Monday , October 15 2018

‘York’ star Leslie dies – Zimmerman drowns

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16, (RTRS): Joan Leslie Caldwell, best known by her stage name of Joan Leslie, has died at age 90. The actress starred in over 30 films — her breakout role came at the age of 15, when she appeared in “High Sierra” with Humphrey Bogart. Some of Leslie’s most notable roles came before the actress was 18; she starr-ed alongside Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York” and celebrated her 17th birthday on the set of “Yankee Do-odle Dandy,” in which she played the wife of James Cagney.

Leslie also appeared in films such as “The Sky’s the Limit,” “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “This is the Army,” “Cinderella Jones,” “Hollywood Canteen” and “Repeat Performance.”


Born in Detroit, Michigan on Jan 26, 1925, Leslie’s career began when her family relocated to Burbank, after Leslie’s older sister Mary was signed to a contract at MGM. Her first role was an uncredited part in George Cukor’s “Camille” at age 11.


After marrying physician William G. Caldwell in 1950, Leslie shifted her focus to family, with occasional appearances on television shows and in commercials. She appeared in TV movies such as “Charley Hannah” and “Fire in the Dark,” along with series including “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Simon and Simon” and “Murder She Wrote.”

Leslie died on Oct 12 in Los Angeles, her family announced. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Oct 19 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church.

ABC News medical analyst Jamie Zimmerman, 31, drowned when she lost her footing and was swept out to sea while vacationing in Hawaii, ABC News President James Goldston said on Thursday.

Zimmerman, a medical doctor, was alone and attempting to cross the Lumahai River on Kauai’s North Shore when she slipped, Goldston said in a memo to staff.

Kauai Police said witnesses called 911 shortly before 4 pm on Monday to say they saw a woman being swept out to sea. Lifeguards on a Jet Ski found Zimmerman unresponsive in the water about 200 yards from the mouth of the river and, after bringing her on shore, attempted to revive her with CPR.

She was transported to Wilcox Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said in a press release.


Her mother, Jordan Zimmer-man, in a Facebook post on Thursday said her daughter earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and had been awarded UCLA’s Charles E. Young Humanitarian Award.

“Her accomplishments included helping Congolese refugees in Zambia, volunteering in a cash-strapped hospital in India, building classrooms in Uganda, and working with indigenous people on the Amazon in Peru,” her mother wrote on Facebook.

“I hope my baby girl’s life will inspire you to take action to make our world better,” Jordan Zimmerman wrote on Facebook.

At ABC News, she reviewed studies and researched stories for the Medical Unit, as well as offering meditation sessions for the staff, Goldston said.

“Jamie had a passion to make the world a better place and help all of us lead better lives,” Goldston said. “We will miss her.”

The New York-based American Broadcasting Co, or ABC, is part of the broadcasting division of The Walt Disney Co.

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