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January

Vilmos Zsigmond (cinematographer) -- Dead. Died January 1, 2016. Born June 16 1930. Won a Best Cinematography Oscar for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, went on to photograph movies like The Deer Hunter and The River.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Pat Harrington, Jr. (actor/writer) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died January 6, 2016. Born August 13, 1929. Many bit parts on TV, mostly known as Schneider the apartment super in One Day at a Time, toured with a number of Broadway shows.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Richard Libertini (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 7, 2016. Born May 21, 1933. Bit parts in dozens of movies, Father Drobney in Don't Drink the Water, Sidney in Awakenings and many TV shows; ex-husband of Melinda Dillon.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

David Bowie (singer/songwriter/actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 10, 2016. Born Jauary 8, 1947. Talented singer/songwriter ("Space Oddity," "Fame," "Life on Mars" and "Young Americans") who also acted in movies like Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Man Who Fell to Earth, stylish trendsetter, father of director Duncan Jones, invented "Bowie bonds" which let people buy bonds against future intellectual property royalties, published his list of 100 favorite books in late 2013, released Lazarus two days before he died of cancer.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  youtube  Obituary  FindAGrave

Brian Bedford (actor/director) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 14, 2016. Born February 16, 1935. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards, won once (School for Wives), bit parts on TV & in the movies, probably most memorably as the Fox in the Disney animated feature of Robin Hood back in the '70s.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Alan Rickman (actor/director) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 14, 2016. Born February 21, 1946. Great British actor - Sense and Sensibility, Truly, Madly, Deeply, first introduced to Americans as Hans in Die Hard and millenials probably know him best as Snape in the Harry Potter movies.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Dan Haggerty (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 15, 2016. Born November 19, 1941. Grizzly Adams, had 18 operations between 1994 and 1997 after a motorcycle accident.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Noreen Corcoran (actress) -- Dead. Died January 15, 2016. Born October 20, 1943. Kelly in Bachelor Father, showed up in some teenager movies in the '60s before retiring, older sister of Kevin Corcoran.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Glenn Frey (singer/songwriter/guitarist) -- Dead. Ulcerative colitis/pneumonia. Died January 18, 2016. Born Noveber 6, 1948. Co-founded the Eagles, co-wrote "Hotel California" and "Desperado."  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

David G. Hartwell (editor/critic) -- Dead. Brain bleed following a fall. Died January 20, 2016. Born July 10, 1941. Senior editor at Tor, editor of many "Best of" books (many with Kathryn Cramer) and The Ascent of Wonder, won two Hugo Awards for editing, a founder of the World Fantasy Convention, editor of The New York Review of SF, memorable dresser, make memorial contributions to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital.  Dead People Server Photo Gallery  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Marvin Minsky (computer theorist/writer) -- Dead. Cerebral hemorrhage. Died January 24, 2016. Born August 9, 1927. Co-founded the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1959 with John McCarthy, winner of the Turing Prize, taught computer science for many years, wrote The Society of the Mind.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Abe Vigoda (actor) -- Dead. [Rumor] Old age. Died January 26, 2016. Born February 24, 1921. Fish on Barney Miller, rumored as dead for the first time by People Magazine in the early '80s.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

February

Bob Elliott (comic) -- Dead. Died February 2, 2016. Born March 26, 1923. Bob and Ray, Chris Elliott's dad, Abby Elliott's grandfather.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Umberto Eco (writer/professor) -- Dead. Died February 19, 2016. Born January 5, 1932. The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, semiotics scholar.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Harper Lee (writer) -- Dead. Died February 19, 2016. Born April 28, 1926. Wrote one of the great books of the 20th century, To Kill a Mockingbird (Truman Capote was her childhood friend and inspired Dill), later published an earlier version of Mockingbird Go Set a Watchman.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

George Kennedy (actor) -- Dead. Died February 28, 2016. Born February 18, 1925. Won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cool Hand Luke later co-starred in the Naked Gun movies, appeared on the Oscar Reunion segment in 1998.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

