In Memoriam

Joan Rivers, Dead at 81

Joan RiversJoan Rivers was 81. She was the comedian and actress best known for her appearances on The Tonight Show, hosting the Joan Rivers Show and co-hosting red carpet specials and Fashion Police.

As a kid, I knew Joan Rivers from Hollywood Squares, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Spaceballs. I always found her funny and entertaining.

And I loved this appearance on Louie:

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Richard Attenborough, Dead at 90

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough was 90. He won two Academy Awards for directing and producing Gandhi and is best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.

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Lauren Bacall, Dead at 89

Lauren BacallLauren Bacall was 89. She was the Oscar-winning actress best known for her roles in “Key Largo,” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Designing Woman,” and “To Have and Have.”

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Robin Williams, Dead at 63

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams was 63. He was the Oscar-winning actor and comedian who starred in the TV show "Mork and Mindy" before starring in such interesting films as "Good Morning, Vietnam", "Dead Poets Society", "The Fisher King" and "Good Will Hunting".

On a personal note, his "Popeye" is the very first movie I ever saw in theatres and his "Mrs. Doubtfire" is the only movie I ever saw with my grandmother. We both laughed out loud several times.

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James Garner, Dead at 86

James GarnerJames Garner was 86. His whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western Maverick led to a stellar career in TV and films such as The Rockford Files and his Oscar-nominated Murphy's Romance.

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Elaine Stritch, Dead at 89

Elaine StritchElaine Stritch was 89. She was a five-time Tony nominee who I knew best as Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.

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Tommy Ramone, Dead at 65

Tommy RamoneTommy Ramone was 65. He was the last surviving founding member of seminal punk band The Ramones.

I wrote a little about the sad curse of The Ramones here.

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Bobby Womack, Dead at 70

Bobby WomackBobby Womack was 70. He was the soul singer best known for the hits "Lookin' For a Love", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", "Harry Hippie", "Across 110th Street" and "If You Think You're Lonely Now".

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Tony Gwynn, Dead at 54

Tony GwynnTony Gwynn was 54. He recorded 3,141 hits, had a .338 batting average and won eight National League batting titles during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres.

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Casey Kasem, Dead at 82

Casey KasemCasey Kasem was 82. He was the host of American Top 40 on radio and America's Top 10 on television. He also provided the voice of Norville "Shaggy" Rogers on Scooby-Doo.

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