Notable Deaths 2010: Tribute remembers

Tribute would like to take this opportunity to remember the celebrities who have passed away this year. They provided entertainment and escapism and in many ways, these directors, actors and producers have shared their stories, most of which are known worldwide. We laughed and cried and sat on the edge of our seats, excited and anxious, wanting to know what would happen next, thanks to these men and women. For all their years of dedication and love for show business, not to mention their very colorful lives, we commemorate those who have died and hope that Hollywood continues to nurture talents such as these. ~ Chantelle Rodrigo

Name and profession: Age and cause of death: Notables:
Arthur Penn, director Congestive heart failure, 88 Bonnie and Clyde
Jean Simmons, actress Lung cancer, 80. Won a Golden Globe for Guys and Dolls.
Gloria Stuart, actress Natural causes, 100 Nominated for an Oscar for Titanic
Lynn Redgrave, actress Breast cancer, 67 Two Oscar nominations
Harold Gould, actor Prostate cancer, 86 The Sting, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Barbara Billingsley, actress Polymyalgia, 94 Leave it to Beaver
Dennis Hopper, writer/actor/director Prostate cancer, 74 Rebel With a Cause and Easy Rider
Corey Haim, actor Pneumonia, 38 Child star best known for Lost Boys
Eddie Fisher, singer/actor Complications from hip surgery following a fall, 82 A former teen idol, this chart topping pop singer was married to Debbie Reynolds and later to Elizabeth Taylor.
Lena Horne, actress/singer Heart failure, 92 Best known for her single, Stormy Weather and as a civil rights activist.
Tony Curtis, actor Cardiac arrest, 85 Some Like it Hot; father of Jamie Lee Curtis.
Blake Edwards, director Complications of pneumonia, 88. The Pink Panther series of films
Kathryn Grayson, singer/actress Natural causes, 88. Singer, began her movie career in 1941


Other celebrities who passed away in 2010:

Robert Culp
Jill Clayburg
James MacArthur
Kevin McCarthy
Johnny Sheffield
John Forsythe
Fess Parker
June Havoc
Leslie Nielsen
Patricia Neal
Peter Graves
Corin Redgrave
Gary Coleman
Tom Bosley
Roy Ward Baker

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  1. Rudolph Ransom • December 30, 2010 @ 9:34 PM

    At least, they will be remembered forever in movies…!

  2. Terrence • December 30, 2010 @ 10:50 PM

    Wow, there are so many who I’ll miss. I didn’t even realize some of these actors had died. Barbara Billingsley (Leave it to Beaver), Robert Culp (I Spy, The Greatest American Hero), James McArthur (Hawaii 5-0, he was Helen Hayes’ son). I know Fess Parker was a big Disney star in the 50s, I wasn’t born back then but I love Disney trivia. Tom Bosley of Happy Days (and The World of Henry Orient, I love that movie). And Patricia Neal, whose life was pretty tragic, but she managed to hang in there. RIP, thanks for all the good times.

  3. Lillian Young • December 31, 2010 @ 2:35 AM

    These were a special breed of stars and will be sorely missed!!! There will never be the like of them again!!!
    We are losing all of our precious stars which shone so brightly & were in a class all by themselves; most set a great example of style, class & talent!!! Yes, they will be remembered in movies & the lives they affected forever!!!

  4. Helen • December 31, 2010 @ 10:25 AM

    Agree Lillian, great commment!

  5. Rita • December 31, 2010 @ 11:22 PM

    I don’t think I saw any of her movies, but June Havoc was Baby June, the little sister of Gypsy Rose Lee. Their lives are portrayed in the musical Gypsy, which is one of my favourite stage musicals. The movie with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose was pretty good, too.

  6. C-Dub • January 3, 2011 @ 4:46 PM

    I get more and more nostalgic when I look at the names of people who pass away each year. Everytime someone dies I get one more year older and one more person from closer to my generation and from more of my memories makes me really think about the work they did. I keep having a video weekend of their works and I love doing that now. I have a new tradition that some might think is morbid, that I’ll only rent or stream the movies of dead actors/actresses/directors etc.. but to me It’s keeping their memory alive and inviting others to enjoy the films which usually aren’t seen on regular TV rotation.

    Here’s to each of them and their legacies they left behind for everyone to still enjoy.

  7. Mary • January 3, 2011 @ 5:17 PM

    Lillian Young said it all for me as well. They truly were in a class of their own!

  8. Kathleen • January 7, 2011 @ 12:31 AM

    Right on, Lillian! And C-Dub; more power to ya’! It sounds like a good idea–I should watch more of the old time movies too! I was a big fan of Robert Culp’s; like him and so many others, we have really lost some of the greats!! Just brings me to wondering–who will go this year?–possibly Martin Sheen or Michael Douglas?!!! Time will tell. Well, it really is a shame, but life goes on, ‘eh? But, it is sad to lose so many of the greats, year after year!

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