March

Pat Conroy (writer) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died March 4, 2016. Born October 26, 1945. Wrote The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Nancy Reagan (former first lady/actress) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died March 6, 2016. Born July 6, 1921. First Lady for most of the '80s.  Home Page  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Sir George Martin (record producer extraordinaire) -- Dead. Died March 8, 2016. Born January 3, 1926. Signed Beatles to a production contract in 1962, producer of most Beatles records, the real "fifth Beatle," also produced '60s comedy albums, Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" and Elton John's 1997 version of "Candle in the Wind."  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Sylvia Anderson (TV executive, writer, puppet voice) -- Dead. Died March 15, 2016. Born March 27, 1927. Wrote and produced many of the Anderson puppet TV shows, voiced Lady Penelope on Thunderbirds, married to frequent collaborator Gerry Anderson from 1962-1975, she later went to work for the BBC and HBO, wrote several books including My Fab Years, reportedly argued against casting the stars of Space: 1999.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Joe Garagiola (sportscaster/baseball player) -- Dead. Died March 23, 2016. Born February 12, 1926. Pro baseball catcher, spent many years at NBC, doing baseball play-by-play and as a host of the Today show.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Ken Howard (actor) -- Dead. Died March 23, 2016. Born March 28, 1944. Played Thomas Jefferson in the Broadway and filmed versions of 1776, starred in The White Shadow, the father in Crossing Jordan, helped to unite the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and was president of SAG/AFTRA at his death.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Garry Shandling (comic/actor/writer) -- Dead. Died March 24, 2016. Born November 29, 1949. Comic whose satiric show about a late night talk show host (The Larry Sanders Show) made network executives offer him late night talk show gigs, his last TV appearance was probably two months before he died on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and the name of the episode was "It's Great that Garry Shandling Is Still Alive," Conan O'Brien gave a touching and funny tribute to Shandling the night he died.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Earl Hamner, Jr. (TV/movie writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 24, 2016. Born July 10, 1923. Best-known for the biographical show The Waltons, he also wrote for Falcon Crest and Twilight Zone.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Patty Duke (actress/writer/mental health advocate) -- Dead. Sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Died March 29, 2016. Born December 14, 1946. Won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker (also originated the role on Broadway and later played Annie Sullivan in a made-for-TV movie), active on TV, starred in The Patty Duke Show as identical cousins (died 5 weeks before her TV dad William Schallert), ex-wife of John Astin, wrote Call Me Anna and A Brilliant Madness (both unsparing looks at her lifelong battle with mental illness), mother of Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin, make memorial contribution to the Patty Duke Mental Health Project.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

April

Merle Haggard (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died April 6, 2016. Born April 6, 1937. Active musician for over 50 years, his hits included "Okee from Muskogee," "Workin' Man Blues," "Mama Tried" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive" named to the Country Music Hall of Fame and as a Kennedy Center Honoree.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Anne Jackson (actress) -- Dead. Died April 12, 2016 Born September 3, 1925. Co-starred with her husband Eli Wallach on Broadway many times, appeared in some movies including The Shining.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Gareth Thomas (actor) -- Dead. Died April 11, 2016. Born February 12, 1945. The star of Blake 7, he appeared in many other TV shows (Merlin) and many plays.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Doris Roberts (actress) -- Dead. Died April 17, 2016 Born November 4, 1925. Played the mother in Everybody Loves Raymond, did lots of supporting roles on TV for over 50 years.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Prince (enigmatic singer/songwriter/style maven) -- Dead. Fentanyl overdose. Died April 21, 2016. Born June 7, 1958. We can't all party like it's 1999 as Prince has left the room decades too early. Might have been America's David Bowie. Wrote/performed classics like "Purple Rain (which was the last song he performed in public)," "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and, of course, "1999." Supported female musicians more than most superstars, much of his work made many cogent comments on racism. A former girlfriend, Vanity, also died in 2016.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

May

William Schallert (actor) -- Dead. Died May 9, 2016. Born July 6, 1922. Versatile actor who acted professionally from 1947-2014, probably best-known as Patty's dad on The Patty Duke Show (and died only 5 weeks after Patty Duke), appeared in Twilight Zone and two versions of Star Trek and was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1979-1981.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Morley Safer (journalist) -- Dead. Died May 19, 2016. Born November 8, 1931. Award-winning journalist who was active on 60 Minutes for 46 years, gave his last broadcast two months before his death. In 1967 he provided the first look inside China in nearly 20 years by a US news show (CBS News Special Report)  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Alan Young (cartoon voice/actor) -- Dead. Died May 19, 2016. Born November 19, 1919. Friend of Mr. Ed, The Time Machine, voiced Scrooge McDuck into his mid-90s.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Burt Kwouk (actor) -- Dead. Died May 24, 2016. July 18, 1930. A bit part actor for 50 years, may be best-known for playing Cato in several Peter Sellers' Pink Panther movies.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

