Miscellany

CNBC: Squawk Box's Mark Haines Dies at 65

CNBC just issued the sudden and sad news that Mark Haines, founding anchor of the channel’s signature program Squawk Box, died last night. The channel has launched a lot of business-news stars in its time, but Haines was as close as anyone to being its defining face and voice. Like a lot of financial laymen, I’m sure, I watch …

Elizabeth Taylor's Littlest Role

Word has come out that legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor has died. I will leave it to my colleagues on the film side to properly eulogize her life and career, but I wanted to take a second to remember one of her appearances on TV. Her part consisted of just one word, but her appearance as Maggie remains one of the most famous guest …

Remembering Jane Russell: Brunette Bombshell

Back then they were called bosoms. Jane Russell had some, and Howard Hughes knew what to do with them. Russell’s breasts — not actors Walter Huston and Thomas Mitchell — were the stars of Hughes’s 1943 western The Outlaw. …

Tom Bosley, 1927-2010: American Dad

Tom Bosley, a TV fixture as the Cunningham paterfamilias on Happy Days, died today at age 83.

There are two types of TV dads: those who play somebody’s dad, and those who make you feel as if they could be—almost, in some way, as if they are—your dad. Bosley was the latter. His Howard Cunningham, hardware-store owner and ’50s dad, …

Barbara Billingsley Dies At 94

Barbara Billingsley, best known as Cleaver family matriarch June in Leave It to Beaver, has died at age 94. Through June Cleaver, Billngsley created one of that handful of TV characters who we’ve come to know not just as people but as symbols of the ideas and social threads of an entire generation: in her case, the notions of …

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