Manfred Thierry Mugler, 73
French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler was known for his adventurous and theatrical designs, worn by supermodels, Hollywood royalty and fashionistas around the world. In 2019, he was responsible for Kim Kardashian’s “wet look” dress for the Met Gala, and that same year dressed Cardi B in a pink and black “stormy Venus” dress for the Grammy Awards. Mugler created a perfume line and was also an author and artist. He died Jan. 23, 2022. He was 73.<BR><BR>Here, Mugler is seen on Oct. 10, 2014, at Friedrichstadt-Palace theater in Berlin.
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Marvin Lee Aday “Meat Loaf,” 74
Musician Marvin Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, his most popular being his 1977 debut record, “Bat Out of Hell.” He won a Grammy Award for his song “I’d Do Anything For Love” and appeared in over 65 movies, including an iconic role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The rock and roll icon was known for his lyrics, operatic stage presence and hit singles: “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth.” His death was announced on Jan. 20.
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Louie Anderson, 68
Comedian and actor Louie Anderson was best known for his long career as a stand-up comic and for his Emmy-winning role on “Baskets.” Anderson helped create “Life With Louie,” an animated series in which he played a version of his childhood self. He was also host to a revival of the game show “Family Feud.” Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer on Jan. 21. He was 68.
Anderson at The Ice House Comedy Club, Nov. 5, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif.
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Thich Nhat Hanh, 95
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk, died on Jan. 21, at the age of 95. Born in Hue, Vietnam, Hanh was fully ordained as a monk at the age of 25. He came to the U.S. in 1961 to teach religion at Princeton and Columbia. While in the U.S., the Vietnam government banned him from returning. He lived in exile for decades. Hanh was a peace activist during the Vietnam War, and continued to be an advocate of peace and mindfulness throughout his life. He wrote several books, including “Peace In Every Step” and “You Are Here.” He suffered a stroke in 2014 and returned to his home village in 2018.
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Gaspard Ulliel, 37
French actor Gaspard Ulliel was best known for his role as a young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising” and his portrayal of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in “Saint Laurent.” He won two Cesar awards, France’s highest film honor, one for his role in “The Very Long Engagement” and the other for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Ulliel was a rising talent, set to star in the highly-anticipated Marvel series, “Moon Knight” and was the face of Chanel’s Blue de Chanel fragrance. He died tragically following a skiing accident, Jan. 19, 2022. He was 37.
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André Leon Talley, 73
André Leon Talley was an author, curator, TV personality and style icon. He was an American fashion journalist known for his work at U.S. Vogue and his influence on the fashion industry. Talley was Vogue’s fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, its creator director from 1988 to 1995, and later an editor-at-large. He died on Jan. 18 at age 73.<BR><BR>Here, Talley speaks during ‘The Gospel According to Andre’ Q&A during the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival on Nov. 2, 2018, in Savannah, Ga.
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Charles McGee, 102
Brig. Gen. Charles McGee was a Tuskeegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. McGee joined the all-Black 332nd Fighter Group, known as the “Red Tails” in 1944. He served in the military for 30 years, retiring in 1973. He went on to become a business executive and was accorded an honorary commission promoting him to the one-star rank of brigadier as he turned 100. McGee died Jan. 16. He was 102.<BR><BR>Here, McGee poses for a photo at his home in Bethesda, Md., Feb. 17, 2016.
Nino Cerruti, 91
Italian fashion designer Nino Cerruti was the founder of the menswear company Hitman and luxury fashion house Cerruti 1881. He is credited with revolutionizing menswear in the 1960s with his soft palette, tailored looks and elegance. Cerruti made a name for himself in the men’s ready-to-wear industry with the help of Giorgio Armani, whom he hired at Hitman and gave his first fashion break. With the launch of his luxury brand, Cerruti was in demand in Hollywood. Dressing stars like Michael Douglas, Richard Gere and Tom Hanks, on and off screen. He even designed for the Ferrari Formula 1 team.
