Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

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Phyllis Diller – August 20The groundbreaking comedienne plunged fearlessly into ribald, raucous material, paving the way for Joan Rivers and Roseanne Barr. Diller’s prolific output and approach to…

Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

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Gore Vidal – July 31The bestselling novelist was a political gadfly as famous for his appearances on TV talkshows as for his impressive plays (e.g., “The Best Man”) and film adaptations (e.g.…

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Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

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Frank Pierson – July 22The writer-producer won an Oscar for “Dog Day Afternoon” and served as president of AMPAS. He penned the script to “Cool Hand Luke” and its signature line “What we have here is…

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Marvin Hamlisch – Aug. 6A winner of all four major showbiz awards — Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy — as well as a Pulitzer Prize, he penned the score for films including “The Way We Were” and Broadway…

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Celeste Holm – July 15The actress won an Oscar for “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and brought sparkle to a multitude of supporting roles in film classics including “All About Eve,” “Come to the Stable” and…

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Richard Zanuck – July 13The son of Hollywood kingpin Darryl Zanuck produced a long line of successful films, including “Jaws” and Oscar winner “Driving Miss Daisy.” His collaborations with director…

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Ernest Borgnine – July 8The Oscar winner for “Marty” brought a pugnacious spirit to characters good and bad in his long career, but he was best as a villain, as in “From Here to Eternity.” | Read…

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Andy Griffith – July 3The actor brought iconic Southern charm to his many roles, delightfully on the TV series that bore his name and disturbingly in Elia Kazan’s political satire “A Face in the…

Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

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Nora Ephron – June 26The acerbic scribe drew on her own troubled marriage to Carl Bernstein for “Heartburn,” picked up Oscar noms for romantic comedies “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in…

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Ray Bradbury – June 5The writer brought his sci-fi visions to film, TV and even the stage with adaptations of “Fahrenheit 411” and “The Martian Chronicles,” among many other works. Director Steven…

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Adam Yauch – May 4The founder of pioneering hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys (their 1986 debut was the first rap album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart) also led film production company Oscilloscope…

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