After Lauren Bacall's Passing, Every Hollywood Legend Name-Checked in 'Vogue' Is Dead
Madonna's 1990 single was an appreciation of a lost age of Hollywood glamour
Upon its release in 1990, Madonna’s "Vogue" was an appreciation of a long-gone age of Hollywood glamour. Now that age is truly lost: as xoJane’s Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, the passing of Lauren Bacall means every star name-checked in the song has died.
Bacall was the last surviving member of the 16 famous names in the song; nine of these stars were still alive when the song hit airwaves on March 20, 1990. (“Vogue” itself is 24 years old.)
Below, find the full list of celebrity names included in “Vogue.”
"Greta Garbo and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio"
As fate would have it, Greta Garbo passed away only weeks after the song’s debut. After a decades-long retirement, the solitary Swedish star died of pneumonia on April 15, 1990, at the age of 84.
Marilyn Monroe’s overdose on Aug. 5, 1962, is one of the most infamous celebrity deaths in history. Numerous conspiracy theories have sprung up in the decades since Monroe’s passing, the most outlandish involving the Kennedy brothers, but most observers accept the official explanation that the actress had simply decided to end her troubled life.
Marlene Dietrich, the German film star whose flamboyant bisexuality shocked audiences in the 1930s, died of kidney failure in Paris on May 6, 1992. “In death, as in life,” PEOPLE wrote, “Marlene Dietrich made no exit quietly.” City officials in Berlin had to cancel an official memorial for the star after neo-Nazi groups, angered she sided with the Allies in World War II, protested her funeral.
"Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, on the cover of a magazine"
Marlon Brando, the Method pioneer who revolutionized acting, died on July 1, 2004, of respiratory failure.
James Dean didn’t actually say "live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse," but the phrase seemed to match his life. The impossibly handsome actor died in a car crash on Sept. 30, 1955, at the age of 24, having completed only three films.
"Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean – picture of a beauty queen"
In 1956, Grace Kelly abandoned Hollywood to become Princess of Monaco; 26 years later, she died in the tiny Mediterranean kingdom, suffering a stroke and losing control of her vehicle while driving with her daughter Stephanie. She passed away from her injuries on Sept. 14, 1982, two days after the crash.
With her platinum hair and smoldering good looks, Jean Harlow entranced audiences in the early talkies. Unfortunately, poor health cut her down in her prime; she died of kidney failure on June 7, 1937, only 26 years old.
"Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, dance on air"
Gene Kelly, whose charming dance moves made classics out of An American in Paris and Singing in the Rain, died on Feb. 2, 1996, at the age of 83, after having suffered multiple strokes.
Fred Astaire, Kelly’s only rival when it came to cinematic dance, passed away from pneumonia on June 2, 1987. His will reportedly banned any biopics from being made about his life, and his estate remains very possessive over his likeness and work.
Ginger Rogers, who once argued that she did everything Astaire did “backwards and in heels,” followed her former partner eight years later, dying of a heart attack on April 25, 1995, at the age of 83.
"They had style, they had grace; Rita Hayworth gave good face"
Hayworth is likely most familiar to young audiences from her poster in The Shawshank Redemption, but she was one of the biggest bombshells of the 1940s. She died of Alzheimer’s on May 14, 1987, having been cared for in her last years by her daughter Princess Yazmin Aga Khan.
"Lauren, Katharine, Lana, too – Bette Davis, we love you"
Bacall died of a stroke on Aug. 12, 2014, one of only three of the 16 stars named in “Vogue” to survive into the 21st century.
Befitting her aristocratic bearing, Katharine Hepburn proved to be the longest-lived of the 16 stars in “Vogue.” She died on June 29, 2003, at the age of 96, surviving her onscreen paramour Spencer Tracy by more than 35 years.
Lana Turner was discovered at a soda fountain and was instantly pitched as "the next Jean Harlow." Despite this ominous prediction, Turner lived to be 74. After a tempestuous life (her abusive mobster boyfriend was stabbed to death by her teenage daughter), she died of throat cancer on June 29, 1995.
After a long career playing what PEOPLE called “some of the most fascinating bitches in movie history” – Margo Channing in All About Eve, Madge Norwood in Cabin in the Cotton, Baby Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – Bette Davis died of breast cancer on Oct. 6, 1989. Earlier in the decade, she gained new popularity thanks to Kim Carnes’s "Bette Davis Eyes," a song she reportedly loved.