Entertainer and activist Olivia Newton-John was best known as a pop singer and actress. One of her most famous roles was as Sandy in the movie adaptation of "Grease" alongside John Travolta with whom she frequently collaborated. Her hit song "Physical" cemented her as a superstar in the music video era. Newton-John's long struggle with breast cancer inspired activism to fight the disease. News of her succumbing to cancer was announced by family on Aug. 8, 2022.
<br><br> Olivia Newton-John performs in Glasgow, Scotland, Jan. 24, 2017.
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Vin Scully, 94
Los Angeles Dodgers' Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully was the longest tenured broadcaster with a single team in sports history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Scully, whose dulcet tones entertained and informed Dodgers fans in Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 67 years, died Aug. 2, 2022, the team said. He was 94.
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Bill Russell, 88
Hailed as the "Greatest Player in the History of the NBA", Bill Russell's 6 foot 9 inch height helped him attain legendary status on the basketball court, garnering accolades as five-time MVP and a 12-time All-Star during his career. Russell played with the Boston Celtics in the 1960s and winning 11 championships. Russell would go on to write his autobiography "Second Wind: the Memoirs of an Opinionated Man" in 1979.
Bill Russell's death at age 88 was announced by family July 31, 2022.
Nichelle Nichols, 89
Nichelle Nichols broke through barriers during her decades-spanning career as an actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura on the television and movie series "Star Trek," in which she shared a landmark interracial kiss with her co-star William Shatner on the small screen. Nichols passed away on July 30, 2022, at age 89.
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Pat Carroll, 95
Pat Carroll began her long career as a comedic actress on television, appearing in Sid Caesar’s variety show, for which she won an Emmy, and as Bunny Halper on “The Danny Thomas Show.” She regularly appeared on game shows and as a guest on series such as the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Laverne & Shirley.” A Tony-nominated stage actress for “Catch a Star!,” she also commissioned a one-woman play for herself about poet Gertrude Stein. She also became known as the voice of Ursula, the villain in the animated film “The Little Mermaid.” Carroll died on July 29, at her home in Cape Cod, Mass.
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Tony Dow, 77
"Leave it to Beaver" star Tony Dow died on July 27, 2022, at 77 years old. The actor, who played older brother Wally Cleaver in the iconic TV sitcom, was also a film producer and director. </br></br>Tony Dow, as Wally Cleaver, in a scene from "Leave It To Beaver."
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Paul Sorvino, 83
Actor Paul Sorvino was best known for his roles as mobster Paulie Cicero in the movie “Goodfellas” and an NYPD sergeant in the TV series “Law & Order.” Born in Brooklyn, he made his Broadway debut in 1964 and film debut in 1970. He became a mainstay in TV and film, in roles from Henry Kissinger in “Nixon” to a communist in “Reds.” Sorvino was also a respected tenor, performing at Lincoln Center in 2006. He had three children with his first wife, including the Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino. Paul Sorvino died on July 25.<br><br>
Paul Sorvino at a New York City theater in 1976.
Claes Oldenburg, 93
Sculptor Claes Oldenburg, a Stockholm-born American emigre, studied art at Yale and other prominent institutions in the United States before settling in New York, becoming a prominent member of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Oldenburg's most well-known works were based on mundane objects, such as a clothespin, an eraser or a toothbrush, interpreted as large scale, often-soft, sculptures. His whimsical constructions, displayed as colossal public art, were the most prolific among his artistic peers.<br><br>Swedish-born American sculptor Claes Oldenburg poses in his studio, 1969.
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Ivana Trump, 73
Ivana Trump was born and raised in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia (now Zlin, Czech Republic). She moved to New York in 1976 and married Donald Trump in 1977. They had three children: Donald, Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. She worked within the Trump company as an interior design consultant and held executive positions on many of his projects. The couple separated in 1990 and they divorced in 1992. Ivana Trump had a cameo in “The First Wives Club,” in 1996 and in 2010, was a competitor on “Celebrity Big Brother” in England. Ivana Trump died on July 14, at the age of 73.
