R.I.P. List

by Sylviastel | created - 24 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

These were people on other lists of mine that have passed away since I started making the lists up.

1. Dick Clark

Self | The $10,000 Pyramid

Dick Clark was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York on November 30, 1929 to Julia Fuller and Richard Augustus Clark. He had one older brother, Bradley, who was killed in World War II. At the age of 16, Clark got his first job in the mailroom of WRUN, a radio station in Utica, New York, which ...

He was on my possible Kennedy Center Honorees list and I created that list because of him and Berry Gordy who is still alive. Dick, you should have been awarded the Kennedy Center Honors while you were still alive.

2. Levon Helm

Actor | Shooter

Levon Helm was in the right place at the right time. He saw the birth of rock and roll and, though he was too much of a gentleman to say it, his role in helping to keep that rebellious child healthy was more than just instrumental.

On May 26, 1940, Mark Lavon Helm was the second of four children born...

He was also on my Kennedy Center Honors List as a possible recipient.

3. Faith Brook

Actress | The Razor's Edge

Faith Brook was born on February 16, 1922 in York, England. She was an actress, known for The Razor's Edge (1984), Eye of the Needle (1981) and ffolkes (1980). She was married to Michael Horowitz and Dr. Charles Moffett. She died on March 11, 2012 in London, England.

She was on my possible British dames in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen.

4. Joyce Redman

Actress | Tom Jones

Joyce Redman was an Anglo-Irish actress. She was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, without ever winning the award.

Redman was born in an Anglo-Irish family in Northumberland. The family eventually moved back to County Mayo, Ireland, where Redman was raised. She and ...

She was on my British Dames in waiting list. She was never awarded an honour by the Queen.

5. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...

An American original icon. His show, "Andy Griffith Show," is regarded as one of the best American comedies of all time. He's still acting like in the film, "The Waitress." There's something very special about Andy Griffith that you just want to take him home for dinner. Americans know and love him for playing the all-American man next door with heart and soul. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

6. Ernest Borgnine

Actor | Marty

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, ...

One of the great living actors who still keeps going strong. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

7. Marvin Hamlisch

Composer | The Spy Who Loved Me

Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...

A musician and conductor who has been at the forefront of many orchestras in his entire career. His contributions to music can't be ignored. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

8. Phyllis Diller

Actress | A Bug's Life

Diller put out an autobiography in 2005 in her late 80s, and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless ...

She was one the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

9. Hal David

Soundtrack | My Best Friend's Wedding

Songwriter ("Magic Moments", "Baby Elephant Walk", "What the World Needs Now is Love") and author, educated at New York University. Joining ASCAP in 1943, he collaborated musically with Burt Bacharach, Sherman Edwards, Lee Pockriss, [error], Redd Evans, Don Rodney, John Barry and Henry Mancini. His...

He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

10. Dinah Sheridan

Actress | The Railway Children

Cheerful-looking actress Dinah Sheridan was considered the quintessential English rose of late 30's and 40's British films. With an alertness, elegance and quiet beauty second to none, she won the hearts of war-torn England during WWII.

She was born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in London on September 17,...

She was on the possible British Dames in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen sadly.

11. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

One of the great character male actors of our time. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

12. Marian McPartland

Soundtrack | The Human Stain

Marian McPartland was born on March 20, 1918 in Slough, Berkshire, England as Margaret Marian Turner. She was married to Jimmy McPartland. She died on August 20, 2013 in Port Washington, New York, USA.

She was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductee list. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) shortly before her death.

13. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Suspicion

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

She was on my Kennedy center possible recipients list.

14. Sid Caesar

Actor | Grease

Comedian, saxophonist, composer, actor and musician, he performed within the orchestras of Charlie Spivak, Shep Fields and Claude Thornhill as saxophonist. Later, as super-hip jazz musician "Cool Cees" in television skits, he played tenor saxophone, and sang with the satirical trio "The Hair Cuts" ...

A comedic genius. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

15. Mickey Rooney

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. ...

An American icon and film legend. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

16. Eli Wallach

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,...

