Monday, 30 December 2013

RIP 2013

My dears, as the last dying embers of 2013 start to flicker out, it is time (as is our wont here at Dolores Delargo Towers every year) to remember those who we lost in the last twelve months.

And once again, it is quite a list...

Patti Page (US singer)
Daphne Oxenford (British actress, voice of Listen With Mother)
Robert Kee (British author and broadcaster)
Jon Finch (British actor)
Michael Winner (British film producer and food critic)
Patty Andrews (US singer, the last of the Andrews Sisters)
Cecil Womack (US singer)
Reg Presley (British singer, The Troggs)
Peter Gilmore (British actor, The Onedin Line)
Tony Sheridan (British musician, "The 5th Beatle")
Richard Briers (British actor, The Good Life)
Bob Godfrey (British animator, Roobarb)
Raymond Cusick (British designer, creator of the Daleks)
Elspet Gray (British actress, wife of Brian Rix)
Robin Sachs (British actor)
Kenny Ball (British jazzman)
HRH Princess Lilian of Sweden
Frank Thornton (British actor, Are You Being Served?)
Derek Batey (British TV personality)
James Herbert (British author, horror stories)
Fran Warren (US singer)
Richard Griffiths (British actor, Withnail & I)
Milo O'Shea (Irish actor, Barbarella)
Baroness Margaret Thatcher (British Prime Minister 1979-1990)
Sir Colin Davis (British conductor, London Symphony Orchestra)
Jonathan Winters (US comedian and actor)
Richie Havens (US singer)
Jocasta Innes (British writer/interior designer)
Ottavio Missoni (Italian fashion designer)
Ray Harryhausen (US animator/film-maker)
Deanna Durbin (US singer)
Bryan Forbes (British film director)
Mick McManus (British wrestler)
Ray Manzarek (US musician, The Doors)
Georges Moustaki (Greek/French songwriter, Milord)
Paul Shane (British comedian and actor, Hi de Hi)
Bill Pertwee (British actor, Dad's Army)

Tom Sharpe (British author, Wilt)
Esther Williams (US actress and swimmer)
Iain Banks (British (Scottish) author, The Crow Road)
Rory Morrison (British newsreader, Radio 4)
Slim Whitman (US singer)
James Gandolfini (US actor)
Bobby Bland (US singer)
Bernadette "Bernie" Nolan (Irish singer, The Nolans)
Anna Wing (British actress, "Lou Beale" in Eastenders)
Alan Whicker (British broadcaster and interviewer)
Mel Smith (British comedian and writer, Not the Nine O'Clock News)
Eileen Brennan (US actress)
Karen Black (US actress)
Eydie Gormé (US singer)
Julie Harris (US actress)
Elmore Leonard (US author)
Cliff Morgan (British (Welsh) sportsman and commentator)
Seamus Heaney (Irish poet)
Sir David Frost (British broadcaster)
David Jacobs (British broadcaster)
José Sarria (US drag queen and gay rights pioneer)
Lewis Morley (British photographer)
Joan Regan (British singer)
Tom Clancy (US novelist)
Felix Dexter (British comedian)
Lou Reed (US singer, songwriter and legend)
Graham Stark (British actor)
Nigel Davenport (British actor)
John Cole (British journalist and political commentator)
Doris Lessing (British author)
Stan Stennett (British (Welsh) actor and broadcaster)
Lewis Collins (British actor, "Bodie" in The Professionals)
Jean Kent (British actress)
Paul Walker (US actor)
Nelson Mandela (South African president and World statesman)
Eleanor Parker (British actress)
Frederick Fox (British Royal milliner)
Peter O'Toole (Irish actor)
Joan Fontaine (British actress)
Ronnie Biggs (British criminal, Great Train Robbery)
David Coleman (British TV sports presenter)

John Fortune (British comedian)
Geoffrey Wheeler (British radio and TV presenter, Top of the Form)

Rest in Peace, each and every one.

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