Noel Neill, Lois Lane in ‘Superman’ TV series, dies at 95

admin   •   July 6, 2016   •   1863

Monday, July 04, 2016 Actors Jack Larson (L) and Noel Neill, who played Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane respectively in the 1952 Superman television series, pose for photograph during the Superman Returns DVD and video game launch party in Hollywood November 16, 2006. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Monday, July 04, 2016
Actors Jack Larson (L) and Noel Neill, who played Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane respectively in the 1952 Superman television series, pose for photograph during the Superman Returns DVD and video game launch party in Hollywood November 16, 2006. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane, the intrepid reporter on the “Adventures of Superman” television series who never quite figured out her Daily Planet colleague Clark Kent was The Man of Steel, has died at the age of 95, a friend said on Monday.

Neill died on Sunday at her home in Tucson, Arizona, after a long illness, Jim Nolt, the owner of “The Adventures Continue” website dedicated to the 1950s TV show, said in a statement.

Neill was born on Nov. 25, 1920, in Minneapolis, where her father was a journalist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Shortly after high school she traveled to California and found a job as a singer at a restaurant at the Del Mar racetrack. Her connections at the track led to a contract with the Paramount movie studio.

She had a series of small film roles, many of them uncredited, in the 1940s. There was no substantial work until 1948, when Columbia Pictures borrowed Neill to make 15 episodes of a comic book-based movie serial about a man from another planet who discovers he has super-human strength and is impervious to bullets.

Kirk Alyn was cast as the star of “Superman” and the petite red-headed, blue-eyed Neill was Lois Lane, his friend and co-worker at the Daily Planet.

Neither was cast when “Adventures of Superman” was adapted for television.

But when the original TV Lois Lane, Phyllis Coates, left the show after one season, Neill stepped back into the role that would define her career and make her part of one of American television’s most enduring series.

The show hit the air just as television was becoming a social force in the United States and became a favorite of generations of children, with a long life through reruns.

The TV Superman, as played by George Reeves, was faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive in his blue tights and red cape as he fought a never-ending battle for “truth, justice and the American way.”

But he was just a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper when he put on his suit and thick-framed glasses as his alter ego, Clark Kent, to work with Lois and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen.

ALWAYS IN PERIL

Lois Lane was quite competent but her quests to uncover big stories for the Daily Planet always landed her in formulaic peril. It was up to Superman to shed his Clark Kent identity, often in a phone booth, and then swoop in late in the show and rescue her from a variety of evil-doers.

Along the way, Lane developed a crush on Superman – even dreaming in one episode that they were to be married – but she was oddly cool toward Kent. Lane never noticed that when Kent would disappear, Superman would appear suddenly to save her and that the two men were never seen together.

Neill said she was often asked why Lane never caught on to Kent’s secret identity, and would respond, “I didn’t want to lose my job.”

“Adventures of Superman” went off the air in 1958. Plans for a new season ended in 1959 with the gunshot death of Reeves, which was ruled a suicide. With that, Neill ended her career.

“I just figured I’d worked enough,” she told the New York Times in 2006. “I didn’t have any great ambition. Basically, I’m a beach bum. I was married, we lived near the beach. That was enough for me.”

When the Superman franchise was revived in 1978 as a big-budget movie with Christopher Reeve in the starring role, Neill made a cameo appearance as Lane’s mother. In 2006, she had a quickie role in “Superman Returns,” as did Jack Larson, who had played Jimmy Olsen in the TV series. They both appeared in a 1991 episode of the “Superboy” show, and Larson died last September at 87.

Neill also served as the model for the statue of Lois Lane, poised with pen and notepad, that was unveiled in 2010 in Metropolis, Illinois, which promotes itself as Superman’s hometown.

(Reporting and writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Peter Cooney and Dan Grebler)

Death toll climbs to at least 27 in Iraq on day-3 of protests- police, medics

UNTV News   •   October 4, 2019

Iraqis protest in east Baghdad, Iraq, 03 October 2019. According to local media reports at least 27 people have died since protests erupted two days earlier. Despite an unlimited curfew that was declared in Baghdad on 03 October from 5 am, the protesters went out again and shouted slogans against the government demanding better services and jobs. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

 Iraqi security forces opened fire on thousands of demonstrators who defied a curfew in Baghdad on Thursday (October 3) and exchanged fire with gunmen in a southern city, killing two people on the third day of nationwide anti-government protests.

The protests, in which at least 27 have now been killed and over 600 wounded, began over unemployment and poor services but have escalated into calls for a change of government and pose one of the worst security challenges in years.

They appear to be independent of any political party and seemingly took the security forces by surprise.

At least 4,000 protesters gathered in Baghdad’s Tayaran Square and attempted to march onto the central Tahrir Square only to be met with open fire and heavy tear gas.

Police used live ammunition in the Zaafaraniya district of Baghdad, where a protester was shot dead, and there were protests in the northwestern Shula district.

Police said protesters had fired at them in the town of Rifaen near the southern city of Nassiriya where seven people were killed overnight and one more was killed on Thursday.

Fifty people were wounded in Rifae, including five police, they said. (REUTERS)

(Production: Maher Nazeh, Mostafa Salem)

Bolivia mourns losses as wildfire fight rages on

FREEMA Gloria   •   September 18, 2019

Bolivia’s battle against wildfires rages on as the country uses any resource it can, from a 747 Supertanker to the humble shovels and machetes of volunteer fire-fighters, to bring a halt to the blazes.

The 747 Supertanker could be seen flying over the dry hills near Tarija, Bolivia on Monday (September 16) dousing fires with thousands of gallons of water.

Meanwhile, in Santa Cruz, family members of fire-fighters who lost their lives while on duty laid them to rest at funerals.

Local media report that two fire-fighters died of cardiac arrest in recent days.

Blazes have burned largely unabated across vast swaths of hilly forest and savannah near Bolivia’s border with Paraguay and Brazil.

At least 1 million hectares, or approximately 3,800 square miles, have been impacted by the fires, officials have said.

Some 2,000 fire-fighters have been mobilized. But the country is amongst the poorest in the region, forcing many in the fire brigade to battle flames with whatever resources they can muster. (REUTERS)

(Production: Monica Machicao)

Pres-elect Duterte visits the wake of Vice Governor-elect Tet Garcia

admin   •   June 16, 2016

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of the late Bataan Vice Governor-elect Enrique 'Tet' Garcia on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of the late Bataan Vice Governor-elect Enrique ‘Tet’ Garcia on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

BATAAN, Philippines — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte visited the wake of the late Bataan Vice Governor-elect Enrique “Tet” Garcia Jr. yesterday.

He arrived at Garcia’s house at around 5:00 p.m. and immediately met privately with Garcia’s family and wife.

The 75-year old vice governor succumb to liver cirrhosis while being treated at the Makati Medical Center on June 13.

Garcia served as representative of the 2nd District of Bataan since 1987 and as a governor since 1992.

It is not yet decided as to who would replace Garcia as vice governor of Bataan pending decision from COMELEC.

“The problem with 2nd Division is still pending. There is no resolution yet. In any case, the next to assume is the number one board member. If the 2nd Division approves, it would be Maria Christina Mangubat,” COMELEC Region 3 Assistant Election Supervisor Atty. Emmanuel Ignacio said via phone interview.

(JOSHUA ANTONIO/UNTV NEWS)

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