Notable Deaths in 2004

In addition to winning an Emmy and a plethora of culinary awards, Child received two ultimate career honors. One was when The New York Times called her first cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (1961), a "masterpiece." The second was when Dan Aykroyd spoofed her on "Saturday Night Live." Child found his sketch hilarious.

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando, the sexy, angry everyman of his generation known for playing larger-than-life, emotionally raw characters, died July 1 at 80.

He was the drunken, rapacious hunk in "Streetcar Named Desire"; the definitive motorcycle rebel in "The Wild One"; the hardworking longshoreman in "On the Waterfront." Nominated for four Academy Awards, Brando won two gold men.

But he gained a reputation of being difficult to work with. By 1972, Brando's former brilliance was so tarnished that when he was considered for the role of Don Corleone in "The Godfather," he had to test for it. To further enhance his eccentric mystique, when Brando won the Oscar for his role, he notoriously sent a proxy -- a woman who claimed to be an Apache actress -- to the ceremony to protest Hollywood's treatment of American Indians.

Later in his career, Brando was best known for his reclusive, eccentric behavior, on-set tantrums and outsized indulgence in food and women. In the mid-1990s, Brando weighed more than 300 pounds and he had at least 11 children with three ex-wives and various others.

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