Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.
Aretha Franklin’s family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.
Born in Memphis to a gospel singer/pianist and a celebrated Baptist preacher, Aretha Franklin was tutored from an early age by such gospel stars as Mahalia Jackson and Clara Ward.
Aretha Franklin struggled to find fame in the early years, with record label Columbia unsure how to frame her impressively powerful voice.
After moving to Atlantic Records in 1966, the singer broke through, and released some of her most iconic songs like Respect soon after the switch.
By 1968 Aretha Franklin was renowned throughout America and Europe as “Lady Soul” – a symbol of black pride who appeared on the cover of Time and was given an award by Martin Luther King.
Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s death has poured in throughout on August 16 – as high-profile figures paid tribute to her musical legacy and commitment to US civil rights.
Mariah Carey paid tribute to the Queen of Soul on Twitter, calling her an inspiration, mentor and friend.
In the world of politics, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka tweeted tributes to the soul star.
Former President Barack Obama, whose inauguration Aretha Franklin performed at, released an emotive statement with his wife Michelle saying the legendary’s music “helped define the American Experience”.
Philip Roth first found success with his short story collection, Goodbye Columbus, published in 1959.
A decade later Portnoy’s Complaint catapulted him to notoriety, making him a celebrity in the US.
In later life, Philip Roth wrote a number of highly regarded historical novels, including his 1997 work American Pastoral, for which he won his Pulitzer.
Philip Roth wrote prolifically over the course of his career, publishing more than 30 books before ending his fiction career in 2009. For his work, Philip Roth won the Pulitzer, National Book Award and Man Booker International Prize.
Born Claudine Luypaerts, Maurane was known across the French-speaking world and had performed with artists including Celine Dion and Johnny Hallyday.
Maurane had returned to the stage in Brussels at the weekend, taking part in a concert in tribute to the late Jacques Brel, one of Belgium’s most famous singer-songwriters. She was preparing to go on tour in spring 2019.
Only 24 hours before her death Maurane had given an interview speaking of a kind of “rebirth”, because health problems meant “I really believed for almost a year that I would never sing again”.
Maurane’s return to the stage, in a duet with young Belgian artist Typh Barrow, was widely praised.
Danser, the first of her ten solo albums, was released in 1986.
In 1991, Ami ou Ennemi sold more than 300,000 copies and received a platinum disc in France.
Antonio Banderas, who has said he was inspired to become an actor when he watched Milos Forman’s 1979 musical Hair, described him as a “genius of cinematography and master in the portrayal of the human condition”.
Milos Forman was born in Czechoslovakia in 1932 and became an orphan when both his parents were killed in Nazi death camps during World War II.
He made his name as a leading figure in Czech new wave cinema in the 1960s, but moved to the US when Russian troops invaded in 1968.
Milos Forman’s first feature in the US, 1971’s Taking Off, was a critical if not commercial success. However, the follow-up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, firmly established him in Hollywood.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was one of the biggest box office hits of 1975, taking more than $100 million, and became only the second movie in history to win Oscars for best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay.
It starred Jack Nicholson as a man battling the system in a psychiatric establishment and was based on Ken Kesey’s novel.
Milos Forman followed that with Hair and 1981’s Ragtime before Amadeus, a look at the life of 18th Century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the eyes of his rival Antonio Salieri. Its Oscars included best picture and best director.
After 1989’s Valmont, Milos Forman made The People vs. Larry Flynt, with Woody Harrelson cast as the publisher.
Three years later, Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to star in Man On The Moon, the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman.
In 2012, when Milos Forman was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Directors’ Guild of America, the guild’s president Taylor Hackford said he “finds the universality of the human experience in every story”.
Milos Forman was married to actresses Jana Brejchova and Vera Kresadlova, having twin boys with the latter.
In 1999, Milos Forman married screenwriter Martina Zborilova, with whom he also had twin sons, Andrew and James – named after Andy Kaufman and Jim Carrey.
Host Jimmy Kimmel addressed the issue head-on in his opening monologue, saying the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, and the reforms that had begun since, had not come soon enough.
