Norman Lear
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March 17, 2017

Television Icon Lear, Actress Huppert, To Attend 19th Ebertfest

Producer Norman Lear, who rose to prominence with programs like "All in The Family", and "The Jeffersons" has been announced as a guest at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, scheduled for April 19-23 at Champaign's Virginia Theatre, accompanying the 2016 documentary "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." Also announced Friday as a guest is actress Isabelle Huppert, accompaying the 2016 thriller "Elle" for which she received an Oscar nomination.


In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, actress Debbie Reynolds appears at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies in Los Angeles. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd F
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December 28, 2016

Actress Debbie Reynolds Dies A Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher’s Death

Actress Debbie Reynolds has died, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, NPR has confirmed. Hours before reports of her death, The Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed to NPR that an elderly female was transported to Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Reynolds, 84, has had a long and celebrated career as a film actress — she was in the classic "Singing' in the Rain" — a TV star — "The Debbie Reynolds Show" — and a Broadway and Las Vegas star.


Carrie Fisher during Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Chicago.
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December 27, 2016

Actress Carrie Fisher Dies At Age 60

Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars,'' has died. She was 60. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying
Fisher died Tuesday just before 9 a.m PST. Lourd said her mother was "loved by the word and she will be missed profoundly.'' 


Cast members of 'Dreamgirls' in a final rehearsal. (L to R - J'Lyn Hope, Tafadzwa Diener, Jasmine Dandridge, and Cedric Jones.)
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August 04, 2016

BBL Academy And U Of I’s Krannert Center Present ‘Dreamgirls’

The weekend performances at Krannert's Studio Theatre are part of a nearly three-year partnership with the Banks Bridgewater Lewis Fine Arts Academy, and partially made possible through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The show includes a cast of 24, and 13-piece orchestra. The shows are sold out, but Krannert has set up a waiting list for any returned tickets.


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