Leonard Lopate - Tributes
Remembering the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of...09/25/14
Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (otherwise addressed as Her Grace), died this week at the age of 94. She was the last of the six spirited, independent-minded Mitford sisters who had fascinated and sometimes scandalized British society...
Remembering Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilsondied yesterday at the age of 96.He began playing in the 1930s, and over his career heplayed and composed music with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, and he arranged music for Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Sarah...
Tribute: Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89. When shespoke with Leonard Lopate in 2006, she brought her dog Sophie to the studio. She reminisced about her career, her friendship with Katharine Hepburn, idolizing Bette Davis, and being "Bogey's wife."...
Tribute: Margot Adler
Reporter Margot Adler’s mellifluous voice has been heard on National Public Radio for 35 years, where she covered everything from budget cuts in education to the arts to Occupy Wall Street. She died yesterday at the age of 68, after battling cancer...
Tribute: Lorin Maazel
The internationally renowned Lorin Maazel started at the podium quite young: he had been invited by Arturo Toscanini to conduct the NBC Symphony at the age of seven, and by 15, was leading several of the most important American orchestras. During his...
Tribute: Charlie Haden
Time magazine described Charlie Haden as "one of the most restless, gifted and intrepid players in all of jazz." The multiple Grammy-winning bassist was a member of the revolutionary Ornette Coleman Quartet, and he continued to push the boundaries of...
Tribute: Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer would say, “I am not a political person by nature. I don’t suppose if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics much, if at all.” But the South African novelist could not ignore the fabric of apartheid in her...
Tribute: Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazurskywrote and directed big-hearted, funny films, including “Bob Carol Ted Alice,” “An Unmarried Woman,” “Harry and Tonto,” “Enemies: A Love Story,” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” The five-time Oscar nominee received a star on the...
Tributes: Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach's acting career spanned six decades. The Brooklyn native played everything from a Mexican bandit to a French general to a Mafia don on screen, but he really loved the theater. He won a Tony Award for his role in Tennessee Williams's "The...
Tributes: Don Zimmer
Don Zimmer was a big man, physically, but he had a huge presence in the world of baseball for over 60 years, as a player, manager, coach, and adviser. He was married on a baseball diamond in 1951, and, some would say, he never left the field – between...
Tributes: Arthur Gelb
Arthur Gelb was one of those quintessential success stories: he rose from being a copy boy in 1944 to managing editor of The New York Times. In the many years before he retired in 1989, Gelb was a passionate presence at the paper – writing for the...
Tributes: Malik Bendjelloul
The musician from Detroit known as Rodriguez had produced only 2 albums in the early 1970s before he vanished from the music scene. Many assumed he was dead. But meanwhile his music went on to inspire many in South Africa, where he became something of...
Tributes: Paul Robeson, Jr.
Paul Robeson, Jr. had the deeply resonant voice of his father, as well as the tall build of the former actor, singer, and civil rights activist. And he spent a lifetime working to preserve that legacy. He not only wrote two books about his father, but...
Tributes: Alistair MacLeod
The Herald of Glasgow called Alistair MacLeod was “one of the greatest living writers in English.” That’s despite the fact that the Canadian’s output was relatively small. He only published one novel, No Great Mischief, (which he wrote over the course...
Tributes: Rubin (Hurricane) Carter
Rubin Carter, otherwise known as Hurricane, had a powerful left hook and a ferocious, mesmerizing presence in and out of the ring. But his promise as a star prizefighter was cut short after he was wrongly convicted of murder, twice. He was imprisoned...
Tributes: Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney got his first laugh on stage when he was just 18 months old, launching him to a long career in show business. He became a major box office draw in the late 1930 and early 1940's, and was best-known for the nine films he made with Judy...
Tributes: Jonathan Schell
Jonathan Schell spent a lifetime exploring war in all its various incarnations. His 1982 book, The Fate of the Earth – in which he called for complete nuclear disarmament -- was called “the new Bible of our time, the White Paper of our age,” by Helen...
Tributes: David Brenner
Unlike most comedians who went on The Tonight Show and headed straight to the couch, David Brenner performed first. The reason was, as Johnny Carson would explain, "I like to sit back, smoke a cigarette and laugh for six minutes." The lanky, toothsome...
Tributes: Joe McGinniss
Joe McGinniss had a nose for news, and was tireless in pursuing, and immersing himself in stories, be it then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon (The Selling of the President 1968) or 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (The Rogue). Along...
Tributes: Mavis Gallant
It’s a common fantasy for many aspiring writers to move to Paris, in hopes of becoming famous. Mavis Gallant is one of the few who did; plus she succeeded where so many others fail, in only a matter of years. The Montreal native became known as a...
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