Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CDU: Comedic Legends

Hollywood has lost two comedic geniuses -- less than two weeks apart.

Dom(inick) DeLuise, the portly actor/comedian, whose career spanned 50 years and included memorable turns in movies such as The Cannonball Run, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Blazing Saddles, died last night in Los Angeles. He was 75.

Bea(trice) Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress who considered herself lucky to be discovered by television executives after a long stage career that included a Tony award for the musical "Mame," died of cancer Saturday, April 25 at the age of 86. The star also won Emmy awards for her TV roles in "Maude" and "The Golden Girls."

Both DeLuise and Arthur appeared in the 1981 Mel Brooks' cult classic (and the funniest movie I've ever seen), History of the World: Part I.

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