He and Anne Jackson's careers have a long range of acting on stage, television, and film. He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

17. Elaine Stritch

Actress | 30 Rock

A brash, sharp-tongued, incorrigible actress/singer who led a six decade career that contained many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch's raucous six-decade career certainly lived up well to the Stephen Sondheim song lyrics "I'm Still Here." A popular, magnetic performer, she stole so many ...

An American iconic actress, comedienne, and stage presence on Broadway and the West End in London, England where she appeared in her own hit sitcom. She has plenty of accolades and awards already but she's still going strong, doing theatre, cabaret, television, and even film. She was on the Kennedy Center Honors inductees list.

18. James Garner

Actor | The Notebook

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott ...

One of Americas best loved actors! He was on the Kennedy Center Honors possible inductees list.

19. Dora Bryan

Actress | A Taste of Honey

Dora Bryan was born on February 7, 1923 in Parbold, Lancashire, England as Dora May Broadbent. She was an actress, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), The Fallen Idol (1948) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973). She was married to Bill Lawton. She died on July 23, 2014 in Hove, East Sussex, England.

An OBE recipient in 1996. She still has led a very active life in theatre, film and television most notably and recently in "Last of the Summer Wine" as Edie's sister. She was in the British Dames in waiting list.

20. Elspet Gray

Actress | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Elspet Gray was born on April 12, 1929 in Inverness, Inverness Shire, Scotland as Elspeth Jean MacGregor-Gray. She was an actress, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Six with Rix (1972) and Doctor Who (1963). She was married to Brian Rix. She died on February 18, 2013 in London, England.

A British dame in waiting who was never honored.

21. Charles Keating

Actor | Another World

Charles Keating was born on October 22, 1941 in London, England as Charles Patrick Keating. He was an actor, known for Another World (1964), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and The Bodyguard (1992). He was married to Mary Ellen Cudbody. He died on August 8, 2014 in Weston, Connecticut, USA.

One of my favorite British actors and one of the best on daytime television. His Carl Hutchings was supposed to be villainous but was sympathetic character. I would have loved to have seen Charles get honored by the Queen while he was alive. He was on my British Knights in waiting.

22. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

His tragic end was met with shock and dismay by fans and friends alike. He was a comic genius but hiding his sorrow.

23. Andy Williams

Soundtrack | Lord of War

The extraordinary, easy-listening crooning talents of Andy Williams were first unveiled when he was 8 years old and inducted into the Williams Brothers Quartet as its youngest member. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, Andy started singing with his three older brothers (Bob Williams, Dick...

A possible Kennedy Center Honoree

24. Edna Doré

Actress | Les Misérables

Edna Doré was born on May 31, 1921 in Bromley, Kent, England as Edna Lillian Gorring. She was an actress, known for Les Misérables (1998), High Hopes (1988) and Another Year (2010). She was married to Alexander Doré. She died on April 11, 2014 in Sussex, England.

A great British actress of stage, film and television. She was never honored by the Queen.

25. Stella Tanner

Actress | Armchair Theatre

Stella Tanner was born on January 1, 1925 in London, England as Sarah Stella Tanner. She was an actress and producer, known for Armchair Theatre (1956), Take Three Girls (1969) and W. Somerset Maugham (1969). She was married to David Bauer. She died on March 26, 2012 in London.

British dame in waiting list. She was never honored by the Queen.

26. Lila Kaye

Actress | An American Werewolf in London

Lila Kaye was born on November 7, 1929 in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. She was an actress, known for An American Werewolf in London (1981), See No Evil (1971) and The Invisible Man (1984). She died on January 10, 2012 in England.

British dames in waiting list. She was also never honored by the Queen.

27. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Serial Mom (1994). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 in...

The only person I ever removed from the Kennedy Center Honors List after her vulgar statements. Still life isn't the same without her.

28. Marian Seldes

Actress | Home Alone 3

Tony Award-winner Marian Hall Seldes, one of the premier stage actresses in America, was born on August 23, 1928 in Manhattan, New York, to writer and journalist Gilbert Seldes, and his socialite wife, the former Alice Wadhams Hall. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her ...

