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Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. His government focused on disma...
 
George Jones (1931 - 2013)
Country Music Singer and Songwriter. He is probably best remembered for his hit single "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and for his tumultuous marriage to famed country singer Tammy Wynette. Additionally, his musical career would be marked by frequent bouts of alcoholism and cocaine use and his wild li...
 
Peter O'Toole (1932 - 2013)
Actor. Born in Ireland, the son Constance Jane and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, a nurse and a bookmaker. He was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, attending a Catholic school he recorded as being a terrifying place. After school he served in the Royal Navy after which he attended the Royal Academy of Dramat...
 
Annette Funicello (1942 - 2013)
American Actress and Singer. Funicello and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 4 and nine years later, in 1955, was discovered by Walt Disney himself while dancing the lead in a production of "Swan Lake" at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank. He invited her to audition for his new television ...
 
Jean Stapleton (1923 - 2013)
Actress. She will be fondly remembered for playing Edith Baines Bunker, wife of Archie Bunker (played by Carroll O'Connor) in the groundbreaking TV series "All in the Family" (1971 to 1980). Born Jeanne Murray, her father was a billboard salesman, her mother was an opera singer, she had a fondness f...
 
Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013)
British Prime Minister. Great Britain's first female Prime Minister, she served three consecutive terms in office and was one of the dominant political figures of the 20th century. Born Margaret Hilda Roberts, the daughter of a grocer, she went to Oxford University and became a research chemist. In ...
 
Jonathan Winters (1925 - 2013)
Actor, Comedian. Born Jonathan Harshman Winters III, he joined the United States Marine Corps during his senior year of high school and upon his discharge attended the Dayton Art Institute. He began his entertainment career by winning a talent contest in 1950, which led to first hosting a children's...
 
Abigail Van Buren (1918 - 2013)
American Advice Columnist and Radio Show Host. Born Pauline Friedman Phillips, she wrote the long-running 'Dear Abby' advice column under the name of Abigail Van Buren that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world. Her first column appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle o...
 
Joan Fontaine (1917 - 2013)
Academy Award-Winning Actress. A respected performer over a long career, she was honored as Best Actress for Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 "Suspicion". Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland to a British family of wealth and position, she was raised in Northern California following her parents' 1919 break-up ...
 
James Gandolfini (1961 - 2013)
Actor. He is best remembered for the role of 'Tony Soprano' in the successful HBO cable television series "The Sopranos", which he starred in from 1999 to 2007. After graduating from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he majored in communications, he aspired to become the proprie...
 
Paul Walker (1973 - 2013)
American Actor. Walker, who will best be remembered for his role as Brian O'Conner in the blockbuster action 'Fast & Furious' films, began his career on the small screen with a commercial for diapers when he was 2 years old. He went on to appear in TV shows such as 'Highway to Heaven', 'Throb', 'C...
 
Esther Williams (1921 - 2013)
Entertainer, Hall of Fame Swimmer. Billed as the "Million Dollar Mermaid", she adorned the silver screen in several MGM box-office hits, among them "Neptune's Daughter" (1949), "Dangerous When Wet" (1953) and "Jupiter's Darling" (1955). Born Esther Jane Williams, her father was a sign painter, her m...
 
Stan Musial (1920 - 2013)
Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. For twenty-two seasons (1941 to 1944 and 1946 to 1963), he played at the outfielder and first-baseman positions with the St. Louis Cardinals. One of the most prolific players in baseball history, he captured a remarkable seven batting titles, while earning ...
 
Patti Page (1927 - 2013)
Entertainer. Best remembered for the hits "Tennessee Waltz" (1950), "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" (1952), "Let Me Go, Lover!" (1954), "Allegheny Moon" (1956) and "Old Cape Cod" (1957), her total record sales topped the one hundred million dollar mark. Born Clara Ann Fowler, into a family ...
 
Ed Koch (1924 - 2013)
US Congressman, Mayor of New York City. A member of the Democratic Party, he served New York's 17th and 18th Congressional Districts in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 until 1977. Later, he served as the Mayor of New York City from 1978 until 1989. Born to Russian-Jewish immigra...
 
Tom Clancy (1947 - 2013)
Author. A prolific novelist, he is remembered for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, as well as the video games which bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Born Thomas Leo Clancy, the second of...
 