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Tony Sirico, 79
Tony Sirico’s film debut was in 1974 in the movie “Crazy Joe.” He appeared in several movies directed by Woody Allen such as “Bullets Over Broadway,” and “Café Society.” He was best known for playing gangster roles, such as Tony Stacks in “Goodfellas,” and, most notably, he played Paulie Walnuts in the TV show “The Sopranos.” Sirico died on July 8 at the age of 79.
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Shinzo Abe, 67
Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, worked to restore his country’s military from post-World War II pacifism and reignite the economy. He had some success doing both but was not able to fully realize his goals. Abe was able to warm Japan’s international relations and was the first to visit Beijing in seven years, meeting with Xi Jinping in 2018. He also hosted President Obama, who was the first U.S. president to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.<br><br>
Abe was assassinated on July 8, in a shocking act by a man with a homemade gun.
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James Caan, 82
James Caan's screen debut was in the 1963 movie “Irma la Douce.” He delivered a heart-breaking performance in the 1971 TV-movie “Brian’s Song,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy. In 1972, he played the role of Santino “Sonny” Corleone in “The Godfather,” which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. He reprised the role in “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974. He starred in several movies in the 1970s and 1980s, such as “Rollerball” and “Thief.” He is well known for his roles in the 1990 movie "Misery,” and the 2003 movie "Elf." Caan died on July 6, at the age of 82.
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Margaret Keane, 94
The paintings of Margaret Keane, referred to as "Big Eye Waifs," rose to fame in the 60s. However, she was denied acclaim for her paintings for much of her career as Keane's husband Walter passed them off as his own work for many years. The Keanes divorced in 1965 but it wasn't until 1986, when a judge ordered the Keanes to both paint in the courtroom to determine identity of the artist, that Margaret reclaimed her work. Margaret continued to paint until her death at home in Napa Valley, Calif. at age 94 on Sunday.<BR><BR>
Margaret poses in the paint room of her home in San Francisco in 1963.
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Mary Mara, 61
Mary Mara, a veteran television and theater actor, starred in popular TV dramas including "Nash Bridges," "ER" and "Law & Order.” Mara graduated from the Yale School of Drama with a master's degree in fine arts and her stage performances included "Kindertransport," "Ivanov" and "Twelfth Night," where she co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Mara died on June 26, 2022, in New York. Police believe she drowned while swimming in the St. Lawrence River. She was 61. <BR><BR> Here, Mara attends the “Mortal Kombat” premiere in Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 1995.
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Ray Liotta, 67
Ray Liotta made his acting debut in the daytime soap opera “Another World,” from 1978 to 1981.
His breakout role was in the movie “Something Wild” in 1986. In 1990, he won critical praise for his role in “Field of Dreams,” but his most famous role came that year when he played mobster Henry Hill in “Goodfellas.” Liotta won an Emmy in 2005 for a guest appearance on the TV show “ER.” More recently, he appeared on television in the shows, “Texas Rising,” in 2015 and in “Shades of Blue,” with Jennifer Lopez, in 2016. Liotta died on May 26, 2022, at the age of 67.
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Roger Angell, 101
Roger Angell began writing for The New Yorker in 1944. He started covering baseball for the magazine in the early 1960s and won several awards for his writing. In 2011, he won the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, and in 2014 won the BBWAA Career Excellence Award, given to writers by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Roger Angell died on May 20, 2022, at the age of 101.
<br><br>Roger Angell gestures during an interview at his office at The New Yorker magazine on April 4, 2006, in New York.
Richard Wald, 92
Richard Wald started his career in journalism at the New York Herald Tribune newspaper while he was still a student at Columbia University. In 1967, he joined NBC News. Wald served as president of NBC News from 1973 to 1977. He started at ABC News in 1978, leading the company to high ratings with the inception of shows like “Nightline” and “This Week with David Brinkley.” Wald retired from ABC in 1999. He later taught at the Columbia School of Journalism. Richard Wald died on May 13, 2022, at the age of 92.
