Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RIP Květa Fialova

Actress Květa Fialová died († 88): She spent all her life in her giant pain

September 26, 2017

After nearly three years in the Alzheimer's Center, where she gradually lost contact with the world, Květa Fialová († 88) died. A popular actress from the films Lemonade Joe or I have been having fun with the world three years ago had bleeding in the stomach and heart attack, since then she did not appear in public. Květa’s failed heart, after its condition worsened, was transferred to a cardiology ward at one of the Prague hospitals.

Květa was born on September 1, 1929 in Slovakia, in the village Vel'ke Dravce in the Lučenec district. At home her older sister was waiting for her. Their parents were both lightly physically disabled – “Dad was pilot a dropped off the plane and walked poorly, her mother had a prosthesis instead of her leg. Their marriage was stormy, my father was violent, and my parents were not far from divorce. Their marriage was paradoxically rescued by World War II, which brought them together”.

But from her end, the young Květa carried on a life of trauma - raped by two Russian soldiers. This affected both her lifelong relationships with men, but she also instilled a reluctant attitude towards the communist regime.

Mother Květy Fialové was a designer, who was devoted to painting and sculpture. It was she who brought Květa  to Buddhism, she loved to paint Buddha and similar Eastern motifs. The family moved a lot, eventually returned to Bohemia. Not long after the war her dad died, his mother returned to Slovakia and Květa stayed alone. She was attracted to the theater, also because of the money she could earn, and in 1946 she started playing in Český Těšín. In the same year she was admitted to the Brno Conservatoire. She continued her studies at the Janáček Academy of Music Arts, which she finished in 1950.

In the 1950s Květa went through several theater engagements - in Opava, České Budějovice or Cologne. There, as a twenty-one-year-old girl, she married for the first time with a playwright. But their coexistence lasted shortly. "It was terrible for me! My fault. The husband was not a criminal, just wanted to exist in that marriage so normally as a boy, " recalls Květa, who had fled from her first husband and moved to the morgue for half a year before getting her own apartment with a new engagement - in Martin's Slovakia.

The second husband, director Paul Hasa, met in 1957 and two years later they married. In 1962, Zuzana's daughter was born. Their marriage said Květa was beautiful, especially because of the great degree of tolerance of both.

Paradoxically, despite her odious attitude to men, or to their animal needs, Květa was perceived as a sex symbol of her time and considered one of the most beautiful Czech actresses – The Czech Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to her fierceness she was destined for the roles of computed women who have become her acting staple for a long time.

Her life role of this type is undoubtedly the character of the barbie singer Tornado Lou in the Brdeckov and Lipský parody on the Wild West Limonade Joe (1964). Because she could not sing, singer Yvette Simon was singing for her . She also recalled similar roles in the Fantom Morisvill (1966) film, the W4C Extermination Comedy through Mr. Foustka's (1967), or in the Detective from the Hands of the City of Prague's Dragon Fair (1970).

The strangers were not her nobles, the princess played both in Closely Watched Trains (1961) and Grandma (1971). Another decent career was provided by television. She appeared, for example, in the series The Thieves of the City of Prague (1968), The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman (1974) and for the record her famous performance of ABC Charlie's Aunt Theater.

Her career went without major falls, and with her aging she changed her acting style from sexy women to mature, elegant ladies, mothers and grandmothers. Such was Countess Thun in the parody Adela Did Not Sleep (1977), Bob's mother in Summer With The Cowboy (1976), Mommy Samkova in Half a House Without a Groom (1980) or grandmother in a comedy of the century I Enjoy the World With You (1983).

FIALOVA, Květa (Kvetoslava Fialová)
Born: 9/1/1929, Vel'ké Dravce, Lučenec, Czechoslovakia
Died: 9/26/2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Květa Fialova’s westerns – actress:
Lemonade Joe – 1964 (Tornado Lou, ‘The Arizona Warbler’)
Be Quiet Horse (TV) – 1992 (old woman)

Monday, September 25, 2017

RIP Jan Triska

Actor Jan Triska dies after fall from Prague bridge

Fox News
September, 25, 2017

Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, has died, more than a day after he fell from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80.

Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death Monday. Triska died in Prague's military hospital overnight due to injuries from Saturday's fall, the circumstances of which are unclear.

Triska emigrated in 1977 after signing a human rights manifesto inspired by his close friend, dissident playwright Vaclav Havel.

He settled in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens of movies, including "Ragtime" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" by his fellow Czech Milos Forman.

After the anti-Communist 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Triska regularly returned home to play in movies and theaters, including a leading role in "The Elementary School," nominated for an Academy Award.

Jan Triska
Born: 11/4/1936, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: 9/25/2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Triska’s westerns – actor:
Úkryt cerného Billa – 1965 [narrator]
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (TV) – 1987 (General Wolf)
Andersonville (TV) - 1996 (Captain Henry Wirz)

