Feb 4, 2014 — What do artists like Philip Seymour Hoffman owe us, after all? Do they owe us their art? Or is their art a gift — for as long we have it?
Feb 3, 2014 — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday, after a career in which he stepped back from both likeability and villainy to explore a different kind of connection with audiences.
Jan 28, 2014 — Pete Seeger was an activist for many causes, but among them was a passionate belief in the importance and value of public singing.
Jan 7, 2014 — The Hong Kong entertainment magnate and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, who died today at 106 or 107, isn't that well known in the West. But his fans, from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, sure are.
Aug 9, 2013 — Karen Black parlayed her strange and singular allure into quirky character roles that in many ways captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s and '70s.
Jun 3, 2013 — Susan Stamberg remembers an evening onstage with Jean Stapleton.
Apr 8, 2013 — The Mouseketeer and bikini-musicals actress became a pop star and made a generation of boomer boys swoon. Later she faced multiple sclerosis with equanimity — and raised awareness and money in the process.
Apr 4, 2013 — Roger Ebert, who died Thursday, was not only a writer but a social media master, a romantic and a guy who deeply believed in rice cookers. He was also one of the most influential critics of his generation.
Feb 7, 2013 — Birder Starr Saphir, who died on Tuesday, was at the center of a 2012 documentary about the unique world of Central Park birding.
Jan 17, 2013 — "Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Phillips died Wednesday. We take a moment to answer a question we weren't actually asked: Why do people ask strangers for advice anyway?