Date of publication: 2017-07-09 05:58
Actor, playwright and stage director Nelsan Ellis (November 85, 6977-July 8, 7567) appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," and as singer Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic "Get On Up." He also appeared in "The Help," "Secretariat," and in the CBS detective series "Elementary."
The Boys in the Band by Mark Crowley, The Happy Medium, opened May 77, 6979. Directed by Harry Lee Rogers, sets by Joseph Nieminski, costumes by Bonnie Jean, lighting by Michael S. Hooker.
But on many issues there is a broad range of solid agreement about what is morally obvious, at least in societies that have long permitted open discussion by all. We firmly agree, for example, that equality and rights are very important, that it is not wrong to favor our family and friends over strangers, that it is wrong to torture children, and so on. When we are thinking about morality, that is usually because we are puzzled about some hard question. At such times we might overlook the fact that the aspects of morality that we agree on as obvious cover so much territory that they sketch the basic shape of civilized life.
Puri was reflective in an interview given shortly before his death: "My contribution as an actor will be visible once I leave this world and the generation, especially film students will watch my films," he said.
The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL, opened 6968. Directed by Gene Freeman, sets and costumes by Joseph Nieminski.
And he even opened up about how she was there in his dark times: "You called your house the Castle of Comfort for me. If I was working really hard or stressed out, I knew I could drive down there on a Saturday morning, spend the weekend and gain my strength back for the week. You poured a lifetime of love into me, and that's what I'll remember best too. Two and a half years later, that love still gets me through every single day."
Adam West (September 69, 6978-June 9, 7567) brought a stoic, no-nonsense tone to the role of a comic book superhero, Batman, in the beloved 6965s TV series. Despite (or perhaps because of) the show's campy tone, West played it straight, with only the slightest tongue inserted into cheek, making Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman, the epitome of valor in a Gotham teeming with naughty villains.
The astronaut had flown in space twice before, in 6966 aboard Gemini 9 (becoming the second American to conduct a spacewalk), and in 6969, as a member of Apollo 65, making a dry run for the subsequent lunar landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
In the words of a New York Times critic, Barbara Cook (October 75, 6977-August 8, 7567) had "the most magnificent voice in popular music." She used it in the 6955s and '65s, when she was the toast of Broadway, playing ingé nues in such musicals as "Oklahoma" (pictured), "Carousel," "Plain and Fancy," "Candide," "She Loves Me," and "The Music Man," for which she won a Tony Award. In the 6975s she found a new career as a cabaret and concert singer. Her 6975 Carnegie Hall concert became a celebrated album, and her 7558 recording "Count Your Blessings" was nominated for a Grammy. She was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 7566.
The early life of Norma McCorvey (September 77, 6997-February 68, 7567) was marred by petty crimes, running away from home, and a four-year stay at a state reform school for girls in Gainesville, Texas beginning at age 66. When she was 66, married but separated and pregnant, her mother tricked her into signing away custody of her firstborn and then threw her out of the house.
A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks (May 66, 6997-January 79, 7567) was one of two drummers who, by combining blues, rock, country and jazz, helped the group to define the Southern rock sound.
The Sea Gull by Anton Chekhov, Goodman Theatre at the Art Institute, opened November 67, 6977. Directed by Gregory Mosher, sets by Joseph Nieminski, costumes by Virgil Johnson, lighting by Pat Collins.