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Gore Vidal

July 31, 2012: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr, 86, American writer whose prodigious output inclided 25 novels, plays, screenplays and essays. While he was a respected intellectual, he was also well known in the public arena through appearances on television shows ranging from the Tonight Show to Family Guy.
Link: NY Times

Yvette Vickers

May ?, 2011?: Yvette Vickers, 82, US actress and former Playboy model, best known for her film, Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman. Her death date is unknown.
Link: Daily Mail

Shirley Verrett

November 5, 2010: Shirley Verrett, 79, US opera singer once dubbed by fans at La Scala as "the black Callas".
Link: BBC

John Vincent

March 27, 2009: John Vincent, 67, Australian radio announcer, who was born in Sydney and worked around the country, especially in Adelaide where he became a star on 5KA, 5AD and SAFM.

John Updike

January 27, 2009: John Updike, 76, American author, of lung cancer. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed series of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom.
Links: Washington Post

David Vine

January 11, 2009; David Vine, 70, veteran BBC sport reporter.
Links: Yorkshire Evening Post

Joern Utzon

November 29, 2008: Joern Utzon, 90, Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the 1930s and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright.
Links: news.com.au

Reg Varney

November 16, 2008: Reg Varney, 92, British entertainer best known for his role in the popular sitcom On the Buses.

Miyoshi Umeki

August 28, 2007: Miyoshi Umeki, 78, Japanese-American actress who won an Academy Award for the film Sayonara and later starred in the Boradway production of Flower Drum Song.
Links: CNN

Jack Valenti

April 26, 2007: Jack Valenti , 76, Hollywood lobbyist and a president of the Motion Picture Association of America who helped devised the modern method of rating films.
Links: BBC; Wikipedia

Kurt Vonnegut

April 11, 2007: Kurt Vonnegut, 84, US writer known for his absurd and satirical works including Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. Regarded as a key figure in 20th Century literature, he was also a supporter of many humanitarian causes. He died a few weeks after sustaining head injuries in a fall.
Links: CNN

Marais Viljoen

January 4, 2007: Marais Viljoen, 91, South African president from 1979-1984. He was regarded as a moderate in the ruling National Party under the country's apartheid regime.
Links: Mail and Guardian; SABC

Mariska Veres

December 2, 2006: Mariska Veres, 56, singer with Dutch pop band Shocking Blue, which had its biggest hit with Venus.
Links: ABC; Wikipedia

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