Bum Phillips (1923 - 2013)
Football coach. Phillips was best known for serving as head coach of the NFL's Houston Oilers for six seasons and for his trademark white Stetson which he wore during most games. Phillips played football at Lamar Junior College before the onset of World War II. Subsequent to the attack on Pearl Harb...
 
Ray Price (1926 - 2013)
Country Music Musician. Fondly known as "The Cherokee Cowboy," his wide-ranging baritone voice was regarded by many as among the best male voices in country music. Born Noble Ray Price, he enlisted with the US Marine Corps during World War II and served from 1944 to 1946. After he was discharged fro...
 
Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)
Rock Musician. Founding member and lead vocalist of the seminal rock band The Velvet Underground. As a solo artist, Reed will be best remembered for his 1972 hit "A Walk on the Wild Side". Born Lewis Allen Reed, into a Jewish family, he was raised in Freeport, Long Island. Influenced by doo-wop musi...
 
Jeanne Cooper (1928 - 2013)
Actress. Best known for her role as 'Katherine Chancellor' on "The Young and the Restless," a role she played from 1974 until her death. Cooper received ten Daytime Emmy nominations, nine for Outstanding Lead Actress and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and two Primetime Emmy nominations; she...
 
David Frost (1939 - 2013)
Journalist. He made a name for himself internationally in 1977, when he conducted a series of in-depth interviews with former American President Richard Nixon. This was the inspiration for the 2008 Academy Award nominated film "Frost/Nixon". Born David Paradine Frost, his father was a Methodist mini...
 
Patty Andrews (1918 - 2013)
Singer. She shall be remembered as one third of the legendary trio The Andrews Sisters. Born Patricia Marie Andrews to a Greek immigrant family originally named Andreas, she was raised along with her sisters Maxine and La Verne in the Minneapolis suburbs; the girls formed their ensemble when Patty, ...
 
Dennis Farina (1944 - 2013)
American Actor. Farina, who at one time was a real-life police officer who served 18 years in the Chicago Police Dept. from 1967 to 1985, was a character actor who was often typecast as a mobster or a police officer. He began his work in show business working as a police consultant which subsequent...
 
Roger Ebert (1942 - 2013)
Film Critic, Screenwriter. Ebert, who joined the Sun-Times part time in 1966 while pursuing graduate study at the University of Chicago, went on to become one of the most influential film critics in the nation. In 1969, he took a leave of absence from the newspaper to write the screenplay for 'Beyo...
 
Michael Ansara (1922 - 2013)
Actor. He is best remembered as playing Cochise on the television series "Broken Arrow" and Klingon commander 'Kang' on three separate "Star Trek" television series. Born to American parents in a small Syrian village, he came to the US when he was two years old, residing first in Lowell, Massachuset...
 
Ken Norton (1943 - 2013)
Hall of Fame Professional Boxer. He was the former WBC Heavyweight Champion (1978). He will be best remembered for a trilogy of bouts with Muhammad Ali (two in 1973 one in 1976). In the initial contest, Norton was victorious with a 12-round split decision which saw the legendary champion Ali suffer ...
 
Eydie Gorme (1928 - 2013)
Entertainer. Gorme, who was born in New York City to Sephardic Jewish parents, grew up speaking both English and Spanish. She was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen's television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and ...
 
Tom Laughlin (1931 - 2013)
Actor, Director and Screenwriter. He will be best remembered for starring, directing and screenwriting the popular 1970s cult picture series "Billy Jack". Born Thomas Robert Laughlin, he was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played collegiate football at Marquette University and during this period,...
 
George Shea (1909 - 2013)
Gospel Singer, composer and soloist. He was best known for his association with Evangelist Billy Graham. He was nominated 10 times for a Grammy Award. In 1966 Shea received a Grammy award for the Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording (Musical). George Beverly Shea was presented with the Lifetime...
 
George Day (1925 - 2013)
Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A veteran of three wars, he was honored for bravery while held Prisoner-of-War for five and a half years. Raised in western Iowa, he dropped out of school to join the United States Marine Corps in 1942, and served in the South Pacific. After the confli...
 
