Robin Williams Found Dead at Home!

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Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, harnessed his zany comic persona to become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and bankable movie stars.
Mr. Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, Calif., just north of San Francisco, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.

The apparent cause of death was suicide by asphyxiation, although an investigation is continuing.
Emergency personnel found Mr. Williams inside the house he shared with his wife, Susan Schneider, after a 911 call reported a man unconscious and not breathing. The sheriff’s office said Mr. Williams was last seen alive at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Williams’s high energy at times masked a personal struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, and a representative for the actor said Monday that “he has been battling severe depression of late.”
After starting his career in stand-up comedy and bursting into public consciousness in 1978 with the hit television comedy “Mork & Mindy,” Mr. Williams built an acting career that included a mix of over-the-top star vehicles like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Birdcage,” along with well-received roles in dramas including “Awakenings” and “Insomnia.”
He was nominated for four Oscars, winning best supporting actor for his role as a therapist to a troubled young math genius in “Good Will Hunting,” which was released in 1997. “This might be the one time I’m speechless,” he said upon accepting the award.
Since his days on “Mork & Mindy,” a fish-out-of-water tale that ran for four seasons in which he played an alien from the planet Ork, Mr. Williams demonstrated a fully formed comedic style filled with tics and habits that would become his trademarks.
Those idiosyncrasies, like monologues full of non sequiturs or unexpected accents, would help him quickly become one of the world’s biggest comedy stars and a favorite guest of late-night television talk shows. Even when not pictured on screen, Mr. Williams had a tendency to become the center of attention, including a celebrated turn as the voice of the madcap genie in the 1992 animated film “Aladdin.”
In 1986, he worked with fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to start Comic Relief Inc., a charity that raises money for the homeless. Together, they hosted an annual comedy fundraiser for more than a decade, reuniting in 2006 to raise money for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

But Mr. Williams surprised many fans who thought of him as “Mork from Ork” by harnessing his manic energy into a string of more dramatic roles. Beginning with 1987’s “Good Morning, Vietnam,” he was nominated for a best actor Oscar three times in five years, with nominations also for “Dead Poets Society” and “The Fisher King.”
Mr. Williams’s acting career slowed in the past decade. He starred in the short-lived series “The Crazy Ones,” which was canceled in May. He recently played the role of Teddy Roosevelt in the family comedy “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” which will be released in December.
“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions,” said Ms. Schneider, his wife.

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies at 95.

Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression.

That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid.

He died Thursday night at age 95.

His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” Mandela said after he was freed in in 1990.

Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.

“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African President Jacob Zuma said. “What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”

His U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, echoed the same sentiment.

“We’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth,” Obama said. “He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages.”

A hero to blacks and whites

Mandela became the nation’s conscience as it healed from the scars of apartheid.

His defiance of white minority rule and long incarceration for fighting against segregation focused the world’s attention on apartheid, the legalized racial segregation enforced by the South African government until 1994.

In his lifetime, he was a man of complexities. He went from a militant freedom fighter, to a prisoner, to a unifying figure, to an elder statesman.

Years after his 1999 retirement from the presidency, Mandela was considered the ideal head of state. He became a yardstick for African leaders, who consistently fell short when measured against him.

Warm, lanky and charismatic in his silk, earth-toned dashikis, he was quick to admit to his shortcomings, endearing him further in a culture in which leaders rarely do.

His steely gaze disarmed opponents. So did his flashy smile.

Former South African President F.W. de Klerk, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela in 1993 for transitioning the nation from a system of racial segregation, described their first meeting.

“I had read, of course, everything I could read about him beforehand. I was well-briefed,” he said.

“I was impressed, however, by how tall he was. By the ramrod straightness of his stature, and realized that this is a very special man. He had an aura around him. He’s truly a very dignified and a very admirable person.”

For many South Africans, he was simply Madiba, his traditional clan name. Others affectionately called him Tata, the word for father in his Xhosa tribe.

Marilyn Monroe Remembered 50 Years After Her Death

Fans paid tribute to Marilyn Monroe on Sunday — on the 50th anniversary of her death.

The movie star died of an overdose at the age of 36 in her Brentwood home.

In the decades since her death, Monroe has remained a pop culture and film icon, as well as a quintessential American sex symbol.

Fans will pay tribute to Monroe at a ceremony at her final resting place at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.

The event was scheduled to take place at noon, and is sponsored by the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club.

