrick, whose story the movie told, fell upon the makeup artist Walter Schneiderman.

Schneiderman, who has died aged 98, called the film “one of the hardest pictures I had to do”. It took seven hours each day to put the makeup on Hurt, and another two to take it off again. “Everything was so precise,” he said. “There were 14 pieces, not including the head, and they had to be applied exactly, every day for continuity. You couldn’t afford to make a mistake.” Schneiderman was acclaimed for his work on the movie, which was nominated for eight Oscars. The lack of official recognition for Tucker and Schneiderman caused a furore, which led to the implementation the following year of a new Oscar category for best makeup.

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This clip reminds me of being in Austin. Or Takoma Park.

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I’ll bet he was “a good boy”.

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Very sad, but 13 years is a good run for a German Shepard.

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The American drummer Roger Hawkins was never a flashy performer. Playing his part on such hit records as Aretha Franklin’s I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You), Respect and I Say a Little Prayer, Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman, Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally and the Staple Singers’ Respect Yourself, he simply found the essential groove of a song and made it stick. That instinct made Hawkins, who has died aged 75, particularly prized by singers and record producers who knew that he would find a way of making their great song even greater.

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Lisa Kudrow Omg GIF by Friends

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Took the Epstein way out, I see. Can’t say I’m surprised.

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I wonder if he tried procuring a pardon before 1/20.

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John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon found lifeless in prison after court OKs extradition

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