June

Dave Swarbrick (folk fiddler) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died June 3, 2016. Born April 5, 1941. Violinist for the Fairport Convention, toured after a double lung transplant in 2004.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Muhammad "The Greatest" Ali (boxer/humanitarian) -- Dead. Septic shock/Parkinson's Disease. Died June 3, 2016. Born January 17, 1942. King of the World (especially in heavyweight boxing), wordsmith (especially with Howard Cosell), after he converted to Islam, he lost several years as a pro boxer when he refused to be drafted to go to Vietnam, lit the Olympic Torch at the 1996 Olympics, make memorial contribution to Muhammad Ali Center.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Theresa Saldana (actress/activist) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died June 6, 2016. Born August 20, 1954. Co-starred in Raging Bull, her career was interupted by a 1982 knife attack by a stalker, she later starred in a movie about the attack and was in The Comish.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Peter Shaffer (playwright) -- Dead. Died June 6, 2016 Born May 15, 1926. Wrote Amadeus and Equus, twin brother of Anthony Shaffer.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Margaret Heldt (style maven/beautician) -- Dead. Died June 10, 2016. February 2, 1918. Invented the beehive hairdo which became a huge fad in the early '60s.  Home Page  twitter  Obituary

Gordie Howe (hockey star) -- Dead. Died June 10, 2016. March 31, 1928. Played 32 years of professional hockey, even after he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, set many scoring records, known as "Mr. Hockey."  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Janet Waldo (cartoon voice/actress/radio star) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died June 12, 2016. Born February 2, 1920. Had over a 60 year career, starting by starring in "Meet Corliss Archer" on the radio, many bit parts on TV, but her career took off as a cartoon voice after originating Judy Jetson on The Jetsons.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Ronnie Claire Edwards (actress) -- Dead. Died June 14, 2016. February 9, 1933. Busy in TV for decades, best-known as Corabeth in The Waltons.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Ann Morgan Guilbert (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 14, 2016. Born October 16, 1928. Millie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Fran's grandmother Yetta on The Nanny.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Jo Cox (Member of Parliament/humanitarian) -- Dead. Assassinated. Died June 16, 2016. June 22, 1974. Longtime Oxfam employee who spoke out passionately about the refugee crisis, was elected to Parliament and killed about a year later.  Home Page  twitter  Obituary

Anton Yelchin (actor) -- Dead. Freak car accident. Died June 19, 2016. March 11, 1989. Born in Russia, his figure skater parents (Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin) immigrated to to California when he was six months old, been working on TV since he was about 10, probably best-known as Chekov in the '00s Star Trek reboot and as the young Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, appeared in many productions that were released after his death.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Alvin Toffler (writer) -- Dead. Died June 27, 2016. October 4, 1928. Writer best-known for Future Shock, he was a columnist for Fortune and interviewed Vladimir Nabokov for Playboy.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

July

Michael Cimino (director/writer) -- Dead. Died July 2, 2016. February 3, 1939. Wrote and directed The Deer Hunter for which he won a Best Director Oscar....but then created Heaven's Gate  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Elie Wiesel (writer/activist/teacher) -- Dead. Died July 2, 2016. Born September 30, 1928. Survivor of Nazi concentration camps which murdered the rest of his family, wrote the classic Night which depicted his life under the Nazis, was an anti-genocide fighter who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Noel Neill (actress) -- Dead. Died July 3, 2016. Born November 25, 1920. Lois Lane in the '50s version of Superman.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Garry Marshall (director/writer/actor) -- Dead. Stroke/pneumonia. Died July 19, 2016. Born November 13, 1934. Brother of Penny Marshall - adapted The Odd Couple for TV, created Mork and Mindy, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley directed many movies including Pretty Woman and the Princess Diaries movies.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Marni Nixon (singing voice) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died July 24, 2016. Born February 22, 1930. Her singing replaced the voices of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Jack Davis (cartoonist) -- Dead. Stroke. Died July 27, 2016. Born December 2, 1924. Mostly drew for Mad magazine but his art appeared all over, including in posters for movies like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Jerry Doyle (actor/radio host) -- Dead. Died July 27, 2016. Born July 16, 1956. Garibaldi on Babylon 5, later became a radio host.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Gloria DeHaven (actress) -- Dead. Died July 30, 2016. Born July 23, 1925. Appeared in musicals like Best Foot Forward and Step Lively, later in Ryan's Hope and Out to Sea.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