She's one of the greatest leading ladies on stage in the country whether it's Edward Albee play or alongside Angela Lansbury, she's still a consummate professional performer in demand and a teacher of drama at Juilliard School.

29. Renée Asherson

Actress | The Others

A beautiful and durable actress of screen, stage and television, Asherson was born Renée Ascherson in London (dropping the "c" early in her acting career), the younger daughter of Charles Ascherson, a businessman and bibliophile of German-Jewish extraction, and his second wife, Dorothy Wiseman, who...

On the British dames in waiting list. She was also never honored by the Queen.

30. Billie Whitelaw

Actress | The Omen

Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.

On my Dame in waiting list, she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1991.

31. Anne Kirkbride

Actress | Coronation Street

Anne Kirkbride was born on June 21, 1954 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. She was an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969) and ITV Lunchtime News (1988). She was married to David Beckett. She died on January 19, 2015 in Manchester, Greater Manchester.

Best known for Deirdre on the Street since the 1970s. She's still great and loved by fans alike. Sadly she was never awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) like her costars.

32. Richard Johnson

Actor | The Haunting

Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the ...

On my British Knights in waiting list, he was also never honored by the Queen.

33. Cilla Black

Soundtrack | Cilla

Cilla Black was born on May 27, 1943 in Liverpool, England as Priscilla Maria Veronica White. She was married to Bobby Willis. She died on August 1, 2015 in Estepona, Spain.

OBE in 1997: on my British Dames in waiting list.

34. Jackie Collins

Actress | Danger Man

Jackie Collins was born on October 4, 1937 in London, England as Jacqueline Jill Collins. She was an actress and writer, known for Danger Man (1960), The Saint (1962) and The Stud (1978). She was married to Oscar Lerman and Wallace Austin. She died on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...

One of the most prolific writers mostly about Hollywood life. She's a best-selling writer even if her writings aren't necessarily studied by literary scholars. She should have been awarded Damehood like her sister Dame Joan Collins. She was on my British Dames in Waiting.

35. Roger Rees

Actor | The Prestige

Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt and Alan Rickman, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied ...

He was on my British Knights in waiting list. After his death this summer, he was awarded induction into the American Theatre Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to the stage in New York City and England. He will be inducted posthumously.

36. Keith Michell

Actor | Henry VIII and His Six Wives

Keith Michell, the Emmy Award-winning Australian television and movie actor best known for portraying King Henry VIII , was born on December 1, 1928 in Adelaide, South Australia and brought up a little less than 150 miles away in Warnertown, which is near Port Pirie. He taught art until he made his...

On my British Knights in Waiting list.

37. Warren Mitchell

Actor | The Trollenberg Terror

Warren Mitchell was born on January 14, 1926 in Stoke Newington, London, England as Warren Misell. He was an actor, known for The Crawling Eye (1958), Jabberwocky (1977) and Carry on Cleo (1964). He was married to Constance Wake. He died on November 14, 2015 in Highgate, London.

On my British Knights in Waiting List.

38. Brian Bedford

Actor | Robin Hood

Brian Bedford was born on February 16, 1935 in Morley, Yorkshire, England. He was an actor, known for Robin Hood (1973), Nixon (1995) and Coronet Blue (1967). He was married to Tim MacDonald. He died on January 13, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

39. Meg Mundy

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Meg Mundy was born on January 4, 1915 in London, England as Margaret Ane Mary Mundy. She was an actress, known for Fatal Attraction (1987), The Doctors (1963) and Ordinary People (1980). She was married to Konstantinos "Dino" Yannopoulos and Marc Daniels. She died on January 12, 2016 in The Bronx, ...

British born but American raised character actress.

40. Tony Warren

Writer | Coronation Street

Tony Warren was born on July 8, 1937 in Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester, England as Anthony McVay Simpson. He was a writer and actor, known for Coronation Street (1960), Ferry Cross the Mersey (1964) and The War of Darkie Pilbeam (1968). He died on March 1, 2016 in England.

The father of Coronation Street.

41. Nancy Reagan

Actress | Night Into Morning

Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Anne Frances Robbins. She was an actress, known for Night Into Morning (1951), Hellcats of the Navy (1957) and East Side, West Side (1949). She was married to Ronald Reagan. She died on March 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California...

