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Darlene Conley

January 14, 2007: Darlene Conley, 72, US actress who played fashion-house boss Sally Spectra on soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful for two decades. She also had roles in soapies Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and Restless.
Links: CNN

Michael Brecker

January 13, 2007: Michael Brecker, 57, US saxophonist, of leukaemia. Brecker worked with a who's who of pop and jazz, including Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. Performing as the Brecker Brothers with his sibling Randy, he played on Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run album.
Links: CNN

Carlo Ponti

January 10, 2007: Carlo Ponti, 94, Italian film producer and husband of screen siren Sophia Loren. His films included the Academy Award-winning La Strada and Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
Links: ABC; Chicago Tribune.

Yvonne De Carlo

January 8, 2007: Yvonne De Carlo, 84, US actress who played Moses's wife in The Ten Commandments but found enduring fame as Lilly in the 1960s horror spoof sitcom The Munsters.
Links: CNN

Iwao Takamoto

January 8, 2007: Iwao Takamoto, 81, Japanese-American animator who created characters including Gizmo for The Flintstones, Muttley for Wacky Races and, most famously, Scooby-Doo and his friends. He also directed the 1973 cartoon feature Charlotte's Web, and worked on early animated films for the Walt Disney company.
Links: ABC; International Herald Times

Magnus Magnusson

January 7, 2007: Magnus Magnusson, 77, Iceland-born British journalist, writer and host of television's Mastermind quiz show. Described as "one of the defining faces and voices of the BBC", he worked for the UK's national broadcaster from 1964 to 1997.
Links: BBC; Wikipedia

Pete Kleinow

January 6, 2007: "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow, 72, US musician wh played steel guitar with the Flying Burrito Brothers. As a musician, he worked alongside John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, the Bee Gees, and Sly and the Family Stone. He also worked as an animator, special effects artist and director, and won an Emmy for the miniseries The Winds of War. Kleinow had been living with Alzheimer's disease in the year before his death.
Links CNN

Ben Gannon

January 4, 2007: Ben Gannon, 54, Australian film, television and theatre producer, of liver cancer. Gannon had a 30-year showbiz career that culminated in producing the musical based on the life of Peter Allen, The Boy from Oz, to Broadway with Hugh Jackman in the starring role.
Links: News.com.au.

Pierre Delanoe

December 27, 2006: Pierre Delanoe, 88, French songwriter who composed more than 5000 tunes, including about 500 hits. He wrote for many artists, including Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Johnny Hallyday.
Links: BBC story

Frank Stanton

December 25, 2006: Frank Stanton, 98, US television pioneer. Stanton built up the CBS television network, defended the right to free speech and fought against quiz-show corruption.
Links: LA Times; BBC

James Brown

December 25, 2006: James Brown, 73, US singer known as "the Godfather of Soul", and a great influence on the popular music of the late 20th Century. His hits included (Get Up I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, I Got You (I Feel Good) and Say It Out Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud.
Links: CNN; BBC.

Charlie Drake

December 23, 2006: Charlie Drake, 81, British slapstick comedian and actor best known for his catchphrase "Hello my darlings" and his songs including the hit My Boomerang Won't Come Back. Most recently he played Smallweed in the BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House.
Links: BBC; Screen Online

Carl Blaze

December 23, 2006: Carl Blaze, 30, American DJ, born Carlos Rivera. The announcer with New York station Power 105 died of gunshot wounds after arguing with muggers in The Bronx on December 7.
Links: NY Daily News; Power 105

Dennis Linde

December 22, 2006: Dennis Linde, 63, US songwriter, of a lung disease. His songs included Elvis Presley's final hit, Burning Love, the Dixie Chicks' Goodbye Earl and Garth Brooks's Callin' Baton Rouge.
Links: BBC; CMT

Joseph Barbera

December 18, 2006: Joseph Barbera, 95, US animator, director and producer who, with partner William Hanna, was responsible for cartoon classics including Tom and Jerry, The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Wacky Races and Scooby-Doo.
Links: BBC; Wikipedia

Denis Payton

December 17, 2006: Denis Payton, 63, British rock musician who played saxophone, guitar and harmonica, and sang backup vocals for the Dave Clark Five.
Links: CNN; BBC

Taliep Petersen

December 16, 2006: Taliep Petersen, 56, South African theatre personality, shot and killed during a home invasion. Petersen produced and directed stage musicals in his home country and abroad, including New York and London.
Links: BBC; Wikipedia

Mike Evans

December 14, 2006: Mike Evans, 57, US actor, of throat cancer. Evans was best knowns for his roles in sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons. He also co-created the hit show Good Times.
Links: CNN

Ahmet Ertegun

December 14, 2006: Ahmet Ertegun, 83, Turkish born founder of Atlantic Records, the influential US music label that launched many careers.
Links: CNN; New York Times

Peter Boyle

December 12, 2006: Peter Boyle, 71, US actor who starred in Taxi Driver, The Candidate, Young Frankenstein and, most famously, as Frank Barone in television's Everybody Loves Raymond.
Links: New York Times; Wikipedia

Fred Marsden

December 9, 2006: Fred Marsden, 66, British pop drummer, of cancer. Marsden is best remembered for his membership of his brother Gerry Marsden's band Gerry and the Pacemakers, which had a string of hits in the early 1960s. He later set up a driving school.
Links: Billboard; Wikipedia

Georgia Gibbs

December 9, 2006: Georgia Gibbs, 87, US singer who rose to fame on the radio and TV show Your Hit Parade and had hits with Kiss of Fire, If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd've Baked a Cake and Hula Hoop Song.
Links: CNN; Fox News; Wikipedia

Martin Nodell

December 9, 2006: Martin Nodell, 91, creator of the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern.
Links: CNN; Wikipedia

Fernando Alvarez

December 2, 2006: Fernando Alvarez, Spanish-born pioneer of equine theatre in Australia, of cancer.

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

Sid Raymond

December 1, 2006: Sid Raymond, 95, US actor who starred in The Hustler and on television from The Ed Sullivan Show to The O.C. but was best known for his character voices, including those of cartoon characters Baby Huey and Heckle and Jeckle.
Links: CNN

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