Hollywood’s preeminent divorce lawyer, Marvin Mitchelson, who pioneered a woman’s right to palimony, died Saturday in a Beverly Hills hospice. He was 76 and had long suffered from heart disease and skin cancer. His famous clients included Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sony Bono, Stephen Stills, Connie Stevens, Rhonda Fleming, Tony Curtis, Carl Sagan, and Joan Collins (left, with Mitchelson). Mitchelson became famous in the mid-’70s when he was the lawyer for actor Lee Marvin’s live-in companion, ex nightclub singer Michelle Triola Marvin, who demanded half of the actor’s $3.6 million he made during their six years together. The case earned the term “palimony” a place in every Hollywood ingenue’s vocabulary. And isn’t it quaint now to think that a big star like Lee Marvin would have made only $3.6 million in six years back then? (More)
Cute Grand Ole Opry singer Skeeter Davis had a huge chart hit in 1962 with “The End of the World.” Now, sadly, for her it is. She died in a Nashville hospice on Sunday at 72, after a very long bout with breast cancer.
She began her singing career recording with a high school friend, Betty Jack Davis, as The Davis Sisters. Their first record, I Forgot More than You’ll Ever Know, was a hit in 1953. After Betty Jack Davis died in a highway accident, Skeeter Davis continued as a solo artist and received five Grammy nominations. (Nashville City Paper)