Gavin And Stacey actress Margaret John dies aged 84

Margaret John born 15 December 1926 was a Welsh, BAFTA award-winning actress, best known for her role as Doris in Gavin and Stacey has died aged 84.

She was Born in Swansea, as a child she wanted to be a nurse or vet, but she could not stand the sight of blood. Spotted while acting in a chapel pagent competition, after an audition John trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, graduating in 1950.

John’s television roles included appearances on episodes of The First Lady, The Troubleshooters, Softly, Softly, The Mike Yarwood Show, Doomwatch, Blake’s 7, Secret Army, Lovejoy, My Family, High Hopes, The District Nurse, Casualty, and Doctors. On Radio 4, she appeared on Linda Smith’s A Brief History of Timewasting as Mrs Stone.

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, she appeared in such television programmes as Coronation Street, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Doctor Who, Little Britain, Emmerdale, Last of the Summer Wine, Crossroads, Gavin and Stacey and The Mighty Boosh.

In the early 1980s, John enjoyed a long run on ITV’s daily soap opera Crossroads as doctors’ receptionist Marian Owen. But between 2007 and 2010, John achieved her greatest fame portraying the suggestive neighbour Doris, cannabis-smoking, raunchy and much given to toyboys, in the BBC comedy series Gavin & Stacey.

At the 18th BAFTA Cymru Film, Television and Interactive Media Awards on 17 May 2009, at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, in a ceremony hosted by Gethin Jones, John was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In September 2009, John appeared in the graphic short film Cow by director Peter Watkins Hughes warning of the dangers of texting while driving.

Also in 2009, John appeared in The Vagina Monologues, before which her last theatre production was in the 1980s in Medea at London’s Young Vic Theatre, opposite Eileen Atkins. John appeared on stage in Calendar Girls at the Wales Millennium Centre from 27 July to 7 August 2010 and at Venue Cymru, Llandudno from 9 to 14 August 2010, alongside fellow Welsh actress Ruth Madoc, playing Lady Cravenshire, the judge of the WI’s cake competition. She also starred in the 2009 low-budget film A Bit of Tom Jones?, a bawdy farce about the Welsh singer’s penis.

John died in the early hours of this morning in a hospital in her home town of Swansea after a short illness.

Dirty Dancing Star Patrick Swayze Dies at 57

Famous Actor, Patrick Swayze, who attained heartthrob status in the movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer; he was 57 at the time of death.  He was a talented actor, dancer, singer and songwriter.

Swayze was diagnosed in January 2008 with high stage pancreatic cancer.  He revealed his illness in March 2008 but continued to work on his latest project, A&E series The Beast and was optimistic about the outcome of his treatment.

He was best known for his lead role in the popular miniseries North and South, movies Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost, and Point Break just to name a few along with sharing his talent on Broadway and West End Theatre.  He was listed as ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in 1991 by People Magazine.

Swayze is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi.  They had no children.  He was pre-deceased by his father and a sister.  Not only was he multi-talented in the entertainment field but he also bred Arabian horses on his ranches and had a pilot license.

He will be missed.

Pop Star Michael Jackson has Died Aged 50

Pop star Michael Jackson has died aged 50, according to reports.

The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and arrived at hospital in a coma, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Capt. Steve Ruda, an official with the Los Angeles Fire Department, told the Times that Jackson was not breathing when paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m.

Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the “King of Pop” in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums are among the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).

In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.

One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world’s most famous men, Jackson’s highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.

Sourced by