Celebrities who died on January 1

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  1. Donna Douglas

    Donna Douglas


    Donna Douglas (born Doris Smith; September 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American actress and singer, known for her role as Elly May Clampett in CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971). Following her acting career, Douglas became a real estate agent, a Gospel singer and inspirational speaker, and authored books for children and adults.

  2. Hank Williams

    Hank Williams


    Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. (/hæŋk wɪljəmz /; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.

  3. Patti Page

    Patti Page


    Clara Ann Fowler (November 8, 1927 – January 1, 2013), known by her professional name Patti Page, was an American singer of traditional pop music. She was the top-charting female vocalist and best-selling female artist of the 1950s, selling over 100 million records during a six decade long career. She was often introduced as "the Singin' Rage, Miss Patti Page". New York WNEW disc-jockey William B. Williams introduced her as "A Page in my life called Patti".

  4. Dana Douglas

    Dana Douglas


  5. Cesar Romero

    Cesar Romero


    Cesar Julio Romero, Jr. (February 15, 1907 – January 1, 1994) was an American actor, singer, dancer, voice artist, and comedian who was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years.

  6. Margaret Sullavan

    Margaret Sullavan


    Margaret Brooke Sullavan (May 16, 1909 – January 1, 1960) was an American stage and film actress.

  7. Shirley Chisholm

    Shirley Chisholm


    Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician, educator, and author. She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first African-American woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination (US Senator Margaret Chase Smith had previously run for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination). She received 152 first-ballot votes at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

  8. Catya Sassoon

    Catya Sassoon


    Catya "Cat" Sassoon (September 3, 1968 – January 1, 2002) was an American actress, singer and former model.

  9. Maurice Chevalier

    Maurice Chevalier


    Maurice Auguste Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor, Cabaret singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including "Louise", "Mimi", "Valentine", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his films, including The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His trademark attire was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with a tuxedo.

  10. Giselle Hennessy

    Giselle Hennessy


  11. Joan Rice

    Joan Rice


    Joan Rice (3 February 1930 – 1 January 1997) was a British film actress.

  12. Jim Hutton

    Jim Hutton


  13. Estella Blain

    Estella Blain


  14. Juanita Moore

    Juanita Moore


    Juanita Moore (October 19, 1914 – January 1, 2014) was an American film, television, and stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category at a time when only a single African American had won an Oscar. Her most famous role was as Annie Johnson in the movie Imitation of Life (1959).

  15. Beulah Bondi

    Beulah Bondi


    Beulah Bondi (May 3, 1889 – January 11, 1981) was an American actress of stage, film and television. She began her acting career as a young child in theater, and after establishing herself as a stage actress, she reprised her role in Street Scene for the 1931 film version. She played supporting roles in several films during the 1930s, and was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played the mother of James Stewart in four films, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). She continued acting well into her later years, winning an Emmy Award for an appearance on The Waltons in 1976.

  16. Victor Buono

    Victor Buono


    Victor Charles Buono (February 3, 1938 – January 1, 1982) was an American actor and comic most famous for playing the villain King Tut on the television series Batman. He was a busy actor from his late teens until his death at age 43, and with his large size and sonorous voice, he made a career of playing men much older than himself.

  17. Norma Ronald

    Norma Ronald


    Norma Ronald (1937 - 1993) was a British actress best known for her appearances as "Mildred Murfin" in the 1960s BBC Radio comedy series The Men from the Ministry, as "Miss Ealand" in the Science Fiction television series UFO and as Sir John Wilder's ever-resourceful secretary Kay Lingard in both The Plane Makers and its follow-up The Power Game (1963-9)

  18. Jane Morgan

    Jane Morgan


  19. Edmund Purdom

    Edmund Purdom


    Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom (19 December 1924 – 1 January 2009) was a British actor. He worked first on stage in Britain, performing various works by Shakespeare, then later in America on Broadway, until making his way to Hollywood, and eventually spent the remainder of his life appearing in Italian cinema. He is perhaps best known for his starring role in 1954's historical epic The Egyptian.

  20. Sophie Daumier

    Sophie Daumier


    Sophie Daumier (24 November 1934 – 1 January 2004) was a French film actress. She appeared in 28 films between 1956 and 1979.

  21. Gertrude Michael

    Gertrude Michael


    Gertrude Michael (June 1, 1911 – December 31, 1964) was an American film, stage and television actress.

  22. Ray Walston

    Ray Walston


    Herman Raymond "Ray" Walston (November 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001) was an American actor and comedian, best known as the title character on My Favorite Martian. He had such iconic film, television and stage roles as Luther Billis (South Pacific), Mr. Applegate (Damn Yankees), J.J. Singleton (The Sting), Mr. Hand (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Candy (Of Mice and Men), and Judge Henry Bone (Picket Fences).

  23. Del Reeves

    Del Reeves


    Franklin Delano Reeves (July 14, 1932 – January 1, 2007), better known as Del Reeves, was an American country music singer, best known for his "girl-watching" novelty songs of the 1960s including "Girl on the Billboard" and "The Belles of Southern Bell". He is also known for his 1968 trucker's anthem, "Looking At The World Through A Windshield", which demonstrated he was capable of more than just novelty songs. He became one of the most successful male country singers of the 1960s.

  24. Warrene Ott

    Warrene Ott


  25. Townes van Zandt

    Townes van Zandt


    John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre. He had a small and devoted fanbase, but never had a successful album or single and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Much of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins, etc.

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