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Abe Osheroff
   was an   
Activist
For seven decades he fought the good fight against what he called 'radical humanism', fought in Spain against Hitler and Mussolini with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and made the 1974 award winning documentary film, " Dreams and Nightmares". b. 15 October, 1915 d. 6 April, 2008
Aimé Césaire
   was a   
Poet
French-Martinican, 94
Aimé Césaire
   was a   
Politician
Deputy, French National Assembly; one of the founders of the negritude movement in Francophone literature
Alain Robbe-Grillet
   was an   
Author
French novelist, 85
Albert Hofmann
   was a   
Scientist
January 11, 1906 – April 29, 2008. Chemist.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
   was an   
Author
Also historian and Nobel Laureate. This literary giant's writings exposed the oppressive regime of Soviet Communism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. b. 11 Dec 1918, d. 3 August 2008
Alexander 'Sandy' Courage
   was a   
Musician
Hollywood composer, arranger and orchestrator. Mr. Courage had worked on nearly 100 films since the late 1940s, including many of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer studio's celebrated musicals: "The Band Wagon," "Funny Face," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Oklahoma!," "Gigi" and "My Fair Lady." He wrote several scores for Star Trek: The Original Series, among them the main title theme, known as the "Star Trek Fanfare". He even made the "whoosh" sound heard as the USS Enterprise flies past the screen during the music.
Anthony Minghella
   was a   
Film Director
Also a playwright and screenwriter. Won the Oscar for The English Patient in 1996. 6 Jan 1954, Ryde, Isle of Wight, U.K. - 19 Mar 2008 London, U.K.
Anthony Minghella
   was a   
Playwright
Also a film director & screenwriter. Won the Oscar for The English Patient in 1996. 6 Jan 1954, Ryde, Isle of Wight, U.K. - 19 Mar 2008 London, U.K.
Anthony Minghella
   was a   
Screenwriter
Also a film director & playwright. Won the Oscar for The English Patient in 1996. 6 Jan 1954, Ryde, Isle of Wight, U.K. - 19 Mar 2008 London, U.K.
Barry Morse
   was an   
Actor
February 2 - (Lt. Philip Gerard on "The Fugitive") age 89
Bernie Mac
   was an   
Actor
Also a Comedian. Known for his Stand-up TV series, "The Bernie Mac Show", he went on to star in such films as "Mr. 3000", "Ocean's Elevens" and "Bad Santa". Born and died Chicago style, 5 October 1957 - 9 August 2008
Bernie Mac
   was a   
Comedian
Also an Actor. Known for his Stand-up TV series, "The Bernie Mac Show", he went on to star in such films as "Mr. 3000", "Ocean's Elevens" and "Bad Santa". Born and died Chicago style, 5 October 1957 - 9 August 2008
Bettie Page
   was a   
Pinup Model
Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery, and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of 1950s sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; five decades later, some feminists still hail her as a pioneer of women's liberation. b. 22 April 1923 (Nashville, USA) d. 11 December 2008 (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Bobby Fischer
   was a   
Chess Player
January 17 - age 64
Bobby Murcer
   was a   
Baseball Player
Five-time All-Star outfielder and broadcaster spent almost four decades with the Yankees. b. 20 May 1946 (Oklahoma City, OK, USA) - d. 12 July 2008 (Oklahoma City, OK; complications from a malignant brain tumor.)
