Goodbye Leah Beckmann, Our Intern From Heaven 

Hamilton Nolan · 11/04/15 01:54PM

On May 5, 2010, Gawker received an unsolicited intern application letter from a woman who billed herself as “The (Potential) Intern From Heaven?” Her name was Leah Beckmann.

Cord Jefferson · 08/08/13 05:38PM

Karen Black, the actress best known for her work in films like Easy Rider, Nashville, and Five Easy Pieces, for which she received an Oscar nod, died today after a long battle with cancer. In March it was reported that Black had resorted to crowdfunding in order to pay for her final treatments. She was 74.

Max Read · 06/06/13 12:43PM

Esther Williams, swimming champion and star of dozens of musicals, has died at 91.

Cord Jefferson · 05/13/13 06:54PM

Dr. Joyce Brothers, the celebrity psychologist who came to pop-culture prominence in the late 1950s, died today in New York City. She was 85.

Margaret Thatcher Is Dead

Max Read · 04/08/13 07:37AM

Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century, and the first and only female prime minister, has died of a stroke at age 87.

Hamilton Nolan · 11/20/12 03:04PM

Another former "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeer has died, along with the good old days.

Phyllis Diller, 1917-2012

Max Read · 08/20/12 02:47PM

Legendary comedian Phyllis Diller has passed away, TMZ reports. She was 95, and had been under hospice care following a fall. Her family was with her when she died.

Washington Post Now Confirms Nora Ephron's Death [UPDATE]

John Cook · 06/26/12 04:37PM

Screenwriter Nora Ephron seems to have passed away, according to this uncomfortably indeterminate column by her friend Liz Smith that just appeared on the internet. Her former close friend Margo Howard also writes on Twitter that Ephron passed away from cancer, and that a funeral is scheduled for Thursday. [Update: We're told it has now been pushed back until after the Fourth of July.] According to the Observer, Ephron's representatives are not commenting on Smith's column.

Socialite Keels Over in the Middle of a Fashion Show in the Front Row

Brian Moylan · 02/16/12 11:15AM

Zelda Kaplan, the hard-partying 95-year-old socialite who has been a fixture of the New York scene since the '60s, collapsed right in the middle of the Joanna Mastroianni fashion show at Lincoln Center yesterday, just as the second model walked past her. She was later pronounced dead. This is the first time a fashion show has literally been deadly boring.

Etta James Has Died

Max Read · 01/20/12 12:04PM

Etta James, the great singer, died today in California of complications from leukemia. She was 72. Over the six decades of her career, James won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame, survived a heroin addiction and a variety of health problems, and sold millions of records. In 2009, the Obamas danced to "At Last" — sung by Beyoncé, who played James in Cadillac Records — at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball. Above, her "I'd Rather Go Blind," recorded in 1968.

Helen Frankenthaler, Awesome Painter, Dead at 83

Max Read · 12/27/11 11:54AM

Helen Frankenthaler, the great abstract painter (and legendary party-thrower) died today "after a long illness." She was 83. Frankenthaler's big abstract paintings—made by staining canvas with thin paint—were among the best-known of the "second generation" of abstract expressionism. And even if you don't like them (which, hey, whatever, "art"), you will probably appreciate this story from the Times obit:

No, Stalin Was Not Really Such a Good Dad

Max Read · 11/28/11 10:00PM

Josef Stalin's last surviving daughter, Lana Peters, née Svetlana Stalina, has died. She was in Wisconsin, of all places, where she'd been living on and off since 1986; unsurprisingly, she had a hard, shitty life, thanks in no small part to her father, who was nearly as brutal a father as he was a dictator. But don't take our word for it!

Singer Phoebe Snow Dies at 60

Brian Moylan · 04/26/11 11:39AM

Phoebe Snow, known for her '70s hit "Poetry Man," as well as singing many well-known jingles and theme songs and her frequent appearances on Howard Stern, died today from complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year. It's a rough day for female vocalists.

The Many Weddings of Elizabeth Taylor

Brian Moylan · 03/23/11 04:45PM

Most of us will remember Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away today at 79, by her many great roles or the work she did for numerous charitable causes. But she'll also be remembered for walking down the aisle seven times over the course of her life. With the help of's archives, here's a little look at some of the happiest days of Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky's life.