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Ronnie Spector, 78
Ronnie Spector, born Veronica Bennett, began singing in a group called Ronnie and The Relatives, along with her older sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley. They released several singles, but didn’t find fame until they teamed up with producer Phil Spector in 1963. The group changed their name to The Ronnettes and achieved huge success with such songs as “Be My Baby.” Ronnie married Phil Spector in 1968 and they divorced in 1974. The Ronnettes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Ronnie Spector died on Jan. 12 at the age of 78.
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Clyde Bellecourt, 85
Clyde Bellecourt was a Native American activist who fought for the civil rights of Indigenous people. Bellecourt co-founded the American Indian Movement, which started in Minneapolis in 1968. The group worked to better Native American communities by fighting against poverty, a lack of services and police brutality. In 1972, the group walked from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., during “Trail of Broken Treaties.” They demanded the U.S. government honor previous treaties. Bellecourt also fought to have racist sports team names abolished. Clyde Bellecourt died on Jan. 11 at the age of 85.
Bob Saget, 65
Bob Saget began his career as a stand-up comedian and was best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the TV show “Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1995. In 1996 he directed the TV movie “For Hope” and in 1998 he directed the movie “Dirty Work.” He was featured in the film “The Aristocrats” in 2005 and hosted a documentary series “Strange Days with Bob Saget” in 2010. In 2016, he reprised the role of Danny Tanner for the Netflix series “Fuller House.” He was also the voice of the narrator on the TV show “How I Met Your Mother.” Bob Saget died on Jan. 9 at the age of 65.
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Maria Ewing, 71
Opera singer Maria Ewing has died at the age of 71. Ewing had her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in “Le Nozze di Figaro.” She performed at the Metropolitan Opera almost 100 times. Ewing appeared for the last time on that stage in 1997 in “Wozzeck.” She sang the lead role in “Salome” at the LA Opera in 1986. The production then traveled to Chicago’s Lyric Opera and the Royal Opera in London. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 1984 and again in 1994.<br><br>Maria Ewing appears on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1994.
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Marilyn Bergman, 93
Lyricist Marilyn Bergman has died at the age of 93. She teamed up with her composer husband Alan Bergman to write several enduring hit songs. In 1969, the duo won an Academy Award for best song for “The Windmills of Your Mind.” They won again in 1975 for “The Way We Were.” In 1984, they won an Academy Award for best original song score for the movie “Yentl.” They also won two Grammys and four Emmys over their career. They were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1980. They also wrote the theme songs to hit TV shows like “Maude” and “Good Times.”
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Michael Lang, 77
Concert promoter and producer Michael Lang died on Jan. 8. He was 77. Lang was best known for co-creating the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969. Over the course of four days, more than 400,000 people gathered for the festival on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y. Lang helped produce the event while dealing with dangerous weather conditions and a crowd much larger than expected. Woodstock was an historic moment in music history. Lang went on to produce the Woodstock ’94 and Woodstock ’99 festivals.
Peter Bogdanovich, 82
Director Peter Bogdanovich has died at age 82. He started his career as a movie critic and worked at the Museum of Modern Art producing film retrospectives. He worked as an assistant director on the movie “Wild Angels” in 1966. His breakthrough movie, “The Last Picture Show,” came out in 1971, garnering eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director. He went on to direct such hits as “What’s Up, Doc?” in 1972 and “Paper Moon” in 1973. He also directed TV movies and episodes of popular shows such as “The Sopranos.”
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Lani Guinier, 71
Legal scholar and civil rights theorist Lani Guinier was known for her work on racial justice and voting rights. In 1993, she was nominated by President Bill Clinton for United States Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Clinton withdrew the nomination due to questions about some of her controversial views on voting rights and quotas. She was a professor of law at Harvard Law School, and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship there. Guinier died on Jan. 7 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 71.
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Sidney Poitier, 94
Actor Sidney Poitier starred in the movie “No Way Out” in 1950 and in “Blackboard Jungle” in 1955. He earned an Academy Award nomination in 1958 for “The Defiant Ones.” In 1964, Poitier became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in “Lillies of the Field.” In the 1970s, he directed such films as “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Let’s Do It Again.” He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1995 and an honorary Academy Award in 2002. In 2009, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sidney Poitier died on Jan. 6 at the age of 94.
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