She was First Lady of California and our country for 8 years. She has done so much besides the arts to our country that she and her late husband President Ronald Reagan should have been the first president and first lady to have inductions into such a previous institution. We love Nancy! She's done a lot for the country in her 8 years.

42. Victoria Wood

Writer | Dinnerladies

From the mid-1980s right up until her premature death in April 2016, Victoria Wood's appearances on stage and television were always eagerly anticipated, whether it was laugh-a-minute stand-up, a beautifully judged dramatic performance in the TV film Housewife, 49 (2006) or the canteen sitcom ...

Already an OBE and CBE recipient, she's a television presence that is unforgettable.

43. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

He has done music for over 30 years with albums!

44. Patty Duke

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's ...

She should have been on my Kennedy Center Honors List.

45. Anne Jackson

Actress | The Shining

Anne Jackson was born on September 3, 1925 in Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA as Anna Jane Jackson. She was an actress and producer, known for The Shining (1980), CBS Playhouse (1967) and Dirty Dingus Magee (1970). She was married to Eli Wallach. She died on April 12, 2016 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

She and Eli Wallach have one of theaters best partnerships onstage and offstage as well.

46. Garry Marshall

Actor | Never Been Kissed

Garry Marshall was born on November 13, 1934 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Garry Kent Maschiarelli. He was a writer and producer, known for Never Been Kissed (1999), A League of Their Own (1992) and Pretty Woman (1990). He was married to Barbara Marshall. He died on July 19, 2016 in...

While Lear gave us serious comedies, Garry Marshall produced "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," and "Mork & Mindy" as well. All shows were hits and successes and has gone on to the film industry.

47. Peter Wood

Director | In Search of Gregory

Peter Wood was born on October 8, 1925 in Colyton, Devon, England as Peter Lawrence Wood. He was a director and producer, known for In Search of Gregory (1969), ITV Television Playhouse (1955) and ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969). He died on February 11, 2016 in England.

48. Agnes Nixon

Writer | All My Children

Agnes Nixon was born on December 10, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Agnes Eckhardt. She was a writer and actress, known for All My Children (1970), One Life to Live (1968) and Loving (1983). She was married to Robert Henry Nixon. She died on September 28, 2016 in Pennsylvania, USA.

This writer and creator of two ABC soap operas, "All My Children," and "One Life To Live," has already written for other soaps by the time that ABC recruited her. Between both soaps, she has over 80 years of television already with unforgetable characters like Erica Kane, Adam & Stuart Chandler, Myrtle Fargate, Phoebe Wallingford, Tad Martin, etc. on All My Children and Vikki Lord Buchanan, Clint Buchanan, Asa Buchanan, Dorian Lord, and others on One Life To Live to mention. She has created and wrote for her audiences with both humor and seriousness without being too preachy. She's one of the finest American writers on par with William Shakespeare. She's done a lot for daytime including tackling serious storyline issues from the very beginning. Too bad, her shows have been canceled. She has told many great stories over the years. It's hard to say goodbye to a woman who created Erica Kane. Nixon has always been a dedicated writer even in labor. Few daytime stars are truly genuine in caring about their actors and actresses and the characters that they are playing. I can't say enough about her.

49. Gordon Davidson

Director | The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

From 1967 to 2005 Gordon Davidson was the Artistic Director of the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at The Music Center. Davidson was also the Producing Director of the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre for 15 years, and the Artistic Director of the inaugural season (2004-2005) at the Kirk...

50. Jean Alexander

Actress | Coronation Street

Jean Mavis Hodgkinson, known by the stage name Jean Alexander, was a British television actress. She was best known to British television viewers as Hilda Ogden in the soap opera Coronation Street (1960), a role she played from 1964 until 1987, and also as Auntie Wainwright in the long-running ...

Best known for Hilda Ogden on Coronation Street for over 20 years and playing stingy Auntie Wainwright on The Last of the Summer Wine. She's commanded the attention and audiences of Lord Laurence Olivier along the way. That's an accomplishment in it's own. Her Hilda Ogden is still one of the best and most beloved female characters ever to grace on British television.

