EmptyMarcheline Bertrand, an actress and the mother of Angelina Jolie, died Jan. 27 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 56.
Bertrand studied acting with Lee Strasberg and played small roles in the movies "Lookin' to Get Out" in 1982 and "The Man Who Loved Women" in 1983.
Bertrand married Jon Voight in 1971. The couple separated in 1976 and divorced two years later, when Jolie was a toddler.
Laurence Starkman, a screenwriter, indie filmmaker and tele-vision producer, died Jan. 22 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55.
Starkman and his wife, Carla Malden, daughter of Karl Malden, worked as a screenwriting team for 25 years and contributed to numerous Hollywood projects. He created and produced the children's comedy series "Joke Time" and "Magic Shop" for Disney Channel and segments for Nickelodeon. He served as director, producer and writer on the short film "The Men's Room."
In addition to his film work, Starkman's credits include producing and designing main title sequences for such TV shows and films as "Escape From L.A.," "Baby's Day Out," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Magic Shop," "Can't Hurry Love," "Medicine Ball," "Afterburn," "Sister Kate," "Brotherhood of Justice" and "Crime & Punishment."
Brent Liles, former bassist for the punk rock group Social Distortion, was struck and killed by a big rig Jan. 18 while riding a bicycle in Placentia, Calif. He was 43.
Liles joined Social Distortion in 1981 and played bass on the band's groundbreaking "Mommy's Little Monster" recording two years later. The album brought the group widespread acclaim and helped establish Social Distortion as one of the country's top punk acts.
Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish journalist and author who covered 27 revolutions, died Jan. 23 in a Warsaw hospital. He was 74.
During his long career as a writer, the globe-trotting Kapuscinski reported on wars, coups and revolutions in the U.S., Asia and particularly Africa, from where he drew inspiration for some of his best-known works, including "Ebony" and "The Emperor," about the last days of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie.
After reporting for a decade, his first book, "The Polish Bush," came out in 1962.
The same year, he joined the Polish press agency PAP. His career as an agency correspondent was to last two decades.
According to one of his publishers, Random House, Kapuscinski "witnessed 27 coups and revolutions and was sentenced to death four times."
Liz Renay, a stripper and cult movie actress whose real life included roles as a gangster's moll, prison inmate, author, artist and Hollywood Boulevard streaker, died Jan. 22 in Las Vegas from cardiopulmonary arrest and gastric bleeding, the Clark County Coroner's Office said. She was 80.
Renay gained attention as a fashion model and Marilyn Monroe look-alike in the 1950s. She developed a cult following for her role as Muffy St. Jacques in director John Waters' 1977 movie "Desperate Living."
She appeared in at least two dozen other movies, ranging from "Date With Death" in 1959 and "The Thrill Killers" in 1964 to adult films like "Interlude of Lust" in 1981 and the feature flick "Mark of the Astro-Zombies" in 2002.
In her 1992 book "My First 2,000 Men," Renay claimed flings with a wide range of actors and celebrities.