Allen, the first host of NBC's Tonight Show (from 1954-57), died in 2000 of a heart attack at age 78. Her late sister was Audrey Meadows, who played Alice, the wisecracking wife of Jackie Gleason's character, on The Honeymooners.
Meadows was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on the series Meeting of Minds, St. Elsewhere and High Society.
Her film résumé includes Undercurrent (1946) opposite Katharine Hepburn, Lady in the Lake (1947) with Robert Montgomery and Song of the Thin Man (1947), starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Meadows also appeared on the games shows To Tell the Truth, The Match Game, What's My Line? and The Hollywood Squares.
"I've Got a Secret was my favorite," she said in a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television. "The next day after the show I would go to the grocery store and the cab drivers would say: 'Jaynie, great show last night! How's Steve O?' It was the medium that came to every living room. Didn't matter if it was the Rockefellers or the guy who was struggling to pay the bills in the Bronx, I wasn't Miss Meadows from the movies, I was Jaynie."
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Jayne Meadows, actress and panelist on game shows, dies at 95
'There's never been logic to music being forgotten, for if a song is good, it should be good all the time.'
Half of the legendary Everly Brothers, Phil and his brother Don were record-setting vocalists lauded for their harmonies that blended rock 'n' roll with folk and bluegrass sounds. The brothers have been called 'the most important duo in rock' by Rolling Stone and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. Phil's death at the age of 74 was attributed to complications from chronic lung disease brought on by a lifetime of smoking.
'On the mound is Randy Jones, the left-hander with the Karl Marx hairdo.'
A former New York Yankees player and manager of the Padres, Jerry Coleman was a recognized baseball broadcaster. In 1972, he became the lead radio announcer for the Padres, and he was honored in 2005 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 'broadcasting excellence.' Jerry died at the age of 89 while being hospitalized after taking a fall in his home.
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Russell Johnson, 89, Actor (Nov. 10, 1924 - Jan. 16, 2014)
'Old actors never die, they don't even fade away. They're always available.'
Russell Johnson was a television and film actor best known for his role as The Professor on the 1960's sitcom 'Gilligan's Island.' The last surviving male cast member of the show, Johnson died at the age of 89 from kidney failure.
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Dave Madden, 82, Actor (Dec. 17, 1931 - Jan. 16, 2014)
'I try not to look back on my career.'
Dave Madden was an actor who became known for his role on 'The Partridge Family,' in which he portrayed the group's manager, Reuben Kincaid. Later he had a recurring role on the sitcom 'Alice.' Madden died at the age of 82 of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome.
'Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.'
A fixture on American radio in the '40's, Pete Seeger was a folk singer and activist who re-emerged in the 1960's as a prominent protest music singer. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and won numerous Grammys and other awards throughout his career. Seeger died at the age of 94 from natural causes.
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Maximilian Schell, 83, Actor
(Dec. 8, 1930 - Feb. 1, 2014)
'Directing is like meeting a woman. You don't know her, but something strikes you, and then you just have to go into it.'
An Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, Maximilian Schell was well known for his roles in many Nazi-era themed movies (he could speak both English and German). He won the Academy Award for best actor in 1961 for the American film 'Judgment at Nuremberg.' Schell died at the age of 83 after being hospitalized for an unspecified illness.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, Actor (July 23, 1967 - Feb. 2, 2014)
'I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.'
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a prolific film and theater actor,appearing in over 50 films during his career and declared by the New York Times as 'perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation.' In 2005, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote in 'Capote.' Hoffman unexpectedly died of combined drug intoxication at the age of 46.
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Richard Bull, 89, Actor
(June 26, 1924 - Feb. 3, 2014)
'Almost all of them in this case are from out of town, ... It isn't illegal for people to come out here, but they do need to abide by the law.'
Richard Bull was an American film, stage and television actor, best known for his roles of Doc on 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and Nels Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie.' Throughout his career he made nearly 100 film and TV appearances. Bull died at the age of 89 of pneumonia.
'I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.'
Shirley Temple was a beloved child star (actress, singer and dancer) in the 1930s who began her film career at the age of three. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1935 and went on to receive numerous honors including being ranked 18th on the American Film Institute's list of the great female American screen legends of all time. In her later years, she went into politics and became the first and only female U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She died at the age of 85 from a chronic pulmonary disease.
'The trouble with telling a good story is that it invariably reminds the other fellow of a dull one.'
Sid Caesar was an American comic actor and writer, best known for his 1950s live television series 'Your Show of Shows' and its successor 'Caesar's Hour.' He also acted in movies, portraying Coach Calhoun in 'Grease' among other roles. Over his career, he was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, winning twice. Caesar died at the age of 91 after a short illness.
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Ralph Waite, 85, Actor
(June 22, 1928 - Feb. 13, 2014)
'The beauty of life is in people who feel some obligation to enhance life. Without that, we're only half alive.'