Eleanor Parker (1922 - 2013)
Actress. A respected performer with roughly 80 film credits over a half-century career, she is perhaps best remembered as the villainous Baroness Else Schraeder in 1965's Oscar-winning classic "The Sound of Music". Raised in Cleveland from a young age, she appeared in numerous local stage production...
 
Joe Conley (1928 - 2013)
Actor. Conley, who appeared regularly on television since the 1950's, will best be remembered as storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons from 1972 through 1981. He attended Loyola University in Los Angeles where he studied theater. In 1945 he joined the U.S. Army which put his education on hold, tho...
 
Joyce Brothers (1927 - 2013)
Psychologist, Television Personality, and Newspaper Columnist. She is best remembered for her daily advice column that appeared from 1960 to 2013 in various newspapers and is credited with inspiring TV personality and psychologist Doctor Phil McGraw and talk radio host Doctor Laura Schlessinger. She...
 
Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut. He is remembered as the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom and John Glenn. Born Malcolm Scott Carpenter in Boulder, Colorado, he moved with his parents sho...
 
Ray Manzarek (1939 - 2013)
Rock Musician. A keyboardist, he was a founding member of seminal 1960's rock band "The Doors". From 1962 to 1965, he studied at the Department of Cinematography at UCLA, where he met film student Jim Morrison. Later on, they met by chance on Venice Beach, California where Morrison said he had wri...
 
C. Koop (1916 - 2013)
United States Surgeon General. Born Charles Everett Koop and nicknamed "Chick" (as in chicken coop), he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937 and Cornell University's medical school in 1941. Koop was Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. H...
 
Pat Summerall (1930 - 2013)
Professional Football Player, Broadcaster. After an accomplished career as a player in the National Football League, he went onto have a lengthy broadcasting career of calling nationally televised football games and other events on the CBS and Fox Networks. He will perhaps be best remembered for bei...
 
Bonnie Franklin (1944 - 2013)
Actress. She will be best remembered for playing Ann Romano Royer in the TV series "One Day at a Time" (1975 to 1984). Born in Los Angeles, the daughter of an investment banker, she took to entertaining at an early age and trained as a tap dancer during her youth. This led to a performance on the TV...
 
Cal Smith (1932 - 2013)
Country singer. Born Grant Calvin Shofner, he began his career in 1959 when Ernest Tubb discovered him; he subsequently played guitar for Tubb's Texas Troubadors during most of the 1960s. Then in 1969, Smith went solo with the album Drinking Champagne. Upon signing with Decca Records in 1970, he sco...
 
Deanna Durbin (1921 - 2013)
Entertainer. She made her mark within the industry as both an actress and singer during the 1930s and 1940s, prior to marrying and retiring to France. Born Edna Mae Durbin, she was raised in Southern California. Singing came naturally to her as a youth and after catching the attention of a talent sc...
 
Karen Black (1939 - 2013)
Actress. She is best remembered for her appearances in the notable films "Easy Rider" (1969), "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "The Great Gatsby" (1974). "Rhinoceros" (1974), "Airport 1975" (1974), "The Day of the Locust" (1975), "Nashville" (1975), and Alfred Hitchcock's final film, "Family Plot' (1976)....
 
Nicholas Oresko (1917 - 2013)
Medal Of Honor Recipient. M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machine gun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets whi...
 
Eileen Brennan (1932 - 2013)
Actress. She will be best remembered for originating the role of Captain Doreen Lewis in the motion picture "Private Benjamin" (1980), which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. She went onto revive her part in the TV series of the same name which ran from 1981 until 1983...
 
Dale Robertson (1923 - 2013)
Actor. He will perhaps be best remembered for playing Jim Hardie in the TV series "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957 to 1962). Born Dayle Lymoine Robertson, he initially pursued a career as a prize fighter and later enrolled at Oklahoma Military Academy. During World War II, he saw action in the European ...
 
Margaret Pellegrini (1923 - 2013)
Actress. Best remembered for her role as a "Munchkin" in the 1939 MGM classic film, 'The Wizard of Oz.' She portrayed two different residents of Munchkinland, a 'Flowerpot' Munchkin and a 'Sleepyhead' Munchkin. Born Margaret Williams, she began her career as a member of Henry Kramer's Midgets. Krame...
 
