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For Love of Abbey

Abbey Lincoln

Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.

In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.

George Steinbrenner 1930-2010

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Controversial baseball legend, George Michael "The Boss" Steinbrenner III, owner of the New York Yankees, has passed away, a week after his 80th birthday.

Many books have been written about Mr. Steinbrenner. Regarding himself, he said, "I'm really 95 percent Mr. Rogers, and only 5 percent Oscar the Grouch."

Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.

Ronnie James Dio 1942-2010

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American rock legend, Ronnie James Dio, succumbed to stomach cancer yesterday.

He was a singer and songwriter with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his self-named band, Dio.

Lena Horne Sings with the Angels

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Lena Horne, winner of two Grammy awards, a Tony award, the Spingarn Medal, and countless hearts, died yesterday in New York.

Ms. Horne revolutionized the image of African-American women on the silver screen, refusing to be cast as a maid or other stereotypical roles. Ms. Horne continued to wow audiences performing well into her eighties in the studio and on the Broadway stage. 

Lynn Redgrave's Final Bow

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Lynn Redgrave passed away in her home among family on May 2, succumbing to her battle with breast cancer. Her courage and poise is only outshined by her stellar acting career.

Lynn Redgrave has publicly battled cancer since being diagnosed 7 years ago. Her book, Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery From Breast Cancer, documents her courage and close relationship with her family. Ms. Redgrave first entered the public eye in 1963 at the age of 20, and is part of an acting royal family spanning 4 generations.

Her Filmography (owned by the Denver Public Library) includes:

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