He said: “What happened with Harvey and what’s happening all over was long overdue.
“We can’t let bad behavior slide any more. The world is watching us.”
Accepting his first ever Oscar, Gary Oldman mentioned his 98-year-old mother, among other people, telling her: “Thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on. I’m bringing Oscar home.”
Guillermo del Toro won best director for The Shape of Water, which stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who has a relationship with a mysterious river-dwelling creature. It led the Oscar race with 13 nominations.
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who announced the wrong best picture winner in 2017, returned to present the same award this time.
Get Out won best original screenplay for its writer-director Jordan Peele.
Jordan Peele is the first black winner of the award and hailed a “renaissance” moment in Hollywood.
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk won three awards in the technical categories.
Lady Bird and The Post were among the films that were left empty-handed.
Sridevi has been cremated in Mumbai as thousands of fans gathered to pay their last respects.
Earlier, crowds clutching roses queued outside the Celebration Sports Club in the city to bid farewell to the Bollywood star.
A specially decorated truck carrying Sridevi’s body took hours to travel the 4 miles to the cemetery.
Sridevi Kapoor, 54, was cremated with full state honors. The actress died on February 24 in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding.
According to police, her death had been “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”. Sridevi was found in her hotel bathtub.
It had earlier been reported the actress died of cardiac arrest. The full post-mortem report has not yet been released.
Known simply as Sridevi, she was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box-office success without the support of a male hero. Sridevi appeared in nearly 300 films over five decades.
The state of New York is suing The Weinstein Company, alleging that the studio failed to protect staff from Harvey Weinstein.
Harvey Weinstein, 65, is facing dozens of allegations of abuse, including rape, but denies non-consensual acts.
The lawsuit filed by New York prosecutors alleges Harvey Weinstein abused female employees and made verbal threats to kill staff members.
However, Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer said a “fair investigation” would show that many of the allegations were without merit.
The Weinstein Company’s board of directors said it was “disappointed” by the lawsuit.
On February 11, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that he had filed the suit against The Weinstein Company, as well as Harvey Weinstein and his brother Robert, who co-founded the studio.
Eric Schneiderman is seeking an unspecified sum to cover damages, plus penalties, for victims of alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein.
The document alleges that Harvey Weinstein harassed and abused women employed by the studio for years.
It accuses senior executives at the company, including Robert Weinstein, of failing to prevent the mistreatment of staff despite being presented with evidence.
The suit casts doubt over the sale of The Weinstein Company, which has been battling bankruptcy and is in talks with investors.
Eric Schneiderman said his investigation was continuing, but he had brought the suit out of concern that a possible sale would leave alleged victims without adequate compensation, and could benefit “perpetrators or enablers”.
It is reported that businesswoman Maria Contreras-Sweet has led talks to buy the studio for $500 million.
However, after news of the suit emerged, negotiations are now said to be on hold.
According to Variety, investors baulked at the prospect of the lawsuit adding conditions to the sale.
In October 2017, The New York Times published a story detailing decades of allegations of harassment against Harvey Weinstein.
Since then more than 50 women, among them some of the biggest names in Hollywood, have accused him assault, harassment, abuse and rape.
In the wake of the allegations, Harvey Weinstein was sacked by the board of his company.
Frasier actor John Mahoney, who played Martin Crane in the sitcom, has died at the age of 77 due to complications from cancer.
John Mahoney died on February 4 while in hospice care in Chicago.
He enjoyed a distinguished career in theatre, winning a Tony award, and had a long list of film and TV credits.
However, John Mahoney will be best remembered for playing the unpretentious, blunt father of Frasier and Niles Crane in the hit comedy, which ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004.
John Mahoney won a SAG award in 2000 for the role, and was also nominated for two Emmys and two Golden Globes.
Much of the comic spark in Frasier came from the relationship between the down-to-earth retired police officer Martin Crane and his pompous sons Frasier and Niles, played by Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.
John Mahoney was born in Blackpool, UK, where his pregnant mother had been evacuated to escape Nazi bombing raids.
