Tuesday, October 25, 2016

RIP Jane Alderman

Jane Alderman, casting director who discovered many Chicago talents, dies

Chicago Tribune
By Chris Jones
October 24, 2016

When the producers of the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie "The Color Purple" were looking to cast the role of Sofia, they contacted Jane Alderman, a Chicago casting director who was hugely influential in putting the city's talent on the national map. She offered up an unconventional idea.

"My mother said to them, 'you really should take a look at this daytime talk show host we have in town,' " said Jason Alderman on Monday, speaking from his home in California. The host without much acting experience, of course, was Oprah Winfrey, whose life was no longer the same.

And although she rarely took credit, Alderman made similar transformations in the lives of "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals (whom she discovered at the Francis Parker School), Jeremy Piven, John Cusack, Gary Cole and many others, be they famous names or merely working Chicago actors.

Alderman, 77, who had retired to North Carolina, died Sunday of complications related to emphysema, according to her son.

"Jane will always be remembered by me for her warmth, her support for a struggling young actor, and for a smile as big as her talent," said David Schwimmer on Monday, noting Alderman's ability to "cast to perfection."

With various partners — including Tom Guerra and Shelley Andreas Stallworth — Alderman pretty much invented the notion of Chicago talent attracting the attention of Hollywood and TV producers. "When she started, directors would just come to Chicago to shoot exterior shots and then get out of town fast, because the first Daley crew was not too friendly to them," Jason Alderman said. "My mother was really on the ground floor of persuading them to do a lot more than that in Chicago."

Alderman saw all that change. And she enjoyed the fruits of that early work — Alderman cast the show "ER" for more than 15 years. She also cast such movies as "Backdraft" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," among a formidable list of other assignments.

But her first love was theater, and its actors. "There wasn't a play in Chicago she did not see," said Stallworth, Alderman's partner for 12 years. "She was dedicated to the entire theater community of Chicago."

In the 1990s, Alderman was highly supportive of the Eclipse Theatre, a company that still exists, bringing to its shows a broad array of prominent showbiz power brokers — she was so successful that some in the ensemble decamped for more lucrative paychecks than the wages that come from a Chicago storefront. But as Alderman saw it, there always a generation below, waiting to be discovered. She passed that on through a plethora of teaching assignments at a variety of local institutions across the years.

"Every actor was touched by her," said Erica Daniels, longtime casting director of the Steppenwolf Theatre. "She was the advocate for Chicago talent. Long before anyone else. And she had such an eye for who belonged in what role. As a casting person, you aspired to have her taste, but also the way she treated the talent. Nobody's time ever was wasted. She created an atmosphere that allowed you to be your best."

Alderman and the-then Shelley Andreas initially had their office above a furrier on Michigan Avenue. "It was like an R-rated 'Laverne & Shirley' in there," said Jason Alderman. "They had Playboy magazines in the bathroom and all kinds of glamorous people traipsing through there. I was a 13-year-old boy. I'd go after school, eat instant soup and just watch."

Alderman, who was born in Britain, raised in New York City and divorced in the early 1980s from Tom Alderman, was also an actor. Among many other roles, she appeared in Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts" on Broadway. But she will be best remembered for what she did for the careers of other actors in Chicago.

"I have," her son said, "hundreds of brothers and sisters."

Survivors also include a sister, Jennifer Browne and a brother, Nicholas Browne. Plans for a memorial service in Chicago are pending.

Born: 1939, England, U.K.
Died: 10/23/2016, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Jane Alderman’s western – actress:
The Awakening Land (TV) – 1978 (Idy Tull)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

RIP Ted Follows

Toronto Star
November 23, 2016

E.J. (TED) FOLLOWS November 30, 1926 - October 21, 2016 Edward James (Ted) Follows made his final exit stage right, camera left on October 21, 2016 after 70 years as a leading Actor, Director and Producer in stage, television and radio. Ted was born in Ottawa to Isabella and Edward Follows on November 30, 1926. He started acting in 1945 with Vancouver's Everyman Theatre. He was a founding member of Muskoka's Straw Hat Players and later the Neptune Theatre in Halifax for which he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1976. Ted had fond memories of his years at Theatre New Brunswick and the Stratford Shakespearean Festival.

His many accomplishments in television include the CBC drama "Wojeck" and the title role in the series "McQueen". In 2000 Ted was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Kitchener- Waterloo for his contribution to the arts. In 2016 Canadian Actors' Equity recognized Ted with the Life Membership Award. His talent, mentorship and passion are an inspiration to all. Ted is the father of four children by his first wife Dawn Greenhalgh: Edwina (Matthew Ives), Laurence (Peter Ferrie), Samantha (Sean O'Bryan) and Megan.

