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One of the most popular artists in American history. His paintings of rural life convey a deep sympathy for people and a sense of the hardness and brevity of life. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1963, and The National Institute of Arts and Letters gold medal in 1965. In 1970 he had an exhibition in the White House, the first ever held there. In 1980, he became the first living American artist to be elected to Britain's Royal Academy. In 1988, Wyeth received the Congressional Gold Medal and in 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts. B. 12 July 1917 (Chadds Ford, PA, USA) d. 16 January 2009 (Chadds Ford, PA, USA).
He was the long-time keyboardist of the American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. b. 3 June 1952 (Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) d. 28 January 2009 (Orange Park, Florida, USA)
November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009. Some of her best known roles were in Clueless (1995), Girl, Interrupted (1999), 8 Mile (2002), Sin City(2005) and the voice of Luanne on "King of the Hill". Her first break came when she landed a role in the television show "Blossom" in 1991. Although she is best known for her acting, she also was the lead singer of her band Blessed Soul.
Philippine president. Her "people power" revolt swept away a dictator in 1986
"Fathead" Newman's professional career began in 1954 as an original member of Ray Charles' Band. He was a saxophonist and flutist who played in the Soul-Jazz, Hard bop, Mainstream Jazz and Jazz Blues
Operatic Soprano. Described by Sir Richard Bonynge as "...undoubtedly one of the greatest voices ever produced by Australia... Australia has lost a never-to-be-forgotten nightingale." She made her Covent Garden debut as Freia in Das Rheingold in 1991. She sang at many leading theatres, including the Bastille in Paris, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York was as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 1997. B. 31 July 1958 (Carlingford, NSW, Australia) d. 8 January 2009 (Sydney, NSW, Australia).
Wrote more than 100 books
Sister of John F. Kennedy; founded the precursor to the Special Olympics
A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels in 1976. Fawcett later appeared off-Broadway and in highly rated television movies in roles often challenging (The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White) and sometimes unsympathetic (Small Sacrifices). Fawcett was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women. She died of cancer on June 25, 2009, at the age of 62.
Irish author of "Angela's Ashes"
Last British WWI vet, dead at 110
German soprano with a wide repertory including Wagner, Weber, Mozart, Richard Strauss and Alban Berg roles; born 1937, Varel, Germany; died August 18
Unsuccessful US Vice-Presidential candidate in 1996
The Emmy and Tony award-winning Broadway actor had roles in over 50 movies and a career spanning more than 50 years. Younger generations will remember him for his role as Brooks Hatlen the libriaian in the critically-acclaimed and Academy award-nominated 1994 film "The Shawshank Redemption" and as the long-time commercial spokesman for Miracle-Gro plant food. b. 1 October 1921 (White Plains, New York, USA) d. 6 February 2009 (Malibu, California, USA)
1919-2009; 5-time Academy Award nominee
February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009. Wrote/Produced/Directed comedies. His break into filmmaking started while he was employed at National Lampoon Magazine - who hired him based on his short story "Vacation '58". It later was made into a film. He also made a string of teen films in the 80s.
Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist. Best known for his four 'Rabbit' novels, Updike was a prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire; writing novels, short stories, poems, criticism, the memoir ''Self-Consciousness'' and even a famous essay about baseball great Ted Williams. b. 18 March 1932 (Reading, Pennsylvania, USA) d. 27 January 2009 (Danvers, Massachusetts, USA)
The light-heavy weight champion and Olympic medalist became a biographer for Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. b. 3 May 1936 (Ponce, Puerto Rico0 d. 19 January 19 2009 (Ponce, Puerto Rico)
Hall of Fame Basketball Coach. Yow coached the '88 USA Women's Olympic team to a gold medal and led the North Carolina State women's team to over 700 wins. b. 14 March 1942 (Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA) d. 24 January 2009 (Cary, North Carolina, USA)
, Restauranteur, TV Presenter, Writer, Bon Viveur, the man who taught a generation that if it wasn't good enough to drink then it wasn't good enough to cook with. Also famous for ejecting a customer from one of his restaurants for trying to order a bottle of Blue Nun. 28 December 1943 – 14 September 2009
Pioneer in the development of the solid-body guitar
Mary of the popular 60's group, Peter, Paul and Mary
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009. An American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. The 7th child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).
The international, nonprofit organization known globally for building houses for those in need was begun my Fuller and his wife, Linda in 1976. He was the founder and former president of The Fuller Center for Housing and was widely regarded as the leader of the modern-day movement for affordable housing and had been honored for his work in the United States and abroad. b. 3 January 1935 (Lanett, Alabama, USA) d. 3 February 2009 (Americus, Georgia, USA)
Veteran actor, career included Commissioner Gordon in Batman movies
The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor starred in the 1960s TV series "Secret Agent" and gained cult status as the co-creator, executive producer and star of the enigmatic series "The Prisoner". His career ranged from success in London’s West End to roles in films, including "Mary, Queen of Scots", "Escape From Alcatraz and "Ice Station Zebra". Reviewing "Braveheart" in The L.A. Times, critic Peter Rainer wrote: "Patrick McGoohan is in possession of perhaps the most villainous enunciation in the history of acting." B. 19 March 1928 (Queens, NY, USA) d. 13 January 2009 (Santa Monica, CA, USA).
August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009. Perhaps best known for his roles in "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and "Ghost" (1990).
August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009. His first professional dance job was as Prince Charming in "Disney on Parade".
Award-winning science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories
The Mexican-born American had a career in radio, television, theatre and film spanning seven decades. His notable roles including Mr. Roarke in the tv series "Fantasy Island", Khan Noonien Singh in both the original Star Trek series, and the 1982 film "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan". He won an Emmy Award in 1978 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Up until his 80s, he continued to perform, often providing voices for animated films and commercials. B. 25 November 1920(Mexico City, Mexico) d. 14 January 2009 (L.A., CA, USA).
Barrister, Dramatist, Screenwriter and Author. He became a Queen’s Counsel just in time to tackle some of the civil rights cases that arose in Britain in that decade, all the while writing fiction, nonfiction, drama and comedy. Created "Rumpole of the Bailey". B. 21 April 1923 (London, England) d. 16 January 2009 (Oxfordshire, England).
Barrister, Dramatist, Screenwriter and Author. As a barrister in Britain, he became known in the 60s as a defender of free speech and human rights for taking up cases that he said were “alleged to be testing the frontiers of tolerance.” He became a Queen’s Counsel just in time to tackle some of the civil rights cases that arose in Britain in that decade, all the while writing fiction, nonfiction, drama and comedy. B. 21 April 1923 (London, England) d. 16 January 2009 (Oxfordshire, England).
U.S. Senator and brother of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Served 46 years in the Senate
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor. Cronkite died on July 17, 2009 at the age of 92 after an extended battle with cerebrovascular disease.
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