August

Kenny Baker (actor) -- Dead. Died August 13, 2016. Born August 24, 1934. Made R2D2 run through six Star Wars movies, also appeared in Amadeus and The Elephant Man, was a professional ice skater and performed in comedy nights after the '90s.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Jack Riley (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died August 19, 2016. Born December 30, 1935. Mr. Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show and voiced Stu Pickles on Rugrats; professional actor for over 50 years.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Steven Hill (actor) -- Dead. Died August 23, 2016. Born February 24, 1922. Co-starred as the DA in Law and Order during the '90s, helped the start the Actors' Studio in the '50s, starred in the first season of Mission Impossible, took a 12 year break from show business to focus on his Orthodox Judiaism.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Marvin Kaplan (actor) -- Dead. Died August 25, 2016. Born January 24, 1927. Busy TV actor maybe best-known for playing Henry in Alice, part of the It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ensemble, co-wrote Lookin' Up, the last movie in which he appeared which was released post-humously.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Gene Wilder (actor/writer) -- Dead. Complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Died August 29, 2016. Born June 11, 1935. The original Leo Bloom in the mostly-non-musical version of The Producers, starred in and co-wrote the brilliant Young Frankenstein, co-starred with Richard Pryor in several movies including Stir Crazy, once married to Gilda Radner, Wilder survived lymphoma.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

September

Hugh O'Brian (actor) -- Dead. Died September 5, 2016. Born April 19, 1925. Very busy TV actor in the '50s, '60s and '70s, starred as Wyatt Earp on TV.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Edward Albee (playwright) -- Dead. Died September 16, 2016. Born March 12, 1928. Wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance, Three Tall Women.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

W. P. Kinsella (writer/baseball fanatic) -- Dead. Doctor-assisted suicide. Died September 17, 2016. Born May 15, 1935. His novel, Shoeless Joe was adapted into the classic movie Field of Dreams.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Charmian Carr (16 going on 17) -- Dead. Dementia. Died September 17, 2016. Born December 27, 1942. Kind of a "one-hit-wonder" (as The Guardian observed just before her death), she played Liesl in the blockbuster movie The Sound of Music.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb

Curtis Hanson (director) -- Dead. Died September 20, 2016. Born March 24, 1945. Directed LA Confidential (co-won an Oscar for adapting the work), The Wonder Boys and the documentary Too Big To Fail.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Bill Nunn (actor) -- Dead. Died September 24, 2016. Born October 20, 1953. College friend of Spike Lee's, later cast as Radio Raheem in Do The Right Thing, Robbie Robertson in the Tobey Maguire Spiderman movies.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Arnold Palmer (golfer/pitchman) -- Dead. Died September 25, 2016. Born September 10, 1929. One of the great golfers of the mid-20th century, first person to earn a million dollars in a year from golf, went on to design golf courses, survived postate cancer.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

October

Tammy Grimes (actress) -- Dead. Died October 30, 2016. Born January 30, 1934. Won Tonys for The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives, ex-wife of Christopher Plummer, mother of Amanda Plummer.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Don Marshall (actor/producer) -- Dead. Died October 30, 2016. Born May 2, 1936. Land of the Giants and lots of TV in the '60s and '70s; later a commercial and documentary producer.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Natalie Babbitt (writer) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died October 31, 2016. Born July 28, 1932. Newbury-award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

