December 30, 2013 12:00 PM


Nelson Mandela

Inspirational leader and South Africa’s first black president

“I met Nelson Mandela because I made two movies that were about him. I’ve known him for many, many years. I had the opportunity to see him and hear his voice. He was a remarkable human being of great courage. He was someone to behold. It was there for us all to see. And now that he is gone, so many people are learning about him. We are just beginning to see the complete totality of the man. I was so privileged to portray him. He was a special man.”

–Sidney Poitier, who starred in 1997’s Mandela and de Klerk


Paul Walker


He thrilled moviegoers in the Fast & Furious films, but off-camera Walker was a laid-back surfer and devoted father to 15-year-old Meadow. His sudden death following a car accident in L.A. on Nov. 30 shocked friends and fans worldwide. “Paul was pure light,” said costar Jordana Brewster. “I cannot believe he is gone.”

Sir David Frost

Journalist, 74

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Virginia Johnson

Sexologist, 88

Lee Thompson Young

Actor, 29

Roger Ebert

Film critic, 70

Joan Fontaine

Actress, 96

Dennis Farina

Actor, 69

Elmore Leonard

Novelist, 87

Gia Allemand

Reality TV star, 29


Mindy McCready


In 1996 Mindy McCready’s debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, sold 2 million copies. And although less than a decade later her troubled life became like a sad country song, “she wasn’t a train wreck,” says singer Chely Wright. “She was a human being. She was a mother.”


Lou Reed


He was a groundbreaking performer and poet whose musical experimentation ushered in the eras of glam punk and indie rock. Offstage he was known as the kind of New Yorker who wasn’t shy about speaking his mind. But his most lasting legacy will be as one of the most influential artists of all time. “Every song we’ve ever written has been a rip-off of a Lou Reed song,” Bono once said.


Peter O’Toole


Charismatic, gifted and impossibly handsome, the blue-eyed O’Toole was “an actor’s actor,” says Mark Linn-Baker, who costarred with him in the 1982 comedy My Favorite Year, one of eight films for which the Irish bookmaker’s son received an Oscar nod. A famed raconteur, “he told endless stories,” says Linn-Baker.”He did not want to live a complacent life. He wanted to stir things up. And I think he did that for his entire life.”

Richard Griffiths

Actor, 65

Conrad Bain

Actor, 89

Jonathan Winters

Comedian, 87

Patti Page

Singer, 85


Cory Monteith


Although he had no vocal training and was armed with just a homemade audition tape, Monteith’s affability nabbed him a role on Glee at age 26. “We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart,” said girlfriend and costar Lea Michele.


James Gandolfini


“He was my best friend. He taught me so many things in life, including acting. But what I loved about him most was that he treated everyone the same. On-set he’d hang out with the crew, the lower echelon of actors and the stars. My best memory of Jim was when we went to Iraq as part of the USO tour. He would make sure we talked to every single soldier in the hospitals.”

–Tony Sirico, Gandolfini’s Sopranos costar


Julie Harris, Actress

“I always thought of Julie as this bohemian, impish-grinned, sparkling-eyed Mary Poppins-like woman. Other than the bawdy, husky laugh she had, you’d think she was just a little bird. She was very soft and gracious, but she had a ferocious intent about what she wanted in life.”

—Michele Lee, Harris’s Knots Landing costar

Charlie Trotter

Restaurateur, 54

Margaret Thatcher

Former British prime minister, 87

Marcia Wallace

Actress, 70

George Jones

Singer, 81

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