Dec 31, 2011

R.I.P. 2011

It is always bittersweet to reflect on the people who have passed each year. I first learned of many of these people by reading their obituaries. It's sad to think of these artists passing on, but inspiring to reflect on their achievements and in some cases, get to know them better. Regardless of the size of their impact, each of these people made their mark on classic movies. Please let me know in the comments if I have missed anyone who you feel belongs on the list! 

Ray Aghayan Costume designer, Doctor Dolittle (1967), Our Man Flint (1966)

Dev Anand Actor/Director, Jewel Thief (1967), Haré Raama Haré Krishna (1971)

James Arness Actor, The Thing From Another World (1951), Gunsmoke (1955-1975)

Doe Avedon Siegel Actress/Model, Deep in My Heart (1954), The High and the Mighty (1954)

William Campbell Actor, Lover Me Tender (1956), Man Without a Star (1955)

Linda Christian Actress, Athena (1954), The Devil’s Hand (1962)

Diane Cilento Actress, Tom Jones (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Jackie Cooper Actor, The Champ (1931), Skippy (1931)

 Paulette Dubost Actress, Rules of the Game (1939)

 Annalisa Ericson Actress, Summer Interlude (1951)

Peter Falk Actor, Murder Inc. (1961), Pressure Point (1962)

Edith Fellows Actress, She Married Her Boss (1935), Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Margaret Field Actress, The Man From Planet X (1951), mother of Sally Field

Anne Francis Actress, Forbidden Planet (1956), The Blackboard Jungle (1955)

 Dolores Fuller Actress, Glen or Glenda (1953), Bride of the Monster (1955)

Betty Garrett Actress, On the Town (1949), Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

Susan Gordon Child Actress, Attack of the Puppet People (1958), The Five Pennies (1959)

Farley Granger Actor, Strangers on a Train (1951), Senso (1954)

 John Howard Davies Actor/Producer, Oliver Twist (1948)

 Michael Gough Actor, Batman (1989), The Man in the White Suit (1954)

 Jill Haworth Actress, Exodus (1960), In Harm’s Way (1965)

 Sybil Jason Child Actress, The Little Princess (1939), The Blue Bird (1940)

 Leonard Kastle Director, The Honeymoon Killers (1969)

Barbara Kent Actress, Lonesome (1928), Flesh and the Devil (1926)

 Arthur Laurents Screenwriter, Rope (1948), Anastasia (1956)

 Judy Lewis Actress/Therapist, daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young

Anna Massey Actress, Peeping Tom (1960), Frenzy (1972)

Cynthia Myers Actress, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Harry Morgan Actor, Moonrise (1948), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

 Mary Murphy Actress, The Wild One (1953)

 Charles Napier Actor, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)

 Marilyn Nash Actress, Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

 David Nelson Actor, Peyton Place (1957), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966)

Paul Picerni Actor, House of Wax (1953), The Untouchables (1959-1963)

 Harry Redmond, Jr. Special Effects, King Kong (1933), The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Cliff Robertson Actor, Charley (1968), Picnic (1955)

Jane Russell Actress, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), His Kind of Woman (1951)

Tura Satana Actress, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Irma La Douce (1963)

 Miriam Seeger Actress, When Knights Were Bold (1929), Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929)

Elaine Stewart Actress, The Adventures of Haji Baba (1954), Brigadoon (1954)

 Hideko Takamine Actress, Floating Clouds (1955), House of Many Pleasures (1955)

Elizabeth Taylor Actress, National Velvet (1944), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

Yvette Vickers Actress, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Googie Withers Actress, Night and the City (1950), The Gang’s All Here (1939)

Dana Wynter Actress, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Something of Value (1957)

Susannah York Actress, Tom Jones (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966)

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