Famous People Who Died in 2011

Posted 4 years ago by Hollie_Woods
Some passed after long lives and lengthy careers, others died young and in the prime of their lives.

Hollie Woods, WDW Entertainment Reporter, looks at those famous faces we lost in 2011.
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  1. Elizabeth Taylor

    Elizabeth Taylor


    Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her glamorous lifestyle, beauty, and distinctive dark blue eyes, which famously appeared to be violet.

  2. Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse


    Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul), rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae. Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the general field "Big Four" awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

  3. Jane Russell

    Jane Russell


    Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011), was an American film actress, and was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s.

  4. Shantel VanSanten

    Shantel VanSanten


    Shantel Yvonne VanSanten (born July 25, 1985) is an American model and actress. As a model, she has been featured in the magazines Teen Vogue and Seventeen. On television, she played the role of Quinn James in the hit CW teen drama series One Tree Hill. On film, she appeared in The Final Destination, You and I, and Something Wicked.

  5. Cynthia Myers

    Cynthia Myers


    Cynthia Jeanette Myers (September 12, 1950 – November 4, 2011) was an American model, actress, and Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the December 1968 issue.

  6. Anne Francis

    Anne Francis


    Anne Lloyd Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956) and for having starred in the television series Honey West (1965–1966) which was the first TV series with a female detective character's name in the title. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the series.

  7. John Dye

    John Dye


    John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

  8. Jani Lane

    Jani Lane


    Jani Lane (February 1, 1964 – August 11, 2011) was an American recording artist and the lead vocalist, frontman, lyricist and main songwriter for the glam metal band Warrant. From Hollywood, California, the band experienced success from 1989–1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. Lane left Warrant in 2004 and again in 2008 after a brief reunion. Lane also released a solo album Back Down to One in 2003 and the album Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner with a new group Saints of the Underground in 2008. Lane contributed his lead vocals and song writing to many various projects throughout his career.

  9. Andy Whitfield

    Andy Whitfield


    Andy Whitfield (died 11 September 2011) was a British actor. He was best known for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

  10. Ryan Dunn

    Ryan Dunn


    Ryan Matthew Dunn (June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011) was an American stunt performer, television personality, comedian, actor, writer and musician. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.

  11. Linda Christian

    Linda Christian


    Linda Christian (November 13, 1923 – July 22, 2011) was a Mexican film actress, who appeared in Mexican and Hollywood films. Her career reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s. She played Mara in the last Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film, Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948). She is also noted for being the first Bond girl, appearing in a 1954 television adaptation of the James Bond novel Casino Royale. In 1963 she starred in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "An Out for Oscar".

  12. Heavy D

    Heavy D


    Dwight Errington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included dancers/background vocalists G-Whiz (Glen Parrish), "Trouble" T. Roy (Troy Dixon), and Eddie F (born Edward Ferrell). The group maintained a sizable audience in the United States through most of the 1990s. The five albums the group released were produced by Teddy Riley, Marley Marl, DJ Premier, his cousin Pete Rock and Eddie F.

  13. Tura Satana

    Tura Satana


    Tura Satana (July 10, 1938 – February 4, 2011) was an American actress and former exotic dancer. From 13 film and television credits, some of her work includes: the exploitation film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), and the science fiction horror film The Astro-Zombies (1968).

  14. Susannah York

    Susannah York


    Susannah York (9 January 1939 – 15 January 2011) was an English film, stage and television actress. She was awarded a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for the same film. She won best actress for Images at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. In 1991 she was appointed an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Her appearances in various hit films of the 1960s formed the basis of her international reputation, and an obituary in The Telegraph characterised her as "the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties".

  15. Nate Dogg

    Nate Dogg


    Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011), better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, and actor. He was noted for his membership in rap trio 213 and his solo career in which he collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, 2Pac, Westside Connection, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris and Shade Sheist on many hit releases. He released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 in 1998, Music and Me in 2001, and Nate Dogg as a bootlegged album in 2003 and on CD in 2014.

  16. Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs


    Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (ˈɒbz; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and design-driven pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming "one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies." Jobs served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company in 2006, when Disney acquired Pixar. Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of Xerox PARC's mouse-driven graphical user interface, which led to the creation of the Apple Lisa and a year later, the Macintosh. He played a role in introducing the LaserWriter, the first laser printer to feature vector graphics that started desktop publishing to the market.

  17. Dana Wynter

    Dana Wynter


    Dana Wynter (8 June 1931 – 5 May 2011) was a German-born English actress, who was raised in England and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for over forty years beginning in the 1950s, her best known film being Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

  18. AJ Perez

    AJ Perez


    Antonello Joseph "AJ" Sarte Perez (February 17, 1993 – April 17, 2011) was a Filipino actor. He was a member of ABS-CBN's Star Magic in Batch 13. He portrayed one of the lead characters in the 2009 miniseries Your Song Presents: Underage. In 2010, he played his first main role on primetime in the television series, Sabel. He died at the age of 18, in a vehicular accident in Moncada, Tarlac midnight of April 17, 2011.

  19. Annette Charles

    Annette Charles


    Annette Charles (born Annette Cardona; March 5, 1948 – August 3, 2011) was an American actress best known for her role as Charlene "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in the 1978 feature film Grease. She made several appearances on television as well.

  20. Gary Moore

    Gary Moore


    Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011) was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist.

  21. Maria Schneider

    Maria Schneider


    Marie Christine Schneider, better known as Maria Schneider, (27 March 1952 – 3 February 2011) was a French actress. She was known for playing Jeanne at the age of 19, opposite Marlon Brando in Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris (1972); and The Girl in Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), opposite Jack Nicholson.

  22. Jill Haworth

    Jill Haworth


    Valerie Jill Haworth (15 August 1945 – 3 January 2011) was an English actress. She appeared in films throughout the 1960s, and started making guest appearances on television in 1963. She also originated the role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret on Broadway in 1966.

  23. Suze Rotolo

    Suze Rotolo


    Susan Elizabeth Rotolo (November 20, 1943 – February 25, 2011), known as Suze Rotolo (ˈsz SOO-zee), was an American artist, and the girlfriend of Bob Dylan from 1961 to 1964. Dylan later acknowledged her strong influence on his music and art during that period. Rotolo is the woman walking with him on the cover of his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, a photograph by the CBS studio photographer, Don Hunstein. In her book, A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Rotolo described her time with Dylan and other figures in the folk music and bohemian scene in Greenwich Village, New York. She discussed her upbringing as a "red diaper" baby—a child of radicals during the McCarthy Era. As an artist, she specialized in artists' books and taught at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

  24. James Arness

    James Arness


    James King Arness (May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987) and four more made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies in the 1990s. In Europe Arness reached cult status for his role as Zeb Macahan in the western series How the West Was Won. His younger brother was actor Peter Graves.

  25. Peggy Rea

    Peggy Rea


    Peggy Jane Rea (March 31, 1921 – February 5, 2011) was an American actress known for her many roles in television, often playing matronly characters. Rea left UCLA to attend business school, landing a job as a production secretary at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1940s.

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