Ralph Waites was a veteran character actor who was most well known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on 'The Waltons.' He also appeared on numerous TV series in guest roles -- most recently in a recurring role on 'NCIS.' Waites died at the age of 85 from unspecified causes, but a longtime friend ascribed his death to a 'tired heart.'
'He promised me he was going to hit a lot of doubles. He's starting to piss me off with all these homers.'
Jim Fregosi was a MLB shortstop and manager who played for four different teams during his 18-year baseball career but primarily with the Angels. He returned to Los Angeles as manager and led the team to its first-ever postseason appearance. He later managed the Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant. Fregosi died after being taken off life support after having a stroke at the age of 71.
Best known as a guitarist and keyboardist in the new wave band Devo, Bob Casale was originally going to be a medical radiation technologist before he was recruited to the band by his brother. When Devo's popularity began to wane, he transitioned to music engineering, working for TV shows and movies, including 'The Royal Tenenbaums,' 'Happy Gilmore' and 'Rugrats Go Wild.' Casale died of heart failure at the age of 61.
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Maria von Trapp, 99, Singer
(Sept. 28, 1914 - Feb. 18, 2014)
'Our whole life is in here, in this house. Especially here in the stairwell, where we always used to slide down the railings.'
Maria von Trapp was a member of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives inspired the musical and movie 'The Sound of Music.' In the musical, she was portrayed as the character Louisa and was the last surviving sibling portrayed in the film. Von Trapp died at the age of 99 from natural causes.
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Harold Ramis, 69, Director (Nov. 21, 1944 - Feb. 24, 2014)
'My characters aren't losers. They're rebels. They win by their refusal to play by everyone else's rules.'
Specializing in comedy, Harold Ramis was an American actor, director and writers. His best known acting roles were in 'Ghostbusters' and 'Stripes' -- both of which he also co-wrote. As a writer-director, his films include comedy classics, such as 'Caddyshack,' 'National Lampoon's Vacation' and 'Groundhog Day,' which won him the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay. Ramis died of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a disease he contracted in 2010 from an infection and suffered a relapse of in 2011. He was 69.
'Thinking is the worst thing in improvisation. You need only feeling. Forget everything. Try to fly.'
Noted for his fast and fluent 'picados,' Paco de Lucía was a Spanish virtuoso flemenco guitarist who was considered by many to be Spain's greatest musical export. He was described by Eric Clapton as a 'titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar.' De Lucía died from a heart attack at the age of 66 while on vacation with his family in Mexico.
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Joe McGinniss, 71, Author
(Dec. 9, 1942 - March 10, 2014)
'Politics, in a sense, has always been a con game.'
Joe McGinniss was an American non-fiction writer and novelist. His first book 'The Selling of the President 1968' became an overnight success, landing on The New York Times bestseller list when he was 26 (making him the youngest living writer with that achievement). He went on to write 11 other books -- the last being an account of Sarah Palin. McGinniss died of prostate cancer at the age 71.
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David Brenner, 78, Comedian
(Feb. 4, 1936 - March 15, 2014)
'When I go to a bar, I don't go looking for a girl who knows the capital of Maine.'
David Brenner was a stand-up comic, actor and author, known for being the most frequent guest on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' in the '70s and '80s. Throughout the years he appeared on and starred in numerous television shows. Richard Lewis described Brenner as 'the king of hip, observational comedy.' He died from cancer at the age of 78.
'There's lots of things you pull out lipstick for.'
L'Wren Scott was an American stylist and fashion designer, known for her long relationship with Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger. Her designs were often seen on red carpets with Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Obama among the celebrities who have worn her creations. Scott's unexpected and sudden death was determined by the medical examiner to be suicide by hanging. She was 49.
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Fred Phelps Sr., 84, Pastor
(Nov. 13, 1929 - March 19, 2014)
'I tell you, my friends, it's a sin to pray for the U.S.A.'
An American pastor, Fred Phelps, Sr. gained notoriety as the head of Westboro Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church known for its anti-gay activism and picketing of funerals. In response to Phelps' protests at military funeral, George W. Bush signed the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act into law in 2006. He died at the age 84 from natural causes.
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James Rebhorn, 65, Actor
(Sept. 1, 1948 - March 21, 2014)
'The way I look at the world, if you can't find a way to get something good out of the experience, then you have lived an unhappy life.'
Known for portraying lawyers, doctors, politicians, military men and criminals, James Rebhorn was an actor who appeared in over 100 films, TV series and plays. One of his best known roles was playing Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki in 'Independence Day.' At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the series 'White Collar' and 'Homeland.' He died at the age of 65 at his home of melanoma.
