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Ronald Pickup obituary

Ronald Pickup obituary
Actor who brought a luminous intelligence to a wide range of roles on stage and screen

The art of transformation is one of the great mysteries of acting, for the best actor is both recognisable as himself and convincing as someone else. Ronald Pickup, who has died aged 80, was an actor so luminous, so transparent, that you saw straight through him to the character he played, and out the other side.

Whether he was playing a bedraggled Russian aristocrat in Fortunes of War (1987) on television, with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, or the ageing “ladies’ man” Norman Cousins in John Madden’s Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), he always conveyed a sense of his own innate humanity while fully inhabiting those roles.

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Ronald Pickup Dies: Actor In ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Films, ‘The Crown’ & Dozens Of Other Shows Was 80

Ronald Pickup Dies: Actor In ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Films, ‘The Crown’ & Dozens Of Other Shows Was 80
Ronald Pickup, who appeared in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel among more than 150 film, TV and stage credits spanning a half-century, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 80. His agent confirmed the news to the BBC today.

Pickup played Norman Cousins in John Madden’s 2011 romantic dramedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, sharing a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture with Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and others. He returned for 2015’s The Second Best Exotic Hotel.

The actor also recurred as the Archbishop of Canterbury in the first season of Netflix’s hit drama The Crown. He also played Neville Chamberlain in 2017’s Darkest Hour, a Best Picture Oscar nominee that also earned Gary Oldman a Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Winston Churchill.

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Born on June 7, 1940, in Chester,
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Today in Soap Opera History (November 10)

1981: Helena arrived in Port Charles on Gh.

1986: Aw's Cass and Kathleen were married.

1986: Gl's Maeve interrupted Reva & Kyle's wedding.

1995: The end of Loving."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1964: On Another World, Mary Matthews expressed concern to her husband, Jim, over the relationship between Tom Baxter and their daughter Pat (Susan Trustman), a relationship that Mary sensed was falling apart. Pat arrived home looking exhausted, and Mary told Jim she thought Pat had been overworking herself since her recent recovery from illness. Laura Baxter, already distraught over Ken's request for a divorce, was further
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'What About Bob?': THR's 1991 Review

On May 17, 1991, Buena Vista took the Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss gonzo comedy What About Bob? to theaters nationwide. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

What about a comedy about a guy with a multiphobic personality who's tormented with constant panic? Sound just a tad sicko and a trifle politically incorrect? Wonderfully, yes!

Despite probable second opinions by the mental health profession and the terminally serious, What About Bob?, the Bill Murray-Richard Dreyfuss laugh-getter, should provide high therapy for audiences who have endured good-movie deprivation through this dismal spring. 

And, as Norman Cousins wrote, laughter ...
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 16)

1978: One Life to Live and General Hospital each

expanded to an hour."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) warned Toni Fescina of the danger if she tried to get hush money from Roy Benson.

1967: On Dark Shadows, Sam Evans (David Ford) woke up and tried to put out the fire, burning his hands in the process. Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott ) came in and put the fire out, as Sam frantically claimed that Laura Collins (Diana Millay) burned his hands. Roger (Louis Edmonds) believed booze to be the culprit in Sam's accident.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 15)

1953: Love of Life's Meg was upset with Vanessa.

1983: Guiding Light's Mike investigated a birth certificate.

1988: General Hospital's Grant tried to kidnap Robin.

1993: NBC aired the final episode of Santa Barbara."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1953: On Love of Life, Van (Peggy McCay) and Meg (Jean McBride) were at odds over Meg's son, Beanie (Dennis Parnell). Meg later asked Van, "How can you go on being friends with a man who threatened my life?" McCay left Love of Life in 1955 after 4 years. She currently stars as Caroline Brady on Days of our Lives.

Thanks to
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 6)

1975: Another World expanded to an hour full-time.

1983: Felicia Gallant arrived in Another World's Bay City.

1986: General Hospital's Monica was at odds with Alan.