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Robert McFarlane, 84
Robert McFarlane was appointed the national security advisor under President Ronald Reagan in 1983 and served in that position until 1985. He was later involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, a scheme which involved selling arms to Iran in exchange for hostages and using those proceeds to help fund the Contras in Nicaragua. McFarlane was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress. He was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. McFarlane wrote a book “Special Trust” about his time in Washington. McFarlane died on May 12, 2022, at the age of 84.
Naomi Judd, 76
County singer Naomi Judd scored 20 top-10 hits with her mother-daughter group the Judds, with her daughter Wynonna Judd. The duo won five Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2021. Judd was also the mother of actress Ashley Judd. Judd died on April 30. She was 76. <br><br>Judd poses at the Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Oct. 6, 2012.
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Orrin Hatch, 88
Former Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah made history as the longest serving Republican member of the Senate after holding that office of public service for over four decades, from 1977 to 2019. Although politically and fiscally conservative, Hatch won a reputation for his willingness to reach across the aisle and work with his Democratic counterparts. As a result, during his tenure in office, Hatch participated in more pieces of legislation that successfully became law than another other member of the Senate.
His death at age 88 was announced by the Hatch Foundation on April 23.
Robert Morse, 90
Robert Morse made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the play "The Matchmaker." In 1962, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as J. Pierrepont Finch in the original production of "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." He reprised the role in the 1967 film adaptation. He won another Tony Award in 1990 for his lead role in the play "Tru." In 1992, he won an Emmy Award for the American Playhouse production of "Tru" on PBS. More recently he played the role of Bertram Cooper in the TV series "Mad Men." Morse died on April 20, 2022, at the age of 90.
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Gilbert Gottfried, 67
Gilbert Gottfried began his decades-long career in comedy when he took to the stage in New York at the age of 15, working as a stand-up comedian. In 1980, he became a cast member on Saturday Night Live for one season. He was perhaps best known for voicing the role of the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin movies. He also voiced the role of another bird, Digit, in PBS’s long-running children’s show, “Cyberchase.” He was a frequent guest on late night TV shows, comedy clubs and celebrity roasts. Gilbert Gottfried died on April 12, 2022, at the age of 67.
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Jerry Uelsmann, 87
Surrealist photomontage pioneer Jerry Uelsmann has died. He created his images in the darkroom throughout his career instead of switching over to computers and Photoshop when they became prevalent. In 1960, Uelsmann became a professor at the University of Florida in the art department and he continued teaching there until his retirement in 1998. His works are in the permanent collections of museums around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Uelsmann died on April 4, 2022, in Gainesville, Fla. He was 87.
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Estelle Harris, 93
Known for her unforgettable role as overbearing mother Estelle Costanza on the sitcom "Seinfeld", Estelle Harris was a veteran of stage and screen long before her career resurgence during the 1990s. A native of New York, Harris began honing her skills in school productions and discovered a talent for comedy. Harris’ signature, high-pitched vocal delivery made her stand out even when performing vocal work for animated movies such as “Toy Story 2.” Her death, in Palm Desert, California, was confirmed on April 3, at age 93.
Estelle Harris appears as Estelle Costanza on the sitcom "Seinfeld."
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Patrick Demarchelier, 87
French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier was perhaps best known for his portraits of Princess Diana. He started working at Vogue in 1975, with his first cover appearing in 1977. He also worked for Harper’s Bazaar and provided images in the advertising campaigns for fashion houses such as Chanel and Dior. In 2007, he was named a member of the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture. Demarchelier died on March 31 at the age of 78.
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Tom Parker, 33
Tom Parker was a singer in the British boy band The Wanted. The band was formed in 2009 and went on to create such hits as “Glad You Came,” “Heart Vacancy” and “Gold Forever.” The band broke up in 2014, but Parker kept performing, starring as Danny Zuko in a U.K. touring production of "Grease" in 2017. He was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer in 2020. Parker died on March 30, at the age of 33.<br><br>Tom Parker attends an event in London, May 4, 2016.
