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Pathbreaking Comedian Richard Pryor Dies

Richard Pryor, the groundbreaking comedian whose profanely personal insights into race relations and modern life made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 65.

Pryor died shortly before 8 a.m. after being taken to a hospital from his home in the San Fernando Valley, said his business manager, Karen Finch. He had been ill for years with multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system.

More here.

Pictures here.

MTV coverage here.

Richard's website declares "I Ain't Dead Yet, M!$% F%$#!" (for adults)

December 10, 2005 in entertainment, people | Permalink | Comments (0)

Butcher says she will conquer leukemia

With the single-minded focus she once applied to winning 1,100-mile sled dog races, four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher has launched a seven-month campaign to beat her leukemia and an associated blood disease.

"My whole life has been about challenges -- I love challenges," she said Friday.

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December 10, 2005 in alaska, people | Permalink | Comments (0)

4-time Iditarod champ diagnosed with leukemia

Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champ Susan Butcher, who battled ferocious Bering Sea storms to dominate dog-mushing in the 1980s and become one of the nation's most celebrated sportswomen, is now fighting for her life in a Seattle hospital.

Link here.

December 9, 2005 in alaska | Permalink | Comments (0)

NPR : Teri Garr's Story: 'Speedbumps' and Progress

Teri Garr on Fresh Air

Actress Teri Garr is probably best known for her role in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein. She has also worked with other many other well-known directors in her varied career. Her first role was in Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation. She was in Stephen Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Sydney Pollack's Tootsie.

Before becoming an actress, Garr was a dancer, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was a Rockette. Garr danced in a number of Elvis Presley films, on the Sony and Cher Comedy Hour TV show, and on the show Shivaree.

In 2002, Garr was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis -- a ruling that made sense of the symptoms that had plagued her for 20 years. Her new memoir is Speedbumps: Flooring It through Hollywood. The book was written with Henriette Mantel.

Streaming version of interview and book excerpt here.

December 6, 2005 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)