Whether you’re a movie buff or a fan of classic television, it’s hard not to notice the passing of famous people every year. This year, some of the most famous people to pass away are Bob Saget, Mi-soo, James Mtume, Dame Hilary Mantel, and Olivia Newton-John.
Having battled breast cancer for 30 years, Grammy-winning pop star and cancer campaigner Olivia Newton-John passed away on March 31st, 2018. Her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi posted a photo of her mother on Instagram with the caption, “I lost my mom to cancer, she was 73.”
Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, Newton-John moved to Australia when she was five. Her father, Brinley, was a headmaster at Cambridge shire High School for Boys and served as an MI5 intelligence officer during World War II. She had two siblings: Sarah and Toby.
Olivia Newton-John was a Grammy-winning singer and actress, best known for her role as Sandy in “Grease.” She was also an environmental and animal rights activist. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and was in remission for several years.
She was diagnosed with cancer a second time in 2013. She was told that the cancer had metastasized to her shoulder and lower back. However, she was able to recover. She also became a prominent cancer campaigner, advocating for early detection, prevention, and research.
Known for his role as Danny Tanner on Full House, comedian Bob Saget died in 2022. His death was ruled as an accident. Authorities say the actor died after he was found unresponsive in a hotel room.
He had been on tour and was scheduled to perform in Florida. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed his death.
A source at the hotel said Saget was a “low-key guest” who checked in using his real name. He was not making any fanfare about his stay, according to People magazine.
Saget was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. The foundation raises money for research to fight autoimmune disease.
He was a popular figure on television. He appeared in many network shows, including Full House, Raising Dad, How I Met Your Mother, and Surviving Suburbia. He also wrote a book, Dirty Daddy. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three adult daughters.
Saget was known for his sarcastic and wacky humor. His stand-up routines were often raunchy. He also hosted a podcast called “Here for You,” which ran for 130 episodes.
Dame Hilary Mantel
Dame Hilary Mantel, the British author of the bestselling Wolf Hall trilogy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 22. The bestselling author died in Exeter, England, in her 70s. The Dame was surrounded by family and close friends. Her death was believed to be accidental.
Hilary Mantel was born in Glossup, Derbyshire, England, on July 6, 1952. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family. She graduated from Sheffield University in 1973. She also studied law at the London School of Economics. She wrote her first novel, Every Day is Mother’s Day, in 1985.
Mantel was diagnosed with severe endometriosis in her early twenties, but the condition was a little understood at the time. She was treated with antipsychotic drugs but developed psychotic symptoms. It took several years for Mantel to find out what was causing her illness. After living in Botswana for five years, she decided to try writing fiction.
Hilary Mantel had an impressive literary career. She wrote 16 novels, including the seminal Tudor drama Wolf Hall. She also wrote a volume of autobiographical short stories. Her work has been translated into 41 languages. She has been awarded the Costa Book Award and the British Academy President’s Medal. Her novels have sold more than 5 million copies around the world. She was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
During her long career, Nichelle Nichols made an impact on the world of science fiction. Her role as Uhura in the original “Star Trek” series was revolutionary. Nichols helped make the show a role model for African Americans and urged other minority groups to pursue careers in space. Nichols was an inspiration to several astronauts at NASA.
Nichols made history in the early 1970s when she helped recruit astronauts from diverse backgrounds. Her efforts to promote the NASA astronaut program led to the recruitment of more than 1,000 people of color. Nichols also helped recruit astronauts such as Sally Ride and Guion Bluford. She was later awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Saturn Awards.
Nichols and Roddenberry remained friends throughout their lives. In 2010, Nichols appeared on the Archive of American Television and reminisced about her years on “Star Trek.” She also wrote two science fiction novels.
She continued acting in movies and TV shows. She made appearances at conventions after the original “Star Trek” show had ended. She continued to work with NASA to recruit astronauts of color. Nichols helped recruit more than 8,000 minority applicants in four months. She was also a keynote speaker at the Goddard Space Center during African American History Month.
