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Chadwick Boseman 1976-2020

Chadwick Boseman died late in August after a career highlighted by playing Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, and T'Challa, the King of Wacanda, in 2018’s Black Panther. He also was James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall in Marshall (2017). He attended Howard University where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in directing. He subsequently attended the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. (A little-known fact:  Denzel Washington paid for his tuition at Oxford University.) He moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue his craft on the big screen. What his many fans did not know, was that during the last four years of his life he was battling colon cancer. During that critical time, he had starred in several of the biggest movies ever made. He was married to Taylor Simone Ledward. As a playwright, his script for Deep Azure, was performed at the Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, was nominated for a 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work. Quote on his role as Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play for a Major League Baseball Team:

The story is relevant because we still stand on his shoulders.

He started something - I would even say maybe he didn't even start it, it started before him.

But he carried the torch. And he carried it alone for a period of time before other people could help him.

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Dame Diana Rigg 1938-2020

            Dame Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was an English stage and screen actress. Some of her most notable roles were as Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers; Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, wife of James Bond, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. She was active in movies, onstage, and on TV in her distinguished career. In 1988 she received the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 1994 she received the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

            Peg C. Mexico, a loyal Movie Views reader, went to The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with Diana. They remained friends and would occasionally meet in New York and see plays together. We wrote Peg when we got word of Rigg’s death. Here’s part of her reply: While at school she would always say that she would never have "face work" done but that she wanted to grow old gracefully.  If you watched any of the Game of Thrones shows that she was in you can see that she stayed true to her words.         

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