Taylor Hawkins, 50
Drummer Taylor Hawkins played with Alanis Morissette's band before joining the Foo Fighters in 1997. He played with the band for 25 years. In 2021, the Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hawkins died on March 25 at the age of 50.<br><br>Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters attends the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, on Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Dirck Halstead, 85
Award-winning photojournalist Dirck Halstead captured historic moments with his camera in a career that spanned over five decades. He took gripping images of the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon for UPI. He covered the White House for 29 years for Time magazine, with his photos appearing on the cover nearly 50 times. His memoir, “Moments in Time: Photos and Stories From One of America’s Top Photojournalists,” was published in 2006. Dirck Halstead died on March 25 at the age of 85.<br><br>American photojournalist Dirck Halstead takes a picture in Hue, Vietnam, May 22, 1972.
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Madeleine Albright, 84
Madeleine Albright, the 64th secretary of state, was the first woman to hold the office and was the highest-ranking woman in the government in U.S. history at the time. Albright also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She received the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Albright came to the U.S. as an 11-year-old Czech refugee. She didn't learn her family was Jewish and that many members of her family died in concentration camps till after she became secretary of state. Albright died of cancer on March 23. She was 84.
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Rep. Don Young, 88
Rep. Don Young was the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, serving the state of Alaska for 49 years. He became the 45th dean of the House of Representatives in 2017. Before becoming a member of congress, Young was mayor of Fort Yukon from 1964 to 1967 and a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971 and the Alaska Senate from 1971 to 1973. Young died on March 18. He was 88. <br><br>Young greets supporters at the Dena'ina Center, Nov. 6, 2012, in Anchorage, Alaska.
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Scott Hall, 63
Wrestling legend Scott Hall, aka "Razor Ramon," was a founding member of the New World Order, with Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. Hall, also known as "The Bad Guy," rose to fame in the 1990s and went on to be a four-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and six-time tag team champion with Nash. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, saying, "Hard work pays off, dreams come true. Bad times don't last, but bad guys do." Hall, who had a long battle with addiction, died on March 14 after suffering multiple heart attacks after hip replacement surgery.
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William Hurt, 71
Actor William Hurt was one of Hollywood’s leading men of the 1980s, starring in movies such as “Broadcast News," “Body Heat” and “The Big Chill." He was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning the best actor Oscar in 1985 for his performance in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Hurt appeared in more than 50 theater productions, voiced popular movies and worked constantly in TV and film, with notable appearances in the series “Damages” and several Marvel films. Hurt died on March 13, 2022, at age 71.<BR><BR>Here, William Hurt is photographed at the Four Seasons Hotel, Feb. 18, 2010.
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Emilio Delgado, 81
Actor and singer Emilio Delgado was one of the longest Mexican-American actors on TV. He played Fix-It Shop owner Luis on PBS’ “Sesame Street” for more than 40 years, bringing warmth and humor to children’s lives. With his performance, Delgado broke new ground for Latinos in the field of entertainment, changing the way people of color were depicted on TV. Before “Sesame Street,” Delgado appeared in “Law & Order,” “Lou Grant” and “Falcon Crest.” He died on March 10, 2022 at age 81. <BR><BR>Here, Emilio Delgado poses while filming the 50th season of "Sesame Street," Oct. 2018.
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Sally Kellerman, 84
Actress Sally Kellerman had a career that spanned over five decades. She starred in the TV series “Cheyenne” in 1962 and guest-starred in such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “Bonanza,” and the original “Star Trek” pilot. Kellerman was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the 1970 movie “MASH.” In 2014, she was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the soap opera “The Young and The Restless.” More recently she starred as Mark Maron’s mother in the series, “Maron.” Sally Kellerman died on Feb. 24, at the age of 84.
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Dr. Paul Farmer, 62
Dr. Paul Farmer was an American physician known for his humanitarian contributions including providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide and co-founding the global nonprofit Partners in Health. Farmer was a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Farmer's death was announced on Feb. 21. He was 62.<br><br>Here, Farmer writes a prescription for a mother whose child was suffering from starvation in Cange, Haiti, Nov. 14, 2003.
