Raffaella Carrà, Italian leisure icon, dies aged 78 | Pop and rock

Raffaella Carrà, the pop singer and actress who was an entertainment icon in her homeland Italy, died at the age of 78.

Her longtime partner Sergio Iapino announced her death and said: “Raffaella has left us. She has gone to a better world where her humanity, distinctive smile, and extraordinary talent will shine forever. ”He said she had struggled with a nameless disease for some time.

Carrà is best known in the UK for her single Do It, Do It Again, which peaked at number 9 in 1978 and spent 12 weeks in the charts. It was much more successful in Italy, where it was described in 1984 by L’Espresso magazine: “More applause than [president] Pertini, more expensive than [football player] Michel Platini, more wonderful than [modern saint] Padre Pio. “

Born in Bologna in 1943, Carrà studied dance and first became an actor in the “peplum” genre of the Italian historical epic. Inspired by her success, she moved to the United States and played alongside Frank Sinatra and others in Von Ryan’s Express (1965), but soon returned to Italy and became a presenter on the television variety show Canzonissima, which frequently performed songs and dance pieces were from her.

She was occasionally censored with her outfits and routines considered racy by the standards of the era, but her career lasted through the 1970s. She also became very popular in Spain with another variety show, La Hora de Raffaella, and in South America after moving to Buenos Aires in 1979.

She was a gay icon across Europe and was also seen as a feminist icon: In the original Italian version, Do It, Do It Again encourages women to take control of sex. “I think Raffaella Carrà did more to free women than many feminists,” said Francesco Vezzoli, Curator of an exhibition on Italian television from the 1970s for the Fondazione Prada in 2017.

Carrà returned in 1983 with Pronto, Raffaella? returned to Italian television and continued her TV career until 2019, including as a juror for the Italian edition of The Voice. A Spanish musical based on their songs, Explota Explota, was released in 2020.

During her career she released 25 studio albums, most recently in 2018 “Whenever it’s Christmas”.

Clint Eastwood’s stunt double dies aged 92 | Leisure

Clint Eastwood’s longtime stunt double has died at the age of 92.

Buddy Van Horn first worked as the 91-year-old actor’s stunt double in the 1968 film “Coogan’s Bluff”, and he did the same for the 1971 films “Dirty Harry”, “High Plains Drifter” and “The Beguiled”.

The late star also directed “Pink Cadillac”, “Any Which Way You Can” and “The Dead Pool” for Eastwood.

He worked alongside the Hollywood legend on more than 30 films.

In 2011, Van Horn admitted that Eastwood often wanted to perform his own stunts despite trying to talk them out of the “good, bad, and ugly” star.

He said, “He’s a pretty physical guy and likes to do his own stunts. Some of the things he does were pretty easy to screw up.

“I tried sometimes to talk him out of it, but mostly not very successfully.

“He went and did them anyway, several of them. He was beaten up a couple of times.”

Van Horn also admitted that Eastwood was a pleasure to work with.

He said, “It’s a dream job. I wake up sometimes and can’t wait to go to work when I’m working with him.

“He makes it so easy for you. We’re not a social group or anything, it’s always professional.

“We are good friends, but we have no contacts. He has his special friends and I mean. It’s easy. He’s Mr. Easy.

“He makes it easy and straightforward with the films I’ve worked on and directed.”

Comic Paul Mooney has died aged 79 | Leisure

Paul Mooney died at the age of 79.

The legendary comedian, best known as the writer for “The Richard Pryor Show”, “The Rosanne Show” and “Saturday Night Live” died on Wednesday (May 19, 21) at his home in Oakland, California after a heart attack.

His publicist Cassandra Williams said in a statement: “Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him after suffering a heart attack. He was staying with a family member who was a caregiver.”

And his daughter Spring Mooney also confirmed her father’s death on Twitter.

