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How Well Do You Know: 2016: Celebrities in Memoriam
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1. This late actress was perhaps known more for her celebrity and social status than she was for her acting roles. She was married nine times, once stating "I am a marvelous housekeeper: Every time I leave a man I keep his house." She was first discovered as an opera singer, was crowned Miss Hungary in her youth, and had her ashes carried into her memorial service in a Louis Vuitton bag. Who was she?
Sophia Loren
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Mitzi Gaynor
Elke Sommer
By way of explanation.....
Gabor was 2 months away from her 100th birthday at the time of her death on December 18.
2. The late George Kennedy, who had much success in the film industry, received an Academy Award for his role in Cool Hand Luke. He also starred in 2 successful film franchises. The first was the Airport franchise; what was the second?
The Naked Gun
American Pie
By way of explanation.....
Kennedy died on February 28 at age 91.
3. This actor, who died at the age of 83 on November 11, had a long and varied career in TV, movies and theater. He may be best known for his role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Who was he?
Leo G. Carroll
Robert Vaughn
William Shatner
David McCallum
4. This late comedian/actor's last role was as the voice of Ikki in 2016's The Jungle Book, which was released after his death on March 24 (caused by a blood clot in his lungs).
Garry Shandling
Bernie Mac
Larry David
Bob Newhart
5. Alan Thicke suffered a fatal heart attack on December 13 while playing hockey with his son. Thicke may best be remembered for his role as the father on this TV show.
Growing Pains
Who's The Boss
Family Ties
The Wonder Years
By way of explanation.....
Thicke, 69, played Jason, the head of the Seaver family.
6. You may not recognize the late Marni Nixon by sight, but you'd definitely know her voice. She was most famous for dubbing the singing roles of actresses in films. Which of the following was NOT a role she dubbed?
Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
Deborah Kerr - The King and I
Janet Leigh - Bye Bye Birdie
Natalie Wood - West Side Story
By way of explanation.....
Nixon died on July 24 of breast cancer at the age of 86.
7. The late Joseph Mascolo was well known to daytime soap viewers, as he played this soap opera villain on and off since 1982.
James Stenbeck - As the World Turns
Stefano DiMera - Days of Our Lives
Carlo Hesser - One Life to Live
Alan Spaulding - Guiding Light
By way of explanation.....
Mascolo passed away on December 8 at the age of 87 from complications of Alzheimer's.
8. While David Bowie - who died of liver cancer on January 10 at the age of 69 - was primarily known as a musician, he also dabbled in acting. Children of the 1980's may have had their first glimpse of Bowie as the villain in this cult favorite.
Masters of the Universe
Return to Oz
9. This late actress was, at the time of her Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress, the youngest person to have won an Oscar in a competitive category (16). She starred in 2 roles on a popular TV show in the 60's, and in later years become an outspoken advocate for mental health issues. Who was she?
Hayley Mills
Marion Ross
Patty Duke
Angela Lansbury
By way of explanation.....
Duke was 69 at the time of her passing on March 29.
10. This late musician won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the movie in which he also starred; he directed the other 2 movies in which he starred. Who was he?
Meat Loaf
Mos Def
Tom Waits
By way of explanation.....
Prince's Oscar was for Purple Rain, he starred/directed in the Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge. He died April 21 at age 57 after an accidental fentanyl overdose.
11. While this late actor is known for other iconic roles, he is also known for his cinematic collaborations with both Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor.
Gene Wilder
John Amos
George Hamilton
Gene Hackman
By way of explanation.....
Wilder, 83, who was afflicted with Alzheimer's, died August 29.
12. This late actor, who performed in a wide variety of roles in his decades-long career, didn't want to be typecast as a villain despite playing them wonderfully. A British linguist and sound engineer found in a study that this actor, along with Jeremy Irons, combined to make the "perfect male voice". Who was he?
Alan Rickman
Christopher Walken
James Earl Jones
Sean Connery
By way of explanation.....
Rickman succumbed to pancreatic cancer on January 14 at the age of 69.
13. This young actor died on June 19 in a tragic freak accident involving his SUV.
Josh Hartnett
Nat Wolff
Anton Yelchin
Logan Lerman
By way of explanation.....
Yelchin, whose Jeep Cherokee rolled and pinned him to a wall, was 27 years old.
14. We have this actor/writer/producer/director to thank for shows such as Mork & Mindy, Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley; he created all three.
Alan Arkin
Garry Marshall
Tom Bosley
Clint Eastwood
By way of explanation.....
Marshall was 81 when he passed on July 19.
15. This late actor was frequently the target of death hoaxes, with one such erroneous report running in People Magazine in the 80's. On January 26, the report of his death was, for the first and only time, NOT a hoax. Who was this late actor, who was perhaps best known for his roles in The Godfather and Barney Miller?
Max von Sydow
James Caan
Hal Linden
Abe Vigoda
16. It was a sad day in TV-land when we said a final farewell on November 24 to this woman, who played a popular TV mom.
Marion Ross (Happy Days)
Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)
Mary Tyler Moore (The Dick Van Dyke Show)
Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch)
By way of explanation.....
Henderson, 82, died on Thanksgiving Day.
17. The late Bill Nunn had a long resume, with over 70 acting roles to his name, including a recurring role in the early 2000's Spider-Man franchise. His initial success (as well as first major Hollywood role) came as a result of his frequent collaborations with this director.
Guillermo del Toro
James Cameron
Roman Polanski
Spike Lee
By way of explanation.....
Nunn, who died on September 24 at the age of 62, was possibly most well known for his role as Radio Raheem in Lee's "Do The Right Thing."
18. It was a sad day in Hollywood when this celebrity daughter died on December 27, and her famous mother did the same the very next day. Who were they?
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rosellini
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis
Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson
By way of explanation.....
Fisher died as a result of a heart attack; Reynolds suffered a fatal stroke the next day.
19. Doris Roberts had a career in stage, movies and TV that spanned over 60 years. She had a great deal of success, winning 4 Emmys for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on this show.
Everybody Loves Raymond
The King of Queens
Will & Grace
By way of explanation.....
Roberts, 90,died on April 17.
20. The late Ron Glass may have found a new generation of fans in his later years thanks to his role as Shepherd Book in Serenity/Firefly, but his first brush of fame was on this 1970s/1980's TV show.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Hill Street Blues
Barney Miller
By way of explanation.....
Glass, 71, died on November 25.

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