Celebrity Deaths in 1997
Famous or not, we all end up dead. Here are some of the better known people to have passed on recently.
Willem de Kooning, famous artist, died March 19 at the age of 92.
Grace Hefner, mother of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, died March 20 at the age of 101.
Wilbert Awbry, author of Thomas the Tank Engine, died March 21 at the
age of 85.
- Allen Ginsburg, poet of the beat generation best known for Howl,
died April 5 at the age of 70.
- Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Washington Redskins, died April 6 at the age of 84.
- Mae Boren Axton, author of Heartbreak Hotel, died April 9 at the
age of 82.
- Pat Paulsen, who launched his first Presidential campaign on the
Smother's Borthers show, died April 24 at the age of 69.
- Mike Royko, Chicago based columnist, died April 29 at the age of 64.
- Bo Widerberg, director best known for Elvira Madigan, died April 30 at the age of 66.
- Fernand Dumont, author of Quebec's Charter of the French Language, died May 2 at the age of 69.
- Alvy Moore, best known as county agent Hank Kimball on Green Acres, died May 4 at the age of 75.
- Murray Kempton, best known as an essayist for the New York Review of Books, died May 5 at the age of 79.
- Marco Ferreri, director best known for La Grande Bouffe, died May 9 at the age of 69.
- Edward Mulhare, unfortunately best known for Knight Rider, died May 24 at the age of 74.
- George Fenneman, announcer for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life, died May 29 at the age of 77.
- Dennis James, the first host of The Price is Right and Name That Tune, died June 3 at the age of 79.
- Stanley Knowles, known as the conscience of the Canadian Parliament, died June 9 at the age of 88.
- Bobby Helms, who recorded the Christmas classic Jingle Bell Rock, died June 19 at the age of 61.
- Gerard Pelletier, one of the three wise men of Quebec, died June 22 at the age of 78.
- Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, died June 23 at the age of 61.
- Brian Keith, star of Family Affair, died June 24 at the age of 75.
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau, world famous oceanographer, died June 25 at the age of 87.
- Robert Mitchum, actor, died July 1 at the age of 79.
- Jimmy Stewart, actor, died July 2 at the age of 89.
- Charles Kuralt, famed On the Road broadcaster, died July 4 at the age of 62.
- Gianni Versace, world famous fashion designer, died July 15 at the age of 50.
- Ben Hogan, golfing legend, died July 25 at the age of 84.
- William S. Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch, died August 2 at the age of 83.
- Jean-Claude Lauzon, director of Leolo, died August 10 at the age of 43.
- Brandon Tartikoff, one time NBC head, died August 27 at the age of 48.
- Diana, Princess of Wales, died August 31 at the age of 36.
- Dodi Al Fayed, millionaire producer of such films as Chariots of Fire and Hook,
died August 31 at the age of 41.
- Rudolf Bing, noted conductor, died September 2 at the age of 95.
- Mother Teresa, Nobel prize winning nun, died September 5 at the age of 87.
- Burgess Meredith, actor best known for his roles in Rocky and the Batman tv show, died September 10 at the age of 88.
- Judith Merrill, SF author, died September 12 at the age of 74.
- Red Skelton, famed comedian, died September 17 at the age of 84.
- Roy Lichtenstein, pop artist, died September 29 at the age of 73.
- John Denver, pop star, died October 12 at the age of 53.
- Harold Robbins, author, died October 14 at the age of 81.
- Hy Averback, best known as producer of tv's MASH, died October 14 at the age of 76.
- James Michener, author, died October 16 at the age of 90.
- Audra Lindley, actress best known for Three's Company and her role
as Phoebe's grandmother on Friends, died October 17 at the age of 79.
- Sidney Newman, creator of Dr. Who, died October 30 at the age of 80.
- Sam Fuller, director, died October 30 at the age of 86.
- Richard Hornsberger, author of the MASH novels, died November 4 at the age of 73.
- Clyde Gilmour, CBC radio personality, died November 7 at the age of 85.
- Eddie Arcaro, the greatest jockey of all time, died November 14 at the age of 81.
- Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, died November 22 at the age of 37.
- John Sopinka, Canadian Supreme Court Justice, died November 24 at the age of 64.
- Stephane Grappelli, jazz great, died December 1 at the age of 89.
- Stubby Kaye, Broadway and film star, died December 14 at the age of 79.
- Nicolette Larson, country pop star, died December 16 at the age of 45.
- Chris Farley, comedian best known for his stint on Saturday Night Live, died December 18 at the age of 33.
- Masaru Ibuka, founder of SONY, died December 19 at the age of 89.
- Dawn Steel, once president of Columbia Pictures, died December 20 at the age of 51.
- Juzo Itami, famed director of Tampopo and many other Japanese hits, died December 20 at the age of 64.
- Stanley Cortez, famed cinematographer of Night of the Hunter and many other films, died December 23 at the age of 92.
- Toshiro Mifune, great Japanese actor and star of films such as Rashomon, Yojimbo, and Seven Samurai, died December 24 at the age of 77.
- Denver Pyle, actor best known for his role on the Dukes of Hazzard, died December 26 at the age of 77.
- Brendan Gill, well know writer for The New Yorker magazine, died December 27 at the age of 83.
- Michael Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, died December 31 at the age of 39.
- Billie Love, silent film star and one time lover of Howard Hughes, died December 31 at the age of 97.