Guest Author - Amber Grey
It never gets any easier saying "goodbye" to the entertainers we know and love. In 2010, we lost icons whose talents and skills will remain unparalleled in their craft and we lost some people who made their own mark in cinematic history. While they may leave us now, their screen image and films will still remain for future generations.
To modern movie-goers and 1990s youth, actress Gloria Stuart became highly recognized as "Old Rose" in the blockbuster "Titanic" (1998). But to classic film fans around the world, she is recognized for her work in the Universal Studio film "The Invisible Man" (1933), "Gold Diggers of 1935" (1935) and "The Three Musketeers" (1939). She retired from acting in 1946 but returned in 1975 in "My Favorite Year." In 1999, Stuart published her autobiography, "I Just Kept Hoping." Still working in the 2000s, Stuart's last on-screen appearance was in "Land of Plenty" (2004). And in the final year of her life, Stuart was honored by both the Screen Actors Guild and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her work in film. She was 100 years old.
Patricia Neal was an Academy-Award nominated actress who at the age of 23, co-starred with Gary Cooper in "The Fountainhead" (1949) while they were engaged in a love affair with each other in real life, although Cooper was married at the time. Although Neal suffered from a series of strokes in her life, she battled them and kept working in both film and theater. Some of her other memorable films include, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (1951), "A Face In The Crowd" (1957) and "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (1961). Later in her life, Neal known as a Pro-Life activist since she noted her regret of having aborted Gary Cooper's child in her memoirs, "As I Am." She was 84.
Actor Meinhard Frank Raabe, the last surviving Munchkin, played the coroner Munchkin in the 1939 sensation "The Wizard of Oz." Raabe was one of the six Munchkins who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and published a memoir, "Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down The Yellow Brick Road." He passed away at the age of 94.
Phyllis Douglas, considered one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With The Wind" (1939), she remains uncredited for her brief role as two-year old "Bonnie Blue Butler." She was 73.
We would like to pay our respects to the following entertainers who also passed away in 2010:
Leslie Nielsen (actor)
Arthur Penn (director, producer)
Irvin Kershner (director)
Joe Mantell (actor)
Harold Gould (actor)
Steffi Sidney (actress)
Lionel Jeffries (actor)
Charles B. Pierce (Director)
Fess Parker (actor)
Richard Wyler (actor)
Sally Menke (editor to Quentin Tarantino)
Dede Allen (editor)
Dorothy Provine (actress)
Ronald Neame (director, "The Posieon Adventure" (1972)
Maury Chaykin (actor)
Cecile Aubry (actress)