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Dave Brockie, 50, Musician
(Aug. 30, 1963 - March 23, 2014)
'What’s important to us is doing what we want to do and if that involves killing the other bands… well, our manager Sleezy P. Martini kind of stopped us, he insists that it’s important that we do not kill the supporting, opening or headlining acts, and he’s made me stop killing reporters.'
Dave Brockie was a musician best known as the lead vocalist and last original member of the theatrical metal band Gwar, in which he performed as his alter-ego alien warrior Oderus Urungus. He appeared semi-regularly as Oderus on the Fox News talk show 'Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld' as the 'Intergalactic Correspondent.' Brockie died at the age of 50 from a heroin overdose.
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Kate O’Mara, 74, Actress (Aug. 10, 1939 - March 30, 2014)
'I have very long, wild hair, a suntan and wear knee high boots and ignore all the rules about what you should or shouldn't wear at whatever age.'
Kate O'Mara was an English film, television and stage actress. She was best known for her role in the American prime time soap opera 'Dynasty,' in which she portrayed Caress Morell, the sister of Joan Collins' Alexis Colby. O'Mara died at the age of 74 following a short illness.
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Peter Matthiessen, 86, Author
(May 22, 1927 - April 5, 2014)
'In nonfiction, you have that limitation, that constraint, of telling the truth.'
Co-founder of the literary magazine 'The Paris Review,' Peter Matthiessen was an American novelist, environmental activist, CIA agent and writer of non-fiction. He was a three-time National Book Award winner, and his novel 'At Play in the Fields of the Lord' was made into the 1991 film of the same name. Mattiessen was diagnosed with leukemia in late 2012 and died at his home of the disease at the age of 86.
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John Pinette, 50, Actor
(March 23, 1964 - April 5, 2014)
'I don't do up. Sit-ups. Push-ups. Pull-ups. I do downs. Sit down. Lay down. Blackjack, I'll double down. Give me a cheeseburger, I'll wolf it down. Put on a little music, I'll boogie down.'
John Pinette was an American actor and stand-up comedian. He got his break in 1991 when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra as his opening act. The winner of numerous comedy awards, Pinette might have been best known for his role as the carjack victim in the final episode of 'Seinfeld.' He died at the age of 50 from a pulmonary embolism.
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Mickey Rooney, 93, Actor
(Sept. 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014)
'Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day.'
Beginning as a child actor, Mickey Rooney was an iconic American film, television, stage and vaudeville star whose career extended over 80 years. He appeared in over 300 movies, made hundreds of television appearances and had one of the longest careers in the history of film. Throughout Rooney's career, he received four Academy Award and five Emmy Award nominations, winning one Emmy. Laurence Olivier once called him 'the greatest actor of them all.' Rooney died in his sleep at the age of 93.
'I hate ridiculous names; my weird name has haunted me all my life.'
An English model and television presenter, Peaches Geldof was the daughter of musician and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof and TV presenter Paula Yates. She placed number seven on Tatler's Top Ten Fashion Icons List in 2006 and was voted 53rd sexiest woman in the world British men's magazine FHM in 2007. Geldof was found dead from a heroin overdose at the age of 25.
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James Brian Hellwig (The Ultimate Warrior), 54, Wrestler (June 16, 1959 - April 8, 2014)
'How should I prepare? Should I jump off the tallest building in the world? Should I lie on the lawn and let them run over me with lawnmowers? Or, should I go to Africa and let them trample me with raging elephants?'
James Brian Hellwig was an American professional wrestler who wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior. While in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE), he became a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and won the WWF Heavyweight Championship against Hulk Hogan. Days before his death, Hellwig was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, appeared at WrestleMania XXX and made his first 'Raw' appearance in almost 18 years. He died at the age of 54 due to a heart attack.
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Gabriel García Márquez, 87, Author
(March 6, 1927 - April 17, 2014)
'Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.'
Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, screenwriter and journalist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was best known for his novels 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' 'The Autumn of the Patriarch' and 'Love in the Time of Cholera.' On hearing news of García Márquez's death, the president of Colombia described him as 'the greatest Colombian who ever lived.' He died of pneumonia at the age of 87.
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Kevin Sharp, 43, Singer
(Dec. 10, 1970 - April 19, 2014)
'If I didn’t believe what I try to express and tell others, I wouldn’t be here. Luckily, I believe in what I preach.'
Kevin Sharp was an American country singer, author and motivational speaker who made his debut in 1997 with a country cover of R&B artist Tony Rich's single 'Nobody Knows.' He was a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was awarded the foundation's Wish Granter of the Year Award. Sharp died at the age of 43 due to complications arising from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.
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Bob Hoskins, 71, Actor
(Oct. 26, 1942 - April 29, 2014)
'I'm very romantic. I've emptied flower shops.'
