We lost several well-known people this year and I pay tribute to them in this entry:
Artie Shaw, a clarinetist and swing era band leader, died December 30, at the age of 94
Jerry Orbach, actor best known for Law & Order, died December 28 at the age of 69.
Susan Sontag, intellectual, died December 28 at the age of 71.
Pierre Berton, Canadian literary icon, died November 30 at the age of 84.
Arthur Hailey, author best known for Airport, died November 25 at the age of 84.
Howard Keel, actor/singer best known for his roles in musicals like Annie Get Your Gun, died November 7 at the age of 85.
Ken Caminiti, all star baseball player, died October 10 at the age of 41.
Christopher Reeve, actor best known for his role as Superman, died October 10 at the age of 52.
Jacques Derrida, founder of deconstructionism, died October 9 at the age of 74.
Rodney Dangerfield, comedian, died October 5 at the age of 82.
Janet Leigh, actress best known for Psycho, died October 3 at the age of 77.
Richard Avedon, photographer, died October 1 at the age of 81.
Geoffrey Beene, fashion designer, died September 28 at the age of 77.
Francoise Sagan, author best known for Bonjour Tristesse, died September 24 at the age of 69.
Russ Meyer, film maker, died September 18 at the age of 82.
Johnny Ramone, founder of the Ramones, died September 15 at the age of 55.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist best known for her book on death and dying, died August 24 at the age of 78.
Elmer Bernstein, composer, died August 18 at the age of 82.
Julia Child, chef, died August 13 at the age of 91.
Fay Wray, actress best known for King Kong, died August 8 at the age of 96.
Paul 'Red' Adair, famed oil well fire fighter, died August 7 at the age of 89.
Rick James, musician best known for Super Freak, died August 6 at the age of 56.
Francis Crick, codiscover of the DNA double helix, died July 28 at the age of 88.
Jerry Goldsmith, composer best known for scoring films such as The Omen, Alien, and Chinatown, died July 21 at the age of 75.
Isabel Sanford, actress best known as Louise Jefferson on the tv series The Jeffersons, died July 9 at the age of 86.
Ray Charles, musician, died June 10 at the age of 73.
Ronald Reagan, one time president of the United States, died June 5 at the age of 93.
Brian Linehan, celebrity interviewer, died June 4 at the age of 58.
Tony Randall, actor best known as Felix on the tv series The Odd Couple, died May 17 at the age of 84.
June Taylor, dancer and choreographer best known for the Jackie Gleason show, died May 17 at the age of 86.
Alan King, comedian, died May 9 at the age of 76.
Estee Lauder, cosmetics queen, died April 24 at the age of 97.
Carrie Snodgress, actress best known for Diary of a Mad Housewife, died April 1 at the age of 57.
Alistair Cooke, broadcaster best known in North America as the host of Masterpiece Theater, died March 30 at the age of 95.
Peter Ustinov, actor, died March 28 at the age of 82.
Jan Berry, musician best known as half of Jan & Dean, died March 26 at the age of 62.
Queen Juliana, former queen of the Netherlands, died March 20 at the age of 94.
Robert Pastorelli, actor best known as house painter Eldin on Murphy Brown, died March 8 at the age of 49.
Paul Winfield, actor best known as the father in Sounder, died March 7 at the age of 62.
Spalding Gray, monologist, was found dead March 7 at the age of 62.
Mercedes McCambridge, actress known for films such as Touch of Evil and The Exorcist, died March 2 at the age of 85.
Marge Schott, one time owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died March 2 at the age of 75.
John Randolph, actor known for his Tony award winning performance in Broadway Bound and as Rock Hudson's alter ego in Seconds, died February 24 at the age of 88.
Claude Ryan, Quebec federalist intellectual, died February 9 at the age of 79.
M.M. Kaye, author best known for The Far Pavilions, died January 29 at the age of 95.
Jack Paar, talk show pioneer, died January 27 at the age of 85.
Bob Keeshan, better known as Captain Kangaroo, died January 23 at the age of 76.