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Norman Mailer -- 1923 - 2007

11/10/2007 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Norman MailerTwo-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer died early this morning in New York. He was 84.

The author of such works as "The Naked and the Dead," "Armies of the Night" and "The Executioner's Song" died of acute renal failure at Mount Sinai Hospital, J. Michael Lennon, his biographer said.

Lennon said that a private service and burial would be announced next week, and a memorial service would be held in New York in the coming months.



"Office" Staff Out, Leno's People Could be Next


Jay LenoA key grip on the hit NBC comedy "The Office" told the L.A. Times that their show was shut down "and we were all laid off this week." A total of 102 people are out of work.

Dale Alexander, who has also worked on such shows as "Entourage" and "Quantum Leap," writes, "I respect the WGA's position. They probably do deserve a larger percentage of profit participation, but a lengthy strike will affect more than just the writers and studios."

According to Broadcasting & Cable, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" will do the same by the end of next week, though the show could return on November 19 with guest hosts.

Party Favors: Blue Means Boy for Xtina ... Jessica's "Major" Movie Looking Very Minor


Christina Aguilera went baby shopping this week and snapped up everything she could find ... in blue. OK! Magazine says the mom-to-be bought everything she looked at, including a $200 cashmere stuffed rabbit. ... Have you seen the trailer for Jessica Simpson's new movie "Major Movie Star"? Just in time for the Razzies!

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Lenn K.    

Jessica Simpson can't act. All she has going for her are those two huge boobs, Period!!

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ziggy    

This strike is just wrong............as much as these writers think by going on strike will benefit them, what about the people who are now unemployed?? What about their familys??? Just like Hollyweird to only think about ones self interest and needs before anyone else!

2449 days ago
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Tasha    

How in the hell does she keep getting movie roles? This girl acts like she is reading the script in the scene. She's horrible.

2449 days ago
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Tangie    

Give the writers what they deserve, bastards! These writers make nothing, people.

2449 days ago
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He's Boring now    

Norman Mailer is an American Icon. How dare TMZ lump him in with stories of the Office and Leno shows.

2449 days ago
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Insert comical name here    

Unions are ruining the country. Toyota is ten times more profitable than GM and they sell fewer cars. The unions ultimately kill the goose laying the golden egg. They scream corporate greed but they get just as greedy when their power gets out of hand. Look at the treatment being doled out to Ellen. Individuals should have the right to make their own decisions without being pressured by either side. Many movies are now made outside hollywood, this will just chase entertainment jobs away from this country the same way manufacturing jobs have been chased away. We are cutting our own throat. On the good side, maybe this will improve Mexico's economy and those people will stop flooding over here.

2449 days ago
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TG    

What a total Private Benjamin rip-off!! Jessica is no Goldie Hawn, and never will be. The girl cannot act to save her soul. Definately worth a Razzie or two. If she is serious about being an actress, why doesn't she take some acting lessons? Even the pros continue to study their craft. At this rate, her career is going to be selling her hair extensions on QVC!!!

2449 days ago
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Sharona    

Jessica does not have to act......I would buy a ticket just to look at her on the big screen for 2 hours.....man what an awesome girl!

2449 days ago
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HL    

THE WRITERS GUILD REALLY IS NOT GOING TO HAVE MUCH SYMPATHY STRIKING RIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAY SEASON. WHAT IDIOT THOUGHT THIS THROUGH? ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO GOOD TIME FOR A STRIKE, CERTAINLY THE HOLIDAYS IS THE WORST. FOR EVERY WRITER ON STRIKE I'M SURE THERE IS AN ASPIRING WRITER MORE THAN EAGER TO TAKE HIS/HER PLACE FOR EVEN LESS PAY. NO, I AM NOT A PRODUCER OR STUDIO HEAD. IF I WAS YOU WRITERS WOULD BE FIRED. NOBODY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STOP LATE NIGHT T.V.!!!!!

2449 days ago
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annie    

jess should have stayed with nick he was the glue to their show because she couldn't act and no one cared. But she thought she was great and could act and didn't need nick, she guessed wrong.

2449 days ago
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GeeCee    

Jessica keeps "getting" movie roles because Papa Joe keeps fronting the $$$. So far he has been smart enough to keep the last two movies in the can.Maybe now that he has a new tv program to push (Women's Murder Club), he'll finally realize his lil daughters don't have talent. It is surprising that his PapaJoe Productions company actually is producing quality programming. Angie Harmon adds much to the lead of the series. Since her last pop drop bombed, Jessica now says she is "crossing over" to country music. Does she actually think she can compete with Reba, Martina, Carrie, etc. in that arena? I don't think so. Jessica, why don't you try standup comedy? That will give you full "exposure" and the audience a good laugh.

2449 days ago
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luvcelebgossip    

The Hell?

Why is news of the death of Norman Mailer under the "Let's Get This Party Started" tag-line?



2449 days ago
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Kristen    

way to go ya damn stupid writers, now hundreds of people - with familes to support - are gunna be out of a job cuz of u. now they're mad at ellen?! what idiots. if ellen is LEGALLY REQUIRED to go back to work for her other staff members, then good for her. that's the right thing to do. whether people like it or not, she's legally required to work. i know that nothing above was said about ellen, but i just wanted to get that out since we're on the topic of the strike lol

by the way, i totally agree with you Deserves Better ;)

2449 days ago
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SinCity    

R.I.P to Norman Mailer and condolences to his family. He was a very talented writer.

2448 days ago
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name withheld    

That was cute!! Looks like a success, seriously! Totally funny, lighten up on the girl shes practically a effing saint!

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