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"Death borders upon our birth, and our cradle stands in the 
grave. Our birth is nothing but our death begun." Bishop Hall
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Welcome to another edition of Dead End.

This week we remember writer and actor Mickey Spillane, who 
wrote the "Mike Hammer" mystery books. We remember stage, 
film and TV actress Carrie Nye, rock 'n' roll critic Paul 
Nelson, and Bill Miller, Frank Sinatra's longtime piano 
accompanist. We also remember Washington School of Ballet 
co-founder Mary Day.

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MICKEY SPILLANE, WRITER AND ACTOR, DEAD AT 88

Writer and actor Mickey Spillane, who wrote the "Mike Hammer" 
mystery books, has died in Murells Inlet, S.C., at age 88.
Spillane would often say that he was a writer and not an 
author, but he still managed to write 13 "Mike Hammer" 
mysteries plus nine other novels and two children's books, 
South Carolina's The State reported Tuesday. He made his 
mark in the literature world with his first book in 1946.  
He wrote the "Mike Hammer" novel "I, the Jury" in just days. 
He was 28 years old, and Dutton publishing, part of the 
Penguin Group, bought the book for $1,000. At one point in 
his career, seven out of 10 of the most-translated books in 
the world and three of the top 10 all-time best-sellers were 
his books. Seven of his books were also made into movies.
The New York Times reported that Spillane was the only 
mystery writer to ever portray his own character on screen. 
He played Hammer in the film "The Girl Hunters." 


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CARRIE NYE, ACTRESS, DEAD AT 69

Stage, film and TV actress Carrie Nye, the wife of TV talk 
host Dick Cavett, has died in New York at age 69. Nye died 
Friday of lung cancer at the couple's home, The New York 
Times reported Monday. Nye broke onto the Broadway scene in 
1960 with her dry wit and Mississippi drawl that attracted 
comparisons with Tallulah Bankhead, The Times said. She was 
nominated for a Tony Award in 1965 for the musical "Half a 
Sixpence," but most of her stage career was in regional 
theater. She performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival 
in northern Massachusetts from 1955 until the late 1970s 
with leads in "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Skin of Our 
Teeth" and "Nude With Violin." In later years, she appeared 
in plays by Ibsen, Chekhov and Tennessee Williams at several
theaters in New York and New Jersey. She was nominated for 
an Emmy Award in 1980 for her portrayal of Bankhead in the 
TV movie "The Scarlett O'Hara War." Her film roles included 
"Creep Show" and "Hello Again" and she played different 
characters on the CBS soap, "Guiding Light" in the 1980s and 
2003. She is survived by her husband.

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PAUL NELSON, PIONEER ROCK CRITIC, DEAD AT 70

Rock 'n' roll critic Paul Nelson has died of heart disease 
at his New York apartment at the age of 70. Nelson was a 
pioneer rock critic, whose interest in folk music led him to 
start his first review magazine, The Little Sandy Review, 
dedicated to folk music, while he was in college at the 
University of Minnesota, The Los Angeles Times reported 
Friday. During his career in the '60s and '70s he was an 
editor and reviewer for Rolling Stone, Circus and Creem 
music magazines. But he retired from writing about rock in 
the late 1980s, and until last summer, he worked at Evergreen 
Video in New York's Greenwich Village, the Times said. "I 
don't really want a job anymore where you have to think,"
Nelson said in a Times interview in 2000. "The store has a 
lot of old films and foreign films. A lot of movie nuts come 
in, and you get to talk about the movies. I couldn't possibly 
go back to writing about rock. I don't have any comparison 
points anymore."

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BILL MILLER, SINATRA'S PIANIST, DEAD AT 91    
                        
Bill Miller, Frank Sinatra's longtime piano accompanist and 
closest musical adviser, has died at 91 in a Montreal 
hospital. Miller, who accompanied Sinatra from 1951 until 
the legendary singer's final performance in 1995, died 
Tuesday from complications of a heart attack, The Los 
Angeles Times reported. Miller had been performing in 
Montreal with Frank Sinatra Jr. when he broke his hip two 
weeks ago, and then suffered a heart attack. He died after 
heart bypass surgery, his daughter, Meredith, told the Times.
Miller had been playing 14 songs a night in Sinatra Jr.'s 
show, including "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," 
the saloon song he introduced to the elder Sinatra in the 
early 1950s -- and which he played at the late singer's 
funeral in 1998. He went on to play with Joe Haymes and His 
Orchestra, the Red Norvo-Mildred Bailey band, Tommy Dorsey, 
Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet.                            


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MARY DAY, WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF BALLET CO-FOUNDER, DEAD AT 96

Washington School of Ballet co-founder Mary Day has died of 
complications from heart disease at age 96. Day, founder of 
the world reknowned Washington Ballet company and grande 
dame of the classical dance scene for six decades, died at 
her Washington home Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.
The Washington School of Ballet, which Day started in 1944 
with dancer Lisa Gardiner, is considered one of the nation's 
premiere training facilities for classical dancers. Day took
over the sole direction of the school after Gardiner's death 
in 1958. Her annual presentation of "The Nutcracker," which 
debuted in 1961, has become a holiday tradition in the 
nation's capital. Many of Day's students went on to dance 
with major ballet troupes across the United States, the Post 
said. Day stepped down from her duties at the school in 1999.
The ballerina and teacher -- who grew up an only child -- 
devoted her life to dance and never married or had children.


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Notable deaths this week in history...

In 1817, Jane Austen, the author who wrote such classics as 
Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, died at the 
age of 41.

In 1959, famed jazz singer Billie Holiday died of congestion 
of the lungs complicated by heart failure. She was 44.

In 1973, Bruce Lee, who remains the most recognized martial 
artist of the twentieth century, died at the age of 32.

In 1998, Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American to fly in 
space, died at the age of 74.

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