Marcia Wallace (1942 - 2013)
Actress. She is best remembered for her role as 'Carol Kester', the wisecracking receptionist in the television situation comedy series "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972 to 1978). Additionally, she was known for her voice contributions of the character 'Edna Krabappel' in the popular animated television ...
 
Conrad Bain (1923 - 2013)
Actor. Bain, a Canadian-born actor who served in the Canadian Army during World War II, will best be remembered for his roles as as Phillip Drummond in the sitcoms 'Diff'rent Strokes' and as Dr. Arthur Harmon on 'Maude'. He started as an actor in the 1956 stage revival of 'The Iceman Cometh'. His...
 
Van Cliburn (1934 - 2013)
Pianist, Recording Artist and International Celebrity. His winning the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, made him a figure on the world stage and led to a thaw in U.S.-Soviet relations. Founded the Van Cliburn International Pian...
 
James Avery (1945 - 2013)
Actor. His most noted role as a television actor was on the 1990s situation comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", where he played ‘Philip Banks', the uncle to actor Will Smith's character for the program's six year run. His long television career spanned from 1983 until his death in 2013, and includ...
 
Steve Forrest (1925 - 2013)
American Actor. Born William Forrest Andrews, he was one of 13 children. At 18, he enlisted in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA where he graduated with honors in 1950 with a ...
 
Ed Lauter (1938 - 2013)
Television and Movie Actor. Born Edward Matthew Lauter II, he attended C. W. Post College on an athletic scholarship, graduated in 1961, and served in the Army for two years. He studied acting at the Herbert Berghof School, and was a stand-up comedian before obtaining regular work as an actor. Often...
 
Frank Thornton (1921 - 2013)
Actor. He will be best remembered for playing Captain Peacock, the droll floor walker in the popular, long-running British comedy TV series "Are You Being Served?" (1972 to 1985) and as Truly in the television program "The Last of the Summer Wine" (1997 to 2010). The son of a banker, he took to acti...
 
Chris Kyle (1974 - 2013)
Military Figure, Author. He is best remembered for his autobiographical book "American Sniper," a New York Times bestseller that described his military career as a US Navy SEAL sniper. His father was a Sunday school teacher and church deacon who taught him how to hunt and shoot at a young age. After...
 
Slim Whitman (1923 - 2013)
Singer. Regarded as a leading figure in American country music. Born Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr., he recorded and sang legendary songs including notably "Indian Love Call" (1952), "Secret Love" (1953) and "Rose Marie" (1955), which also climbed the British music charts. His song "Indian Love Call" was ...
 
Edward Heffron (1923 - 2013)
World War II US Army Soldier. He served as a private first class with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division, and the stories of he and his comrades were featured in the 2001 HBO television mini-series "Band of Brothers," based on the book by S...
 
Richie Havens (1941 - 2013)
American Folk Singer and Guitarist. Havens will best be remembered as the artist who opened the Woodstock music festival with a three hour set. At an early age, he began organizing his neighborhood friends into street corner doo-wop groups and was performing with The McCrea Gospel Singers at 16. A...
 
Barney Bush (2000 - 2013)
Presidential Pet. Belonging to former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush, the black Scottish terrier was a fixture in the White House for eight years. He was noted for having his own section on the official White House website, guarding the South Lawn entrance as if he were a Secret S...
 
Allan Arbus (1918 - 2013)
Actor. He is best remembered for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on the television series M*A*S*H. Born Allan Franklin Arbus to Jewish parents in New York City, New York, his father was a stockbroker. He developed an interest in acting when he won a part in a play at DeWitt Clinton High...
 
Deacon Jones (1938 - 2013)
Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. Born David D. Jones, he was a 14th-round draft pick in 1961 out of Mississippi Valley State by the Los Angeles Rams, where he spent his first 11 seasons, teaming up with Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form "The Fearsome Foursome", one of the ...
 
Ray Harryhausen (1920 - 2013)
Visual Effects Creator, Writer, and Producer. Harryhausen will best be remembered for creating a brand of stop-motion model animation for films. During World War II, he worked for Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, goffer and later camera assistant, while...
 
Julie Harris (1925 - 2013)
Actress. Her father was an investment banker, she received her education at a private school. She chose to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, as a result of her parents often taking her to the theater during her youth for which sparked an interest. She studied at the Yale School of Drama...
 
