Henry Gibson, an original member of the wacky, wildly popular late-'60s TV show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, died late Monday of cancer at home in Malibu. He was 73. One of Gibson's schticks on the show was simply to hold a flower and recite a poem. He also acted in movies and on TV, most notably as country music royalty Haven Hamilton in Robert Altman's 1975 Nashville, and most recently as a judge on Boston Legal.
Mary Travers, the blonde non-goateed member of '60s folk-singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004, died yesterday at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, from the side effects of chemotherapy. She was 72. Travers was slightly more than one-third responsible for the trio's hit covers of "If I Had a Hammer," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "Leaving on a Jet Plane," which you are now humming.