Actress Carla Laemmle (b.Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle 1909) died on June 12. Laemmle began acting in silent films in 1925 in the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera . Six years later, she spoke the first line in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. She retired from mils in 1939, but began appearing in horror film cameos in 2001. She was part of the family that founded Universal Studios and the Laemmle theatre chains in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Actress Veronica Lazar (b.1938) died on June 9. Lazar appeared in several horror films, including Inferno, The Beyond, and the Italian mini series 6 passi nel giallo. She also appeared in Last Tango in Paris.
Actress Martha Hyer (b.1924) died on May 31. Hyer is best known for her work in Sabrina and The Sons of Katie Elder, but also appeared in First Men in the Moon, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, and the horror film Picture Mommy Dead. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in Some Came Running.
Actor Rik Mayall (b.1958) died on June 9. Mayall appeared as Robin Hood in Black Adder Back and Forth. He also appeared in Shoebox Zoo and provided voice work for Watership Down. he may have been best known for his work on The Young Ones and The New Statesman. He was filmed as “Peeves the Poltergeist” for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but the role was ultimately cut from the film.
Actor Leslie Carlson (b.1933) died on May 3. Carlson appeared in the remake of The Fly, The Neptune Factor, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and Highlander. He was nominated for a genie award for his role in Videodrome.
Actress and director Nancy Malone (b.1935) died on May 8. Malone appeared in The Twilight Zone, Capricorn One, The Bionic Woman, and The Outer Limits. She later went on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She was also the co-founder of organization Women in Film.
Author Tess Gerritsen, perhaps best known for her Rizzoli and Isles novels, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Alfonso Cuarón film Gravity was based on her novel of the same title. Gerritsen’s work was purchased by New Line in 1999, although work ceased on the project by 2002. New Line is currently owned by Warner Brothers, which produced the Cuarón film. Gerritsen is suing for $10 million.
Actor Bob Hoskins (b.1942) died on April 29. Hoskins appeared in Brazil and became well-known following his role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to appear in numerous films, including Hook, Snow White and the Huntsman, Super Mario Bros. and many more. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnoses with Parkinson’s Disease.
The film I Remember the Future, based on the Michael A. Burstein story of the same title, has won the Grand Remi Award in the Student Films category at the Worldfest-Houston film Festival. The film, about a dying writer coming to terms with the choices he had made in his life, was directed by Klayton Aaron Stainer of Swinburne University, in Prahan, Australia and written by Zane Piper, Stainer, and Burstein. Other winners of genre interest can be found at the Worldfest website.
Actor Mickey Rooney (b.Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. 1920) died on April 6. Rooney began acting in 1926 and recently one of his lost early shorts, Mickey’s Circus was recovered. He appeared in numerous films with Judy Garland and had an infamous appearance in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Some of his genre appearances included roles on The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, as well as the films Night in the Museum, Pete’s Dragon, and Erik the Viking and voice work for many cartoons.