November

Janet Reno (Attorney General) -- Dead. Died November 7, 2016. Born July 21, 1938. First female US Attorney General, served longer than any Attorney General for 150 years, had Parkinson's for many years.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Leonard Cohen (writer/singer) -- Dead. Died November 7, 2016. Born September 21, 1934. Famous Canadian popular singer, wrote a frequently-recorded "Hallelujah" (even used at the end of the first Shrek), released his last album shortly before he died.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Robert Vaughn (actor) -- Dead. Died November 11, 2016. Born November 22, 1932. A Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Towering Inferno, earned a Ph.D. in Communication Philosophy in 1972 (his dissertation: "Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting"), had a professional acting career that lasted nearly 60 years.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Gwen Ifill (journalist) -- Dead. Died November 14, 2016. Born September 29 1955. A newspaper reporter who became a Today reporter and went on to be the first female African-American host of a national TV news show, Washington Week in Review.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Florence Henderson (actress/singer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died November 24, 2016. Born February 14, 1934. Brady Bunch, Broadway star, was a "Today Show girl" in the early '60s, co-host of Later Today, very active on TV since the '70s, was in the audience of Dancing with the Stars three days before her death.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Ron Glass (actor) -- Dead. Respiratory failure. Died November 25, 2016. Born July 10, 1945. Barney Miller, Firefly, very busy TV actor on many other shows.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Fritz Weaver (actor) -- Dead. Died November 26, 2016 Born January 19, 1926. Tony-winning Broadway actor (Child's Play) who starred in the 1978 Holocaust, narrator for many History Channel documentaries.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Grant Tinker (TV executive) -- Dead. Died November 28, 2016. Born January 11, 1926. An NBC executive, he went on to start MTM Enterprises with his then wife Mary Tyler Moore, which created shows like The Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda & Lou Grant.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  youtube  Obituary  FindAGrave

Alice Drummond (actress) -- Dead. Complications of a fall. Died November 30, 2016. Born May 21, 1928. Small but memorable roles in Ghostbusters (librarian), Awakenings (Lucy) and Nobody's Fool (Hattie).  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

December

John Glenn (senator, astronaut) -- Dead. Died December 8, 2016. Born July 18, 1921. First American to have orbited the earth, decades later was the oldest person to have traveled in space, last surviving astronaut from the Mercury Seven, a great American.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Alan Thicke (actor/songwriter) -- Dead. Ruptured aorta. Died December 13, 2016. Born March 1, 1947. Starred as the dad in Growing Pains, wrote many TV theme songs (The Facts of Life, Different Strokes)  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Bernard Fox (actor) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died December 14, 2016. Born May 11, 1927. Dr. Bombay in Bewitched and in two different movies on the Titanic.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Henry Heimlich (Surgeon who developed an anti-choking maneuver) -- Dead. Heart atttack. Died December 19, 2016. Born February 3, 1920. Developed the Heimlich maneuver in the early '70s which helped save many people from choking.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress?) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died December 18, 2016. Born February 6, 1917. A former Miss Hungary, always played glamour girls, married many times but had was married to the same person from 1986 until her death, famously went to jail for 3 days in the late '80s for slapping a police officer, had been in poor health after a series of strokes. (She was so ill I thought she would die on 01-14-2011 and had even updated my database, but she lived almost another six years.)  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Richard Adams (writer) -- Dead. Died December 24, 2016. Born May 9, 1920. Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, born on the same day as Frank Perdue and William Tenn.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

George Michael (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Died December 25, 2016. Born June 25, 1963. Started as part of the teen duo Wham!, had solo hits such as "Careless Whisper" and "Father Figure," was often a quiet philanthropist.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Vera Rubin (Astronomer) -- Dead. Died December 25, 2016. Born July 23, 1928. Confirmed existence of dark matter, but never got a Nobel Prize. While Princeton refused to admit her for grad school in the late 1940s, Rubin earned a ph.D. at Georgetown, taught there and later went to work for the Carnegie Institute of Science.  Home Page  twitter  Obituary

Carrie Fisher (writer/actress) -- Dead. Following a medical emergency on a plane. Died December 27, 2016. Born October 21, 1956. Eternally Princess Leia in Star Wars movies, she also appeared in the Oscar-winning Hannah and her Sisters, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, developed a take-no-prisoners writing style in books like Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking & Princess Diarist, many trips to re-hab, mental health advocate, briefly married to Paul Simon, mother of Billie Lourd, had a severe health episode on a plane to LA from London on 12/23/2016 and died four days later.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Debbie Reynolds (singer/actress) -- Dead. Stroke. Died December 28, 2016. Born April 1, 1932. Worked her way out of bankruptcy, Singing in the Rain, In and Out, Mother, Unsinkable Molly Brown, lots more, Carrie Fisher's mom, once married to Eddie Fisher, recovered from having strokes and nearly dying in 2015.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

William Christopher (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 31, 2016. Born October 20, 1932. Father Mulcahy on TV's M*A*S*H.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

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