Lauded for playing Cockneys and gangsters, Bob Hoskins was best known for playing lead roles in 'The Long Good Friday,' 'Mona Lisa,' 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit,' 'Mermaids' and 'Super Mario Bros.' He also had many notable supporting performance and won numerous awards, including the prestigious Prix d'interprétation masculine, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Hoskins died from pneumonia at the age of 71.
'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'
Maya Angelou was an iconic American author, poet, actress and activist. Best known for her series of seven autobiographies (the first one being 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'), Angelou received dozens of awards and over 50 honorary degrees. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and in 1993, she became the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Angelou died of natural causes at the age of 86.
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Ann B. Davis, 88, Actress
(May 5, 1926 - June 1, 2014)
'I think I'm lovable. That's the gift God gave me. I don't do anything to be lovable. I have no control.'
Ann B. Davis was an American actress best known for playing the housekeeper Alice on the sitcom 'The Brady Brunch.' She won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role on 'The Bob Cummings Show,' and in 1960 (nine years before 'The Brady Bunch' would air), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Davis died at the age of 88 after falling and sustaining a subdural hematoma.
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Don Zimmer, 83, Baseball Coach
(Jan. 17, 1931 - June 4, 2014)
'What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110 percent all the time.'
Don Zimmer was a MLB infielder, manager and coach whose involvement in professional baseball spanned a total of 65 years. He signed as an amateur free agent with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and also played for the Cubs, Mets, Reds and Senators before beginning his coaching career. He had coaching and managerial stints with the Expos, Padres, Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Giants, Rockies, Rays and Rangers. Many fans knew him for his brawl with Pedro Martinez during the 2003 American League Championship Series. Zimmer died at the age of 83 from heart and kidney problems.
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Bob Welch, 57, Baseball Player
(Nov. 3, 1956 - June 9, 2014)
'I’m only trying to approach baseball with the same attitude I have learned to approach life -- one day at a time.'
Bob Welch was a MLB starting pitcher who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics. During his career, he was a two-time MLB All-Star and winner of the American League Cy Young Award. He was a member of three World Series championship teams and was the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in a single season. Welch died of an accidental fall in his bathroom at the age of 57.
'The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within -- strength, courage, dignity.'
An American actress, poet, screenwriter and activist, Ruby Dee was best known for starring in the films 'A Raisin in the Sun,' 'Do the Right Thing' and 'American Gangster.' In addition to numerous acting awards (Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, National Medal of Arts, to name a few), Dee was a personal friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X and received multiple medals and honors for her work as a civil rights activist. She died at the age of 91 from natural causes.
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Chuck Noll, 82, Football Coach
(Jan. 5, 1932 - June 13, 2014)
'Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it.'
Chuck Noll was a NFL football player and coach whose sole coaching position was for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969 to 1991. As head coach, he won nine AFC Central Division championships and had four Super Bowl victories -- more than any other head coach in NFL history. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for years, Noll died of natural causes at the age of 82.
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Casey Kasem, 82, Radio Host
(April 27, 1932 - June 15, 2014)
'It's been amazing, the number of commercials that I've done, starting back in 1968. It must be 8,000.'
Casey Kasem was an iconic DJ, radio personality and voice actor known for hosting 'American Top 40' from 1970 until his retirement in 2009 and for providing the voice of Shaggy in the 'Scooby-Doo' franchise. Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. He later received the Radio Hall of Fame's first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Suffering from progressive dementia, Kasem's immediate cause of death was from sepsis caused by an ulcerated bedsore. He was 82.
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Tony Gwynn, 54, Baseball Player
(May 9, 1960 - June 16, 2014)
'Like a lot of kids, you kind of think baseball's boring - that's the perception.'
Nicknamed 'Mr. Padre,' Tony Gwynn was a MLB right fielder who played 20 seasons for the San Diego Padres. Considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history, he won eight batting titles, tied for the second-most in MLB history, and played in the San Diego's only two World Series appearances. He was a 15-time All-Star and the winner of seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. In 2007, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer at the age of 54.
'Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate upon it in order to get the most of it. You must absorb most of it.'
Horace Silver was an American jazz pianist and composer known for catchy and harmonically strong compositions. Silver's 1955 album 'Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers' was regarded as a 'milestone in the development of hard bop' and featured his first hit 'The Preacher.' He received the President's Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2007. Silver died of natural causes at the age of 85.
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Eli Wallach, 98, Actor
(Dec. 7, 1915 - June 24, 2014)
'Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.'
Eli Wallach was an American stage, film and television actor whose career spanned over six decades with over 90 film credits. His most notable roles were Calvera in 'The Magnificent Seven,' Guido in 'The Misfits' and Tuco in 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.' Receiving BAFTA Awards, Tony Awards and Emmy Awards for his work, Turner Classic Movies called him 'one of the greatest character actors ever to appear on stage and screen.' Wallach died of natural causes at the age of 98.
