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Actress Kitty Carlisle Hart dies at 96

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Veteran actress Kitty Carlisle Hart, who visited American homes as a panelist on "What's My Line?" and "To Tell The Truth," has died in New York at 96.

Postage stamp to immortalize Fitzgerald

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is to have her image immortalized in the 30th offering in the U.S. Postal Service's Postal Service's Black Heritage series.

Goodwill Event to honor Sondheim's career

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The impressive career of Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Sondheim is to be the focus of next year's Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event in California.

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Today is Friday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2006 with 100 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, May 11, the 131st day of 2006 with 234 to follow.
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Illustrator Sydney Leff dead at 104

OSSINING, N.Y., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Sheet music illustrator Sydney Leff has died in Ossining, N.Y., at age 104.

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Today is Friday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2005 with 50 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2005 with 100 to follow.
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Actor Benzali set to issue music CD

LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) -- "NYPD Blue" and "Murder One" actor Daniel Benzali is returning to his roots as a singer with a new CD of American pop standards.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 11, the 316th day of 2004 with 50 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2004 with 100 to follow.
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AFI set to name top 100 movie songs

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- The American Film Institute is about to announce its newest list of great moments in U.S. film history -- the 100 greatest songs ever sung in movies -- giving A
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Irving Berlin
Composer and songwriter Irving Berlin photographed in 1968. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in history.

His first hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band", became world famous. The song sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania." Over the years he was known for writing music and lyrics in the American vernacular: uncomplicated, simple and direct, with his aim being to "reach the heart of the average American" whom he saw as the "real soul of the country."

He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before he turned thirty. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Easter Parade", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday", "This is the Army, Mr. Jones", and "There's No Business Like Show Business". His Broadway musical and 1942 film, This is the Army, with Ronald Reagan, had Kate Smith singing Berlin's "God Bless America" which was first performed in 1938. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Celine Dion recorded it as a tribute, making it #1 on the charts.

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