Actress Margot Kidder, best known for starring as Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve in the Superman franchise, died Sunday, her representative told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. She was 69.
Kidder's representative said she died "peacefully" in her sleep at home in Montana. Born in Canada in 1948, Kidder got her start in acting on television, and in addition to four Superman movies, she starred in The Amityville Horror, Black Christmas, and The Great Waldo Pepper.
Kidder became a mental health advocate after she went through a public manic episode in 1996, which ended in her being discovered by a Los Angeles homeowner in his backyard. In 2001, Kidder was awarded the Courage in Mental Health Award from the California Women's Mental Health Policy Council. She is survived by daughter Maggie McGuane, granddaughter Maisie Kirn, and grandson Charlie Kirn. Catherine Garcia
Renowned handbag designer Judith Leiber, known for her crystal-encrusted designs, died over the weekend in Springs, New York. She was 97.
Born in Budapest, Leiber studied chemistry at King's College London with the goal of working in the cosmetics field, but returned to Hungary and became the first female apprentice at the handbag maker Pessl. Leiber went on to also become the first woman master craftsman at the company and the first woman to join the craft's guild in Budapest. A Holocaust survivor, she married her husband, abstract painter Gerson Leiber, in 1946. He also died over the weekend, just hours before his wife.
Leiber started her own label in 1963, with celebrities often carrying her pieces on the red carpet. Her dazzling bags took weeks to make and thousands of crystals, which she arranged in such whimsical shapes as watermelon and asparagus and Hello Kitty. "I like to do things that look crazy yet are practical," Leiber told Vogue. "My mania is to do a bag that looks as good empty as it does stuffed." In 1993, Leiber received the CFDA's Lifetime Achievement Prize and was the first handbag designer to win a Coty Award. Catherine Garcia
Theologian and professor James Cone died Saturday, Union Theological Seminary reported. He was 81.
James Cone was not just a professor. He was a prophet—a theological giant who shook the foundations of Christianity, dragging us miles closer to justice.
He showed the world that the gospel cannot be separated from the push for black freedom—that black liberation is God’s story. pic.twitter.com/Z3pAWvKpSE
— Union Seminary (@UnionSeminary) April 28, 2018
The founder of black liberation theology, Cone was a prolific author and influential thinker. He is best known for works including Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and The Cross and the Lynching Tree (2013), and was awarded 13 honorary degrees.
"Jesus Christ is not a proposition, not a theological concept which exists merely in our heads," Cone wrote of black liberation theology in 1975's God of the Oppressed. "He is an event of liberation, a happening in the lives of oppressed people struggling for political freedom. Therefore, to know him is to encounter him in the history of the weak and the helpless. That is why it can be rightly said that there can be no knowledge of Jesus independent of the history and culture of the oppressed."
"In so many ways, James Cone has been Union Theological Seminary for the past 50 years," said seminary president Serene Jones. "To say his death leaves a void is a staggering understatement." Bonnie Kristian
Alfie Evans, the British toddler whose health care was at the center of an international legal battle, died early Saturday, five days after he was removed from life support. He was 23 months old.
Evans suffered from a rare degenerative brain condition which put him in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, sought to maintain his care, but his doctors said it would be "unkind and inhumane" to do so given his terminal diagnosis.
Backed by advocacy from Pope Francis and other prominent figures, the boy's parents sought to move him to Italy, which granted him citizenship and proffered a military jet to transfer him for care in an Italian hospital. British courts denied the request and prohibited further treatment. U.K. courts and the National Health Service have come under broad critique for the decision.
"My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30 ... absolutely heartbroken," Tom Evans wrote in a Facebook post announcing Alfie's death. James posted that she too is heartbroken, adding, "thank you everyone for all your support."
The oldest person in the world, a Japanese woman named Nabi Tajima, died Saturday at the age of 117.
Tajima had been the world's oldest person since September, and she was hospitalized beginning in January. Born on August 4, 1900, Tajima had nine children and about 160 descendants over the course of her life. She was the last person verified to have lived in the 19th century.
The world's oldest person, Japanese native Nabi Tajima, died at the age of 117 on Saturday; the world record for oldest person is now passed to fellow Japanese native, Chiyo Yoshida pic.twitter.com/BFHIT6dbAL
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) April 22, 2018
An estimated 1,500 mourners turned out for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday.
Her widower, former President George H.W. Bush, was joined by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura; former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle; and former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary. First lady Melania Trump attended without President Trump — sitting presidents typically do not go to funerals of former first ladies — who tweeted about the funeral from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida:
Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family. In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse. pic.twitter.com/AuJ3RLZyax
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Actor Harry Anderson, best known for starring in Night Court and Dave's World, was found dead in his Asheville, North Carolina, home Monday morning. He was 65.
Police say no foul play is suspected. Born in Rhode Island in 1952, Anderson moved to Los Angeles as a teen, and after graduating from Hollywood High School, he moved to San Francisco, where he reportedly made money as a street magician. Following a guest spot on Saturday Night Live, Anderson was approached by Cheers producer Les Charles, who asked if he'd be a guest star on the show. From there, Anderson landed the role of Judge Harry T. Stone on Night Court.
"I guess they figured I was an actor," he told the Bradenton Herald. "I never auditioned for anything. I had the scripts next to me behind the bench. They named the character Harry so I'd remember to react when someone said my name. By the time they figured out that I couldn't act scared on the subway at 4 a.m., I already had a five-year contract." He also appeared in the 1990 television adaptation of Stephen King's It, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, 30 Rock, and The John Larroquette Show. Catherine Garcia
R. Lee Ermey, famous for playing Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.
A U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, drill instructor, and honorary gunnery sergeant, he spent 11 years in the military, including 14 months in Vietnam. When he retired, Ermey decided to take acting classes, and ended up working as a technical adviser on Apocalypse Now, in addition to playing a helicopter pilot. His Full Metal Jacket performance earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, and in addition to acting in films, he also had several voiceover roles, including as the lead green plastic soldier in the Toy Story movies. Catherine Garcia