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Post Mortem: March, 2011

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Liz Taylor Dies at 79

Elizabeth Taylor, the sensual actress, philanthropist and fashionista who defined what it meant to be a celebrity, died early this morning in Los Angeles. Much has been and will be written about her life. And it’s all fascinating.

By Lauren Wiseman  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Pinetop Perkins dies; blues singer and pianist was 97

Pinetop Perkins, 97, the Grammy-winning blues singer and boogie woogie pianist who worked with such luminaries as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and B.B. King died from cardiac arrest Monday at his Austin, Texas, home. After a lengthy career as a sideman, Mr. Perkins became a headliner, performing at blues festivals and recording prolifically into his ninth decade. This year he became the oldest musician to ever win a Grammy award.

By Terence McArdle  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Why do you read obituaries?

I received an email the other day from my landscaper, Tim, when he saw my byline in the Post for the Local Life I wrote this past Sunday on Al Ungerleider. He was fascinated that I wrote obits and shared with me that he loves reading them, especially stories about World War II veterans, because he is a self-described “history nerd.”

By Lauren Wiseman  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Before I die I want to...

It’s a question every obituary writer has received at some time or another: “How do you do it? How do you write about death all day long?”

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Hazel Rowley dies: Acclaimed biographer was 59

Hazel Rowley examined the complicated love lives of French intellectuals and one of America’s most prominent political couples.

By Emma Brown  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 03/13/2011

Hazel Rowley dies: Acclaimed biographer was 59

Hazel Rowley examined the complicated love lives of French intellectuals and one of America’s most prominent political couples.

By Emma Brown  |  05:31 PM ET, 03/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Correcting Miss Manners

Birth, marriage and death are the three great transitions of life, and there are large questions of etiquette concerning all of them. Judith Martin, in her syndicated Miss Manners column, recently addressed the question of obituaries.

By Matt Schudel  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011

Eddie Kirkland, blues singer and guitarist, dies at 88

Eddie Kirkland, 88, a blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player who worked with John Lee Hooker and Otis Redding and was known for his high energy shows, died in Florida on Sunday. He had been in a car accident while returning from a gig. Mr. Kirkland brought a preaching, gospel...

By Terence McArdle  |  11:50 AM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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