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Great Job, Internet!: Yes, that Bette Davis musical performance in last night’s Feud actually happened

One of the most amazing standouts in a series full of them like Feud is Susan Sarandon’s performance as Bette Davis. It’s a portrayal that zooms far past imitation to become a reverent and spot-on interpretation. Sarandon possesses the necessary Bette Davis eyes, but seamlessly adds the actress’ clipped tones and theatrical gestures to possess the Hollywood legend completely. An Emmy nom, if not a win, seems to be a shoo-in.

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Case in point: In last night’s Feud, Sarandon’s Davis is shown enjoying the newfound popularity brought to her in 1962 by the fact that her gothic thriller What Ever Happened To Baby Jane is a hit. She even performs a pop song based on the movie title on The Andy Williams Show. Sarandon’s performance of the song is a Davis tour de force, made all the more impressive by the fact that ...
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Jack Carter Dead: Comedian, Broadway Star Dies From Respiratory Failure at 93

Jack Carter Dead: Comedian, Broadway Star Dies From Respiratory Failure at 93
Jack Carter, a Broadway star and comedian best known for his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, died on Sunday, June 28, from respiratory failure in his Beverly Hills home. He was 93. Carter's career spanned beyond seven decades, with the comic even hosting his own namesake variety show, which aired for three years in the early 1950s. He also made more than 50 guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as other comedy programs including The Andy Williams Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. In [...]
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Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93
Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the
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‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Sound of Music’ Choreographer Marc Breaux Dies at 89

‘Mary Poppins,’ ‘Sound of Music’ Choreographer Marc Breaux Dies at 89
Marc Breaux, choreographer for the films “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” who also occasionally directed films, died Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. He was 89.

Breaux also choreographed the films “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella” and the notorious Mae West starrer “Sextette” as well as the TV movies “Fol-de-Rol” and “Of Thee I Sing.”

He frequently worked with Dee Dee Wood, his wife of many years, but they eventually went their separate ways.

The Breauxs were choreographing for television — credits included “The Andy Williams Show” and the Judy Garland special “Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet” — when Dick Van Dyke, who had worked with them on “The Jack Benny Show,” recommended them to Walt Disney for “Mary Poppins.”

Breaux started in showbiz as a dancer on Broadway. His first show was ”Look, Ma, I’m Dancin’!” Born in Carencro,
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Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Camp of ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’

Chicago – Robert Aldrich’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” is a fascinating slice of Hollywood camp, a journey behind the front door of faded tinseltown on multiple levels, both in the film itself and through the notoriously feud between its two stars, Bette Davis & Joan Crawford. The film was recently released in a nice digibook Blu-ray release “Anniversary Edition” (50th) from Warner Bros. and it’s one of the more unusual movies you could be for the classic film fan in your family this holiday season. Or any other.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The stories behind the scenes of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” have undeniably influenced the notable cult reputation of this camp classic. Davis really kicking Crawford in the head. Crawford loading her pockets with weights so that when Davis had to carry her, she sprained her back. It’s the kind of thing that makes a production so much more fascinating.
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The Killers Honor Late Singer Andy Williams With Rendition of 'Moon River' (Video)

The Killers Honor Late Singer Andy Williams With Rendition of 'Moon River' (Video)
The Killers paid tribute to late singer Andy Williams at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday. During their show, the band took a moment to play their own rendition of the crooner's famous “Moon River," a song they've previously played live. “Moon River” became Williams' signature song after a performance at the 1962 Academy Awards where the Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer composition won Best Song. The song is performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Video: Andy Williams' 5 Most Iconic Songs Williams hosted an Emmy-winning show, The Andy Williams Show, and had 18

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Us singer Andy Williams dies at 84 - Realbollywood.com News

Us singer Andy Williams dies at 84 - Realbollywood.com News
Washington, Sept 27: Legendary American singer Andy Williams passed away Tuesday night following a year long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84.

According to his rep, the singer was at his house in Branson, Missouri when he died, Fox News reported.

With an easy style and a mellow voice that President Ronald Reagan once termed "a national treasure," Williams proved ideal for television.