Bo Diddley
   was a   
Musician
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Bo was a founding father of Rock 'n' Roll whose distinctive "Shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians. Nee Ellas Otha Bates a.k.a. Ellas McDaniel b. 30 December 1928 (McComb, Mississippi, USA) d. 2 June 2008 (Archer, Florida) - aged 79
Brad Renfro
   was an   
Actor
January 15 -(Mark Shay in "The Client") age 25
Carol Barnes
   was a   
Broadcaster
63, British ITN news presenter, stroke
Cecil Sloughton
   was a   
Photographer
Chief photographer for the Kennedy White House. Sloughton documented its glittering public moments and its intimate private ones. He also captured its sudden end in one of the signal images of the 20th century — Lyndon B. Johnson’s swearing-in as president aboard Air Force One on Nov. 22, 1963. b. 18 January 1920 (Oskaloosa, Iowa, USA) d. 3 November 2008 (Merritt Island, Florida, USA)
Charlton Heston
   was an   
Actor
April 5th. He was born Charles Carter near Chicago. He played many of the great roles in epic Hollywood movies including Moses in "The Ten Commandments," Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur," (won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1960 for Ben-Hur) Andrew Jackson in "The President's Lady," El Cid in "El Cid," John The Baptist in "The Greatest Story Every Told," Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstasy," General Gordon in "Khartoum," Cardinal Richelieu in "The Three Musketeers," and Henry VIII in "The Prince and the Pauper." He was an activist who was NRA (National Rifle Association) President from 1998-2003. He died at age 84.
Cyd Charisse
   was an   
Actor
Charisse is principally celebrated for her on-screen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. b. 8 March 1922 (Amarillo, Texas USA) - d. 17 June 2008 (Los Angeles California, USA)
Cyd Charisse
   was a   
Dancer
Charisse is principally celebrated for her on-screen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. b. 8 March 1922 (Amarillo, Texas USA) - d. 17 June 2008 (Los Angeles California, USA)
Danny Federici
   was a   
Musician
Organist & keyboard player. An original member of the E Street Band, his work as a keyboardist helped define the band's distinct sound. (born 23 January 1950 d. 17 April 2008)
David Groh
   was an   
Actor
Rhoda's hubby Joe, on "Rhoda". February 13 - age 68
Dick Martin
   was an   
Actor
Also a director and comedian. He teamed up in the 1950's with Dan Rowan to become a comedy duo. 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' was an American sketch comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. "Sock it to Me!" b. 30 January, 1922 (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA) d. 24 May, 2008 (Santa Monica, California ) - aged 86
Dick Martin
   was a   
Comedian
American comedian, actor & director. He teamed up in the 1950's with Dan Rowan to become a comedy duo. 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' was an American sketch comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. "Sock it to Me!" b. 30 January, 1922 (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA) d. 24 May, 2008 (Santa Monica, California ) - aged 86
Dick Martin
   was a   
Film Director
Also an actor and comedian. He teamed up in the 1950's with Dan Rowan to become a comedy duo. 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In' was an American sketch comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968 to May 14, 1973. "Sock it to Me!" b. 30 January, 1922 (Battle Creek, Michigan, USA) d. 24 May, 2008 (Santa Monica, California ) - aged 86
Dith Pran
   was a   
Photo-journalist
Known as the Cambodian born photojournalist who survived the murderous Khmer Rouge revolution led by Pol Pot, the genocide in Cambodia beginning in 1975 which took the lives of 2 million. Pran's gruesome four year ordeal of torture and starvation was told in the 1984 movie, "The Killing Fields". b. 27 September, 1942 d. 30 March, 2008.
Donald Sloan
   was a   
Rugby Union Player
Scottish rugby union. Aged 81, (Edinburgh Academical, Scotland). April 14
Don LaFontaine
   was a   
Voiceover Artist
LaFontaine was famous for recording more than 5,000 movie trailers and hundreds of thousands of television commercials, network promotions, and video game trailers. His nicknames included 'Thunder Throat' and 'The Voice of God'. He became identified with the phrase "In a world…", which has been used in movie trailers so frequently that it has become a cliché. b. 26 August 1940 ( Duluth, Minnesota, USA ) d. 1 September 2008 (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Dottie Wiltse Collins
   was a   
Baseball Player
Pitcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Dottie pitched for six seasons and was a legend on the field, hurling fastballs and knee-buckling curve balls, pitching underhand, sidearm and overhand.
