Famous people who died this year

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  1. Anita Ekberg

    Anita Ekberg


    Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg (29 September 1931 – 11 January 2015) was a Swedish-Italian actress, model, and sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Sylvia in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita (1960). Ekberg worked primarily in Italy, of which she became a permanent resident in 1964.

  2. Laura Antonelli

    Laura Antonelli


    Laura Antonelli (born Laura Antonaz; 28 November 1941 – 22 June 2015) was an Italian film actress, who appeared in 45 films between 1965 and 1991.

  3. Yvonne Craig

    Yvonne Craig


    Yvonne Joyce Craig (born May 16, 1937) is an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman, and as the Orion Marta in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.

  4. Melody Patterson

    Melody Patterson


    Melody Patterson (April 16, 1949 – August 20, 2015) was an American actress known for her role as Wrangler Jane in the 1960s television series F Troop. She was 16 years old when she first appeared on the show. After the 1967 cancellation of F Troop, Patterson worked in television, radio, and the theater and entertained troops in Vietnam.

  5. Maureen O'Hara

    Maureen O'Hara


    Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the ages of 6 to 17 she trained in drama, music and dance, and at the age of 10 joined the Rathmines Theatre Company and worked in amateur theatre in the evenings, after her lessons. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller. She was one of the last living actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

  6. 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.

  7. Lorena Rojas

    Lorena Rojas


    Lorena Rojas (born Seydi Lorena Rojas Gonzalez; 10 February 1971 – 16 February 2015) was a Mexican actress and singer, best known for her leading roles in popular telenovelas.

  8. B.B. King

    B.B. King


    Riley B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), known by his stage name B.B. King, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

  9. Joan Leslie

    Joan Leslie


    Joan Leslie (born January 26, 1925, Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American actress who appeared in such films as High Sierra, Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

  10. Ben Powers

    Ben Powers


    Alton "Ben" Powers (July 5, 1950 – April 6, 2015) was an American actor. He was known for his role as Thelma Evans's husband, Keith Anderson, during the sixth and final season of the 1970s TV show Good Times (1978–1979). During the 1970s, he was a cast member of the TV comedy series Laugh-In.

  11. Blaze Starr

    Blaze Starr


    Blaze Starr (born Fannie Belle Fleming; April 10, 1932 – June 15, 2015) was an American stripper and burlesque comedienne. Her vivacious presence and inventive use of stage props earned her the nickname "The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque". She was also known for her affair with Louisiana Governor Earl Kemp Long. The 1989 film Blaze is based on her memoir.

  12. Omar Sharif

    Omar Sharif


    Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, born Michel Demitri Chalhoub, April 10, 1932) is an Egyptian actor. The assumed surname Sharif means "noble" in Arabic. His films include Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968). He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won three Golden Globe Awards.

  13. Amanda Peterson

    Amanda Peterson


    Amanda Peterson (born Phyllis Amanda Peterson, July 8, 1971 – July 3, 2015) was an American actress known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.

  14. Lesley Gore

    Lesley Gore


    Lesley Sue Goldstein (May 2, 1946 – February 16, 2015) better known as Lesley Gore, was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. At the age of 16, in 1963, she recorded the pop hit "It's My Party", and followed it up with other hits including "Judy's Turn to Cry", "You Don't Own Me", and "California Nights".

  15. Zhanna Friske

    Zhanna Friske


    Jeanna Vladimirovna Friske (Russian: Жанна Владимировна Фриске; 8 July 1974 – 15 June 2015), better known by the stage name Zhanna Friske, was a Russian actress, singer, model, and socialite. She was a member of the girl group Blestyaschie.

  16. Jonathan Crombie

    Jonathan Crombie


    Jonathan Crombie (October 12, 1966 – April 15, 2015) was a Canadian actor, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in CBC Television's 1985 telefilm Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels.

  17. Grace Lee Whitney

    Grace Lee Whitney


    Grace Lee Whitney (April 1, 1930 – May 1, 2015) was an American actress and singer. She was known for her role as Janice Rand on the original Star Trek television series and subsequent Star Trek television series and films, as well as for her appearances at Star Trek events.

  18. Cynthia Lennon

    Cynthia Lennon


    Cynthia Lennon (née Powell; 10 September 1939 – 1 April 2015) was the first wife of English musician John Lennon, and mother of Julian Lennon. She grew up in the middle-class section of Hoylake, on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England. At the age of 12, she was accepted into the Junior Art School, and was later enrolled in the Liverpool College of Art. John Lennon also attended the college; a meeting with Powell in a calligraphy class led to their relationship.

  19. Judy Carne

    Judy Carne


    Joyce Audrey Botterill (27 April 1939 – 3 September 2015), known professionally as Judy Carne, was an English actress best remembered for the phrase "Sock it to me!" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

  20. Cilla Black

    Cilla Black


    Priscilla Maria Veronica White OBE (27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015), known by her stage name Cilla Black, was an English singer, television presenter and actress.

  21. Pierre Brice

    Pierre Brice


    Pierre-Louis Baron de Bris (6 February 1929 – 6 June 2015), known as Pierre Brice, was a French actor, best-known as fictional Apache-chief Winnetou in German Karl May films.

  22. Lizabeth Scott

    Lizabeth Scott


    Lizabeth Virginia Scott (September 29, 1922 – January 31, 2015) was an American film actress, known for her "smoky voice" and "the most beautiful face of film noir during the 1940s and 1950s." After understudying the role of Sabina in the original Broadway and Boston stage productions of The Skin of Our Teeth, she emerged internationally in such films as The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Dead Reckoning (1947), Desert Fury (1947) and Too Late for Tears (1949). Of her 22 feature films, she was leading lady in all but one. In addition to stage and radio, she appeared on television from the late 1940s to early 1970s.

  23. Martin Milner

    Martin Milner


    Martin Sam Milner (born December 28, 1931) is a retired American film, stage, radio, and television actor. Milner is best known for his performances in two popular television series: Route 66, which aired on CBS from 1960 to 1964, and Adam-12, which aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

  24. Demis Roussos

    Demis Roussos


    Artemios "Demis" Ventouris-Roussos (Greek: Αρτέμιος "Ντέμης" Βεντούρης-Ρούσσος, 15 June 1946 – 25 January 2015) was a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite's Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis.

  25. Coleen Gray

    Coleen Gray


    Coleen Gray (born October 23, 1922) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Nightmare Alley (1947), Red River (1948), and Stanley Kubrick's The Killing (1956).

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