1997: Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach premiered on NBC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1966: On Peyton Place, Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) visited Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at Doctors Hospital. She had told Rodney she loved him on the day of his arraignment but she no longer remembered her feelings for him. The episode was written by Sonya Roberts and Rita Lakin. Lakin went on to become head writer of daytime soap opera The Doctors.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 7)

1963: Search for Tomorrow's Marian faced troubled times.

1974: How to Survive a Marriage premiered on NBC.

1980: As the World Turns' Mary was shocked to see Joyce.

2005: Young and the Restless' Drucilla and Phyllis faced off."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1957: On The Edge of Night, Sara (Teal Ames) had a drink at the bar with the man she recognized from the photo, Roy Benson. When Mike (John Larkin) arrived, Sara pretended he was her boyfriend which caused the man to leave. Mike had Willy (Edward Holmes) follow him.

1963: On Search for Tomorrow, Marian Rand (Jane
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 8)

1975: Ryan's Hope's Pat comforted Delia with a song.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel fell off a train and had his ID stolen.

2008: Days of our Lives' Ej found John in Stefano's basement.

2014: Guy Wilson made his first appearance as Will on Days."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1937: Clara, Lu & Em actress Isobel Carothers died suddenly at age 37. Clara, Lu, and Em was radio's first network daytime soap opera, beginning June 16, 1930 over Wgn-Am Chicago, Illinois. It moved to the Blue Network in 1931 and later NBC.

The show began as a Northwestern University sorority sketch by Louise
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 9)

1984: One Life to Live's Estelle was full of herself. 1985: Cruz

found Eden unconscious and tried to save her on Santa Barbara.

1986: Days of our Lives' Mike met Robin Jacobs.

1989: Delia and Roger were married on Ryan's Hope."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Virginia (Cathleen Cordell) bumped into John H. Phillips (House Jameson) and identified him as "Mr. X". Phillips told Virginia he wanted to keep his identity confidential to avoid making enemies with any of his clients. He wanted to remain politically neutral in their eyes.

1968: On Another World,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 10)

1980: Edge of Night's Calvin and Star were married.

1983: General Hospital's Luke was found after an avalanche.

1984: One Life to Live's Asa was not happy with Clint.

2006: Days' Bo and Hope said goodbye to Zack."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1968: On Dark Shadows, angered and frightened by Angelique Bouchard (Lara Parker), Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) attempted to meet Josette duPres (Kathryn Leigh Scot). Angelique sent a bat to spy on him.

1972: On The Doctors, Dr. Hendryx insisted that he could not find a physical problem for the issues facing Dr. Maggie Powers (Lydia Bruce), leaving her husband,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 11)

1968: Angelique's bat continued to spy on Dark Shdows' Barnabas.

1974: Y&R's Chris and Snapper were married.

1980: Atwt's Barbara remembered a past mystery man.

2005: Gh's Jason and Sam made love for the first time."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1966: On Peyton Place, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) testified in court. After the hearing, Julie Anderson (Kasey Rogers) worried Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor) would print articles in the newspaper which portrayed her in a negative way, but Constance Mackenzie (Dorothy Malone, who returned to the show after a medical leave) assured her that would not happen.

1968: On Dark Shadows,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 12)

1981: Primetime soap Dynasty premiered on ABC.

1993: Maureen Bauer died on Guiding Light.

2009: As the World Turns Luke and Noah made love.

2012: One Life to Live's Viki gave a speech for the ages about

beloved canceled soap Fraternity Row."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1967: The character of Hope Bauer, who crossed over from The Guiding Light, appeared on Another World for the final time. Elissa Leeds played the role on both shows.

1976: Days of our Lives stars Bill Hayes (Doug) and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Read the article here.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 13)

1989: The Ryan's Hope finale aired on ABC.

2013: The broadcast TV finale of One Life to Live aired on ABC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Capt. Bill Marceau (Mandel Kramer) took McGinnis and Lowrey in for questioning.

