Creator Of The Infamous Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament Dead At Age 79

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(PCM) Some find them to be artistic, while others find them to be downright tacky, but either way the infamous pink flamingo lawn ornament is an iconic piece of pop culture art history. Sadly, it has been revealed that Don Featherstone, the artist who originally created the pink flamingo lawn ornament, has passed away at the age of 79.

Sources say that Featherstone passed away on Monday in an elder care facility in Fitchburg, Massachusetts after a lengthy battle with Lewy body dementia.

After graduating art school, Featherstone went to work for Union Products where he first developed the design for the pink flamingo lawn ornament back in 1958. He worked for the company for 43 years and eventually became company president before his much deserved retirement in 1999.

Featherstone never anticipated that using molds from his clay flamingo sculptures would eventually lead to his creation becoming one of pop culture’s most instantly recognizable lawn decorations. Over the year’s Featherstone has explained the pink flamingo’s popularity saying that they were “selling people tropical elegance in a box for less than $10.” Adding, “Before that, only the wealthy could afford to have bad taste”.

The pink flamingo lawn ornaments continued to be embraced by vintage collectors to this very day and Featherstone himself had dozens of his famous pieces, which he based on images seen in National Geographic Magazine, scattered throughout his own backyard.

If you happen to own a pink flamingo lawn ornament and are curious if it is a Featherstone original, you can search out the artist’s signature located on the rear end of the flamingo.

Our sincere condolences go out to Featherstone’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Ben Stiller Pays Touching Tribute to His Mother

Anne_Meara(PCM) Anne Meara, comedian, actress, playwright, writer, and teacher, passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday.

Anne Meara gained fame in the 1960’s alongside husband Jerry Stiller as one-half of the much-loved comedy duo, Stiller and Meara, winning over the hearts of Americans nationwide as the prominent  appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. 

Meara went on to have her own Emmy-nominated but short-lived television show, Kate McShane, in 1975 before appearing in numerous films and TV sitcoms, including Fame, Archie Bunker’s PlaceALF, Sex and the City, and The King of Queens. 

While acting in the Off-Broadway production Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Anne Meara engaged in another of her many passions and lasting legacies of teaching and developing young actors. In the 90’s and beyond, Meara continued writing comedy and served as consulting director on the 2007 Off-Broadway production, The Jewish-American Princesses of Comedy.

Since her passing, media outlets and celebrities around the globe have paid tribute to Meara, praising her pioneering work in comedy and her willingness to give back to and teach young actors and actresses.

Today, Meara’s son, actor/producer/director/writer Ben Stiller, currently away in Europe filming Zoolander 2, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his mother, posting a black-and-white photo of his mother with a simple and touching caption of: “My mom Anne. She was an extraordinary person. Miss her.”

My mom Anne. She was an extraordinary person. Miss her.

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PCM extends our condolences to the Stiller family.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr And Wife Dead After NJ Car Accident

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(PCM) 86-year old mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr, the inspiration behind the Oscar nominated film “A Beautiful Mind” and his 82-year old wife Alicia are both dead after tragic car accident that took place in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Nash, Jr and his wife were traveling in a taxi when the accident took place. According to the police reports the taxi they were traveling in spun out of control while attempting to pass another vehicle. The taxi then crashed into a guard rail and both Nash, Jr. and his wife were ejected from the car. Tragically, they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Both the taxi driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were taken to a local area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Currently, no charges have been filed and the accident is still currently under investigation at this time.

Nash, Jr is a Nobel Prize recipient, taking home the Noble Prize for Economics back in 1994. As seen in the film “A Beautiful Mind”, Nash, Jr has suffered for a very long time with schizophrenia and received his Ph.D from Princeton University. He just recently accepted the 2015 Abel Prize in Norway for his contributions in the mathematical universe.

Our sincere condolences go out to the couples family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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“Wedding Singer” Actress Ellen Dow Dead At Age 101

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(PCM) Sadly, we have learned that beloved actress Ellen Albertini Dow has passed away at the age of 101. Dow is best known for her role as the hilarious rapping granny in the film “The Wedding Singer”, and also had a memorable role as the raunchy grandma character in “Wedding Crashers”.

Dow’s extensive acting resume includes over 40 television shows and close to 2 dozen films. She has also appeared on Broadway three times.

Dow began studying dance at the age of 5 and then went on to form a mime troupe while earning her master’s degree in theater from Cornell University.

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Weight Watchers Founder Jean Nidetch Dead At Age 91

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(PCM) Weight Watchers diet plan founder Jean Nidetch has passed away at the age of 91 in her Parkland, Florida home. Nidetch started the incredibly successful business after losing 70 pounds, going down from a weight of 214 to 142. To help keep the weight off she began hosting weekly meetings with her friends at her home.

The original Weight Watchers diet plan consisted of lean meats, fruits and vegetables, but the most important ingredient was always emotional support. The company went public in 1968 and soon Nidetch and her friends who launched the original weekly meeting concept became millionaires.

Weight Watchers continues to be one of the most popular diet plans to this day. It has certainly changed with the times and adopted a new Points system for calculating food allowances, but the weekly meeting and support concept has always remained the same.

Our sincere condolences go out to Jean Nidetch’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

 

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Star Of “The Partridge Family” Suzanne Crough Condray Dead At Age 52

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(PCM) Suzanne Crough Crondray, best known for her role as Tracy, the youngest member of “The Partridge Family” has sadly passed away at the age of 52.  Suzanne starred on the immensely popular sitcom from 1970-1974. Her immediate cause of death has not been revealed at this time.

Once “The Partridge Family” came to an end, Suzanne went on to take a role in “Mulligan’s Stew” with her final acting role being in the 1980 film “Children of Divorce”.  During reunion of “The Partridge Family” that took place in 2010, Suzanne revealed that she had given up acting and was currently working as a store manager for an Office Depot in Arizona.

Suzanne resided in Laughlin, Nevada and her death was confirmed by the local coroners office. She is survived by her husband, who works as an attorney in Arizona, however his office had no comment when contacted about Suzannes’ passing.

Our sincere condolences go out to Suzanne’s family and friends during this very difficult time.

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