During his lifetime, Dwayne Hickman starred in a number of popular television series and movies. He also toured the country in shows such as Barefoot in the Park and Star-Spangled Girl. Hickman was a pioneer for baby boomers during the 1950s and 1960s. His television series, “Dobie Gillis,” was the first to feature teenagers in a major network series. It also spawned two sequels.
Hickman began his acting career as a child actor in the 1940s. His first starring role was in the television series “Public Defender” in 1954. After appearing in several other series, Hickman became known for his lead role on the popular television series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” in 1959. “Dobie Gillis” was based on short stories by humorist Max Shulman. It was a teen-oriented comedy that lasted for 148 episodes.
After his stint on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”, Hickman starred in other teen-oriented movies. He appeared in films such as “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” and “The Boy with the Green Hair.” He also appeared in “The Lone Ranger,” “The Secret Heart,” “The Happy Years” and “Captain Eddie.” He also guest-starred in “A Night at the Roxbury” and “Another World.”
After a 10-year hiatus from the television screen, Hickman returned to the network as a program executive. He worked for CBS from 1977 to 1988. Hickman also served as a director and producer. He directed several episodes of “Designing Women” and “Sister, Sister.”
During the 2022 year, there are a number of celebrities who passed away. These people had indelible memories in the public’s consciousness. Here are a few of them.
Sidney Poitier was an actor, director and activist. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field”. He went on to win two more nominations. His career continued to flourish until he passed away in 2022. He was the oldest surviving male Academy Award winner.
Hache passed away in August of 2022. Her death was caused by a car accident in Mar Vista, Los Angeles. She was declared legally dead a week after the accident. She was in critical condition. She never regained consciousness. She died nine days later.
Hache appeared in several movies and television shows, including Men in Trees, Donnie Brasco, Six Days, Seven Nights and Gracie’s Choice. She also had a role in the Broadway play Proof and Twentieth Century. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in Lifetime’s Gracie’s Choice.
Throughout his lifetime, James Mtume appeared on more than 80 recordings with some of the best musicians in the world. He is most famous for his 1983 hit song “Juicy Fruit”, which has been sampled by numerous musicians. He was also a songwriter and producer for many famous R&B singers.
James Mtume was born in Philadelphia on January 3, 1946. He was the son of Jimmy Heath and Bertha Forman. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music at Pasadena City College in 1966. He then moved to New York where he played with a variety of musicians, including McCoy Tyner and Teddy Pendergrass. He also worked as an R&B singer.
After working with Freddie Hubbard, Mtume joined the legendary Miles Davis band. In 1972, the band recorded an album titled On the Corner. On this album, Mtume played congas and was credited with four compositions. He also contributed to several other projects, including an album with Pharoah Sanders.
In the mid-’60s, Mtume began to tour the West Coast with Davis’s band. He also produced several R&B songs for artists such as R. Kelly, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and Stephanie Mills. He also became an on-air host at New York City’s Kiss-FM. In addition to his music, Mtume was a political activist. He was involved with the Black Power movement. He was a member of the Black Power US Organization. He also helped to create the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa.
Known for her roles in Hellbound and Hi Bye, Mama! Kim Mi-soo was a rising star in the South Korean entertainment industry. Her sudden death has stunned her fans and her family. While her cause of death has yet to be confirmed, Mi-soo’s agents have issued an official statement to squelch rumors and encourage fans to stop spreading false information.
Mi-soo made her onscreen debut in the short film “Lipstick Revolution”, and soon thereafter appeared in several popular shows, including “Human Luwak”, “Yumi’s Cells”, and “Squid Game”. She also made a small screen appearance in the “Hi bye, Mama!” drama from tvN.
Her most notable on-screen role was in the Netflix original series “Hellbound”, in which she played a member of a cult-like New Truth Society. Her performance was praised, but the series also drew some criticism for its historical distortion.
Kim Mi-soo had a number of other notable roles, including her role in the K-drama Snowdrop, which has just begun airing in South Korea. The drama follows a student activist named Yeo Jungmin (Kim Mi Soo) as she takes part in a student protest against the government. The series is set during the pro-democracy movement of 1987 and has sparked a lot of controversy.