Eve Arden (b. 1907)
With sarcasm, smarts and inimitable comic style, the lean and languid Stage Door star endeared herself to a generation in Hollywood’s golden era and won over its TV-tuned children as Our Miss Brooks.
Pearl Bailey (b. 1918)
Aside from her tour of duty as America’s unofficial ”ambassador of love,” she infused her many records concerts, and Broadway roles with a sly and unerringly shrew sense of showmanship.
Leonard Bernstein (b. 1918)
The musical lion and manic maestro, best known as the composer of West Side Story and as one of the New York Philharmonic’s greatest conductors, retired his baton to a final ovation just six days before his death.
Art Blake (b. 1919)
Thelonious Monk’s favorite drummer was a self-taught jazz giant — nicknamed ”Thunder” by Dizzy Gillespie — who led his Jazz Messengers to make music that was a working definition of cool.
Aaron Copland (b. 1900)
Americans best-known classical composer was the author of ”Fanfare for the Common Man,” ”Appalachian Spring,” and ”Billy the Kid” — impassioned and uncompromising works that inspired a nation.
Sammy Davis Jr. (b. 1925)
His life was spent onstage and his hard work helped make future black superstars like Michael Jackson possible. Hollywood thanked him in a February TV tribute, and, one last time, Davis danced with joy.
Irene Dunne (b. 1898)
One of old Hollywood’s classiest stars won repute as a versatile leading lady, adept at soap opera (Magnificent Obsession) and screwball comedy (The Awful Truth) alike.
Greta Garbo (b. 1905)
Alone at last, the famously reclusive star of such film classics as Ninotchka, Camille, Anna Karenina, and Grand Hotel left us, as always, wanting more than she was willing to give.
Ava Gardner (b. 1922)
The lusty screen siren and pinup goddess mesmerized moviegoers in The Night of the Iguana and Mogambo, and her sultry beauty captured admirers from Mickey Rooney to Frank Sinatra.
Paulette Goddard (b. 1905)
Under the direction of her then husband, Charlie Chaplin, she displayed a quirky talent to match her luminous beauty in his comedies Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).