A reception following the memorial service was planned at the Westwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

A Hugh Hefner-signed Marilyn Monroe painting of the first cover of Playboy will be on sale.

The proceeds will benefit Holygrove — a home for neglected children, where Marilyn once lived.

Born Norma Jean Mortenson on June 1, 1926, Monroe spent much of her childhood in foster homes.

She began her career as a model, which led to a film contract with Twentieth Century-Fox in 1946.

She garnered attention with her performances in “The Asphalt Jungle” and “All About Eve,” both released in 1950.

In 1952, she landed first leading role in “Don’t Bother to Knock,” followed up by a lead in the film noir “Niagara” in 1953.

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Her “dumb blonde” persona was played up to comedic effect in subsequent films like “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953) and “The Seven Year Itch” (1955).

Monroe subsequently studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range, and her dramatic performance in “Bus Stop” (1956) earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award.

She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in “Some Like It Hot” (1959).

Monroe’s last completed film was “The Misfits,” co-starring Clark Gable with screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.

In the final years of her life, Monroe was plagued by illness and personal problems.

She acquired a reputation for being unreliable and difficult to work with.

The circumstances of her death — from an overdose of barbiturates — on August 5, 1962 have been the subject of much conjecture.

Her death was officially classified as a “probable suicide.” The possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as of homicide, haven’t been ruled out.

Sylvester Stallone’s son found dead.

Sage Moonblood Stallone, the 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone who starred alongside his father in “Rocky V,” was found dead in his Hollywood apartment on Friday.  The New York Post confirmed his passing with his attorney George Braunstein.  Sources tell The Post that he likely died of an overdose of pills, and that a representative of the LAPD stated, “There is no suspicion of foul play or criminal activity.”

Sage Stallone was Sylvester Stallone’s eldest son from his first marriage to Sasha Czack (they divorced in 1985).  Sage is survived by his brother Seargeoh, and his three half-sisters Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet.

Sage made his film debut playing Robert Balboa, Rocky’s son, in 1990’s “Rocky V” when he was 14 years old.  The film was both a critical and financial disappointment, with Sylvester Stallone telling The Sun in 2010 that the reason he made the sequel was “I’m greedy — what can I tell you… It was a mistake because the audience didn’t want to see the downside of the character. They wanted him to remain on top.”

Sage also appeared with his father in 1996’s “Daylight,” but that year also saw him give up acting to be one of the co-founders of Grindhouse Releasing.  Along with his partner, Oscar-winning film editor Bob Murawski, Sage Stallone’s company restored and re-released forgotten exploitation films from the 1970s and ’80s. Grindhouse Releasing partnered with Quentin Tarantino to bring Lucio Fulci’s horror film “The Beyond” to screens in 2010.

Reportedly, Sage turned down the chance to reprise his role of Rocky’s son in 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” to focus on his burgeoning career and a director and producer.  The character was played in the sixth film by Milo Ventimiglia (TV’s “Heroes”).

Sylvester Stallone has not yet released a comment.  Just yesterday the elder Stallone appeared at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA to promote his upcoming action film “The Expendables 2.”  Stallone was joined on stage by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who makes his first appearance since leaving the office as governor of California in the movie.

The National Enquirer Nabs A Photo Of Whitney Houston In Her Casket !

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Did you want to see this photo of  Whitney Houston‘s corpse in her casket? Because it’s staring at you from the cover of The National Enquirer at every gas station and grocery store check-out line.

The Enquirer has really outdone itself: Last week, they staged a model slumped in a bathtub to recreate how Whitney’s friends found her dead. And now they’ve infiltrated her private viewing — look how proudly they proclaim that in the headline — to snap an illicit photo with someone’s camera phone.

It’s becoming more and more commonplace to see photos of dead celebrities and/or political figures. Consider the disturbing autopsy photo of Michael Jackson‘s corpse that surfaced during the Conrad Murray trial, or the fact that you can probably track down the video of Saddam Hussein‘s execution if you look hard enough.

I agree with Jezebel: Images are news. However, there’s a line being crossed here because Houston’s family obviously didn’t release this image to the public, not to mention the fact that it’s slapped on the cover of a publication you see in a setting as banal as the supermarket. Not that Bobbi Kristina Brown does her own shopping, but imagine seeing your mother’s corpse every time you go out for a gallon of milk.

Is it really not enough that the family televised and live-streamed Whitney’s funeralfor all of her fans?

Thats SO WRONG !