Earle Harry Hagen
   was a   
Musician
American theme song composer and musician. Hagen created music for movies and television. He is remembered for co-writing and whistling "The Fishin' Hole", the melody of the main theme to The Andy Griffith Show, the instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne" used as the theme to television's Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. He played with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Ray Noble. b. 9 July 1919 (Chicago, Illinois) d. 26 May 2008 (Rancho Mirage, California)
Eartha Kitt
   was an   
Actor
American Actress, Singer and Cabaret star. Perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby", Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world." She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman TV series. Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys. b. 17 January 1927(Columbia, South Carolina, USA) d. 25 December 2008 (Weston, Connecticut, USA)
Eartha Kitt
   was a   
Musician
American Actress, Singer and Cabaret star. Perhaps best known for her 1953 Christmas song "Santa Baby", Orson Welles once called her the "most exciting woman in the world." She took over the role of Catwoman for the third season of the 1960s Batman TV series. Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and nabbing a third nomination. She also was nominated for several Tonys and two Grammys. b. 17 January 1927(Columbia, South Carolina, USA) d. 25 December 2008 (Weston, Connecticut, USA)
Eddy Arnold
   was a   
Musician
American singer and songwriter A.K.A. the "Tennesse Plowboy', One of country music's most successful performers, 37 of his hits crossed over to the pop charts. -- b. 15 May 1918, d. 8 May 2008
Edie Adams
   was an   
Actor
A Tony Award winner, she "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde." She earned a vocal degree from the Julliard School of Music, and then graduated from Columbia School of Drama. Adams began working regularly on television with comedian and future husband, Ernie Kovacs and talk show pioneer Jack Paar. Adams did a long-running series of TV commercials for Muriel Cigars. She remained the pitch-lady for Muriel well after Kovacs' death, intoning in a Mae West style and sexy outfit. Her supporting roles in television and film spanned five decades. b. 16 April 1927 (Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA) d. 15 October 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
Edie Adams
   was a   
Comedian
Adams worked regularly on television with comedian and future husband, Ernie Kovacs and talk show pioneer Jack Paar. Adams did a long-running series of TV commercials for Muriel Cigars. She remained the pitch-lady for Muriel well after Kovacs' death, intoning in a Mae West style and sexy outfit. b. 16 April 1927 (Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA) d. 15 October 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
Edie Adams
   was a   
Musician
She earned a vocal degree from the Julliard School of Music. b. 16 April 1927 (Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA) d. 15 October 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
Ed 'Too Tall' Freeman
   was an   
US Medal of Honor Recipient
He earned the medal for his actions at the Battle of Ia Drang, for what became the first major confrontation between large forces of the American and North Vietnamese armies on 14 November 1965. As a helicopter pilot, he flew through gunfire more than 20 times during a single, ferocious battle, bringing supplies to a trapped battalion of United States soldiers and flying more than 70 wounded soldiers to safety. "We Were Soldiers", a 2002 feature film, depicts his role in the Ia Drang battle. b. 20 November 1927 (Neely, Mississippi, USA) d. 20 August 2008 (Boise, Idaho, USA)
Estelle Getty
   was an   
Actor
Appeared in the Golden Girls
Evelyn Keyes
   was an   
Actor
She played Suellen O'Hara, Scarlet's younger sister in the 1939 film "Gone With The Wind." She also starred as Al Jolson's wife in the film "The Jolson Story" with Larry Parks in 1946. other films include "Union Pacific," "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," and "The Seven Year Itch." died July 4th age 91.
Francis Pym
   was a   
Politician
February 13, 1922 – March 7, 2008 "Lord Pym of Sandy"
Frank Tsosie Thompson
   was a   
WWII Navajo Code Talker
Thompson enlisted in the United States Marines on the day he graduated from high school, 5 May 1942. He served in the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division during World War II. He served in a number of battles across the Pacific theater, including Tarawa, Abemana Atoll, Guadalcanal, Saipan and Tinian. Thompson reached the rank of corporal serving in the US Marine corp until 17 September 1945.
Frank Tsosie Thompson
   was a   
WWII Veteran
And American Navajo Code Talker. Thompson enlisted in the United States Marines on the day he graduated from high school, 5 May 1942. He served in the Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division during World War II. He served in a number of battles across the Pacific theater, including Tarawa, Abemana Atoll, Guadalcanal, Saipan and Tinian. Thompson reached the rank of corporal serving in the US Marine corp until 17 September 1945.
Frederic J. Bauer
   was an   
Inventor
Died May 4, 2008 aged 89. Invented the Pringles container. Part of his remains were buried in one of the containers he designed.