Richard Matheson (1926 - 2013)
Author, Screenwriter. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the novel "I Am Legend" (1954), which became the basis for three motion picture story lines ("The Last Man on Earth", 1964, "The Omega Man", 1971 and "I Am Legend" 2007). Additionally, he wrote the story for the classic episode "Ni...
 
Huell Howser (1945 - 2013)
Television Personality. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he worked on a US Senator's staff and served in the US Marine Corps. He is best known for hosting the PBS televison series "California's Gold". His television career began at WSM-TV in Nashville where he began a series of hu...
 
Vernon McGarity (1921 - 2013)
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Right, Tennessee, he joined the US Army in November 1942. On December 16, 1944 he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, near Krinkelt, Belgium as a technical sergeant in Company L of the 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division. For hi...
 
Frank Bank (1942 - 2013)
Actor. He will be fondly remembered for playing Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford in the TV series "Leave It To Beaver" (1958 to 1963). Born and raised in Los Angeles, he got his start in the industry at the age of ten, when he was cast in the part of Will Rogers as a child in the picture "The Story of Wi...
 
Paul Crouch (1934 - 2013)
Televangelist. Crouch, whose parents were missionaries who had lived in Egypt, graduated from the Central Bible Institute and Seminary in Springfield, Missouri in 1955 with a degree in theology. He began his career in broadcasting by helping to build an educational AM station at Central Bible Insti...
 
Lori March (1923 - 2013)
Actress. She will perhaps be best remembered for playing Valerie Hill Ames Northcoate in the long-running TV serial "Secret Storm" (1964 to 1974). Born Lori Von Eltz, her mother Peggy Prior was a screenwriter during the 1920s, her stepfather Joseph Moncure March penned numerous scripts during the 19...
 
Jewel Akens (1933 - 2013)
Singer. He will be best remembered for his 1965 hit "The Birds And The Bees". After moving with his family to Los Angeles at the age of nine, he began performing as a vocalist at his local church. At the age of eighteen, he joined his first ensemble The The Four Dots whom recorded a number of single...
 
John Kerr (1931 - 2013)
American Actor. Kerr, whose parents were stage and film actors, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, developed an early interest in following their footsteps. He went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New England and after graduating from Harvard, he worked summer stock at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, M...
 
John Eisenhower (1922 - 2013)
US Army General, Military Historian, US Ambassador to Belgium. He was the youngest of two children born to future US President and United States Army General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie. After completing high school, he was selected to attend the US Military Academy at West ...
 
Cory Monteith (1982 - 2013)
Actor, Musician. Monteith, who will best be remembered for his role as Finn Hudson on the television series 'Glee' from 2009 through 2013, launched his acting career when he was 19, landing minor roles on TV series such as 'Stargate: Atlantis', 'Young Blades', 'Smallville' and 'Kyle XY'. On the bi...
 
Ike Skelton (1931 - 2013)
US Congressman. Born Isaac Newton Skelton IV, he attended the University of Missouri, in 1953, was admitted to the bar in 1956 and opened a private law practice in Lafayette County, Missouri. He was a Lafayette County, Missouri, prosecuting attorney, (1957-60), special Assistant Attorney General, Mi...
 
Sidney Berry (1926 - 2013)
US Army General. A decorated helicopter pilot and infantryman who fought in two wars, he shall be remembered for having been Superintendent of West Point during a turbulent time in the school's history. Raised in southern Mississippi, he was an Eagle Scout and chose to attend West Point despite his ...
 
Tom Boerwinkle (1945 - 2013)
Professional Basketball Player. For ten seasons (1968 to 1978), he played at the center position in the National Basketball Association with the Chicago Bulls. After attending Millersburg Military Academy in Kentucky, he played collegiate basketball at the University of Tennessee. While with the Vol...
 
Sally Starr (1923 - 2013)
Television Hostess, Singer, Actress. Her career started at the young age of 12, when she and her sister Mildred debuted on the CBS radio program "Blush Creek Follies," as the "Little Missouri Maids." Later, she donned a flashy red cowgirl outfit decorated with fringes and shiny silver stars, a cowgi...
 

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