A chronology of those who died in 2014
A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2014
— Juanita Moore, 99, a groundbreaking actress and Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic film "Imitation of Life," in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given.
— Elizabeth Jane Howard, 90, whose saga of a wealthy family living in the shadow of war enchanted readers a generation ahead of "Downton Abbey," in Bungay, England. No cause of death was given.
— Phil Everly, younger of the Everly Brothers, whose dark songs hidden behind deceptively pleasing harmonies were interpreters of the hearts of millions of American teens coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s, in Los Angeles, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
— George Goodman, 83, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host who under the pseudonym "Adam Smith" made economics accessible to millions of Americans, in Miami. He had the bone marrow disorder myelofibrosis.
— Saul Zaentz, 92, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him best-picture Academy Awards for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," ''Amadeus" and "The English Patient," in San Francisco. He had Alzheimer's disease.
— Carmen Zapata, 86, an actress who appeared in dozens of movies and television series and who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce, in Van Nuys, California, of heart problems.
— Run Run Shaw, 107, a pioneering movie producer who popularized the kung fu genre and was an entertainment mogul in Asia, in Hong Kong. No cause of death was given.
— Thomas V. Jones, who was Northrup Corp.'s chief executive officer for 30 years and took it to the top tanks of aerospace companies during the Cold War while weathering a number of scandals, in Los Angeles, of pulmonary fibrosis.
— Amiri Baraka, 79, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, in Newark, New Jersey. No cause of death was given.
— Dale Mortensen, 74, a Nobel laureate in economics and a longtime professor at Northwestern University, in Wilmette, Illinois. No cause of death was given.
— Ariel Sharon, 85, a military and political leader in Israel for half a century who was revered by some and reviled by others, near Tel Aviv eight years after a stroke put him in a coma.
— Roger Lloyd Pack, 69, a British film and television actor best known for playing the dim-witted street sweeper Trigger on the sitcom "Only Fools and Horses," in London. He had pancreatic cancer.
— Hiroo Onoda, 91, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender 29 years after the end of World II, in Tokyo. No cause of death was given.
— Ruth Robinson Duccini, 95, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie "Wizard of Oz," in Las Vegas of natural causes.
— Suchitra Sen, 82, a legendary Indian actress known for her memorable roles in Bengali-language and Hindu Bollywood films, in Kolkata of heart failure.
— Claudio Abado, 80, a star in a great generation of Italian conductors revered for developing a rapport with members of the world's leading orchestras, in Bologna after a long illness.
— Shulamit Aloni, 85, an Israeli legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, near Tel Aviv. No cause of death was given.
— Jose Emilio Pacheco, 74, widely regarded as one of Mexico's foremost poets and writers, in Mexico City. No cause of death was given.
— Pete Seeger, 94, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, in New York. No cause of death was given.
— Blas Pinar, 95, a far-right Spanish politician who voiced support for Gen. Francisco Franco's military dictatorship after the introduction of democracy and was elected to the Spanish parliament on the slogan "God, country, justice," in Madrid after a bout of ill health.
— Tom Sherak, 68, a former president of the U.S. Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and a long-time movie marketing and distribution executive, in Calabasas, California, after a 12-year battle with prostate cancer.
— Miklos Jancso, 92, a Hungarian filmmaker who won the best director award at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, in Budapest after a long illness.