Gene Upshaw
   was a   
Football Player
An American football player for the Oakland Raiders
Gene Upshaw
   was a   
NFL Football Union Chief
A Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman, Upshaw later served as the head of the National Football League Players Association for 25 years. b. 15 August 1945(Robstown, Texas, USA) d. 20 August 2008 (Lake Tahoe, California, USA)
George Carlin
   was an   
Actor
Also an author and comedian. Hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, Carlin often shrugged off attempts to label him as a "difference-maker" in American culture. His 1972 routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," sparked an indecency debate that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Carlin was especially noted for his political and dark humour and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects.
George Carlin
   was a   
Comedian
Hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, Carlin often shrugged off attempts to label him as a "difference-maker" in American culture. His 1972 routine, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," sparked an indecency debate that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Carlin was especially noted for his political and dark humour and his observations on language, psychology, and religion along with many taboo subjects.
George E. Palade
   was a   
Scientist
Nobel Prize-winning Biologist. His research on the inner workings of the cell gave birth to the modern field of cell biology. b. 19 November 1912 (Iasi, Romania) d. 7 October 2008 (Del Mar, California, USA)
Guri Tambs-Lyche
   was an   
Activist
Born 1917, Norwegian activist for international solidarity and women's rights
Hamilton Jordan
   was a   
Political Advisor
And political strategist. Architect of the Carter Presidency. The youngest White House chief of staff in US History, he later dedicated his life to working with children with cancer and authored several books. b. 21 September 21, 1944 (Albany, Georgia, USA) d. 20 May 20, 2008 (Atlanta, Georgia) - aged 63
Harold Pinter
   was an   
Author
British Playwright, Director, Actor, Poet and Political Activist. He has been called the most influential and imitated playwright of his generation. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pinter wrote 29 plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, and Betrayal, 21 screenplays including The Servant, The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant's Woman. As well as the Nobel Prize, Pinter received 19 honorary degrees and numerous other prizes and awards, including the French Légion d'honneur. b. 10 October 1930 (London, England) d. 24 December 2008 (London, England)
Harold Pinter
   was a   
Playwright
British Playwright, Director, Actor, Poet and Political Activist. He has been called the most influential and imitated playwright of his generation. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Harold Pinter
   was a   
Theatre Director
British Playwright, Director, Actor, Poet and Political Activist. He has been called the most influential and imitated playwright of his generation. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Pinter directed 27 theatre productions, including James Joyce's Exiles, David Mamet's Oleanna, 7 plays by Simon Gray and many of his own plays. As well as the Nobel Prize, Pinter received 19 honorary degrees and numerous other prizes and awards, including the French Légion d'honneur. b. 10 October 1930 (London, England) d. 24 December 2008 (London, England)
Harvey Korman
   was an   
Actor
Also a voiceover artist. Emmy-winning comedic actor best known for playing the self-described "luminous second banana" for a decade on television's "The Carol Burnett Show" and for starring in such Mel Brooks films as "Blazing Saddles. Was a featured performer on The Danny Kaye Show. He also starred in the short-lived Mel Brooks TV series The Nutt House. Korman was nominated for six Emmy Awards for his work on The Carol Burnett Show, and won four times . He was also nominated for four Golden Globes for the series, winning in 1975.
Harvey Korman
   was a   
Voiceover Artist
Also an Emmy-winning comedic actor. His early television work included voice-over work on Tom and Jerry and as the Great Gazoo on The Flintstones. He did voice work for the live-action movie The Flintstones as well as the animated The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue.
Hayden Carruth
   was a   
Poet
American, 87
Heath Ledger
   was an   
Actor
January 22 - Aged 28. "Two Hands", "A Knight's Tale" and "Brokeback Mountain" "The Dark Knight".
