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Amy Winehouse Joins the 27 Club

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse died in London over the weekend at the age of 27. She tragically joins the ranks of many notable musicians that passed away at this young age. Winehouse's albums include Back to Black and Frank.

More Famous Musicians Dead at 27

Lilian Jackson Braun 1913-2011

Popular mystery writer, Lilian Jackson Braun passed away earlier this week in South Carolina at the age of 97. Her "The Cat Who ..." series began in 1966 with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards and includes 29 mystery novels and at least 2 short story collections.

The most recent books in the series included:

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor born on February 27, 1932 passed away of congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011. A Hollywood Legend, she was often referred to as "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World." Known for her charitable works and tumultuous relationships she also provided the voice for Maggie Simpson!

Her Filmography Includes:

Jane Russell 1921-2011

The autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours

Jane Russell, pin-up girl and Hollywood heartthrob, sadly passed away on Monday evening in her home. Signed to a seven-year contract by billionaire Howard Hughes, Jane Russell appeared in movies with Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. She details much of her life in her autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path & My Detours.

Selected Filmography:

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

It Was 30 Years Ago Today

John: New York City

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon died in front of his Manhattan home.

It was the first "Kennedy moment" in my life, a memory that still seems fresh, almost like it happened yesterday. My ritual of falling asleep while listening to an old-school "digital" clock radio (the one with the rotating flat panels for each number), was jarringly interrupted by the breaking news that John Lennon had been shot in New York City. I leapt out of bed, ran downstairs, and stood motionless in front of the TV as Howard Cosell, on Monday Night Football, announced that John Lennon was dead. One of my heroes had been murdered, and it simply did not make any sense.

Leslie Nielsen 1926-2010

Funnyman Leslie Nielsen passed away on November 28 saddening the comedy world. In addition to starring in TV shows like Route 66 and Police Squad, Mr. Nielsen has appeared in over 200 films during his long and illustrious career.

Selected films with appearances by Leslie Nielsen owned by the Denver Public Library:

Opera Superstar Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland

Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.

 

 

SEE more YouTube videos of Joan Sutherland.

Stephen J. Cannell 1941-2010

Stephen Cannell's credits include being the author of 16 novels, creator of programs like The Rockford Files, The A-Team, and The Commish, and writer of over 450 TV episodes.

Cannell passed away due to complications of melanoma.

Tony Curtis 1925-2010

American Prince

Tony Curtis, Oscar-nominated actor, died in his Las Vegas home on Wednesday evening. His first of six wives, Janet Leigh, is the mother of his daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis. Born Bernard Schwartz in 1925, Tony Curtis led a bold and stellar life.

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