51. Peter Vaughan

Actor | Brazil

A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thespian Peter Vaughan's hefty frame could appear intimidating or marshmallow benevolent; his beady, hollow eyes menacing or tender; his mere presence menacing or avuncular. Adept at playing both sides of the law, his characters ...

52. Liz Smith

Actress | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Liz Smith found fame as an actress at an age when most people are considering retirement. It was a long road to eventual stardom, during which she struggled to raise a family after a broken marriage. She became best-known for her roles in The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and The Royle Family but her ...

An MBE recipient. This 90 year old actress has stopped acting due to health reasons but I still like her on this list anyway.

53. Debbie Reynolds

Actress | Singin' in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...

54. Leonard Cohen

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Leonard Norman Cohen. He died on November 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

55. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

She played the dutiful housewife to Dick Van Dyke in his series. In her own, she showed that you can be an independent, single, working woman. You don't always have to get married to be fulfilled or have children. Her show revolutionized and became a statement for the women's rights movement of the 1970s.

56. Jane Freeman

Actress | Last of the Summer Wine

Although Jane Freeman will forever be associated with the redoubtable cafe owner Ivy in Roy Clarke's long-running The Last of the Summer Wine - appearing in 274 episodes over a 37-year run and a 1983 stage version - she was also an actor of considerable resources who remained steadfastly committed ...

Best known for her role of "Ivy" in the "Last of the Summer Wine." A wonderful actress and national treasure as Nora Batty's friend.

57. Jeanne Moreau

Actress | Jules et Jim

When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...

Since her mother was British, I believe she's eligible for this honour whether honorary and worthy of it. She's one of the world's greatest film actresses whether in French or English.

58. Sam Shepard

Actor | August: Osage County

Sam Shepard was born Samuel Shepard Rogers in Fort Sheridan, IL, to Jane Elaine (Schook), a teacher, and Samuel Shepard Rogers, a teacher and farmer who was also in the army. As the eldest son of a US Army officer (and WWII bomber pilot), Shepard spent his early childhood moving from base to base ...

59. A.R. Gurney

Writer | Teatr Telewizji

A.R. Gurney was born on November 1, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. He was a writer, known for Television Theater (1953), 3 by Cheever (1979) and Trying Times (1987). He was married to Mary Forman Goodyear. He died on June 13, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

60. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

A brilliant comedic genius and philanthropist who has made the MDA Labor Day telethon where he would remain awake for hours. He has raised millions of dollars for MDA. Still, lacking a high school diploma from Irvington High School where he was kicked out long ago, I would be very happy if they finally bestowed one to him after decades apart.

61. Glen Campbell

Soundtrack | True Grit

Glen Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, USA as Glen Travis Campbell. He was married to Kim Campbell, Sarah Jan Barg Davis, Billie Jean Nunley and Diane Kirk. He died on August 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

An American music country legend for decades

62. Elizabeth Dawn

Actress | Coronation Street

Sylvia Butterfield MBE, known professionally as Elizabeth Dawn or Liz Dawn, is an English actress, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera, Coronation Street. First starting on the serial in 1974, she had more of a recurring role as a factory worker until ...

An MBE Recipient. She's best known for Vera Duckworth on Coronation Street.

63. Rosemary Leach

Actress | A Room with a View

English character actress with a penchant for genteel aristocrats and kindly mothers. The daughter of teachers, she "spent some time selling shoes in Reading" before entering the acting profession. Aged eighteen, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her debut in repertory ...

64. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

65. Fats Domino

Soundtrack | Twelve Monkeys

Fats Domino was born on February 26, 1928 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Antoine Domino Jr. He was married to Rosemary Hall. He died on October 24, 2017 in New Orleans.

National Medal of the Arts recipient; Hurricane Katrina survivor; legendary musician!

66. Carol Channing

Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie

Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...

95 year old American treasure; the original Dolly!

67. Carole Shelley

Actress | Robin Hood

Though English-born, Carole Shelley spent almost her entire award-winning career in the theatre in America, becoming one of Broadway's mainstays and a true pioneer of the American theatre.

