Phyllis Diller

August 20, 2012: Phyllis Diller, 95, US standup comic, musician, and TV and film actress who paved the way for women on the comedy circuit. She appeared alongside Bob Hope in the films Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! and Eight on the Lam. She was also in the 1961 film Splendor in the Grass and voiced a character in the 1998 animated movie A Bug's Life.
Link: USA Today

Tony Scott

August 19, 2012: Tony Scott, 68, British-born Hollywood director whose films included Top Gun and Days of Thunder. He was the brother of director Ridley Scott. Police said he jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles, and a suicide note was later found in his office.
Link: NYT

Celeste Holm

August 19, 2012: Celeste Holm, 95, US stage and screen actress who won an Academy Award for Gentleman's Agreement. She also starred in High Society and All About Eve and played Ado Annie in the Broadway production of Oklahoma!
Link: Daily Mail

Scott McKenzie

August 18, 2012: Scott McKenzie, 73, US singer-songwriter who sang San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) in 1967, and co-wrote the Beach Boys' hit Kokomo.
Link: EW

Harry Harrison

August 15, 2012: Harry Harrison, 87, US sci-fi author and illustrator best known for his Stainless Steel Rat and Deathworld series, and the story Make Room! Make Room!, which became the film Soylent Green. He also worked in the Flash Gordon comic strip, and collaborated with writer Brian Aldiss.
Link: Wikipedia

Ron Palillo

August 14, 2012: Ron Palillo, 63, US actor who played Arnold Horshack on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter. He also appeared on the stage, starring in productions of Amadeus, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Guys and Dolls.
Link: Gawker

Helen Gurley Brown

August 13, 2012: Helen Gurley Brown, 90, US author and journalist who was editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 30 years, and wrote the controversial 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl.
Link: CNN

Joe Kubert

August 12, 2012: Joe Kubert, 85, Polish born US comic-book artist who worked on DC titles including Sgt Rock and Hawkman, and his own characters including Tor, Son of Sinbad. He also taught art at his own Kubert School.
Link: Wikipedia

Mel Stuart

August 9, 2012: Mel Stuart, 83, US film director and producers whose biggest hits were 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium.
Link: BBC

Al Freeman Jr

August 9, 2012: Al Freeman Jr, 78, US actor and director who starred in the long-running TV soap opera One Life to Live, as well as The Cosby Show, Roots: The Next Generations, and Law and Order, and the films Finian's Rainbow and Malcolm X.
Link: Wikipedia

Pyotr Fomenko

August 8, 2012: Pyotr Fomenko, 80, Russian theatre director.
Link: BBC

Anna Piaggi

August 7, 2012: Anna Piaggi, 72, Italian writer and fashion icon.

Marvin Hamlisch

August 7, 2012: Marvin Hamlisch, 68, US composer and musician best known for adapting the music of Scott Joplin for the film The Sting, and composing the musical A Chorus Line.
Link: Wikipedia

Robert Hughes

August 6, 2012: Robert Hughes, 74, Australian art critic, television documentary maker and author whose books included The Shock of the New, The Fatal Shore.
Link: Telegraph

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

Maeve Binchy

July 30, 2012: Maeve Binchy, 72, Irish journalists and writer whose books, beginning in 1982 with Light A Penny Candle, sold 40 million copies.
Link: RTE

Jonathan Hardy

July, 2012: Jonathan Hardy, 62, New Zealand-born Australian Jonathan Hardy actor who became known to an international TV audience by voicing the character Rygel XVI in the sci-fi series Farscape. He also appeared in the films Mad Max, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and Moulin Rogue and was a heart transplant survivor.

Adam Cullen

July 29, 2012: Adam Cullen, award-winning Australian portrait artist.
Link: SMH

Tony Martin

July 27, 2012: Tony Martin, 92, US singer and actor, born Alvin Morris. He appeared in the films Follow the Fleet, The Big Store and Lover Come Back, and had his own TV show on NBC in the 1950s. Martin was married to the late Cyd Charisse for 60 years.

Geoffrey Hughes

July 27, 2012: Geoffrey Hughes, 68, British actor best known for playing Onslow on sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, Vernon Scripps in drama Hearbeat, and Eddie Yates in soap opera Coronation Street.
Link: Daily Mail

Darryl Cotton

July 27, 2012: Darryl Cotton, 62, Australian singer who gained fame with the band Zoot and as a solo performer, of cancer. He also wrote songs for Olivia Newton John and Shaun Cassidy, hosted a children's television program and acted in the soap opera The Young Doctors. Right up until his death, he was touring with musicians Russell Morris and Jim Keays.
Link: Age

Mary Tamm

July 26, 2012: Mary Tamm, 62, British actress who played companion Romana alongside Tom Baker's Doctor in Doctor Who; of cancer. She also had a long stage career and was in the films The Odessa File and The Likely Lads, as well as TV soaps EastEnders and Brookside.
Link: BBC

Susanne Lothar

July 25, 2012: Susanne Lothar, 51, German actress known for her roles in the films The Reader, The Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon.
Link: BBC

Sherman Hemsley

July 24, 2012: Sherman Hemsley, 74, US actor who starred as patriarch George in the 1970s series The Jeffersons, a spinoff from All in the Family.
Link: LA Times

Chad Everett

July 24, 2012: Chad Everett, 76, US actor, born Raymon Lee Cramton, best known for his role as Dr Joe Gannon in the long-running 1970s television drama Medical Center.
Link: Wikipedia

Sally Ride

July 23, 2012: Sally Ride, 61, US scientist who became the first American woman in space when she flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She completed a second mission the following year. She died of pancreatic cancer.
Link: NY Times

Chris Wedes

July 22, 2012: Chris Wedes (JP Patches), 84, Emmy award-winning US television performer. Patches the clown was a staple on TV in Seattle for decades.
Links: Seattle Times

Angharad Rees

July 20, 2012: Angharad Rees, 63, Welsh actress best known for her role in the miniseries Poldark. She also had an extensive stage and radio-drama career.
Link: Daily Mail

Simon Ward

July 20, 2012: Simon Ward, 70, British stage and screen actor. He starred in the films Young Winston, All Creatures Great and Small, and The Three Muskateers, and, more recently, in the TV series The Tudors. He also starred in a touring version of the Alan Bennett play, The Madness of George III.
Link: BBC

Rajesh Khanna

July 18, 2012: Rajesh Khanna, 79, Indian actor regarded as Bollywood's first superstar. He had a string of hit films, including Aradhana, Do Raaste, Safar and Anand. In later life, he became an MP.
Link: Hindustan Times

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