No Joke: Margot Kidder Has Died At 69

Margot Kidder and close personal friends.

Margot Kidder, second from right, with close personal friends, from left to right: Griffin O’Neal, Ray Parker, Jr., Tatum O’Neal (seated), Randy Jackson, Dan Ackroyd (seated), Magic Johnson, Michael Jackson, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio.

Livingston MT— Actress Margot Kidder, famous for playing Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the 1970s and 1980s, has died. She was 69. The cause has not yet been disclosed. 

Born and raised in Canada, she won two Canadian Film Awards for her work in “Black Christmas” and “A Quiet Day in Belfast.” Besides appearing in “Superman,” “Superman II,” “Superman III” and “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,” Kidder also appeared in “The Clown at Midnight,” “The Great Waldo Pepper,” “RECOiL” and “Trenchcoat.”

Kidder appeared in such television shows as “Barnaby Jones,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Touched By An Angel” and “Brothers and Sisters.” She won an Emmy Awarding 2015 for her work in “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” 

She was married and divorced three times, and is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane.


Vader Found His Lack Of Faith Disturbing: Richard LeParmentier Dies At 66

Richard LeParmentier

Richard LeParmentier, left, in an unreleased scene of RECOiL with that film’s writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. Unfortunately LeParmentier’s scenes were never completed. LeParmentier, who’s costume included a necktie, pleaded with DiMaio to be allowed to remove it or, otherwise, loosen it. DiMaio maintains that it was an honest wardrobe sizing mistake.

Austin, TX—Richard LeParmentier, best known for playing the foolish Admiral Motti and mouthing off to Darth Vader about the Force and nearly being Force-choked to death in “Star Wars,” died April 15. He was 66.

Born in Pittsburgh, LeParmentier lived and spent most of his career in England. From 1981-1984, he was married to “Superman” and “Superman II’s” Ursa herself, Sarah Douglas. It is unclear if her devotion to General Zod played a role in their divorce.

Besides appearing in “Star Wars” (all true fans of the Franchise know which “episode” we mean, so we will not insult Mr. LeParmentier’s memory by putting “Episode ___: Insert Insulting Subtitle Here”), he also appeared in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Superman II,” “RECOiL” and “Octopussy.”
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Yoda And Chewie’s Makeup Artist, Stuart Freeborn, Passes Away

Stuart Freeborn

Amazingly enough Stuart Freeborn did his own makeup for his open casket wake.

London—Stuart Freeborn, the movie makeup artist famous for designing Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, died. He was 98.

“Star Wars” director/franchise destroyer George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when Lucas convinced him to work on “Star Wars.” Shortly after releasing a statement about Freeborn, Lucas amended the statement adding Hayden Christensen for no apparent reason.

Michelle Freeborn, Freeborn’s granddaughter, confirmed his death Tuesday in London from natural causes.

Freeborn began his career in the 1930s, and served in the Royal Air Force service during World War II.

After the war, he returned to work in the British cinema and gained a name for himself thanks to his makeup work on “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “Oliver Twist,” before going on to work with Stanley Kubrik turning Peter Sellers into multiple characters for “Doctor Strangelove.” He again worked with Kubrik on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” where he designed the ape costumes at the beginning of the film.
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Goodbye, Darlin’: Actor Larry Hagman Dies At 81

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman, left, first met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, in the mid 1970’s on the set of the failed TV series “Plano” about two tackle box salesmen from Plano, TX. The pair would try again the following season with the series “Fort Worth.” DiMaio gave up on the TV business and turned to film just as Hagman found success with the series “Dallas.”

Dallas, TX (no, really)—TV’s J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, died at a Dallas hospital on Friday from complications from throat cancer. He was 81.

Known the world over as evil, scheming oil tycoon J.R. Ewing from two different incarnations of TV’s “Dallas,” Hagman secured his place in TV history when nearly half of the United States tuned in to see “Who Shot J.R.” as the third full season of the series got underway, solving the second season’s cliffhanger.

Hagman was the son of Broadway superstar Mary Martin, and first gained fame playing astronaut Tony Nelson opposite Barbara Eden on NBC’s “I Dream of Jeannie.” for five years.

But it was his role as J.R. on CBS’ “Dallas” that made him the highest paid actor on TV and a worldwide star. He earned two Emmy nominations for the role, but did not win. He was the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of “Dallas.”
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“I Was In Love With Patrick Dempsey When He Was A Gawky Teenager:” A TDQ Q&A With Danielle Bouloy, Part 2

Danielle BouloyHere is Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Danielle Bouloy:

TDQ: Tell us about Fitventures.

Bouloy: Wow, FitVentures are a brilliant little idea my business partner and lifetime friend, Miranda Zukowski came up with. She had been mulling over an idea to create a fitness adventure travel company for several years, when I decided I was going to help her along, by pushing her to make the first one actually happen. So, in the process of pushing her to realize her dream, I became involved as an integral part of the process. As we collaborated further to put the plan into action, I became Miranda’s partner in the FitVentures business.   
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