He moved to the United States as a young man, serving in the US army for three years, which he credits with eradicating his native British accent.
It was only in his 40s that he became a professional actor, after actors John Malkovich and Gary Sinise invited him to join the new Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
John Mahoney was a member of Steppenwolf for 39 years – and became a well-known part of the Chicago theatre scene.
The company announced on social media that the actor had passed away “due to complications from cancer”.
It said in a statement: “John was a beloved member of our Steppenwolf family who was known for his extraordinary kindness, generosity of spirit and quick smile.”
In a 2004 interview with the Chicago Tribune, John Mahoney said he preferred his theatre work to the high-profile national television scene, saying: “I don’t care if I never go in front of a camera again.”
John Mahoney also lent his voice to a number of animated projects, including Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Iron Giant and Antz.
Lady Gaga, 31, wrote: “I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it.
“All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music.”
The announcement comes after the Grammy-winner started the UK leg of her tour at Birmingham Arena.
The European leg of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour had already been rescheduled due to her condition and followed a decision to pull out of a performance at Rock In Rio in Brazil in September, after she was hospitalized with “severe physical pain.”
Lady Gaga was due to perform in Zurich, Cologne, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin in the coming weeks.
At the end of 2017, Lady Gaga announced a two-year residency in Las Vegas, starting late in 2018.
Police investigating the death of Natalie Wood say her husband, Robert Wagner, is now a person of interest.
According to LA investigators, Robert Wagner has “constantly changed his story”, adding that his version of events does not “add up”.
Natalie Wood was found drowned in 1981 during a California boat trip with Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
The movie star’s death was ruled to have been an accident but questions have lingered.
Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office told CBS News: “As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think [Robert Wagner] is more of a person of interest now.”
“We know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared,” he said.
“I haven’t seen him tell the details that match all the other witnesses in this case.”
Lt Corina added: “I think he’s constantly changed his story a little bit. And his version of events just don’t add up.”
Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of how Natalie Wood died in November 1981.
Family members have previously asked for authorities to re-examine the findings of the original investigation.
Natalie Wood, who starred in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, had been partying the night before her death. The coroner’s investigation ruled she had been drinking and may have slipped trying to board a dinghy.
However, police say two new witnesses have corroborated accounts of a fight between Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood on the night she disappeared.
Witnesses say it appears Natalie Wood was the victim of an assault. The post-mortem report said the actress had bruises on her body and arms as well as a facial abrasion on her left cheek.
The boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, told NBC News in 2011 that he lied to police during the initial investigation and that a fight between Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner had led to her death.
Robert Wagner, now 87, has not commented on the latest developments but acknowledged in his memoir that he had argued with his wife before she disappeared.
Investigators say he has refused to speak to them since the case was reopened in 2011.
In 2012, Natalie Wood’s death certificate was amended to reflect the uncertainty surrounding her death. It now says the actress died as a result of “drowning and other undetermined factors” and the circumstances of how she ended up in the water are “not clearly established”.
Natalie Wood was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Rebel Without a Cause, and for best actress for Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger.
As a child, Natalie Wood featured in movies like Miracle on 34th Street and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
Most performers arrived for the show wearing a white rose to symbolize their support for the movements, which tackle harassment and inequality.
Kesha also gave a powerful, stirring performance of her single Praying, which addresses her own experience of surviving abuse.
The singer was backed by an all-star choir, including Cyndi Lauper and Camila Cabello, who were dressed in white to reflect the white rose campaign.
The night’s other pivotal moment was a tribute to the music-loving victims of the tragedies in Manchester and Las Vegas.
Handwritten notes bearing the names of the dead were projected on the stage as country music stars Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven.
All three acts played at the Route 91 festival last October before a gunman opened fire on the audience, killing 58.
By the end, Bruno Mars took a total of six trophies, including the three biggest prizes: Album of the year, song of the year and record of the year.
Speaking onstage, Bruno Mars paid tribute to his fellow nominees, saying: “You guys are the reason why I’m in the studio pulling my hair out.”
As well as the star’s own prizes, his recording engineers won a further award for their work on the album.
