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Tilda Swinton Says She Never Wanted To Be An Actor

The star of many films says that she's ashamed she didn't go into poetry, and that she's thinking about retraining to be a caretaker (or carer). - Irish Times

Portland Loses One Of Its Brightest And Best Behind-The-Scenes Cultural Workers

Una Loughran had a strong guiding hand for decades with Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Portland, its successor Portland Center Stage, and BodyVox Dance. One artistic director said, "She was powerfully important to the arts community here, and she was highly regarded around the country." - Oregon ArtsWatch

Music Critic Richard Freed, 93

Mr. Freed was active for six decades, contributing regularly to The Washington Post, the New York Times and the old Washington Star, among many other publications. He had an extended association with Stereo Review. - Washington Post

Actor Sidney Poitier, 94

"(He) overcame an impoverished background in the Bahamas … to rise to the top of his profession at a time when prominent roles for Black actors were rare. … At the same time, as the lone Black leading man in 1960s Hollywood, he came under tremendous scrutiny." - CNN

Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich Dead At 82

"(He) was part of the vanguard of New Hollywood filmmakers who helped reinvigorate American cinema, gaining wide popularity with 1970s movies such as The Last Picture Show, What's Up, Doc? and Paper Moon before suffering a string of personal and professional calamities." - MSN (The Washington Post)

Why This Revered Writer Was Almost Denied His Nobel Prize

The newly opened archives show that, although 1971’s winner Pablo Neruda was praised by the prize-givers for “a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent’s destiny and dreams”, behind the scenes some members of the Swedish Academy were hesitant. - The Guardian

Yves Saint-Laurent Tried To Live His Life According To Proust

He once wrote in an essay, "Like Proust, I'm fascinated most of all by my perceptions of a world in awesome transition. And my heart has always been divided between the vestals of constancy and the avatars of change." These weren't just idle words. - The Times Literary Supplement

Dennis Owens, DC’s Irreverent Classical Radio Host, Dead At 87

For nearly 40 years at WGMS, and especially as morning host from 1981 to 2002, he attracted a large audience with his humor and un-stuffed-shirt style, his show regularly landing among the top ten in DC market ratings. - MSN (The Washington Post)

Stephen Lawrence, Composer Of Sesame Street Music, 82

From Muppets to major stars, Lawrence composed the music for hundreds of Sesame Street songs. He also served as music director for Free to Be... You and Me, the beloved children's music album conceived and produced by actress Marlo Thomas. - NPR

Sandra Jaffe, Co-Founder Of Preservation Hall In New Orleans, Dead At 83

She and her husband were driving home to Philadelphia from their honeymoon, stopped in New Orleans, heard traditional jazz, and basically never left. Their venue became a jazz mecca, and they helped turn the house band into stars who've toured the world. - AP

Hilton Als: What Joan Didion Knew About America

Global in mind but a small-town girl at heart, Didion stayed close to home because she was, first and foremost, a writer, and she was interested in what constituted an American voice. Including her own. - The New Yorker

Much-Hyped “Harry Potter” Network Reunion Excluded JK Rowling

The network made it abundantly clear that she was not directly involved, flashing a disclaimer every time she (briefly) appeared that her interviews were filmed back in 2019, amounting to a total airtime of less than 30 seconds. - The Daily Beast

Betty White, 99

A trailblazer and pioneer in media, Betty had the longest running career for any woman in TV prior to her death -- starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting way back in 1939. - TMZ

Has King George III Gotten A Bum Rap?

The unlucky British King is the great villain of the USA's founding narrative, portrayed as both hapless and tyrannical. That's not a completely false portrait, but it's not completely true, either. For instance, George III was a sound constitutionalist and the first British monarch to oppose slavery. - Bloomberg

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