Ruth Park

December 14, 2010: Ruth Park, 93, New Zealand-born Australian author of The Harp in the South, The Muddle-Headed Wombat and Playing Beatie Bow.
Link: Wikipedia

Ingrid Pitt

November 23, 2010: Ingrid Pitt, 73, Polish-born European/US actress best known for horror films including he House That Dripped Blood, The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, plus classics The Wicker Man and Where Eagles Dare.
Link: Moviefone

Baby Marie Osborne

November 11, 2010: Baby Marie Osborne, 99, also known simply as Baby Marie and later as Marie Osborne Yeats. She was Hollywood's first major child star, who made and lost (thanks to her adoptive parents) a fortune by the time she was a teenager. She later had a career as a stand-in and costumer.
Link: Wikipedia

Charlie O'Donnell

October 31, 2010: Charlie O'Donnell, 78, US television announcer best known for his long-running stint on Wheel of Fortune and, before that, American Bandstand.
Link: The Wrap

Arthur Penn

September 28, 2010: Arthur Penn, 88, US film and television director, whose movies included The Miracle Worker and the influential Bonnie and Clyde.
Link: NY Times

Harvey Pekar

July 12, 2010: Harvey Pekar, 70, US cult cartoonist best known for his autobiographical series, American Splendor. He was portrayed in the 2003 film of the same name by Paul Giamatti.
Link: BBC

Alan Plater

June 25, 2010 Alan Plater, 75, British dramatist, novelist and screenwriter whose work ranged from TV series Z Cars to The Fortunes of War and The Blonde Bombshell.
Link BBC

Nehama Patkin

March 30, 2010: Nehama Patkin, 70, Australian TV host and intyernationally known piano teacher best remembered as an original cast member of long-running ABC children's show Play School.
Link: SMH

Fess Parker

March 18, 2010: Fess Parker, 85, US actor best known for playing Western heroes Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on TV. He made a fortune in real etstae and development, made his own wine and was offered, but declined, the job of US ambassador to Australia.
Link: Globe and Mail

Merlin Olsen

March 11, 2010: Merlin Olsen, 69, former Aemrican football star who became an actor, starring in Little House on the Prairie and in the title role of Father Murphy.
Links: CNN

Teddy Pendergrass

January 13, 2010: Teddy Pendergrass , 59, American soul singer.
Link: ABC

Dan O'Bannon

December 17, 2009: Dan O'Bannon, 61, US screenwriter of Alien and Total Recall fame.
Link: ABC

Ken Ober

November 15, 2009: Ken Ober, 52, US comedian and host of MTV game show Remote Control. He was also a producer of the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.
Links: CNN

Norman Painting

October 28, 2009: Norman Painting, 85, British actor who played the role of Phil in BBC radio serial The Archers for a record 59 years.
Links: Guardian

Les Paul

August 13, 2009: Les Paul, 94, US musician and guitarmaker, born Lester William Polfuss, who created studio technology and the legendary Gibson electric guitar that bears his name.
Links: CNN

Renato Pagliari

July 29, 2009: Renato Pagliari, 69, Italian-born, UK-based tenor who had a hit in 1982 with Save Your Love as half of the duo Renee and Renato. He died after surgery for a brain tumour.
Links: Daily Mail

Harry Patch

July 25, 2009: Harry Patch, 111, the last surviving British Army combatant in World War I. He was conscripted at age 18 and fought in the Battle of Passchendaele at Ypres in 1917.
Links: BBC

Stephanie Parker

April 18, 2009: Stephanie Parker, 22, British actress who was found dead after her show, Belonging, was cancelled.
Links: Daily Mail

Harold Pinter

December 24, 2008: Harold Pinter, 78, Nobel Prize winning British playwright, actor and director, of liver cancer. His 29 plays include The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, The Caretaker and No Man's Land, and he wrote the screenplays for 21 films including The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Links: BBC, Guardian

Bettie Page

December 12, 2008: Bettie Page, 85, US burlesque star who helped spark the sexual revolution. She inspired books, comics and the film The Notorious Bettie Page. She became a born-again Christian but remained convinced that God approves of nudity.
Links: Variety

Oliver Postgate

December 8, 2008: Oliver Postgate, 83, British children's television pioneer who created the popular characters Bagpuss, Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine.
Links: BBC

Robert Prosky

December 8, 2008: Robert Prosky, 77, US actor best known for his role in TV series Hill Street Blues. He also starred in the films Dead Man Walking, The Natural and Mrs Doubtfire, and had a long stage career including major productions of plays by Arthur Miller and David Mamet.
Links: Boston Globe


December 2, 2008: Odetta, 77, US folk singer and civil rights activist who inspired a generation of Americans, from Rosa Parks to Bob Dylan, and John F Kennedy to Bill Clinton.
Links: IHT

Anne Pressly

October 26, 2008: Anne Pressly, 26, US television anchorman, after being beaten by an intruder to her home. Pressly, who had a small part in the film W, hosted a program on KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Links: KATV

House Peters Jr

October 8, 2008: House Peters Jr, 92, Hollywood actor who found his greatest fame as "Mr Clean" on US television commercials.
Links: CNN

Anita Page

September 6, 2008: Anita Page, 98, US actress born Anita Pomares. She was one of the few surviving stars of the silent screen, who worked with Lon Chaney, Joan Crawford and Buster Keaton. She was also the leading lady in one of the first talkie musicals, The Broadway Melody.
Links: Washington Post

Michael Pate

September 1, 2008: Michael Pate, 88, Australian film and television actor who had roles American series Get Smart, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, Disneyland and Batman as well as the long-running Australian drama Matlock Police. He starred in the Australian film Sons of Matthew and wrote the film Tim, which starred Mel Gibson.
Links: news.com.au

Ike Pappas

August 31, 2008: Ike Pappas, 75, former US newsman who witnessed and broadcast live from the scene of the fatal shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man arrested for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Links: CNN

Mark Priestley

August 27, 2008: Mark Priestley, 32, Australian actor who found fame in the Channel 7 medical soap opera All Saints. He took his own life.
Links: SMH; Beyond Blue.

Randy Pausch

July 25, 2008: Randy Pausch, 47, US computer scientist, of pancreatic cancer. Knowing he was going to die, the Carnegie Mellon University academic gave a celebrated last lecture advising students to achieve their childhood dreams.
Links: CBS, CNN

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