Shelley was born in London, England, to Deborah (Bloomstein), an opera singer, and Curtis Shelley, a composer. ...

One of theaters best loved & respected actresses!

68. Fenella Fielding

Actress | Carry On Screaming!

Fenella Fielding was born on November 17, 1927 in Hackney, London, England as Fenella Marion Feldman. She was an actress and writer, known for Carry on Screaming! (1966), Guest House Paradiso (1999) and The Avengers (1961). She died on September 11, 2018 in Hammersmith, London.

69. Liz Fraser

Actress | I'm All Right Jack

Best known for playing the perpetually dizzy blonde bimbo in several instalments of the Carry On franchise, buxom Liz Frazer (born Elizabeth Joan Winch above a corner shop in south London) acted in repertory theatre and television before breaking into films. Her first role of note was Cynthia, the ...

70. Carole Shelley

Actress | Robin Hood

Though English-born, Carole Shelley spent almost her entire award-winning career in the theatre in America, becoming one of Broadway's mainstays and a true pioneer of the American theatre.

Shelley was born in London, England, to Deborah (Bloomstein), an opera singer, and Curtis Shelley, a composer. ...

She is British born and has done plenty of shows in England and in America. She's the original Madame Morrible in Broadway's Wicked and has acted in plenty of stage productions.

71. Clive Swift

Actor | Excalibur

Clive Swift was born on February 9, 1936 in Liverpool, England as Clive Walter Swift. He was an actor, known for Excalibur (1981), Frenzy (1972) and Keeping Up Appearances (1990). He was married to Margaret Drabble. He died on February 1, 2019 in London, England.

72. Robin Leach

Actor | The Ridiculous 6

Robin Leach was born on August 29, 1941 in London, England as Robin Douglas Leach. He was an actor and producer, known for The Ridiculous 6 (2015), I.M. Caravaggio (2010) and Free Money (1998). He was married to Judith Desser. He died on August 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

His services to the culinary world in Las Vegas are unmatched by anybody else. He is also quite a charitable philanthropist.

73. Muriel Pavlow

Actress | The Shop at Sly Corner

Lovely, delicate-looking actress Muriel Pavlow belongs firmly to the British cinema of the 1950s and often provided a nice counterbalance to the hectic goings-on in many comedies. Born in 1921 in Leigh, Kent, England, she was a dominant stage actress despite her petite frame and made her theatrical...

74. Bridget Turner

Actress | Pride and Prejudice

Bridget Turner was born on February 22, 1939 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England as Bridget Joanna Turner. She was an actress, known for Pride and Prejudice (1995), Under Milk Wood (1971) and Resurrection (1968). She was married to Frank Cox. She died on December 27, 2014 in Dorchester, Dorset, ...

One of England's best beloved stage actresses who has done it all on television and film as well. Her theatre history alone deserves attention.

75. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

The Unforgettable Doris Day is one of the great American icons. It would be a terrible shame if she didn't get this honor to remember how much she is loved by the American public for her musical, comedic, and acting genius as well as her love for animals.

76. Irene Sutcliffe

Actress | Withnail & I

After training at LAMDA, Irene traveled widely with the Bristol Old Vic Company, including Europe, America and the Middle East. She worked in rep at Liverpool, Leatherhead, Worthing and Wolverhampton and did seasons at Stratford-on-Avon and Chichester and toured with a Shakespearean Company. She ...

More known for her stage presence than film and television but still one of the best British actresses in her 80s.

77. Diahann Carroll

Actress | Julia

One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, a nurse; music ...

78. Zoe Caldwell

Actress | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas ...

An OBE Recipient: This Australian born actress has lived in New York City, London, and Melbourne. She's worked onstage ever since she could. She's most at home on the stage in a theatre wherever. Her dedication to the theatre is paramount in understanding her. Most people are unaware of her brilliance as an actress. We only get her now in some films and television but too bad, audiences don't know her for playing Maria Callas on Broadway in Master Class.

79. Juliette Kaplan

Actress | Last of the Summer Wine

Juliette Kaplan was born on October 2, 1939 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England as Marlene Juliette Kaplan. She is known for her work on Last of the Summer Wine (1973), Don't Let Go (2013) and A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (1958). She was married to Harold Hoser. She died on October 10, 2019 in Kent...