In 1988 Ted married the love of his life, Susan Trethewey, musician and educator, and they resided in Kitchener. Susan and children will all greatly miss Ted as will his grandchildren: Lyla, Aaron, Russell, Samuel, Mikayla and Rowan. He was deeply loved by his mother-in-law Thelma Trethewey and in-laws Paul, Jim (Nancy), Mary (David Moody) and Catherine (Rob Klea), his brother Jack (Catherine) and his many nieces and nephews. Ted was predeceased by his parents and father-in-law George Trethewey. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ted with his family during memorial visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will also continue on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo. A memorial Service will follow at 7 p.m. Reception to follow. Condolences for the family and donations to PAL (Performers Arts Lodge Toronto) may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

FOLLOWS, Ted (Edward James Follows)
Born: 11/30/1926, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: 10/21/2016, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,

Ted Follows’ western – actor:
Hudson Bay (TV) - 1959

Saturday, October 22, 2016

RIP Kathryn Adams

Mankato Free Press
October 18, 2016

Kathryn's Story

Kathy was born in New Ulm, Minnesota to Anna and Christian Hohn.
She used stage name Kathryn Adams while working in films. In 1942 she married actor Hugh Beaumont.

She later became a teacher and a psychologist.

In 1975 Kathy married Dr. Fred Doty When Kathy retired she started writing and had two novels and an autobiography published.

She is survived by her children Hunter Beaumont of Munich, Germany, Kristan Beaumont of Mankato, Minnesota, and Mark Beaumont of Roswell, Georgia. She leaves six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Services will be private in northern Minnesota.

ADAMS, Kathryn (Kathryn Elizabeth Hohn)
Born: 7/15/1920, New Ulm, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2016, Mankato, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Kathryn  Adams westerns – actress:
Mollie Cures a Cowboy – 1940 (Molly)
Arizona Cyclone – 1941 (Elise)
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie – 1941 (Dorothy Walker)
Rawhide Rangers – 1941 (Jo Ann Rawlings)

RIP Clément Michu

The actor Clément Michu has died

Le Parisian
October 21, 2016

The famous figure of French cinema died Friday morning of natural causes at his home in Boulevard Gallieni to Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne). Clément Michu was 80 years old.

Accustomed to playing supporting roles, he has staked the lives of moviegoers and TV series fans for over 50 years. For many he will remain Inspector Guyomard, the right arm of Commissioner Mill for almost 30 years. But to reduce his career to this single role would be reductive as this native of Villeurbanne, near Lyon, has embodied characters. Friends of the director Gérard Oury, he said “He was lucky”, he starred in “The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob”, “La Grande vadrouille”, the “La Folie des grandeurs” and many other films.

He was also recognized a lot on the street for his role in the series ‘Thierry La Fronde’.

MICHU, Clément (Antoine Louis Rene Chapuit)
Born: 11/27/1936, Villeurbanne, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Dead: 10/21/2016, Nogent-sur-Marne, Val-de-Marne, France

Clemen Michu’s western – actor:
The Legend of Frenchie King - 1971 (Charvet)

Friday, October 21, 2016

RIP Darwin Lamb

Former Clark County Commissioner Darwin Lamb dies at 83

Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Kimber Laux
January 28, 2016

Darwin Lamb, who served as a Clark County commissioner for six years in the 1960s, died Sunday at his home in Cedar City, Utah.

The last living of 12 siblings, including former state Sen. Floyd Lamb and former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb, Darwin Lamb was born in Alamo on April 20, 1932, and was involved in politics from the time he was teenager.

Lamb, owner of Western Furniture, ran unsuccessfully for a Clark County Commission seat in 1960, but he beat candidate Bert Leavitt in 1964. The longtime Democrat campaigned on improved services with emphasis on Clark County's recreational needs.

He ran again in 1966 for a four-year, at-large commission seat, touting 11 new parks and 10 new lighted baseball diamonds built during his first term. Lamb won and was elected vice chairman of the commission in '66 and chairman in '68.

Lamb was a world-class cowboy who won 38 championship buckles and 21 saddles. He built Los Rancheros steakhouse and founded Lamb and One Corp., the largest distributor of soda syrups and dispensers in Nevada in 1971.

After retirement from the soda company, Lamb moved to Cedar City.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mavourneen; three children, Tommy, Ocey and Marion; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his seven brothers: Ralph, Floyd, Sheldon, Phil, Bill, Alton and Larry; and four sisters: Myrtle Howery, Erma McIntosh, Fae Mason and Wanda Peccole.

"Gosh we had such a wonderful life together," 68-year-old Mavourneen Lamb said Thursday. "We've had so many wonderful adventures."

The pair met at Lamb's steakhouse when Mauvourneen was 30 and working for an airline. She had gone to the steakhouse to console a friend who was having problems with her boyfriend.

Lamb was walking past her when he pointed a finger at her and said ''Don't you leave." He got on stage to sing, saw Mavourneen dancing with a man and took the man's seat when the song was over.

"'I'm moving in on you buddy,' he said. And we've been together ever since," Mavourneen said. Her husband always loved and trusted people and helped them whenever he could.

"All Of His Life," she said emphatically. "He never changed."

Lamb died of pneumonia at home, surrounded by family, his wife said.

A public memorial service will be in Cedar City from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lamb's old restaurant, Rusty's Ranch House.

A Las Vegas memorial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Gilcrease Ranch Ward, 6051 Dorrell Lane, near Jones Boulevard.

LAMB, Darwin (Darwin W. Lamb)
Born: 4/20/1932, Alamo, Nevada, U.S.A.
Died: 1/24/2016, Cedar City, Utah, U.S.A.

Darwin Lamb’s westerns – actor:
The Professionals – 1966 (Hooper)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue – 1970 (‘The Stranger’)
Bite the Bullet - 1975