1969: Joel Crothers aired for the final time on Dark Shadows. He played Joe Haskell and Nathan Forbes on the show.

1975: On Another World, after Rachel (Victoria Wyndham) accepted Mac's (Douglass Watson) marriage proposal at Iris' (Beverlee McKinsey) party, Liz broke away sobbing. Mac asked the guests to toast the future Mrs. Cory but Iris
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 14)

1965: Peyton Place's Allison met Elliot.

1974: Days of our Lives' Addie gave birth to Hope.

1983: Gh's Bobbie was shocked to learn of Luke's death.

1994: Brookside's Beth and Margaret shared an historic kiss."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1958: On The Edge of Night, Mike Karr (John Larkin) and Peter Dalton (Stephen Elliot) discussed the Nicholson-McGinnis case and determined they would have to be tried separately. Peter would prosecute Commissioner Wheeler Nicholson, while Mike took on newspaperman Mac McGinnis.

1965: On Peyton Place, the newly paroled Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor) met Allison Mackenzie (Mia Farrow) at the Book Gallery,
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 5)

1970: All My Children premiered on ABC."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1953: Ellen Demming made her first appearance as Meta Bauer White Roberts on both the television and radio versions of The Guiding Light. Demming played the role until 1974.

1965: On Another World, Dru (Geoffrey Lumb) assured John (Michael M. Ryan) he had done everything he could for Pat, whose trial was about to begin.

1970: ABC premiered Agnes Nixon's daytime soap opera All My Children. It ran for over 41 years on on the network, ending after 10,712 episodes on September 23, 2011. Original cast member Susan Lucci stayed with the soap for its entire run.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 4)

1954: The Brighter Day made its television premiere.

1979: Alice Horton performed in a hospital benefit on Days.

1983: Gh's Edward learned Jimmy Lee was his son.

1985: Santa Barbara's Lionel learned Dominic's identify."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1954: Daytime soap opera The Brighter Day premiered on CBS-tv. Set in New Hope, Wisconsin, the series revolved around Reverend Richard Dennis (Blair Davies) and his four children: Althea (Brook Byron), Patsy (Lois Nettleton), Babby (Mary Linn Beller) and Grayling (Hal Holbrook). The Brighter Day was based on Irna Phillips' NBC Radio serial of the same name that premiered
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 3)

1977: Lovers and Friends premiered on NBC.

1980: Edge of Night's Cliff ate Mrs. Corey's soup.

1995: Days' Alice interrupted Bo and Billie's wedding.

2001: All My Children's Bianca was outed at the Crystal Ball."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1938: Irna Phillips' radio soap opera Woman in White premiered on NBC Red. The show told the story of Karen Adams, a young nurse who dedicated her life to others, taking care of two young siblings after the death of her parents. Karen spent much of her time counseling others, although she did find time to marry and experience
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 2)

1962: Our Five Daughters premiered on NBC.

1968: Dark Shadows' Angelique dug her way of Jeremiah's grave.

1980: Atwt's Barbara was keeping a big secret.

2004: Rebecca and Julian were married on Passions."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1959: CBS Radio aired the final episode of Bakcstage Wife, the story of Mary Noble, a girl from a small town in Iowa who came to New York seeking her future. The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert and premiered August 5, 1935 on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Claire Niesen played the role of Mary from the early 1940s until the end of its run.
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Today in Soap Opera History (January 1)

1951: The Archers premiered.

1968: Dark Shadows' Jeremiah tried to bury Angelique alive.

1981: Knots Landing's Diana and Karen "Put on a Happy Face".

1982: Dallas' Miss Ellie received tragic news."History is a vast early warning system."

Norman Cousins

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1951: British radio soap opera The Archers premiered. The show was created by Godfrey Baseley, and originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk."

The opening line was by Dan Archer who said: "And a happy New Year to all!" His wife Doris responded with: "A very happy New Year, Dan." During the episode, Dan’s son Philip shared a kiss with a nearby farmer’s daughter,
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