'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 ...

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

Sep 18, 2013

Fujiwara breaks TV taboo, slams secrets bill

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Norika Fujiwara has broken an unwritten rule of the television business: sharing her political views. The popular model and actress has come out against a bill that stiffens penalties against civil servants who leak classified information. Writing on her website, Fujiwara, 42, said passing ...

Porn star's calligraphy irks China

May 24, 2013

Porn star's calligraphy irks China

Calligraphy by Japanese porn star Sola Aoi has sparked a culture war in China, where she has a huge fan base, with purists dismissing the work as “unskilled” after it was reportedly auctioned for $95,000. Eight Chinese characters the actress wrote with brush and ...