2016 has been quite a year! Forget politics, let’s talk stars. This year might be the deadliest for celebrities. So many have been taken too soon; but each left a beautiful legacy that will never be forgotten.
Here’s how I remember….
Debbie Reynolds – Princess Leia’s mother and the adorable woman from Singing in the Rain who not only stole our hearts but Gene Kelly’s as well.
Carrie Fisher – She will forever be Princess Leia from Star Wars.
George Michael – Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”……
Zsa Zsa Gabor – Hollywood icon and once arrested for slapping a cop.
Alan Thicke – The dad from Growing Pains.
Joseph Mascolo – The evil Stefano DiMera from Days of Our Lives.
John Glenn – The first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth.
Florence Henderson – America’s favorite mom, Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch.
Janet Reno – The first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general.
Arnold Palmer – A class-act golfer.
Gene Wilder – Young Frankenstein, Blazin’ Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will forever be in my movie collection.
Garry Marshall – The director that gave us A League of Their Own and Pretty Woman.
Ron Lester – Offensive guard Billy Bob from Varsity Blues.
Muhammad Ali – “The Greatest” boxing legend.
Morley Safer – 60 Minutes will never be the same.
Prince – No words…but “I just want your extra time and your….kiss“.
Doris Roberts – Ray’s mother on Everybody Loves Raymond and Ellen’s mother in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Patty Duke – A great actress staring in the Patty Duke Show and The Miracle Worker.
Garry Shandling – The Larry Sanders Show was a staple in my house growing up.
Nancy Reagan – One of the most influential first ladies and the wife of President Ronald Reagan.
Joey Feek – Wife, mother and country music star.
Harper Lee – The author of To Kill a Mockingbird…this story is read by millions of young people each year.
George Gaynes – Of course the funny commandant in Police Academy, but also Punky Brewster’s adopted father.
Abe Vigoda – The Godfather, enough said.
Glenn Frey – Co-founder of the Eagles, but in the 80’s, his song “The Heat is On” was the St. Louis Cardinals’ theme song.
Alan Rickman – He was in so many movies loved by all….Harry Potter, Love Actually, Robin Hood and of course, Die Hard.
René Angélil – Celine Dion’s husband and manager, who transformed her into a world class singer.
David Bowie – Besides his music, he is the actor who starred in Labyrinth as Jareth, the Goblin King.
That was just some that were taken from us this year. May they forever be in our hearts.
Rest in Peace.