February 25th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

President Obama: Harold Ramis made us "root for the underdog"

President Obama paid tribute to Chicago native - famed actor, writer and director Harold Ramis Tuesday, saying:

"When we watched his movies – from “Animal House” and “Caddyshack” to “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day” – we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And, through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings."

'Painful' and 'debilitating' - that's the disease Harold Ramis had

CNN's Bill Weir details the career that comedy legend Harold Ramis leaves behind.


Filed under: Entertainment • News • Obituary
February 12th, 2014
01:40 PM ET

Remembering Shirley Temple Black: Former child star and diplomat dies at 85

(CNN) - Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.

She was 85.

Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home. She was surrounded by family and caregivers, a statement from Cheryl Kagan said.

Famed former child actress Shirley Temple dies

CNN's Erin Burnett takes a look back at her life and career.

Filed under: News • Obituary • The Number
August 20th, 2013
09:21 PM ET

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dead at 87

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard died today. Leonard was known for his gritty realism, forceful dialogue, and as the "Dickens of Detroit.'

Elmore Leonard, writer of sharp, colorful crime stories, dead at 87

Twenty-six of his books have been adapted for the screen, including box office hits like "Get Shorty", "Out of Sight" and "3:10 to Yuma".

How do you pay tribute to someone many consider one of America's great writers. The best way - is to hear from the man himself, in his own words.

Filed under: News • Obituary