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P.J. O’Rourke, 74
P.J. O’Rourke was a journalist and conservative political satirist who wrote more than 20 books on diverse subjects, including politics, cars and economics. In the 1970s, he was the editor-in-chief of "The National Lampoon." O’Rourke had two No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, "Parliament of Whores" and "Give War a Chance." He was also a correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly" and wrote regularly for "The American Spectator" and "Rolling Stone." O’Rourke died Feb. 15. He was 74.<BR><BR>Here, P.J. O'Rourke poses at his home in Sharon, N.H., Sept. 15, 2009.
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Ivan Reitman, 75
Ivan Reitman made his directorial debut with the film “Foxy Lady,” in 1971. He produced the hit “Animal House" in 1978. Reitman directed “Meatballs” in 1979, and continued working with star Bill Murray in 1981’s “Stripes,” and the 1984 blockbuster movie, “Ghostbusters.” Reitman also worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, directing him in “Twins” in 1988, “Kindergarten Cop” in 1990, and “Junior” in 1994. The last film Reitman directed was “Draft Day” in 2014. Ivan Reitman died at the age of 75 on Feb. 12, at his home in Montecito, Calif.
Betty Davis, 77
Groundbreaking funk singer Betty Davis was born Betty Mabry in North Carolina. She released the single “Get Ready for Betty” in 1964. She wrote the song “Uptown (to Harlem)” recorded in 1967 by The Chambers Brother. Her marriage to jazz musician Miles Davis in 1968 lasted only a year. Between 1973 and 1975, she released three albums, “Betty Davis,” “They Say I’m Different” and “Nasty Gal.” She left the music industry in the mid-1970s and moved to the Pittsburgh area. She was the subject of a 2017 documentary “Betty: They Say I’m Different.” Betty Davis died on Feb. 9, at the age of 77.
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Monica Vitti, 90
Actress Monica Vitti was known as "The Queen of Italian Cinema" for her collaborations with director and former partner Michelangelo Antonioni, including “L’Avventura." She received numerous awards for her work including best actress at the Berlin Film Festival in 1984 and a prestigious Golden Lion dedicated to her career at the Venice Film Festival in 1995. Vitti died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Rome on Feb. 2. She was 90. <br><br>Vitti relaxing under a parasol as she films a scene for "The Chastity Belt," Aug. 8, 1968.
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Robin Herman, 70
Robin Herman was a groundbreaking sports journalist for The New York Times. She was one of the first two female journalists to interview male players in a professional sports locker room in North America when she was given access after the 1975 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal in 1975. She wrote for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Washington Post. She also served as the assistant dean of communications at Harvard University’s School of Public Health from 1999 to 2012. She died Feb. 1 in Waltham, Mass. She was 70.
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Cheslie Kryst, 30
Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA in 2019. Kryst had a masters in business administration and a law degree from Wake Forest University. She worked at Poyner Spruill as a civil litigation attorney. As a correspondent on the TV show “Extra,” she earned two Emmy Award nominations. Cheslie Kryst died on Jan. 30, at the age of 30.<br><br>Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst poses for a portrait on May 8, 2019, in New York.
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Howard Hesseman, 81
Actor Howard Hesseman was best known for playing disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever on the TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati.” The role earned him two Emmy Award nominations. The show aired from 1978 to 1982. He also starred in the TV show “Head of the Class,” portraying teacher Charlie Moore for four seasons, and was in such movies as “About Schmidt” and “This Is Spinal Tap.”<br><br>Howard Hesseman appears in a photo shoot for "Head of the Class," on Aug. 8, 1989.