Best known as the long-suffering Pearl on "Last of the Summer Wine."

80. Gwen Cherrell

Actress | One Wild Oat

Gwen Cherrell was born on March 12, 1926 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Gwendoline Chambers. She was an actress and writer, known for One Wild Oat (1951), BBC Play of the Month (1965) and Thursday Theatre (1964). She died on April 24, 2019 in Grayshott, Hampshire, England.

81. Sheila Steafel

Actress | The 10th Kingdom

Sheila Steafel was born on May 26, 1935 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Sheila Frances Steafel. She was an actress, known for The 10th Kingdom (2000), Parting Shots (1998) and The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968). She was married to Harry H. Corbett. She died on August 23, 2019 in London, England.

A great stage, film, and television actress

82. James Lipton

Writer | Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton was an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and producer for stage and television projects. He was known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discussed their craft ...

An American original actor, teacher, producer, writer, and screenwriter along his many talents. Even in his age, he's still active with the Actors Studio (largely ignored by Bravo). Still I think he's the reason that Bravo was initially an artists network of actors, writers, musicians, etc. If he ran Bravo, you would have some of the most innovative television programming instead of reality shows polluting the channel.

83. Kenny Rogers

Soundtrack | Faster

Born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children born to a carpenter father who worked in a shipyard and a mother who was a hospital nurse's assistant. Of humble Irish and Native...

He's an American Country Music icon. He's a businessman, singer, and performer. Still performing after all these years.

84. Lee Phillip Bell

Writer | The Young and the Restless

Lee Phillip Bell was born on June 10, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Loreley June Phillip. She was a writer and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), The Chicagoans (1971) and The Bold and the Beautiful (1987). She was married to William J. Bell. She died on February 25, 2020 in...

Before she and her husband migrated from Chicago to Los Angeles, she was the longtime host of her own morning talk show before Oprah Winfrey. She and her husband are responsible for two soaps, Young & Restless and Bold & Beautiful. Too bad, her husband had died a few years ago. He was really a genius but Lee too has done her part in making daytime history. Their marriage was one of the most successful partnerships in television history.

85. Frances Cuka

Actress | Oliver Twist

Frances Cuka was born in 1936 in London, to Joseph and Letitia Cuka. The family eventually moved to Hove, where Frances was educated at Brighton and Hove High School. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, then made her stage debut in 1955 in 'Meet Mr. Callaghan' in Warrington. ...

86. Jean Fergusson

Actress | Last of the Summer Wine

Jean Fergusson was born on December 30, 1944 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England as Jean Mitchell Fergusson. She was an actress, known for Last of the Summer Wine (1973), Coronation Street (1960) and Run for Your Wife (2012). She died on November 14, 2019.

87. Freddie Jones

Actor | Dune

British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after ten years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. He ...

88. Tony Britton

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Renowned British classical stage star Tony Britton was born in Birmingham, England, the son of Edward Leslie and Doris (Jones) Britton in 1924. He took his first professional curtain call at age 18 in "Quiet Weekend" with a company in Weston-Super-Mare just before joining the Army in November of ...

89. John Barton

Writer | All's Well That Ends Well

John Barton was born on November 26, 1928 in London, England as John Bernard Adie Barton. He was a writer and director, known for All's Well That Ends Well (1968), The Wars of the Roses (1965) and ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969). He was married to Anne Righter. He died on January 18, 2018 in London.

90. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner was a legend of American comedy, who achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his album "The 2,000 Year Old Man", based on his ...

An iconic comedian for the last 50 years and more. He's still going strong by making appearances in sitcoms today. His contributions to comedy can't be ignored.

91. Little Richard

Soundtrack | Predator

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...

92. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents, Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

One of the great living actresses and probably last original cast member of "Gone With the Wind." She has spent decades in Paris, France but has still acted in films and television as well. A National Medal of the Arts recipient.

93. Marge Champion

Actress | The Party

One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher ...

still alive at 98 years old. She was Gower Champion's longtime dance partner on stage and off in real life.



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