'The Andy Williams Show,' which lasted in various formats.
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Andy Williams Dies at 84

Today we say goodbye to Andy Williams, who died on Tuesday at age 84. Williams was most famous for singing “Moon River”, which became the theme song for his popular 1960s variety program, The Andy Williams Show. Although “Moon River” was first performed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, Williams sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards and his memorable, instantly recognizable voice became forever tied to the popular song.

Born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927, Andy Williams started off performing in a quartet which included his three older brothers. During the 1950s, he frequently performed on variety shows such as The Jonathan Winters Show and The Dick Clark Show.

He got his own variety show in 1962 which ran for nearly ten years, winning three Emmys for outstanding variety series. Andy Williams could also be seen on his annual television Christmas specials, and heard in the theme songs of films such as Love Story,
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Andy Williams' 'Moon River' Will Live On Forever

Andy Williams' 'Moon River' Will Live On Forever
Andy Williams died Tuesday at the age of 84 after an almost year-long battle with cancer. Fans around the world are mourning the legendary singer by listening to his classics, none of which is more widely celebrated than "Moon River."

"Moon River" was written and composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini in 1961. The song was sung by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The track eventually became synonymous with Williams, who first recorded it in 1961 and performed it at the 1962 Oscars. Although he never released it as a single (his recording company thought "Moon River" was too confusing and old-fashioned for teens), the soft ballad skyrocketed him into the celebrity stratosphere.

Williams' recording of "Moon River," released on the album Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes, led to NBC's 1962 premiere of "The Andy Williams Show," a weekly variety program, according to People magazine.
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Andy Williams Passes Away; Bobbi Kristina in Car Accident; Are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Getting Back Together?

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Singer and long-time TV host Andy Williams died Tuesday night at his home after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84. Williams was most known for his song "Moon River" and for hosting The Andy Williams Show on NBC in the 1960s, which won three Emmy Awards. He also hosted an annual Christmas TV special that made him a household name. He had 18 gold and 5 platinum certified albums. He is survived by his wife Debbie and three children.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams

Andy Williams, the crooner whose signature song “Moon River” became the title of his popular NBC variety series The Andy Williams Show in the 1960s died Tuesday in Branson, Mo. He was 84. Williams had performed in Branson at his own theater until last year, when he announced he had bladder cancer. “Moon River” wasn’t written by Williams — it was penned by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer and Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly sang it in 1961′s Breakfast At Tiffany’s. But he sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards and it was his from then on. The Andy Williams Show began that year and ran in various formats until 1971, winning three Emmys for outstanding variety series. He also did several Christmas TV specials. Williams performed several theme songs in the movies, including for Love Story, The Way We Were and Days Of Wine And Roses.
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'Moon River' crooner Andy Williams dies at 84

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Andy Williams, the crooner best known for his version of Oscar-winning song "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffany's," has passed away at the age of 84, his publicist announced Wednesday (Sept. 26). Williams died after a battle with bladder cancer in his Branson-area home.

Williams began performing on various variety shows in the 1950s, including "The Jonathan Winters Show" and "The Dick Clark Show," finally getting his own show, "The Andy Williams Show," in 1957, which lasted until 1971 in various formats.

Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927 and began first performing with his three older brothers in church. The singing quartet landed a regular spot on Des Moines' Who radio and were quickly discovered by Hollywood.

Over the years, Williams became known for his annual Christmas special and his recording of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" has been used in everything from "Home Alone 2" to "Bad Santa."

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Legendary Crooner Andy Williams Dies, Aged 84

Legendary Crooner Andy Williams Dies, Aged 84
Legendary crooner Andy Williams has died in Los Angeles at the age of 84, it has been reported.

His representative announced that Williams had died in Branson, Missouri, following a year-long battle with bladder cancer.

Andy Williams has been an easy listening household name for half a century

Williams, whose career began when he performed with his brothers in a quartet in their native Iowa, had been a household name for easy listening since the 1960s, whose sales at one time rivalled those of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

His catalogue of enduring songs included Moon River, Music To Watch Girls By, Butterfly, Can't Get Used To Losing You, Everything is Beautiful and The Streak, and he recorded as many as 18 gold-certified albums.

For a decade through to 1971, he was at the helm of The Andy Williams Show, which was required viewing for families across America.