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Bobby Womack, 70, Singer (March 4, 1944 - June 27, 2014)
'People shout out for songs and I don't even remember writing them.'
Bobby Womack was a singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned more than 50 years and crossed multiple genres of music. He wrote the Rolling Stones' first No.1 hit in the UK 'It's All Over Now' and had notable hits as a singer, such as 'Woman's Gotta Have It' and 'If You Think You're Lonely Now.' He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and his career became the subject of a 2012 documentary show. Womack died at the age of 70 after suffering numerous health issues, including prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
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Meshach Taylor, 67, Actor
(April 11, 1947 - June 28, 2014)
'The kids called me the Professor, and I got beat up a lot.'
Meshach Taylaor was an American actor best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom 'Designing Women.' He made numerous television appearances and hosted his own series on HGTV. Taylor died at the age of 67 from colorectal cancer.
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Bob Hastings, 89, Actor
(April 18, 1925 - June 30, 2014)
'Nobody is taking a vigilante force onto my streets.'
Best known for his role of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on 'McHale's Navy,' Bob Hastings was an American character actor who made appearances on classic sitcoms such as 'Green Acres,' Dennis the Menace' and 'The Munsters.' He was also a prolific voice actor, doing voice-over work for animation and commercials (most notably, he was the voice of Commissioner Jim Gordon in 'Batman: The Animated Series' and its spinoffs). Hastings died from prostate cancer at the age of 89.
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Eileen Ford, 92, Model Agency Head
(March 25, 1922 - July 9, 2014)
'American women mean a great deal to me. I help them understand how they can look better; how to do this, do that, get a job.'
A pioneer in her field, Eileen Ford co-founded one of the earliest and best known modelling agencies in the world -- Ford Models -- which has represented the likes of Martha Stewart, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields and Cindy Crawford, to name a few. By the 1970s, the company booked over 70% of modeling jobs in New York City and 30% world-wide. Ford told her story to numerous magazines and appeared in the films 'Scratch the Surface,' 'Intimate Portrait: Eileen Ford' and 'Celebrity Profile: Brooke Shields.' She died from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at the age of 92.
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Tommy Ramone, 65, Musician
(Jan. 29, 1949 - July 11, 2014)
'One the reasons that the Ramones were so unique and original was that they were four original, unique people.'
Tommy Ramone was the last surviving original member of the trailblazing punk rock band the Ramones. He was initially supposed to be the band's manager, but he soon took over as drummer so that Joey Ramone could focus on vocals. Tommy was the main writer on many of the bands early hits but left to focus on studio work in 1978. He died at the age of 65 following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer.
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Charlie Haden, 76, Musician (Aug. 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014)
'I have music inside me and I'm very lucky to be able to play music and that's the way that I try to do it.'
Known for his warm tone and lyrical playing, Charlie Haden was an American jazz double bass player whose musical career crossed seven decades. He got his start as a member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, subsequently aiding in the development of 'free jazz.' His large ensemble was the the politically-charged Liberation Music Orchestra, which he led with pianist Carla Bley. In 2009, a Swiss film entitled 'Rambling Boy' was released about his life. Haden died at the age of 76 after several years of struggling with the degenerative effects of post-polio syndrome.
'Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.'
Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer and activist who won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. Through her fictional characters, she brought the real-life horrors of apartheid, social injustice and political cruelty to an international audience. She was the recipient of at least 15 honorary degrees and numerous literary awards and prizes. Gordimer died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90.
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Johnny Winter, 70, Musician
(Feb. 23, 1944 - July 16, 2014)
'I think the blues will always be around. People need it.'
Johnny Winter was a blues guitarist, singer and producer, who produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for Muddy Waters before recording several of his own Grammy-nominated albums. Winter was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988 and was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone's list of the '100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.' Winter was found dead of an apparent heart attack two days after his final performance at the Cahors Blues Festival. He was 70.
'You have to be very, very good looking to get ahead in motion pictures.'
Best known for her work on Broadway, Elaine Stritch was an American stage, film and TV actress and singer who made a name for herself with her brassy voice and blunt charisma. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995, earned five Tony Award nominations (winning in 2002 for her one-woman show 'Elaine Stritch at Liberty') and won three Emmy Awards throughout her career. Stritch was battling stomach cancer when she died in her sleep at the age of 89.
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James Garner, 86, Actor
(April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014)
'I saw my wife at a pool, flipped over her, and 14 days later we were married.'
James Garner was an American actor and comedian, who was well known for starring in several television series over more than 5 decades. He played Bret Maverick in the '50's western comedy series 'Maverick' and starred in the 'Rockford Files' as Jim Rockford. He also appeared in over 50 films, including 'The Great Escape,' 'Murphy's Romance,' 'Space Cowboys,' and 'The Notebook.' He received the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Garner died of acute myocardial infarction at the age of 86.
