Jack Paar was 85. He pioneered late-night talk as host of "The Tonight Show".
Jack Tunney was 68. He teamed with Vince McMahon Jr. in 1984 to bring the World Wrestling Federation to Toronto.
As a child, I loved watching WWF wrestling. I remember clearly Billy Red Lyons on CHCH announcing the card coming to Maple Leaf Gardens and it was always brought to us by Jack Tunney.
Fanny Blankers-Koen was 85. She claimed four gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games in London and was widely considered the greatest female athlete of the 20th century.
Helmut Newton was 83. He was a fashion photographer whose work appeared in magazines such as Playboy, Elle and Vogue. He was best known for his stark, black-and-white nude photos.
Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan was 76. As Captain Kangaroo he entertained and educated generations of children.
Ann Miller was 81. She was a tap dancer and actress who starred in such Hollywood musical classics as "Easter Parade," "On the Town" and "Kiss Me Kate".
Noble Willingham was 72. He worked steadily as a supporting actor over the last 30 years and left his role as a saloon owner on the series "Walker, Texas Ranger" to run for Congress.
Olivia Goldsmith was 54. She was an author who penned "The First Wives Club" which sold millions of copies and became a number one film in 1996 starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.
Much like Uta Hagen, I read of Olivia Goldmith's passing and didn't immediately post it here because I had never heard of her. I consider myself well educated in the field of popular culture so I assume if I haven't heard of a celebrity they aren't really that famous. I've learned there are at least two exceptions to this rule: when the fame is acquired on Broadway and when the fame is aquired for writing a book no man would ever read. Olivia Goldsmith has been added to the list.
Uta Hagen was 84. She dazzled Broadway for more than 50 years and wrote what many consider the actor's bible on performing.
I first read about Uta Hagen's death a couple of days ago but didn't initially add here to the Dead Pool list because I had never heard of her. I'm not particularly educated in the world of Broadway and since her main claim to celebrity is her fame on the stage, never hearing of her until now isn't surprising. From what I've read, she's famous enough for the list.
Ron O'Neal was 66. He played a cocaine dealer named Youngblood Priest in "Superfly" and the sequel, "Superfly TNT," which he also directed.
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