In the town of Branson,
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Remembering Andy Williams' Classics

Remembering Andy Williams' Classics
Andy Williams passed away Tuesday night, succumbing to a battle with bladder cancer. He was 84 years old.

Williams was a music and TV legend. Though he is known for much more than "Moon River," his 1961 mega-popular take on the song first sung by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," his music career would be continued to be tied to cinema. His version of "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart, further solidifying "Love Story" -- the film -- as a classic.

He started his singing career as part of The Williams Brothers, a group featuring Andy and his siblings, Don, Dick and Bob. The brothers would reunite for an annual performance on "The Andy Williams Show," the variety program Andy hosted for over a decade.

A selection of Williams' biggest hits -- including his notable cover of "Can't Take My Eyes Off
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Andy Williams Dies At 84

Andy Williams Dies At 84
Andy Williams has died at 84 after a long battle with cancer.

The iconic singer's rep confirmed Williams' death to Lifeline Live. He died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., after battling bladder cancer for almost a year. Williams was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011 but still continued to perform at his Moon River Theater in Branson even after his devastating diagnosis.

The host of NBC's "The Andy Williams Show" from 1962 to 1971, Williams is known for lending his voice to timeless songs like "Moon River" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" -- songs that led President Ronald Reagan to dub him "a national treasure." Over his 75-year span in the business, Williams has earned 17 gold and three platinum records.

Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children (his children are the product of a previous marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet).

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Andy Williams Dead -- Legendary Singer Dies at 84

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Legendary singer and TV host Andy Williams has died.According to his rep, Williams passed away last night at his home in Branson, Mo after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84.The "Moon River" singer -- who recorded 18 gold and 5 platinum certified albums -- is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle, and Christian.He hosted "The Andy Williams Show" from 1962-1971. He also hosted the Grammys from 1971-
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Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dies at 84

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Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dies at 84
Andy Williams, whose corn-fed good looks, easygoing charm and smooth rendition of "Moon River" propelled him to the heights of music stardom in the early '60s, died Tuesday at his home in Branson, Mo., following a battle with bladder cancer, his family announced. He was 84, and 2012 had marked his 75th year in showbiz. Williams is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. With 17 gold and three platinum records to his name, Williams enjoyed his golden years playing golf and dividing his time between La Quinta, Calif., and Branson, where he appeared at his Andy Williams Moon River Theater since 1992.
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'Moon River' Singer Andy Williams Dies

'Moon River' Singer Andy Williams Dies
Legendary singer Andy Williams has passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 84. 

His rep confirmed to Et that Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Missouri, from complications related to bladder cancer. 

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The famous crooner rose to fame in the mid '50s and during his career made a remarkable 18 gold and three platinum albums. He hosted the variety TV program The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1971, as well as many more specials. Williams -- whose hit Moon River became his signature song -- was also owner of the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. 

He is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The Osmond family released this statemement: "We will be forever grateful for the interactions we had with him
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Comedienne Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

Phyllis Diller, who was considered the first American woman to become known on a national level for stand-up comedy, died Monday in Los Angeles. She was 95. Diller got her first national TV exposure in 1950 as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show "You Bet Your Life." She was particularly popular in the '60s and '70s, appearing on the top comedy, quiz and variety shows of the day, including "What's My Line?," "The Andy Williams Show," "Get Smart" and "The Carol Burnett Show." Her first film role was in William Inge's "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), starring Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood. More recently, Diller appeared on such TV shows as "Boston Legal," "The Drew Carey Show," "7th Heaven" and soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful." She also voiced characters on "Family Guy," "King of the Hill," "Robot Chicken," "The Wild Thornberrys," "Hey Arnold!," "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
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Bette Davis Singing What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Bette Davis sings "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Bette Davis would have turned 104 today. The clip below, in which Davis sings "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," is from the December 20, 1962, episode of The Andy Williams Show. ("What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," song lyrics: "She could dance! She could sing! Make the biggest theater a ring! … I see old movies on TV. And they're always a thrill to me. My daddy says I can be just like her. How I wish, I wish, I wish I wish I were!") What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? was released that year, earning Davis her tenth — and last — Academy Award nomination. Robert Aldrich directed the sleeper hit, which also featured Joan Crawford and Victor Buono. The beginning of the "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" song, minus the lyrics, can be heard on the radio right before the film's grand finale.
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