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Manfred Thierry Mugler, 73
French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler was known for his adventurous and theatrical designs, worn by supermodels, Hollywood royalty and fashionistas around the world. In 2019, he was responsible for Kim Kardashian's "wet look" dress for the Met Gala, and that same year dressed Cardi B in a pink and black "stormy Venus" dress for the Grammy Awards. Mugler created a perfume line and was also an author and artist. He died Jan. 23, 2022. He was 73.<BR><BR>Here, Mugler is seen on Oct. 10, 2014, at Friedrichstadt-Palace theater in Berlin.
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Marvin Lee Aday “Meat Loaf,” 74
Musician Marvin Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, his most popular being his 1977 debut record, “Bat Out of Hell.” He won a Grammy Award for his song “I’d Do Anything For Love” and appeared in over 65 movies, including an iconic role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The rock and roll icon was known for his lyrics, operatic stage presence and hit singles: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth.” His death was announced on Jan. 20.
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Louie Anderson, 68
Comedian and actor Louie Anderson was best known for his long career as a stand-up comic and for his Emmy-winning role on "Baskets." Anderson helped create "Life With Louie," an animated series in which he played a version of his childhood self. He was also host to a revival of the game show "Family Feud." Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer on Jan. 21. He was 68.
Anderson at The Ice House Comedy Club, Nov. 5, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Thich Nhat Hanh, 95
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk, died on Jan. 21, at the age of 95. Born in Hue, Vietnam, Hanh was fully ordained as a monk at the age of 25. He came to the U.S. in 1961 to teach religion at Princeton and Columbia. While in the U.S., the Vietnam government banned him from returning. He lived in exile for decades. Hanh was a peace activist during the Vietnam War, and continued to be an advocate of peace and mindfulness throughout his life. He wrote several books, including “Peace In Every Step” and “You Are Here.” He suffered a stroke in 2014 and returned to his home village in 2018.
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Gaspard Ulliel, 37
French actor Gaspard Ulliel was best known for his role as a young Hannibal Lecter in "Hannibal Rising" and his portrayal of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in "Saint Laurent." He won two Cesar awards, France's highest film honor, one for his role in "The Very Long Engagement" and the other for "It's Only the End of the World." Ulliel was a rising talent, set to star in the highly-anticipated Marvel series, "Moon Knight" and was the face of Chanel's Blue de Chanel fragrance. He died tragically following a skiing accident, Jan. 19, 2022. He was 37.
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André Leon Talley, 73
André Leon Talley was an author, curator, TV personality and style icon. He was an American fashion journalist known for his work at U.S. Vogue and his influence on the fashion industry. Talley was Vogue's fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, its creator director from 1988 to 1995, and later an editor-at-large. He died on Jan. 18 at age 73.<BR><BR>Here, Talley speaks during 'The Gospel According to Andre' Q&A during the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival on Nov. 2, 2018, in Savannah, Ga.
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Charles McGee, 102
Brig. Gen. Charles McGee was a Tuskeegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. McGee joined the all-Black 332nd Fighter Group, known as the "Red Tails" in 1944. He served in the military for 30 years, retiring in 1973. He went on to become a business executive and was accorded an honorary commission promoting him to the one-star rank of brigadier as he turned 100. McGee died Jan. 16. He was 102.<BR><BR>Here, McGee poses for a photo at his home in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 17, 2016.
Nino Cerruti, 91
Italian fashion designer Nino Cerruti was the founder of the menswear company Hitman and luxury fashion house Cerruti 1881. He is credited with revolutionizing menswear in the 1960s with his soft palette, tailored looks and elegance. Cerruti made a name for himself in the men’s ready-to-wear industry with the help of Giorgio Armani, whom he hired at Hitman and gave his first fashion break. With the launch of his luxury brand, Cerruti was in demand in Hollywood. Dressing stars like Michael Douglas, Richard Gere and Tom Hanks, on and off screen. He even designed for the Ferrari Formula 1 team.
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Ronnie Spector, 78
Ronnie Spector, born Veronica Bennett, began singing in a group called Ronnie and The Relatives, along with her older sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley. They released several singles, but didn't find fame until they teamed up with producer Phil Spector in 1963. The group changed their name to The Ronnettes and achieved huge success with such songs as "Be My Baby." Ronnie married Phil Spector in 1968 and they divorced in 1974. The Ronnettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Ronnie Spector died on Jan. 12 at the age of 78.
