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Actress Jayne Meadows at a 2009 event.  (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File)
Actress Jayne Meadows at a 2009 event. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File)
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Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95.

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Satirist Stan Freberg and his wife, Hunter, in a 2003 photo.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Satirist Stan Freberg and his wife, Hunter, in a 2003 photo. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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Stan Freberg dies at 88 – Comedy genius, father of funny commercials

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stan Freberg, the spirited comic genius who lampooned American history in his landmark recordings "The United States of America" and was hailed as the father of the funny commercial, died Tuesday. He was 88.

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Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, posing on the terrace of her hotel in Maratea, southern Italy in 1960.  (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi, file)
Swedish actress Anita Ekberg, posing on the terrace of her hotel in Maratea, southern Italy in 1960. (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi, file)
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La Dolce Vita actress Anita Ekberg dies at 83

MILAN (AP) -- Anita Ekberg, the Swedish-born actress and sex-symbol of the 1950s and `60s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in "La Dolce Vita," has died. She was 83.

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Donna Douglas, of TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies," at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in 2009.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
Donna Douglas, of TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies," at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)
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Donna Douglas, ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ star, dead at 82

NEW YORK (AP) -- Donna Douglas, who played the buxom tomboy Elly May Clampett on the hit 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," has died.

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Robin Williams, 63. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Robin Williams, 63. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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Celebrity deaths, month by month, in 2014

The suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams touched off a national conversation about depression. The overdose deaths of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, model Peaches Geldof and heavy metal frontman Dave Brockie were grim reminders of the scourge of drug use.

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Edward Herrmann after presenting an award at the 39th International Emmy Awards, in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
Edward Herrmann after presenting an award at the 39th International Emmy Awards, in New York in 2011. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
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Stage, screen actor Edward Herrmann dies at 71

Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV's "Gilmore Girls," died Wednesday. He was 71.

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P.D. James, in 2005, discussing her novel, "The Lighthouse," featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams/File)
P.D. James, in 2005, discussing her novel, "The Lighthouse," featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams/File)
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PD James, queen of British crime writing, dies at 94

LONDON (AP) -- P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

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Director Mike Nichols, with wife Diane Sawyer, at AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards in June.  (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Director Mike Nichols, with wife Diane Sawyer, at AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards in June. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Mike Nichols, famed director, husband of Diane Sawyer, dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," "Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

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Elizabeth Pena arriving for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays," in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
Elizabeth Pena arriving for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays," in 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
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‘Modern Family’ actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Elizabeth Pena, the versatile actress who shifted between dramatic roles in such films as "Lone Star" and comedic parts in TV shows like "Modern Family," has died. She was 55.

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Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Monday, Jan. 24, 1983 file photo taken Los Angeles, Calif.  (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Monday, Jan. 24, 1983 file photo taken Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
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Movie and TV legend James Garner dies at 86

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86.

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