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James Brady, 73, Politician
(Aug. 29, 1940 – Aug. 4, 2014)
'When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. I have several stands around here.'
James Brady was the White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan. He was one of four people shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan, suffering a head wound that left him partially paralyzed and wheel chair-bound. He became a handgun control advocate and received numerous awards for his public service work. In 1996, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2000, the White House's press briefing room was renamed after him. Brady's death was controversially ruled a homicide by the gunshot wound he received in 1981. He was 73.
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Robin Williams, 63, Actor
(July 21, 1951 – Aug. 11, 2014)
'You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.'
Known for his unparalleled improv skills, Robin Williams was an Oscar-winning actor who began his legendary career as a stand-up comic before rising to fame as Mork on the television series 'Mork and Mindy.' He went on to star in a wide range of films from big-screen comedies ('Mrs. Doubtfire,' 'The Birdcage,' 'Hook') to critically acclaimed dramas ('Dead Poets Society,' 'Good Morning Vietnam,' 'Good Will Hunting'). He provided the voice of Genie in Disney's 1992 animated film 'Aladdin,' made his Broadway debut in 2011 and was a regular on the OSU circuit, performing for approximately 100,000 troops. Williams death at the age of 63 was ruled a 'suicide due to asphyxia.'
Lauren Bacall was an American actress known as film noir's leading lady, often appearing opposite Humphrey Bogart, who she married. She also took on comedic roles ('How to Marry a Millionaire,' 'Designing Woman'), won two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway and received an Academy Honorary Award 'in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.' Bacall died after suffering from a stroke at the age 89.
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Richard Attenborough, 90, Actor
(Aug. 29, 1923 - Aug. 24, 2014)
'At my age the only problem is with remembering names. When I call everyone darling, it has damn all to do with passionately adoring them, but I know I'm safe calling them that. Although, of course, I adore them too.'
An acclaimed English actor, director and film producer, Richard Attenborough served as president of both the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He won multiple awards, including two Oscars, as the director and producer of 1983's 'Gandhi.' As an actor, he was best known for roles in 'The Great Escape,' 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Jurassic Park.' He was knighted in 1976. Attenborough died at the age of 90 after years of failing health.
'If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.'
Joan Rivers was an iconic actress, comedian, writer and TV personality known for her cutting wit and controversial persona. She got her start as a guest on 'The Tonight Show' and in 1986, became the first woman ever to host a late night network television talk show. She became widely known for her red carpet interviews and scathing fashion reviews, authored 12 best-selling books and starred in a reality series with her daughter Melissa. Rivers died from brain damage caused by lack of oxygen after experiencing serious complications while undergoing a minor throat procedure. She was 81.
'I was fanatically ambitious. All I ever wanted was to be a star.'
Most notably appearing in the original 'Cape Fear' opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen was an actress, singer, TV host and writer. She won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in an episode of the television series 'Playhouse 90.' In the '50s, she became known as 'The Pepsi Cola Girl' after doing a series of commercials for the brand. She was nominated for a Tony for her role in the 2001 Broadway revival of 'Follies' and made appearances on numerous TV shows, including 'The Sopranos' and 'Desperate Housewives.' Bergen died of natural causes at the age of 84.
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Rob Bironas, 36, Football Player
(Jan. 29, 1978 - Sept. 20, 2014)
'It was awkward. I didn't get the full ball; I got under it just a bit.'
Rob Bironas was a kicker in the NFL who spent time on the Packers, Buccaneers and Steelers before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Tennessee Titans, where he played until March 2014. He set the NFL's record for most field goals in one game (8) and was selected to the NFL's All-Pro Team and the Pro Bowl. Bironas died at the age of 36 after losing control of his SUV in a car crash.
'I paint a slice of life, whatever it is that day.'
Known for his many talents, Geoffrey Holder was a dancer, director, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter. He was a principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet before making his Broadway debut in 'House of Flowers.' He won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of 'The Wiz' and was the first black man to be nominated in either category. In addition to many movie appearances, Holder became the white-suited spokesman for 7Up in the '70s and '80s -- a role that he acknowledged brought him his widest fame. Holder died from complications from pneumonia at the age of 84.
'I know I'm funny, because I'm eccentric, I'm odd. I'm not what you expect.'
Marian Seldes was a stage, film and television actress whose illustrious career spanned seven decades. She was a faculty member of The Juilliard School and taught Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tonys in 2010 and was mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'most durable actress' after appearing in all 1,809 performances of the play 'Deathtrap.' Seldes died at the age of 86 following a long illness.
'Fortunately, I'm like a parrot. I pick up whatever accent I'm around.'