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Clyde Bellecourt, 85
Clyde Bellecourt was a Native American activist who fought for the civil rights of Indigenous people. Bellecourt co-founded the American Indian Movement, which started in Minneapolis in 1968. The group worked to better Native American communities by fighting against poverty, a lack of services and police brutality. In 1972, the group walked from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., during “Trail of Broken Treaties." They demanded the U.S. government honor previous treaties. Bellecourt also fought to have racist sports team names abolished. Clyde Bellecourt died on Jan. 11 at the age of 85.
Bob Saget, 65
Bob Saget began his career as a stand-up comedian and was best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the TV show "Full House," which ran from 1987 to 1995. In 1996 he directed the TV movie "For Hope" and in 1998 he directed the movie "Dirty Work." He was featured in the film "The Aristocrats" in 2005 and hosted a documentary series "Strange Days with Bob Saget" in 2010. In 2016, he reprised the role of Danny Tanner for the Netflix series "Fuller House." He was also the voice of the narrator on the TV show "How I Met Your Mother." Bob Saget died on Jan. 9 at the age of 65.
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Maria Ewing, 71
Opera singer Maria Ewing has died at the age of 71. Ewing had her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in "Le Nozze di Figaro." She performed at the Metropolitan Opera almost 100 times. Ewing appeared for the last time on that stage in 1997 in "Wozzeck." She sang the lead role in "Salome" at the LA Opera in 1986. The production then traveled to Chicago's Lyric Opera and the Royal Opera in London. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 1984 and again in 1994.<br><br>Maria Ewing appears on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994.
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Marilyn Bergman, 93
Lyricist Marilyn Bergman has died at the age of 93. She teamed up with her composer husband Alan Bergman to write several enduring hit songs. In 1969, the duo won an Academy Award for best song for "The Windmills of Your Mind." They won again in 1975 for "The Way We Were." In 1984, they won an Academy Award for best original song score for the movie "Yentl." They also won two Grammys and four Emmys over their career. They were inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1980. They also wrote the theme songs to hit TV shows like "Maude" and "Good Times."
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Michael Lang, 77
Concert promoter and producer Michael Lang died on Jan. 8. He was 77. Lang was best known for co-creating the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969. Over the course of four days, more than 400,000 people gathered for the festival on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, N.Y. Lang helped produce the event while dealing with dangerous weather conditions and a crowd much larger than expected. Woodstock was an historic moment in music history. Lang went on to produce the Woodstock '94 and Woodstock '99 festivals.
Peter Bogdanovich, 82
Director Peter Bogdanovich has died at age 82. He started his career as a movie critic and worked at the Museum of Modern Art producing film retrospectives. He worked as an assistant director on the movie "Wild Angels" in 1966. His breakthrough movie, "The Last Picture Show," came out in 1971, garnering eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director. He went on to direct such hits as "What's Up, Doc?" in 1972 and "Paper Moon" in 1973. He also directed TV movies and episodes of popular shows such as "The Sopranos."
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Lani Guinier, 71
Legal scholar and civil rights theorist Lani Guinier was known for her work on racial justice and voting rights. In 1993, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton for United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Clinton withdrew the nomination due to questions about some of her controversial views on voting rights and quotas. She was a professor of law at Harvard Law School, and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship there. Guinier died on Jan. 7 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 71.
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Sidney Poitier, 94
Actor Sidney Poitier starred in the movie "No Way Out" in 1950 and in "Blackboard Jungle" in 1955. He earned an Academy Award nomination in 1958 for "The Defiant Ones." In 1964, Poitier became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in "Lillies of the Field." In the 1970s, he directed such films as "Uptown Saturday Night" and "Let's Do It Again." He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and an honorary Academy Award in 2002. In 2009, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sidney Poitier died on Jan. 6 at the age of 94.
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