The Saddest Celebrity Deaths of 2011

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Who will you miss the most?

*Elizabeth Taylor. A legend, a goddess, an activist.

*Steve Jobs. Ditto, except for the goddess bit.

*Andy Rooney. I bet wherever he is, he's having the last word.

*Peter Falk. Two-time Oscar nominee, but best known for years of Columbo.

*Amy Winehouse. The expression "dead too soon" was invented for her. A magnificent but doomed talent.

*Cliff Robertson. Oscar winner for Charly. He once told me he respected me a lot!

*Betty Ford. Groundbreaking first lady who changed the world for alcoholics and breast-cancer survivors.

*Sidney Lumet. Great director of Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, and so many other gritty classics.

*Sherwood Schwartz. He created Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, but we miss him anyway!

*Clarence Clemons. The man who put sax appeal into Springsteen's sound.

*Jane Russell. The one pair of puppies who could give Marilyn's equal time on-screen. A sassy, classy pepperpot.

*Michael Sarrazin. So thin, so cute! A really cool co-star for both Jane Fonda and Babs Streisand.

And of course there was Harry Morgan, Andrew Embiricos, Judy Lewis, the Jackass guy, and a whole lot more.

Waa!


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28 comments
Hstump
Hstump

Heavy D.....RIP Heav.....

Rac415
Rac415

I really miss Phoebe Snow....

latenitebump
latenitebump

nic ashford...ain´t no mountain high enough

Adam Bomb
Adam Bomb

I think the saddest celebrity death and the biggest loss to New York City was the death of my wife Claire O'Connor. It still hurts just like yesterday. And she was and always be the biggest star to ever come from New York City. xx Adam

Abel
Abel

Elizabeth Taylor is the one I'll miss the most.  Then, Christopher Hitchens.

Musto
Musto

I forgot to mention Ken Russell, whose richly expressive films have brought me great joy (and whom I had a terrific lunch with a couple of years ago). And Tura Satana, the lush wench from Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (When I interviewed her years ago, Tura made up an entire life story complete with Russ Meyer-type theatrics, clearly thinking it would titillate me, though her real achievements were good enough).

CMG
CMG

Taylor was pronounced dead on my birthday.  Really one of the sadder birthdays I have ever had.  A true icon passed. 

I will sorely miss Hitchens' assholery.  It was truly one of a kind. 

John Barry, for making some of the most beautiful and diverse movie scores of his era. 

Ken Russell lived a great life.  Nobody can replace that zaniness and vision. 

Clarence Clemons, for being the saving grace of the E Street Band. 

I had no idea I would take the Amy Winehouse news as hard as I would, but I spent a whole day listening to Back to Black on a loop in my bed after I heard the news. 

Andy Whitfield, for being far too young and robbed of deserved stardom. 

Dan Wheldon's crash.  If you have seen the video, the TV broadcast caught his impact from a camera in his vehicle.  Takes your breath away. 

Sean
Sean

Amy Winehouse will be missed, true talent she was RIP.

osamasoldkidney
osamasoldkidney

Are you people on crack? Hands down BIGGEST celebrity death of 2011 is Osama Bin Laden. No one in the last half century has changed the destiny of civilization than OBL - Used his vast wealth and family connections to  build the entire road and transport infrastructure in Sudan - Led and funded the Mujahadeen to defeat  the Russians in Afghanistan. And hardly lifting a finger other than to press 'record' on his video monitor OBL has successfully bankrupted the USA and it's allies with a decade of expensive genocidal wars - yet shock of shocks instead of the muslim population dwindling due to non stop bombardments of cluster bombs, drones, and uranium tipped missiles it's actually increasing. He will be sorely missed. I loved him! He reminded everyone in Palestine of the Prophet Isaiah. Say what you want about OBL he wasn't corrupt, greedy, hedonistic or decadent! - Of course those are all laudable and good qualities in humanity these days!

Charlie
Charlie

I was so sorry to hear that Michael Sarrazin had passed.  I really loved the movie "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", and he was so wonderful in it.

Jukmaly
Jukmaly

You didn't mention Teena Marie!!!!  Many hit songs and an amazing songwriter

JEWISHPRINCESS0
JEWISHPRINCESS0

Judy Lewis...how odd it must have been growing up being told to never tell who your real parents are.One day...she told.Loretta Young and Clark Gable.I heard last year that Cynthia Mc Fadden was the daughter of...Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn and strangely enough Katherine left property and ...stuff to Cynthia Mc Fadden.So.........................Michael I am counting on you for this one.!

Neo-Realist
Neo-Realist

How about Poly Styrene, lead singer of the punk band X-Ray Spex? A great band w/ a magnificent voice way before its time.

Gregorama
Gregorama

Elizabeth Taylor is certainly the biggest loss in the world of showbiz.  She was "THE" star of the 20th century, when all was said and done.  And the fact that she will live on, not just through her luminous film presence, but through the enormous estate she is leaving to AIDS research---continuing her tireless, lifelong efforts to eradicate this scourge long after she died. Sidebar comment:  Did you see that Kim Kardashian bought some of her jade jewelry in this week's auction at Christie's?  Kim said, "If you have a piece of jade, the energy goes into the piece and you absorb the energy...so I can feel Elizabeth in the piece.”  One would certainly hope that she picks up just one small bit of Elizabeth's class, wouldn't one?

Adam Feldman
Adam Feldman

Steve Jobs was an activist? He had almost no record of charitable donation, ended Apple's philanthropic programs in when he returned to the company, lobbied for more "business-friendly" government regulations while relying on sweatshop Chinese labor for his own products… Legend, yes; pioneer, yes; activist, no.

Musto
Musto

Also, two of my favorite singers:

Phoebe Snow and Loleatta Holloway.

Nonplussed
Nonplussed

It's sad that Liz is gone but that was a life lived to the full and then some,Amy's death is truly tragic. 

Jeffrey Christian
Jeffrey Christian

You meant to write Peter Falk - Two-time Oscar nominee. He's never won one.

Whompers
Whompers

Jane Russell was a particular favorite of mine. Even sexier and lustier onscreen than La Liz.

Lupe
Lupe

Liz! Liz! Liz!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Unless there's someone else you haven't mentioned, the Liz outshines them all. Thank goddess we didn't die in 2011 (knock wood, still half a month left).

gcndc
gcndc

I think that Teena died in Dec 2010.

Ick
Ick

You mean Tracy and Hepburn fucked???

Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño

Exactly...I think Jobs' death was tragic, but let's call a spade a spade, he was many things, and an activist was not one of them. Just ask the Foxcon workers in China.

mjm
mjm

and he had celebrity "friends" at his beck and call, according to that bio (*cough* Bono *cough*). They just suddenly appeared at his funeral like it was a tribute concert

mjm
mjm

Princey is keeping Zsa Zsa alive, miraculously (how?!?) and he rewrote her will to have him get all the $$$$ (excluding her daughter Francesca)

but definitely Liz is the biggest death of 2011. there was some big "private memorial" at WB Studios last month for her before the Bill Clinton Hedgefunder Concert and allegedly a ton of a-listers attended.

mjm
mjm

ya think?

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