Jan Hooks was an actress and comedian best known for her work on 'Saturday Night Live' as a repertory player for five years. On the show, she was known for her lounge-singing character Candy Sweeney of 'The Sweeney Sisters' and for her notable impressions of Sinead O'Connor, Nancy Reagan, Tammy Faye Bakker and Kathie Lee Gifford... to name a few. Hooks went on to appear in several movies and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her recurring role on '3rd Rock from the Sun.' She died of cancer at the age of 57.
'I figured, if I failed, I'd tried something that I hadn't tried before and if one movie was going to destroy my career than I didn't have much of a career to start with.'
Best known for her role as Ritchie Valens' sister-in-law in 'La Bamba,' Elizabeth Peña was an American actress and a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. She had memorable roles in 'Lone Star,' 'Jacob's Ladder,' 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills' and 'Rush Hour.' She also provided the voice of Mirage in Pixar's 'The Incredibles' and had recently guest starred on 'Modern Family.' Peña died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 55.
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Oscar de la Renta, 82, Fashion Designer
(July 22, 1932 - Oct. 20, 2014)
'I always say: To be well dressed you must be well naked.'
One of the world's most legendary fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta was an award-winning couturier known for dressing celebrities, socialites and first ladies. His name became linked to red carpets and celebrity events with Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penélope Cruz among the many stars to have worn his dresses. Upon hearing of his death, former first lady Laura Bush remarked, 'We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.' De la Renta died of complications from cancer at the age of 82.
A savvy and courageous journalist and editor, Ben Bradlee was the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 who became a national figure during Richard Nixon's presidency. Bradlee challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers and one year later, backed reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they probed Watergate. For decades, he was one of only four people who knew the true identity of the informant Deep Throat. Bradlee died of natural causes at the age of 93.
'I did not particularly enjoy Kotter. I spent much of the four years being frustrated. I didn't have much to do on the show. I was just there when Kotter came home at the end of the day.'
Marcia Strassman was an American actress best known as Julie Kotter on the ABC series 'Welcome Back, Kotter' and for her recurring role of nurse Margie Cutler in 'M*A*S*H.' She guest starred in numerous television shows and acted opposite Rick Moranis as his wife in the films 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' and 'Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.' Strassman died of breast cancer at the age of 66.
'I know he played on the last record, but I don't wake up in the middle of the night thinking of Eric Clapton.'
Jack Bruce was a Scottish musician and composer known as the bassist and vocalist of the rock power trio Cream. The group, which included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, received international recognition for their blues-rock music with hits (co-written by Bruce) such as 'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'White Room' and 'I Feel Free.' In 2008, The Sunday Times wrote that 'many consider [Bruce] to be the greatest bass player of all time.' He died of liver disease at the age of 71.
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Oscar Taveras, 22, Baseball Player
(June 19, 1992 - Oct. 26, 2014)
'I’m going to keep working hard and we’ll see what happens. I want to be ready for any opportunity I get, for my manager and for the organization and do everything I can to win the games.'
Oscar Taveras was an MLB outfielder who played one season for the St. Louis Cardinals. Signed at age 16 and the recipient of a litany of awards while playing in the minor league, Taveras was ranked the second-best MLB prospect at the beginning of the 2014 season. He homered in his major league debut and hit a game-tying home run in Game 2 of the 2014 National League Championship Series. Taveras died of multiple injuries after his car ran off the road and hit a tree. He was 22.
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Thomas Menino, 71, Mayor
(Dec. 27, 1942 - Oct. 30, 2014)
'My fellow citizens, the state of our city is strong.'
Thomas Menino was an American politician and the longest-serving mayor of Boston, holding the position from 1993 to 2014. Credited with transforming Boston into the 'vibrant, welcoming, world-class place it is today,' Menino was praised for his steady and determined leadership during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. He died after choosing to halt cancer treatments at the age of 71.
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Tom Magliozzi, 77, Radio Host
(June 28, 1937 – Nov. 3, 2014)
'Life is too short to own a German car.'
Tom Magliozzi was the co-host of NPR's 'Car Talk,' a weekly talk radio show he hosted with his brother. In 1992, the two won a Peabody Award for their program's 'distinguished achievement and meritorious public service.' In addition to the show, Magliozzi wrote for CarTalk.com, appeared in the Pixar film 'Cars' and starred as a fictionalized version of himself in the PBS animated series 'Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns.' Magliozzi died at the age of 77 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
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Orlando Thomas, 42, Football Player
(Oct. 21, 1972 - Nov. 9, 2014)
'I would like to think I played every play like it was my last play and that my teammates enjoyed playing with me.'
Orlando Thomas was a defensive back in the NFL who played his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was a second round draft pick in 1995, and as a rookie, he led the league with nine interceptions. Thomas died at the age of 42, following a 10-year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Henry Lee Jackson (Big Bank Hank), 58, Rapper
(Jan. 11, 1956 – Nov. 11, 2014)
'They say that miracles never cease, I’ve created a devastating masterpiece.'
