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Pioneering Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Dies at 91

Ruby Dee

Actress Ruby Dee, best known for her roles in A Raisin in the Sun and Do the Right Thing, has died, her daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed to the The Associated Press. She was 91.

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British Comedian Rik Mayall Dies at 56

Rik Mayall

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who appeared in The Young Ones and Blackadder, passed away Monday at the age of 56, The Associated Press reports.

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Brady Bunch Star Ann B. Davis Dies at 88

Ann B. Davis

Ann B. Davis, who played housekeeper Alice Nelson on The Brady Bunch, died Sunday after falling at her home, TMZ reports. She was 88.

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Joan Lorring Dies at 88

Joan Lorring

Actress Joan Lorring, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1946 for her role in The Corn is Green, died Friday in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., The Associated Press reports. She was 88, and a cause of death was not disclosed.

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Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Maya Angelou

Renowned writer and actress Maya Angelou has died, according to CNN. She was 86.

Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her publicist said.

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Angelou held several jobs, including as a manager for prostitutes, a restaurant cook and the first black female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, before becoming a writer. Much of Angelou's later auto-biographies stemmed from tragedies she overcame as a child. At the age of seven she was raped by her mother's boyfriend who was then killed by a mob after she testified against him. At the age of 17, Angelou gave birth to her son, Clyde, and began waiting tables.

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Mannequin Director Michael Gottlieb Dead at 69

Michael Gottlieb

Michael Gottlieb, who wrote and directed Mannequin, died on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.

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All My Children Actor Matthew Cowles Dies at 69

Matthew Cowles, Christine Baranski

All My Children actor Matthew Cowles, who was married to Christine Baranksi for more than 30 years, has died. He was 69.

Cowles' manager announced his passing on Twitter:

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1950s Crooner Jerry Vale Dies at 83

Jerry Vale

1950s crooner Jerry Vale has died, according to the The Associated Press. He was 83.

Vale died in his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, his attorney Harold J. Levy told the AP in a statement. 

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Searching for Sugar Man Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies at 36

Malik Bendjelloul

Malik Bendjelloul, who directed the Oscar-winning documentary Searching forSugar Man, died on Tuesday in Stockholm, The Associated Press reports. He was 36.

According to the filmmaker's brother Johar, Bendjelloul committed suicide. Johar told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that the director had struggled with depression and that learning his brother had taken his own life was the worst thing he'd ever experienced.

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the star of The F.B.I. and 77 Sunset Strip, passed away at his ranch in Solvang, Calif., Deadline reports. He was 95.

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