Irena Sendler
   was a   
Humanitarian
Known to many as the “female Schindler”, she rescued children during the Holocaust -- A Polish Roman Catholic, she created a network to rescue 2500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. b. 15 February 1910 - d. 12 May 2008
Irvine Robbins
   was an   
Entrepreneur
Generations of kids trooped to Baskin-Robbins stores to buy ice cream flavors like Pralines 'n Cream, Daiquiri Ice and Pink Bubblegum.Robbins opened his first ice cream store in Glendale, Calif., in December 1945, following his discharge from the Army.Robbins offered 21 flavors at that store. b. 6 December 1917, in Winnipeg, Canada - d. 6 May 2008, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA
Issac Hayes
   was a   
Musician
B. August 20, 1942 – d. August 10, 2008) was an American soul & funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer, and actor. His film Shaft, earned Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first Academy Award received by an African-American in a non-acting category) and 2 Grammy Awards. He received a third Grammy for the album Black Moses. From 1997 to 2006, he provided the voice for the character "Chef" on the Comedy Central animated TV series South Park.
Ivan Dixon
   was an   
Actor
Perhaps best remembered as Sgt James Kinchlow (Kinch) on the television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes". He also appeared in the films "A Patch of Blue" and "Something of Value." performed in "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Nothing But a Man" on Broadway. Died March 16th at age 76
Jeremy Beadle
   was a   
Broadcaster
59, British television presenter (You've Been Framed, Beadle's About), pneumonia
Jerry Reed
   was an   
Actor
His Roles roles in three "Smokey and the Bandit" Southern comedy films opposite Burt Reynolds often overshadowed his gifts as a prolific country singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist.
Jerry Reed
   was a   
Musician
His Roles roles in three "Smokey and the Bandit" Southern comedy films opposite Burt Reynolds often overshadowed his gifts as a prolific country singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist. Before he made the jump to Hollywood he had established himself as one of the most sought-after guitarists in Nashville, a songwriter who wrote hits for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee and many others. He became a regular presence on the pop and country charts in the '70s and '80s with humourous hits including "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "Amos Moses," "East Bound and Down" and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." b. 20 March 1937 (Atlanta, Georgia USA) d. 1 September 2008 (Nashville, Tennessee USA)
Jerry Wexler
   was a   
Music Producer
And music journalist. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. b. 10 January 10, 1917(The Bronx, New York, USA) d. 15 August 2008 (Sarasota, Florida, USA)
Jim McKay
   was a   
Broadcaster
Best known as the host in the USA of "ABC's Wide World Of Sports". while hosting the US coverage of the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics he became the newsman who had to announce that the Israeli athletes who were held hostage had died. McKay died June 7th at age 86.
Jimmy Slyde
   was a   
Dancer
Born James T. Godbolt, known as the 'King of Slides', was a world-renowned tap dancer, especially famous for his innovative tap style mixed with jazz. b. circa 1927 in Atlanta, GA - d. 16 May 2008
Jimmy Stewart
   was a   
Racing Driver
76, British racing driver
John "Mitch" Mitchell
   was a   
Musician
Mitchell pioneered a style of drumming that would later be known as 'fusion', a style of playing distinguished by interplay with lead instruments such as guitar or keyboards, and the melding of jazz and rock drumming styles. He was a powerful force on the Jimi Hendrix's Experience band's 1967 debut album, "Are You Experienced?" as well as "Electric Lady" and "Axis: Bold as Love". His explosive drumming style can be heard in "Fire" and "Manic Depression". Mitchell was the the groups last surviving member when he died after recently completing the 2008 Experience Hendrix Tour.
Johnny Podres
   was a   
Baseball Player
Most Valuable Player in the 1955 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees. A left-handed pitcher who pitched a shutout in Game 7 of the series and helped the Dodgers win their first World Series title in Major League Baseball. Died January 13th at age 75.
