EmptyAdrienne Shelly, an actress, screenwriter and director who made her acting debut in the dark comedies "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989) and "Trust" (1990), was found dead Nov. 1 in her apartment in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. She was 40.
Diego Pillco, a construction worker who was helping renovate the space, was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with second-degree murder in her death.
Shelly played leading or featured roles in more than two dozen off-Broadway plays, in movies and on TV. Last year, she was featured in the movie "Factotum," starring Matt Dillon. She recently had finished directing "Waitress," a movie she also wrote, which is under consideration for inclusion in the Sundance Film Festival.
Leonard Schrader, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his adaptation of "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and co-wrote the critically praised "Mishima," died Nov. 2 of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 62.
His first film was "The Yakuza," co-written in the 1970s with his brother Paul Schrader and starring Robert Mitchum. Sydney Pollack directed. With his brother, Schrader wrote "Mishima," "Blue Collar" and "Old Boyfriends."
Kim Garfield, a publicist for the Fountain Theatre in Hollywood in addition to many other theatrical clients, died Oct. 31 after major surgery. She was 72.
Garfield began her career as a publicist with MGM Pictures in New York and had her own public relations agency there, Kim Garfield & Associates.
In 1977, she moved to Los Angeles and began a 10-year period as West Coast publicity director for John Springer & Associates, where she represented such clients as Henry Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor and Dustin Hoffman. She then started her own firm.
A memorial celebration will be held Nov. 18 at the Fountain Theatre. Details: (323) 663-2235.
Tom Noonan, a music industry veteran best known as the longtime head of Billboard's chart department, died Oct. 29 in Los Angeles after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 78.
Noonan joined Billboard as a vacation replacement while still in college. By 1954, he was the head of the trade publication's pop charts; he created the Billboard Hot 100, the weekly ranking of hit singles. He exited Billboard in 1965 to work for such labels as Date, Columbia, Motown, Metromedia and Polydor.
He returned to Billboard as associate publisher in 1975, first heading sales and marketing and then returning to the chart department.
James Glennon, a cinematographer known for his evocative camerawork on the 1983 film "El Norte" and who won an Emmy last year for the HBO series "Deadwood," died Oct. 19 of prostate cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 64.
Of the more than 40 films on which he worked, Glennon felt that three made with director Alexander Payne were among his best work: "Citizen Ruth," "Election" and "About Schmidt."
Stanley Robert Brossette, a movie publicist for such stars as Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Eddie Murphy, Raquel Welch, Goldie Hawn and Sharon Stone, died Oct. 24 from complications relating to multiple myeloma at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 69.
"I think that Texas boy has a little larceny in him," legendary MGM publicity chief Howard Strickling said when the Kingsville-born Brossette applied for a job in the early 1960s. He was assigned to be the unit publicist on "Spinout," starring Presley. Ten more Presley projects followed. Brossette left MGM in 1970 to become a freelance unit publicist.