CATEGORIES Obits, Cinematical
  • Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) - Fantasy novelist best known for his series The Chronicles of Prydain. The series' second book, The Black Cauldron, was adapted into the 1985 animated film from Walt Disney Pictures (pictured). He died of cancer May 17, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. (Washington Post)
  • Isabella Blow (1958-2007) - Fashion director who worked for Vogue, The Tatler and The Sunday Times and who acted in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. She died of ovarian cancer May 7, in Gloucester, England. (IMDb)
  • Slim DeGrey (1921-2007) - Australian actor and comedian who appears in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, Age of Consent and Newsfront. He died of heart-related complications May 20, in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. (News.Com.Au)
  • Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) - Televangelist who appears in person in the documentaries The Last Party, The Hunting of the President, Rush to War and The God Who Wasn't There. He can also be seen as an actor in the 'Christ-sploitation' horror film The Grim Reaper and in archival footage in Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Spin. He was portrayed by the actor Richard Paul in The People vs. Larry Flynt and the TV movie Fall from Grace. He died May 15, in Lynchburg, Virginia. (AP)
  • Stanley Holden (1928-2007) - Dancer who worked as a choreographer on the horror film Dance Macabre (aka Phantom of the Opera II). He died of complications from heart problems and colon cancer May 11, in Thousand Oaks, California. (Variety)
  • Yolanda King (1955-2007) - Actress who played Malcolm X's wife, Betty Shabazz, in Death of a Prophet. She also appears in Ghosts of Mississippi, Fluke and Hopscotch. She was the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She died May 16, in Santa Monica, California. (Variety)
  • Winifred Mann (C.1919-2007) - Actress who appears in Smile, The Second Coming of Suzanne and Tell Me a Riddle. She died May 11, in Mill Valley, California. (SFGate)
  • Gino Pariani (1928-2007) - Soccer player who played for the U.S. team in the 1950 World Cup. He appears as himself in The Game of Their Lives and is also portrayed in that film by the actor Louis Mandylor. He died of bone cancer May 9, in St. Louis, Missouri. (IMDb)
  • Chuck Riley (c.1941-2007) - Voice-over legend who narrated countless movie trailers, including ones for E.T., Die Hard, The Godfather and Ronin. He was also the narrator for the documentary The Killing of America and the 1992 comedy Galaxies Are Colliding. He died from renal complications May 10, in Los Angeles. (LA Times)
  • Terry Ryan (c.1947-2007) - Writer of the memoir The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, which was about her family, and which was made into a 2005 movie starring Julianne Moore. She appears in the movie as herself, though child actress Jordan Todosey portrayed her at the age of 9 and Ellary Porterfield portrayed her at the ages of 13, 16 and 18. She died of brain cancer May 16, in San Francisco. (AP)
  • Toki Shiozawa (1928-2007) - Japanese actress who played "Tetsuo's mother" in Ishirô Honda's Godzilla vs. Monster Zero. She also appears in Honda's The Human Vapor, Akira Kurosawa's Dodes'ska-Den (aka Clickety-Clack) and Fran Rubel Kuzui's Tokyo Pop. She died of stomach cancer May 17. (Mainichi Daily News)
  • Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala (1937-2007) - Finish actress who won a Jussi for her supporting role in Olli Saarela's Bad Luck Love. She died May 9, in Helsinki. (IMDb)
  • Mimi Weber (c.1927-2007) - Talent agent and personal manager who represented Laurence Olivier, Warren Beatty, Bette Davis and Cary Grant while at MCA. As a personal manager she worked with Myrna Loy, George Maharis, Harry Guardino and Pam Dawber, with whom she set up the company Pony Productions. She also repped Nick Nolte, whose career she helped to launch. She died of an aneurysm May 16, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Carl Wright (c.1932-2007) - Actor who played 'Checkers Fred' in Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back in Business. He also appears in Big Mama's House, Soul Food, The Cookout and Just Visiting. He died May 19, in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)