John Richard "J.R." Simplot
   was an   
Entrepreneur
John Richard "Jack or J.R." SimplotAn Idahoan farmer and agricultural supplier specializing in potato products. In 2007 he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in America, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death in May 2008, at age 99, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400. J.R. quit school in the eighth grade, at age 14, and left home to strike out on his own in 1923. He then worked on a farm near Declo, Idaho, getting into the potato and other vegetable processing business. b. 9 January 1909 (Dubuque, Iowa, USA) d. 25 May 2008 (Boise, Idaho, USA)
John Templeton
   was an   
Investor
Sir John Marks Templeton was an American-born British stock investor and mutual fund pioneer who dedicated much of his fortune to religion and science. b. 29 November 1912 (Winchester, Tennessee USA) - d. 8 July 2008 (Nassau, Bahamas)
John Templeton
   was a   
Philanthropist
Sir John Marks Templeton was an American-born British stock investor and mutual fund pioneer who dedicated much of his fortune to religion and science. He renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1968, thus avoiding U.S. income taxes. He had dual naturalised Bahamian and British citizenship and lived in the Bahamas. b. 29 November 1912 (Winchester, Tennessee USA) - d. 8 July 2008 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Joseph Solman
   was an   
Artist
Founder of the Ten, a group of New York City expressionist painters, he helped shape American art as early as the 1930s. (born 1909, Vitebsk; d. 16 April 2008, New York City)
Jo Stafford
   was a   
Musician
An original member of the vocal group the Pied Pipers in the 1930s. Jo had two #1 solo hits with "You Belong To Me" in 1952 and "Make Love To Me" in 1953. She also had success with "Shrimp Boats" and "Jambalaya" in the 50s. With her husband, arranger/conductor Paul Weston, Jo won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris" in 1961. She died July 16th at age 90.
Jørn Utzon
   was an   
Architect
Danish architect b. 1918 November 29. Designed the Sydney Opera House
Lazare Ponticelli
   was a   
WWI Veteran
110, last French veteran of World War 1
Leonard Pennario
   was a   
Musician
Classical pianist; recorded more than 60 LP's; died June 27 at 83 in La Jolla, California
LeRoi Moore
   was a   
Musician
A classically trained saxophonist, he infused jazz, blues and funk with his staccato styling to the eclectic sound of the Dave Matthews Band. As a founding member of the band, Moore often arranged music for the songs written by front man Dave Matthews. Moore also co-wrote many of the band's songs, notably "Too Much" and "Stay". b. 7 September 1961(Durham, North Carolina, USA) d. 19 August 2008 (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Levi Stubbs
   was a   
Musician
Lead vocalist of the legendary Motown R&B group, The Four Tops. "Baby I Need Your Loving", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "It's the Same Old Song", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing in the Shadows of Love", "Bernadette", "Still Water (Love)", and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)" were all hits featuring Stubbs. The Four Tops were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. b. 6 June 1936 (Detroit, Michigan, USA) d. 17 October 2008 (Detroit, Michigan)
Lois Nettleton
   was an   
Actor
January 18 - (Evelyn in "Crossing Jordan") age 80
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
   was a   
Guru
February 5 , taught the Beatles, age 96
Margaret Truman
   was an   
Author
Successful mystery writer; daughter of President Harry Truman
Mark Speight
   was a   
Broadcaster
Aged 42, body found in Paddington on this date after suspected suicide by hanging, April 13
Michael Crichton
   was an   
Author
His books (e.g. Jurassic Park) have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. b. 23 October 1942 (Chicago, Illinois, USA) d. 4 November 2008 (Los Angeles, California)
Michael Crichton
   was a   
Film Director
Best known for his science fiction and techno-thriller novels, films, and television programmes e.g. Jurassic park & E.R. His books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background.
Michael Ellis DeBakey
   was a   
Doctor
Developed more than 70 surgical instruments and pioneered now common procedures like cardiac bypass and open-heart surgery. b. 7 September 1908 (Lake Charles, Louisiana USA) - d. 11 July 2008 (Houston, Texas USA)
Miriam Makeba
   was an   
Activist
South African Singer and Activist. Known as 'Mama Africa', her songs inspired millions to continue the struggle against apartheid. In the United States she became a star, touring with Harry Belafonte in the 1960s and winning a Grammy award with him in 1965 for “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba.” Such was her following and fame that she sang in 1962 at the birthday party of President John F. Kennedy. She also performed with Paul Simon in his “Graceland” concert in Zimbabwe in 1987. b. 4 March 1932 (Johannesburg, South Africa) d. 10 November 2008 (Castel Volturno, Italy)
Miriam Makeba
   was a   
Musician
South African Singer and Activist. Known as 'Mama Africa', her songs inspired millions to continue the struggle against apartheid.