She wrote, “Give me a moment. My best friend just died and my world is SHOOK forever !!! I really can’t put my feelings into words right now. I know that I love this man and that I am broken. (sic) ”

Paul was famous for starring Sam Cooke in “The Buddy Holly Story” in 1978 and Junebug in Spike Lee’s acclaimed 2000 comedy “Bamboozled”.

The actor and comedian also played roles in Dave Chappelle’s hit ‘Chappelle’s Show’.

And after the news of his death, many stars have already used social media to honor his memory.

Viola Davis wrote, “Awww … RIP comedy legend Paul Mooney! You were both fun and poignant. So happy to see your genius live.”

While director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I remember listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yes, the jokes. But more than that, the freedom. He spoke freely and fearless about feelings and experiences others found it difficult to express. May he really be free now. Take a rest, sir. (sic) “

Tony Armatrading dies aged 59 | Leisure

Tony Armatrading, the star of ‘Notting Hill’, has died at the age of 59.

The actor – the younger brother of the singer Joan Armatrading – passed away on Monday (05/10/21) after a battle with cancer and his friend Tim Bentinck took the news on social media.

Tim wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news. My dearest friend Tony Armatrading died of cancer an hour ago.

“I had the privilege of being his best man and loved him very much.

“He was a wonderful actor and a true friend.”

Tony began his career in the theater, originally working behind the scenes as a member of the Birmingham Rep’s stage crew. He later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In the 1990s he starred in two notable Hollywood films – as a customs officer in the 1997 film “The Saint” and then in Notting Hill as a security officer who allowed Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) to play a film to help win back Hollywood – Actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts).

On the small screen, he starred in the BBC series ‘Empire Road’ in 1979, the first British drama series with an all-black cast. His other TV credits include “Color Blind”, “A Touch Of Frost” and “Death In Paradise”. He has appeared on soaps like “Brookside” and “The Bill”.

Actress Lorelei King, who also appeared on ‘Notting Hill’, paid tribute to Tony and tweeted: “A lovely man. So many wonderful memories spending time with him and Suzy in Los Angeles … (Heart Emoji) My love for you all. x (sic) “

Tony’s last role was in the series “Hawaii Five-O Last Year” and he is survived by his wife Suzy.

Nicki Minaj’s father Robert Maraj dies aged 64 | Leisure

Nicki Minaj’s father died in a hit at the age of 64.

The “Superbass” hitmaker’s father, Robert Maraj, died when he was hit by a car between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue in Nassau County, New York.

It has been reported by TMZ that the vehicle – which was heading north at the time – and its driver have fled the scene.

The accident happened on Friday evening (02/12/21). He was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries over the weekend. A representative for Nicki confirmed her father’s death.

Nicki recently became a parent herself and welcomed a boy into the world.

Hitmaker ‘Anaconda’ and husband Kenneth ‘Zoo’ Petty welcomed their first child in October last year.

She wrote on Instagram to thank everyone who had sent her good wishes after the birth: “Many thanks to Queen B, Kim & Ye, Riccardo Tisci, Winnie, Karol and everyone who sent good wishes during this time .

“It meant the world to me. I am so grateful and in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world. (Sic)”

Nicki revealed her pregnancy back in July with a series of Instagram posts showing her baby bump, one of which was titled “#preggers”.

Rapper ‘Chun Li’ first sparked speculation about her pregnancy in May after talking about craving for food and feeling “nauseated”.

Nicki listed the bizarre food combinations she had cooked and said that she felt sick and used the bathroom more often than usual.

When a fan asked her if she’d cooked anything in the past few weeks, she said, “Absolutely. Steak. Shrimp. Plus my famous cheeseburgers. So good. I just craved red meat, then cravings for salad with extra jalapeños. I ordered chkn nachos that didn’t come with jalapeños. Who does that? Wow. (Sic) “

Another fan picked up on her comments and asked, “Are you going to vomit in the morning and have to go to the bathroom a lot?”

To which she replied, “Lmao. No vomiting. But nausea and peeing non-stop. Oh, what do you think that means guys ???? Lmaooooooooooo. (Sic)”