RIP Caesar Giovannini

Chicago Suburban Daily Herald
September 25, 2017

Caesar Giovannini was born February 26, 1925 in Chicago to Roger and Blanche (nee Marchesini) Giovannini. He died Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Arlington Heights. Caesar was an accomplished pianist and composer. He learned to play the piano when he was five years old, and by the age of eight his piano teacher recommended that he study music at the Chicago Conservatory. Upon graduating from Lane Tech High School, Caesar obtained his Bachelor of Music In Piano and Master of Music Composition, both from the Chicago Conservatory. While serving in the Navy (1945-1946), Caesar's commission was with the U.S. Navy Concert Band in Washington, D.C. In 1947, he married the love of his life, Doris Hoversten, and began his career as a pianist at NBC and ABC studios. From 1956-1959, Caesar was the Music Director for the "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" television show produced in Chicago. The 1960s took Caesar and Doris to California where he played for the top movie studios, including Universal, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. While in Hollywood, he worked with many movie stars, including Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, and Barbra Streisand. In the late 1960s, he also performed with the orchestra at four Academy Awards ceremonies. Caesar's piano playing was matched by his ability to compose music. His "specialty" was concert band music, with many of his compositions still being performed today by high school bands across the country. His most popular piece is "Overture in B-Flat." Caesar completed his final composition, "Honor and Glory" in 2015. This 27 piece orchestration was dedicated to and, has already been performed and recorded by the U.S. Navy Band. Caesar loved to spend time with his family, and while living out of state would regularly send letters to his sister Lola, which were always greatly appreciated. Doris and Caesar spent their retirement years in Arizona and moved back to Arlington Heights in 2007 to be close to their family. Caesar is survived by niece Susan Decker, niece Barbara Decker (Ted) Wachholz and her children Meredith (Matt) Hodge and Teddy (Samantha) Wachholz, and niece Karen (Dean Bentley) Kupina. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris (nee Hoversten), his parents, and sister Lola (Joseph Kupina) Giovannini. Visitation Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service at Chapel of St. John the Beloved, Lutheran Home and Services, 800 West Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Interment will be Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers and in memory of their beloved Great Danes, Gino and Omar, memorials may be given to Great Dane Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 5543, Plymouth, MI 48170, www.GreatDaneRescueInc.com. Funeral information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

Born: 2/26/1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/23/2017, Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.A.

Caesar Giovannini’s western – musician:
Wild Rovers – 1971 [piano]

Friday, September 22, 2017

RIP Allen McCarty

Seagrove Baptist Church
September 17, 2017

R. Allen McCarty, age 76, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017. He was born January 22, 1941 in Pampa, Texas to William and Etta Choate McCarty. Mr. McCarty was a resident of Walton County. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Seagrove Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. As a lifelong media professional, Mr. McCarty was on-air talent in both radio and television, a lifetime member of the Screen Actors Guild, advertising agency owner, Past Governor of American Advertising Federation District 7 and on camera host of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for over 20 years in Baton Rouge La. Allen's love of people shown beyond jobs and titles. His greatest joy was meeting strangers and in minutes finding someone they knew in common and leaving them with big smiles and warm hearts as only Allen could do. Allen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William Dyke McCarty. Allen is survived by his best friend and wife of 29 years Jeanne M. Carter of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; children; Scott Allen McCarty, Casey Reed McCarty and Melissa Marie McCarty Wieczorek and husband Ben; step-children; Kristi J. Stevenson and husband John, and Gary C. Schrang; aunt, Audry Nell Waits; grandchildren; Judah Wieczorek, Maxwell Wieczorek, Cayden Denney, John Carter Stevenson, Catherine Stevenson and Savannah Stevenson. Receiving of friends will be from 10:30-11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Seagrove Baptist Church; 4915 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. Celebration of life services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Seagrove Baptist Church at 4915 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459, with Reverend Gary Wiggins officiating. Attire is exactly what Allen would expect, very casual, Hawaiian shirts preferred. Flowers are being accepted or donations in Allen's memory to Seagrove Baptist Church Building Fund (address above) or Westonwood Ranch, 4390 Hwy 20 W, Freeport, FL 32439 www.westonwood.org Your gifts, your helpful actions, your thoughts and your prayers are all appreciated by the family. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.

Mc CARTY, Allen (Roy Allen McCarty)
Born: 1/22/1941, Pampa, Texas, U.S.A.
Died:  9/16/2017, Walton County, Florida, U.S.A.]

Allen McCarty’s western – actor:
Louisiana (TV) 1983 (auction bidder)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

RIP José Salcedo

The editor José Salcedo, Almodóvar's collaborator and winner of three Goya awards dies

El Mundo
September 19,2017

José Salcedo, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and winner of three Goyas for Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown , No one will talk about us when we are dead and Everything about my mother , has died on Tuesday in Madrid at 68 years, according to informed the Film Academy.

 "The Film Academy deeply regrets the loss of José Salcedo, one of the most powerful Spanish assemblers," said the institution, which this year awarded him the Gold Medal for his career.

 Formed as an auxiliary and assistant to Pablo del Amo and Pedro del Rey, Salcedo "was one of the few proper names that, in an office as determinant for the cinema as the assembly, was always synonymous with excellence, " said the president of the Academy, Yvonne Blake.

 Blake has advanced that what should be the ceremony of delivery of the Gold Medal will become "a tribute for him and his."

 Almodóvar counted on him in all his films, from Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls from the heap (1980) to Julieta (2016), and among his more than 150 credits, he also featured films for other directors such as Eloy de la Iglesia, Agustín Díaz Yanes, José Luis Borau, Jaime Chávarri, Pedro Olea and Gonzalo Suárez.

 He also worked for Manuel Gómez Pereira, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Santiago Tabernero, Juan Luis Iborra, Yolanda García Serrano, Josetxo San Mateo, Daniel Calparsoro and Luis Buñue , with whom he began as an assistant in Tristana .

 José Salcedo (Ciudad Real, 1949) mounted his first film at age 23.  It leaves two earrings of premiere: Oro , of Díaz Yanes and No one dies in Ambrosia , of Héctor Valdez.

 "I ride from the heart," said this technician who did not stop reinventing the medium from his desk and to which the Academy dedicates this month a cycle with some of the films in which he worked.

Salcedo José (José Salcedo Palomeque)
Born: 1949, Mestanza, Ciudad Real, Castille-La Mancha, Spain
Died: 9/19/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

José Salcedo’s western – film editor:
A Night in Old Mexico - 2013