Odetta Holmes
   was an   
Activist
African-American Singer, Actress, Guitarist, Songwriter, and Human Rights Activist. Known as 'Odetta', she was often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. b. 31 December 1930 (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) d. 2 December 2008 (NYC, NY, USA)
Odetta Holmes
   was a   
Musician
African-American Singer, Actress, Guitarist, Songwriter, and Human Rights Activist. Known as 'Odetta', she was often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Her musical repertoire consisted largely of American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin. b. 31 December 1930 (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) d. 2 December 2008 (NYC, NY, USA)
Patrick Hillery
   was a   
Politician
Irish President. Aged 84, (1976–1990) and Minister (1959–1973), European Commissioner for Ortoli Commission, April 12
Paul Newman
   was an   
Actor
Was an Academy Award–winning and seven-time Academy Award–nominated American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian & auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money, three Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award & an Emmy award. He was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all profits & royalties to charity.
Paul Scofield
   was an   
Actor
86 British Academy Award–winning actor (A Man for All Seasons), leukaemia
Rev. Abraham Woods Jr.
   was a   
Civil Rights Campaigner
He led the first lunch-counter sit-ins in Birmingham, Alabama and later challenged country club discrimination. b. 7 October 1928 (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) d. 7 November 2008 (Birmingham, Alabama)
Richard 'Rick' Wright
   was a   
Musician
Founding member of Pink Floyd, his somber, monumental sounds on the keyboard were at the core of the progressive rock band's music. b. 28 July 1943 (Hatch End, Middlesex, England) d. 15 September 2008 (London, England)
Richard Widmark
   was an   
Actor
93, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Kiss and Tell" 1947, played Jim Bowie in "The Alamo" with John Wayne. On various radio programs in the 1940's. Starred in "Two Rode Together" "The Halls of Montezuma" "Judgement at Nuremberg" "How The West Was Won" "Madigan" :The Way West". Starred in Madigan on television Grew up in Princeton, IL and graduate from Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Robert Dunlop
   was a   
Motorcycle Racer
May 15th, chest injuries from a practice session crash, 48. [his brother died the same way in 2000]
Robert Giroux
   was a   
Publisher
Chairman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; age 94
Robert Mondavi
   was a   
Winemaker
Known as a pioneer in the production of world class wines in California's Napa valley, he helped jump-start the entire American wine industry. b. 18 June, 1918 - d. 16 May 2008
Robert Rauscherberg
   was an   
Artist
Renowned for shaping 20th century art, he was famous for his use of non-traditional materials. b. 22 October 1925 - d. 12 May 2008
Roy Scheider
   was an   
Actor
February 10 - ( Police Chief Brodie in "Jaws") age 75
Shell Kepler
   was an   
Actor
February 1 - (Amy Vining on "General Hospital" ) age 49
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
   was an   
Author
Futurist and science fiction writer. His most famous novel: 2001: A Space Odissey. 16 Dec 1917, Minehead, Somerset - 19 Mar 2008, Sri Lanka
Sir Edmund Hillary
   was a   
Mountaineer
Also an explorer. (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008) KG, ONZ, KBE. In 1953, along with Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to have reached the summit of Mt Everest. Also the first to drive overland (by tractor) to the South Pole in 1958.
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
   was a   
Politician
US Congresswoman. A Democratic politician and member of the United States House of Representatives, She was the first African American woman to be elected to Congress from Ohio. b. 10 September 1949 Cleveland, Ohio, USA) d. 20 August 2008 (East Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Studs Terkel
   was an   
Activist
Terkel was the ageless master of listening and speaking, a broadcaster, activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose best-selling oral histories celebrated the common people, the ordinary working-class he liked to call the "non-celebrated". b. 12 May 1912 (New York City, USA) d. 31 October 2008 (Chicago, IL, USA - his adopted home town)
Studs Terkel
   was an   
Author
Pulitzer Prize-winner Author and Activist
Stan Winston
   was a   
Film Director
D. June 15, 2008. Also a visual effects supervisor & make-up artist -- He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, and Edward Scissorhands. He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.