Bruno Mars’ victory robbed Kendrick Lamar’s more urgent, political album of the night’s main prizes – but the Compton-born star still took home five trophies, including best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance.
Kendrick Lamar’s victories came at the expense of rap veteran Jay-Z and his soul-baring album 4:44.
Jay-Z won none of his eight nominations and chose not to perform at the three-hour show. However, Kendrick Lamar tipped his hat to the elder star, declaring “Jay for president!” as he collected the best rap album award.
The night also saw performances from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Pink and Patti LuPone, who sang Evita’s Don’t Cry For Me Argentina as part of a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Ed Sheeran, who could not attend the ceremony, won two prizes – best pop vocal performance for Shape Of You and best pop album for Divide.
There were also posthumous awards for Leonard Cohen and actress Carrie Fisher, who won best spoken word album for the audio version of her memoirs, The Princess Diarist.
Tom Petty was taken to hospital, but could not be revived and died later that evening.
His family met with a medical examiner on January 19 and updated his fans on Facebook.
The statement said: “On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.
“We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.”
The family added that Tom Petty’s death “may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that is a necessary and healthy discussion”.
The Los Angeles coroner’s office attributed Tom Petty’s death to “multisystem organ failure” due to a “mixed toxicity” of seven medications. They are fentanyl, oxycodone, emazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.
Years of over-prescription of opioid painkillers in the United States has created a nationwide addiction crisis, with patients turning to heroin and other street drugs when their prescriptions stop.
In 2016, opioid-related overdoses increased by 28%, killing 42,249 people.
Last year, The Cranberries announced a tour including dates in Europe, the UK, and the US.
However, in May – shortly into the European tour – The Cranberries had to cancel the remainder of the European dates as a result of Dolores O’Riordan’s health issues.
The band’s official website cited “medical reasons associated with a back problem” preventing singer Dolores O’Riordan’s from performing.
However, just before Christmas Dolores O’Riordan had posted on Facebook saying she was “feeling good” and had done her “first bit of gigging in months”, leading fans to believe she would soon be performing again.
The singer tweeted a picture of herself with her cat to fans in early January saying she was “off to Ireland”.
In 2014, Dolores O’Riordan split from her husband of 20 years, Don Burton. The singer and Dan Burton, who is the former tour manager of Duran Duran, have three children together.
Dolores O’Riordan suffered from bi-polar disorder and was spared a criminal conviction after an air rage incident in 2014.
Actor James Franco has been accused of inappropriate behavior by five women, including students from his acting school.
Four of James Franco’s former students and an actress who said the actor was her mentor told the LA Times they were victims of “an abuse of power”.
The latest accusations come after claims against James Franco on social media following his best actor win at this year’s Golden Globe awards.
James Franco, 39, said the earlier allegations made on Twitter were “not accurate”.
On January 7, James Franco attended the Globes ceremony wearing a Time’s Up pin on his lapel, signaling his support for an initiative aimed at combating harassment in the film industry and other workplaces.
That prompted accusations of inappropriate behavior against him on Twitter from actresses Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Violet Paley.
On January 11, Sarah Tither-Kaplan told LA Times that James Franco participated in an “abuse of power” on film sets designed to create a “culture of exploiting non-celebrity women”.
James Franco taught a number of acting classes at two film schools opened in 2014, both named Studio 4.
His attorney, Michael Plonsker, told the LA Times that the actor disputes the allegations.
Actress Ally Sheedy was among those to question James Franco’s appearance at the Globes, where he won an award for his role in The Disaster Artist, which details the making of notorious 2003 film The Room.
Ally Sheedy posted a series of cryptic tweets during the ceremony, one of which asked: “Why is James Franco allowed in?”
“James Franco just won,” another of her now deleted posts read.
“Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
Rose McGowan, a prominent campaigner against inappropriate behavior in the entertainment industry, said on Twitter that Hollywood had been “selectively deaf” about James Franco.
This year’s ceremony saw several winners address Hollywood’s abuse scandal in their acceptance speeches.
Many attendees opted to wear black to express solidarity with victims of abuse and harassment.