Robin Williams Found Dead in His Home From Apparent Suicide

Robin Williams Found Dead in His Home From Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: Oakland TV station KTVU reported Williams hung himself

Reports are coming in that Robin Williams, 63, committed suicide inside his home in Tiburon, CA. Williams was unresponsive when the Marin County Sheriff’s Office found him. The coroner suspects suicide from asphyxia. Investigators say Williams was last seen alive in his home with his wife at around noon on Sunday.

Williams, sober for 20 years, had returned to rehab last month to focus on his sobriety.

Mickey Rooney Has Died At The Age Of 93

Mickey Rooney Has Died At The Age Of 93

Mickey Rooney died yesterday at 93 and he leaves behind an incredible Hollywood legacy that spans 80+ years and more than 200 films, including Boys Town and The Black Stallion and most recently, Night At The Museum 2.

Rooney was presented with two honorary Oscars nearly fifty years apart, the first in 1938, the second in 1982. Laurence Olivier, often referred to as the greatest actor himself, called Rooney “the greatest actor of them all.” At 5′ 3″, he was the unlikeliest of stars but during the Depression, when jobs were scarce and the national mood grim, audiences loved his spirit and his down-home appeal.

Born Joe Yule, Jr. in a Brooklyn in rooming house on Sept. 23, 1920, Rooney made his first stage appearance at 17 months, as part of his comic father and dancer mother’s vaudeville performances. At age 6 he played the title character Mickey McGuire in 78 film shorts and in 1932, he changed his name to the catchier Mickey Rooney. Five years later, he landed the role that would define him for the rest of his career: the feisty teen-about-town Andy Hardy, with a cheeky grin, irresistible boy-next-door charm. Believe it or not, Rooney was the Tom Cruise of his time: the No. 1 box-office draw in the country. And you can call Rooney, who said “I do” eight times, the male Elizabeth Taylor too. Rooney was dismissive of all the fascination with his bedroom antics and insisted that he wasn’t addicted to walking down the aisle. He did so with, among others, model Elaine Mahnken, California beauty Barbara Ann Thomason and secretary Carolyn Hockett before ending up with country singer/songwriter Jan Chamberlin in 1978 but most famously with one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood or anywhere, Ava Gardner, with Mickey below. Rooney spent his twilight years with 8th wife Jan in a posh Los Angeles home filled with family pictures. He wrote. He painted. In 2001 he said, “I don’t retire, I inspire. Mickey Rooney is not great. Mickey Rooney was fortunate to have been an infinitesimal part of motion pictures and show business.”

Mickey Rooney Has Died At The Age Of 93

Mickey, 21, with wife #1, Ava Gardner 19. Ava said, “He may have enjoyed the sex, but I didn’t.”

Recently, Mickey testified in front of the US Senate about how he suffered elder abuse at the hands of his stepson Chris Aber. Mickey sued Chris Aber for the $2.8 million he stole from him and won. Mickey had a cameo in The Muppets movie in 2011 and he was working on a few things at the time of his death.

RIP Mickey.

 

Hollywood Legend Shirley Temple Dead At 85

Hollywood Legend Shirley Temple Dead At 85

Former child star Shirley Temple has died aged 85, her family confirmed.

The Hollywood actress passed away peacefully from natural causes at her home in Woodside, California, on Monday.

A family statement said: “We announce with great sadness that ambassador Shirley Temple Black, former Hollywood child star and forever ‘America’s little darling’ peacefully passed away at her Woodside, California, home from natural causes, at the age of 85, on February 10, 2014 at 10:57pm.

“She was surrounded by her family and caregivers.

“We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much-missed Charles Alden Black.”

She is survived by her children Susan, Charlie Jr, and Lori, granddaughter Teresa and great-granddaughters Lily and Emma.

Temple’s film career began in 1932 and she found international fame two years later aged just six in the film Bright Eyes, famous for the song ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop’.

The youngster was seen with her hair in ringlets and wearing a checked pinafore dress, and the unforgettable rendition made her one of the biggest box office draws of the era.

She was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award in 1935 and starred in films such as Curly Top and The Littlest Rebel, helping the US cope with the depression of the 1930s.

And she was credited with helping save the film company 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy.

But after retiring from the entertainment world in her early 20s – with an honorary Oscar under her belt when she was six – she carved out a role as a distinguished diplomat, serving as the US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Temple was also a delegate to several international commissions and was involved with the United Nations. She was the first woman to serve as US chief of protocol in the Department of State.

Her public service saw her on the advisory council and board of directors for numerous organizations involved with anything from criminal justice to health charities or wildlife bodies. She also sat on the board of directors for the Bank Of California and the Walt Disney Company.