Stan Winston
   was a   
Make-up Artist
D. June 15, 2008. Also a visual effects supervisor and film director. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, and Edward Scissorhands. He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.
Stan Winston
   was a   
Visual Effects Supervisor
D. June 15, 2008. Also a film directo and make-up artist. He was best known for his work in the Terminator series, the Jurassic Park series, Aliens, the Predator series, and Edward Scissorhands. He won a total of four Academy Awards for his work.
Suharto
   was a   
Politician
Indonesian President. June 8, 1921 – January 27, 2008
Susana Sànchez
   was a   
Factacular Member
(March 1960-September 2008) Accountant, Factacular champion. Susana accumulated a facts total of 120271 putting her in the top 2 on Factacular at the time of her death. A real friend when needed and always a pleasure to talk to. Sadly missed by her dear friends on Factacular.
Suzanne Pleshette
   was an   
Actor
January 19 - ("Bob Newhart Show" and "Rome Adventure"), age 70
Sydney Pollack
   was an   
Actor
Also a director and producer. He appeared in over 15 films, including The Interpreter (2005), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Husbands and Wives (1992), The Player (1992), and The Electric Horseman (1979). In 2007, he appeared opposite George Clooney in Michael Clayton, a film which he also co-produced. b. 1 July 1934 (Lafayette, Indiana, USA d. 26 May 2008 (Pacific Palisades, California) aged 73
Sydney Pollack
   was a   
Film Director
Also a producer and actor. He directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. Pollack is best known for directing films Out of Africa (1985), Tootsie (1982), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Yakuza (1975), The Way We Were and Jeremiah Johnson (1972), along with newer films The Interpreter (2005), Sabrina (1995), The Firm (1993) and Havana (1990). b. 1 July 1934 (Lafayette, Indiana, USA d. 26 May 2008 (Pacific Palisades, California) aged 73
Tim Russert
   was a   
Broadcaster
Also NBC News’ Washington bureau chief. the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was NBC News' Washington bureau chief and also hosted the eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program Tim Russert. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC's The Today Show and Hardball. Russert covered several presidential elections, and he presented the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on the NBC Nightly News during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Time Magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Was born in Buffalo on May 7, 1950, died on June 13, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
Tina Allen
   was a   
Sculptor
Her monumental sculptures of prominent African Americans through history included A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., Celes King III, Dr. Charles Drew, Frederick Douglass, author Alex Haley and abolitionist Sojourner Truth – fill public spaces across the United States. b. 9 December 1955 (Hempstead, New Yrok, USA) d. 9 September 2008 (Northridge, California)
Tommy Burns
   was a   
Football Player
May 15th (Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), melanoma. 51.
Tony Snow
   was a   
Broadcaster
Radio and TV. The Tony Snow Show.
Tony Snow
   was a   
Journalist
Snow was a broadcaster and newspaper columnist. After years of regular guest-hosting for The Rush Limbaugh Show and providing news commentary for National Public Radio, he launched his own talk radio program, The Tony Snow Show, which went on to become nationally syndicated. He was also a regular personality on Fox News Channel since 1996, hosting Fox News Sunday and Weekend Live, and often substituting as host of The O'Reilly Factor. In April 2008, Snow joined CNN as a commentator.
Tony Snow
   was a   
Press Secretary
Of cancer at age 53. One of President George W. Bush's Press Secretaries.
Van Johnson
   was an   
Actor
Charles Van Dell Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy next door," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or B-25 bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM movies during the war years and found stardom playing servicemen in war movies such as “A Guy Named Joe” and “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.” At the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood's "golden age." b. 25 August 1916 (Newport, Rhode Island, USA) d. 12 December 2008 (Nyack, New York, USA)
William F. Buckley
   was an   
Author
February 27 - , age 82
Yves Saint Laurent
   was a   
Fashion Designer
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent was born in the coastal town of Oran, Algeria, on August 1, 1936 he died in Paris, June 1, 2008. He was 71 years old.


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