1943 deaths

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  1. Fats Waller

    Fats Waller


    Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an influential American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1984 and 1999.

  2. Leslie Howard

    Leslie Howard


    Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Probably best remembered for playing Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), his other films include Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Pygmalion (1938), Intermezzo (1939), "Pimpernel" Smith (1941) and The First of the Few (1942).

  3. Conrad Veidt

    Conrad Veidt


    Hans Walter Conrad Veidt (22 January 1893 – 3 April 1943) was a German-born British actor best remembered for his roles in films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), and Casablanca (1942). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best-paid stars of Ufa, he left Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife after the Nazis came to power. They settled in Britain, where he participated in a number of films before emigrating to the United States around 1941.

  4. Camille Claudel

    Camille Claudel


    Camille Claudel (8 December 1864 – 19 October 1943) was a French sculptor and graphic artist. She was the elder sister of the poet and diplomat Paul Claudel.

  5. Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Sergei Rachmaninoff


    Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов; 1 April [O.S. 20 March] 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered as one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

  6. Dwight Frye

    Dwight Frye


    Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, remembered for his appearance as the tormented Renfield in the classic horror film Dracula (1931).

  7. Beatrice Hastings

    Beatrice Hastings


    Beatrice Hastings was the pen name of Emily Alice Haigh (27 January 1879 – 30 October 1943) an English writer, poet and literary critic. Much of her work was published in The New Age under a variety of pseudonyms, and she lived with the editor, A. R. Orage, for a time before the outbreak of the First World War. Bisexual, she was a friend and lover of Katherine Mansfield, whose work was first published in The New Age. Another of her lovers was Wyndham Lewis.

  8. Susanne Ledermann

    Susanne Ledermann


    Susanne "Sanne" Ledermann (October 7, 1928 – November 19, 1943) was a German Jewish girl who was murdered by the Nazis in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Susanne is best known for her friendship with the famous diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot Frank.

  9. Nikola Tesla

    Nikola Tesla


    Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

  10. Marina Raskova

    Marina Raskova


    Marina Mikhailovna Raskova (Russian: Раско́ва Мари́на Миха́йловна; March 28, 1912 – January 4, 1943) was a famous Soviet navigator. She later became one of over 800,000 women in the military service, founding three female air regiments which would eventually fly over 30,000 sorties in World War II.

  11. W.S. Van Dyke

    W.S. Van Dyke


    Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke II (March 21, 1889 – February 5, 1943) was an American film director and writer who made several successful early sound films, including Tarzan the Ape Man in 1932, The Thin Man in 1934, San Francisco in 1936, and six popular musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. He received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Thin Man and San Francisco, and directed four actors to Oscar nominations: William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Norma Shearer, and Robert Morley. Known as a reliable craftsman who made his films on schedule and under budget, he earned the name "One Take Woody" for his quick and efficient style of filming.

  12. Sylvia Breamer

    Sylvia Breamer


    Sylvia Breamer (9 June 1897 – 7 June 1943) was an Australian actress who performed in American silent motion pictures beginning in 1917. Her father was Sir James De Courcey Breamer, a commander in the Royal Navy. After his death her mother married Judge A.G. Plunkett, formerly of Sydney, Australia.

  13. Charles Ray

    Charles Ray


    Charles Edgar Ray (March 15, 1891 – November 23, 1943) was an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Ray rose to fame during the mid-1910s portraying young, wholesome hicks in silent comedy films.

  14. Fritzi Brunette

    Fritzi Brunette


    Fritzi Brunette (May 27, 1890, Savannah, Georgia – September 28, 1943, Hollywood, California) was an actress from Savannah, Georgia who acted in motion pictures for thirty years.

  15. Elinor Glyn

    Elinor Glyn


    Elinor Glyn, née Sutherland (17 October 1864 – 23 September 1943), was a British novelist and scriptwriter who specialised in romantic fiction which was considered scandalous for its time. She popularized the concept of It. Although her works are relatively tame by modern standards, she had tremendous influence on early 20th-century popular culture and perhaps on the careers of notable Hollywood stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson and Clara Bow in particular.

  16. Rutka Laskier

    Rutka Laskier


    Rutka (Ruth) Laskier (1929–1943) was a Jewish teenager from Poland who is best known for her 1943 diary chronicling three months of her life during the Holocaust.

  17. Tyler Brooke

    Tyler Brooke


    Tyler Brooke, real name Victor Hugo de Bierre, (June 6, 1886 – March 2, 1943) was an American film actor. He appeared in 92 films between 1915 and 1943. He was born in New York, New York and died in Los Angeles, California by committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.

  18. Donald Haines

    Donald Haines


    Donald Haines (May 9, 1919 – February 20, 1943) was an American child actor who had recurring appearances in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1930 to 1933. He appeared in Our Gang during the early sound days along with Norman "Chubby" Chaney, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Jackie Cooper, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, and Dorothy DeBorba.

  19. Richard Hillary

    Richard Hillary


    Flight Lieutenant Richard Hope Hillary (20 April 1919 – 8 January 1943) was a Battle of Britain pilot who died during World War II. He is best known for his book The Last Enemy, based upon his experiences during the Battle of Britain.

  20. Lea Deutsch

    Lea Deutsch


    Lea Deutsch (18 March 1927 – May, 1943) was a Croatian Jewish child actress who died during the Holocaust.

  21. Theodor Eicke

    Theodor Eicke


    Theodor Eicke (17 October 1892 – 26 February 1943) was an SS-Obergruppenführer (German General), commander of the SS-Division (mot) Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS and one of the key figures in the establishment of concentration camps in Nazi Germany. His Nazi Party number was 114,901 and his SS number was 2,921. Together with SS-Obersturmbannführer Michael Lippert, Eicke executed SA Chief Ernst Röhm following the Night of the Long Knives purge.

  22. Bess Houdini

    Bess Houdini


    Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner (January 22, 1876 – February 11, 1943), better known as Bess Houdini, was the stage assistant and wife of Harry Houdini.

  23. David Bacon

    David Bacon


    David Bacon (March 24, 1914 – September 12, 1943) was an American film actor.

  24. Eric Knight

    Eric Knight


    Eric Oswald Mowbray Knight (10 April 1897 – 15 January 1943) was an English author who is mainly notable for creating the fictional collie Lassie. He took American citizenship in 1942 shortly before his death.

  25. Tully Marshall

    Tully Marshall


    William Phillips (April 10, 1864 – March 10, 1943) was an American character actor known as Tully Marshall, with nearly a quarter century of theatrical experience behind before he made his first film appearance in 1914.

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