Known by his stage name Big Bank Hank, Henry Lee Jackson was an old school rapper and member of the pioneering rap trio The Sugarhill Gang. The group was the first hip hop act to have a crossover single with their hit 'Rapper's Delight' in 1979, effectively bringing hip hop to most of America. Jackson died from kidney complications due to cancer at the age of 58.
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Carol Ann Susi, 62, Actress (Feb. 2, 1952 – Nov. 11, 2014)
'It just hit me that they wanted someone who was screaming at him all the time, so that’s what I did.'
Carol Ann Susi was an American actress best known for providing the voice of Howard Wolowitz's unseen, controlling mother on 'The Big Bang Theory.' She had extensive theater experience, voiced video game characters and appeared in other television series and films, including 'Coyote Ugly,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'That '70s Show' and 'Seinfeld.' Susi died of cancer at the age of 62.
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Diem Brown, 34, TV Personality
(June 12, 1980 - Nov. 14, 2014)
'It’s my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can.'
Diem Brown was a recurring cast member on MTV's reality TV series 'The Challenge' and an entertainment reporter. She debuted on 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat' in 2006 and went on to compete in six additional challenges. She blogged for People.com and hosted the MTV.com special 'Surviving Cancer.' After a nine year battle with ovarian cancer, Brown died at the age of 34.
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Mike Nichols, 83, Film Director
(Nov. 6, 1931 - Nov. 19, 2014)
'There's nothing better than discovering, to your own astonishment, what you're meant to do. It's like falling in love.'
Mike Nichols was a prolific film and theater director who won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film 'The Graduate.' His other notable works include 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,' 'Catch-22,' 'The Birdcage' and 'Charlie Wilson's War.' In addition to a slew of other awards and honors, he was one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. Nichols died of a heart attack at the age of 83.
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Marion Barry, 78, Mayor
(March 6, 1936 - Nov. 23, 2014)
'Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.'
Marion Barry was a politician and activist who served as the second mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and again as the fourth from 1995 to 1999. In the '60s, he was involved with the Civil Rights movement and served as the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He gained notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and served six months in a federal prison. The Washington Post once wrote, 'to understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry.' Barry died from cardiac arrest at the age of 78.
'Sir, I'm sorry you do not like my programs. Me neither. But of what value is your opinion and mine against millions of viewers around the world.'
More commonly known by his pseudonym Chespirito, Roberto Gómez Bolaños was a Mexican actor, comedian, writer and director, who is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important Spanish-language comedians. He was internationally known for writing, directing and starring in the television series 'Chespirito,' 'El Chavo del Ocho' and 'El Chapulin Colorado.' Gomez Bolaños died at the age of 85 from heart failure.
'Some of us were drinking Dr. Pepper; some of us were drinking Dr. Pepper with a little something extra in it. That was great fun.'
Bobby Keys was an American saxophone player who played on hundreds of recordings and was a touring musician from 1956 until his death. He performed with other musicians in the '70's as a member of several horn sections, and he appeared on albums by The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Eric Clapton and George Harrison, among others. Keyes died from cirrhosis at the age of 70.
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Ken Weatherwax, 59, Actor
(Sept. 29, 1955 - Dec. 7, 2014)
'Frankly, I didn't deal with it very well. I was kicked out of about six or seven schools and ended up in the service at the age of 17.'
Ken Weatherwax was an American child actor best known for portraying Pugsley Addams on the original television series 'The Addams Family' and in the television movie 'Halloween with the New Addams Family.' He died of a heart attack at the age of 59.
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Norman Bridwell, 86, Author and Cartoonist
(Feb. 15, 1928 – Dec. 12, 2014)
'How can you fully open your heart to someone new, when in fact...what you really need is closure from your past.'
Norman Bridwell was the author and cartoonist behind the iconic children's book series 'Clifford the Big Red Dog.' His first Clifford drawings spawned over 40 best-selling books, two TV series, merchandise and a live musical. Along with other successful books, such as 'The Witch Next Door' and 'A Tiny Family,' Bridwell had over 126 million copies of his books printed in 13 languages. He died of prostate cancer at the age of 86.
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Joe Cocker, 70, Musician (May 20,1944 - Dec. 22, 2014)
'Once you get into entertaining a quarter of a million people, it's a very weird place to be.'
Known for his unique and gritty voice, Joe Cocker was a legendary English rock and blues singer. He skyrocketed to stardom by performing cover versions of popular songs, specifically 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and 'You Are So Beautiful.' He won a Grammy and an Oscar for his duet 'Up Where We Belong' with Jennifer Warnes -- a track they recorded for the 1982 film 'An Officer and a Gentleman.' He was made an OBE by the Queen of England in 2011. Cocker died of lung cancer at the age of 70.