Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

Actress Susan Anspach, who appeared in the 1970 classic Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and other films, has died at the age of 75.

Her son, Caleb Goddard, confirmed her death to The New York Times.

He said she died on Monday of coronary failure at her Los Angeles home.

Anspach was best known for her role as an icy pianist in Five Easy Pieces.

Her other film credits included The Landlord with Beau Bridges, Blume in Love with Kris Kristofferson and as Woody Allen’s ex-wife in Play It Again Sam.

Anspach got her start on stage in New York where she appeared in plays alongside actors such as Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

Anspach was married from 1970 to 1978 to actor Mark Goddard, who adopted her two children from other relationships.

She claimed that Nicholson was the father of her son Caleb although the actor has never publicly acknowledged his paternity.

Source: Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

CIA Operative Says Ted Kennedy Didn’t Know Mary Jo Kopechne Was in the Car at Chappaquiddick | TMZ.com

Ted Kennedy didn’t abandon Mary Jo Kopechne when his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

We’ve been asked not to use the CIA person’s name, but he worked for the agency for decades. He says back in 1969, Kennedy was romantically involved with the wife of a very powerful politician, and if word got out about the affair Kennedy was afraid it would ruin his career.

The operative says the night of the accident Kennedy and some of his buddies were all drunk and drove to a party on the Island. They went there because the politician’s wife was at the party and Kennedy wanted to hook up with her. Mary Jo Kopechne was at the party … she and Kennedy were acquaintances but not romantically involved.

According to the operative, Mary Jo was drunk, said she had a headache, got up and said she was going into one of the bedrooms to lie down.

At some point later in the evening, Kennedy and the politician’s wife wanted “some alone time” and didn’t want to do anything in front of the group, so they got in the car and drove … eventually plunging off the bridge into the water. They both swam to shore safely. The operative says both were not injured.

The operative says unbeknownst to either Kennedy or the politician’s wife, Mary Jo apparently was unable to sleep in the house because of the noise, so she went into the back seat of the car where she fell asleep … which is where she died. At least one person at the party knew Mary Jo had gone into one of the cars and told authorities that after the accident.

Source: CIA Operative Says Ted Kennedy Didn’t Know Mary Jo Kopechne Was in the Car at Chappaquiddick | TMZ.com