Lizabeth Scott (1922-2015, aged 92. The husky voice actress (real name: Emma Matzo) was a sensational 1940s femme fatale in films like THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS, DEAD RECKONING with Bogart,, I WALK ALONE, and I particularly relish her 1947 'noir thriller in lurid Technicolor' DESERT FURY (see my full review at Lizabeth Scott label). I first encountered her when I was about 12 in Elvis's LOVING YOU in 1957 (a reunion for her with DESERT FURY's Wendall Corey) where she was a fascinating presence with the young Presley. It was her last screen credit apart from a minor role in a minor thriller PULP in 1972. Its a fascinating life, she understudied Tallulah in THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH on Broadway, Hal B Wallis discovered her at her 21st birthday party held at The Stork Club in New York.
Michael Mason (1947-2015), aged 67, was one of the great gay rights campaigners and a key figure in the London gay publishing world. He was the editor of "Gay News" ( fatally wounded after their 1977 blasphemy court case with Mary Whitehouse).and later edited the free weekly "Capital Gay". At the colourful new venues, Bang and Heaven, young gay men were coming out via disco rather than politics, and the breezy new weekly set out to cover this “scene”.
Lesley Gore (1946-2015), aged 68. Lesley Gore was one of those teen singers of the early Sixties, who like Carole King, Brenda Lee or Connie Francis or England's Helen Shapiro, caught the moment perfectly. She was 16 when, in 1963, she rose to the top of the American charts with the song "It’s My Party" – a teenage drama about a girl’s birthday party ending in tears when her boyfriend, Johnny, walks in with another girl. ("You would cry too, if it happened to you"). Not just a one hit wonder, she had several other pop hits ("Judy's Turn To Cry", "You Don't Own Me" which was recorded by Dusty Springfield and others) as her prom queen looks suited the era. In later life she became a successful songwriter, and after coming out as gay, a prominent champion of women’s and LGBT rights, and she leaves a partner of 33 years. She received an Oscar nomination for "Our Here On My Own" one of the songs she composed for the film FAME.