Mar 22, 2017

Japan's 'oldest porn queen' calls it quits at 80

After a decade of undressing for X-rated movies, the country’s oldest porn actor announced she will call it quits — at the ripe old age of 80. Maori Tezuka, a former opera singer who made her debut in the flourishing “silver porn” industry at ...

Cancer claims actress Naomi Kawashima at 54

Sep 25, 2015

Cancer claims actress Naomi Kawashima at 54

Popular actress Naomi Kawashima, known for compelling performances on the stage and screen, died Thursday of cancer. She was 54. Her death at a hospital in Tokyo was announced on Facebook by her husband, acclaimed pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka. They married in 2009. “My ...

'Dolce Vita' actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

Jan 12, 2015

'Dolce Vita' actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, known for one of cinema’s most sensual performances in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film “La Dolce Vita,” has died in Italy at the age of 83. The voluptuous actress, immortalized by her performance as the dream woman who tempts Marcello Mastroianni ...

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Dec 31, 2014

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema’s golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television’s “The Love Boat,” died Tuesday at her ...

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Sep 14, 2014

Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94

Film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s dreams of Asian conquest, has died at the age of 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the United States and one of the biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War ...

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Jul 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch’s longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Although ...