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2014 Year In Review

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  • This July 31, 1964 file photo shows The Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, performing on stage. Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was 74. Everly died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a Burbank hospital, said his son Jason Everly.
  • In this Oct. 2, 2003 photo provided by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, actress Carmen Zapata poses with honorary Hollywood mayor Johnny Grant, left, and chamber president Leron Gubler, right, as she receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Zapata died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at her Los Angeles home, surrounded by family and friends. She was 86. Her death was announced Tuesday, Jan. 7, by Luis Vela at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a Los Angeles organization that Zapata founded. Zapata started her career in 1945 in the Broadway musical "Oklahoma" and went on to perform in "Bells Are Ringing," "Guys and Dolls" and many plays. Her movie credits include "Sister Act," "Gang Boys" and "Carola," as well as dozens of television series.
  • This Oct. 2, 1978 file photo shows Russell Johnson, as the professor, posing during filming of a two-hour reunion show, "The Return from Gilligan's Island," in Los Angeles. Johnson died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.
  • Pete Seeger, who turned 85 in May 2004, sits on his porch above the Hudson River at Beacon, N.Y. and plays a Woody Guthrie song on his banjo on Tuesday, July 27, 2004.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the award he won for best actor in a drama for his work in "Capote," at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Joan Mondale, wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Walter Mondale, ended a four-day campaign swing in the Midwest when she held a press conference upon her arrival at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, Oct. 23, 1976, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • In this Nov. 1936 file photo, 8-year-old U.S. American child movie star Shirley Temple is portrayed in Hollywood, Ca., USA. Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco.
  • This Oct. 25, 1999 file photo shows Sid Caesar in New York. Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 91.
  • Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.
  • Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.
  • Mavis Gallant, the Montreal-born writer who carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades, died Tuesday at age 91, her publisher said.
  • This July 25, 2008 file photo shows Maria von Trapp, daughter of Austrian Baron Georg von Trapp, smiling during a press conference at the Villa Trapp in Salzburg, Austria. The last surviving member of the famous Trapp Family Singers made famous in "The Sound of Music" died this week at her home in Vermont. She was 99.
  • Photo dated July 2010 made available by the makers of the Oscar nominated documentary The Lady in Number 6, in which she tells her story, of Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest-known survivor of the Holocaust, who died in London on Sunday morning at the age of 110. Herz-Sommer's devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp.
  • Director Harold Ramis arrived for the world premiere of "Year One" at Lincoln Square Monday, June 15, 2009 in New York.
  • This Jan. 16, 1986. file photo shows host Jim Lange, left, congratulating Connie and Steve Rutenbar of Mission Viejo, Calif., after they won $1 million on the TV show " The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime". Lange, the first host of the popular game show "The Dating Game," has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Spanish guitar player Paco de Lucia during his performance on the Stravinski hall stage of the 35th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, Thursday, July 12, 2001.
  • Director Alain Resnais spoke during a press conference for You Havent Seen Anything Yet at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 21, 2012.
  • This undated image released by the Director's Guild of America shows Abner E. Singer. The Harlem-born Abby Singer, a longtime production manager and assistant director who worked primarily in television from the 1950s through the '90s, died Thursday, March 13, 2014. He was 96.
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  • This July 13, 1977 file photo shows comedian David Brenner. On Saturday, March 15, 2014, publicist Jeff Abraham announced Brenner has died at the age of 78.
  • L'Wren Scott arrives for the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at Hyde Park in central London, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
  • Former federal judge and diplomat Lawrence E. Walsh responds to questions at his home, Sunday, Dec. 14, 1986 in Oklahoma City. Walsh told members of the media he has no official word that he's been selected as the independent counsel to probe the Iranian arms sale.
  • In this Nov. 4, 2009 file photo, actor James Rebhorn attends the premiere of "The Box", in New York. Rebhorn's agent, Dianne Busch, said Sunday, March 23, 2014, that the actor passed away Friday at his home in New Jersey. He was 65.
  • Founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr., stands with his bronze bust during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in Canton, Ohio. Wilson is part of the Class of 2009.
  • Comedian John Pinette speaks during the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in New York.
  • Actor Mickey Rooney poses for a portrait Dec. 23, 2001, at his home in Westlake Village, Calif. At age 81, Rooney continues doing what he has done for most of his life: entertaining others.
  • The Ultimate Warrior speaks during the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5, 2014.
  • Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty arrives for a G-20 dinner, during the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Washington.
  • Colombia's Literature Nobel Prize-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, holds a special edition of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" during the IV International Congress of Spanish Language's opening ceremony, in Cartagena, Monday, March 26, 2007.
  • This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday April 19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43.
  • Mark Shand, brand ambassador of Kaziranga National Park and brother of Camilla Parker Bowles greets an unidentified Indian woman during the centenary celebration of Kaziranga national park in Kaziranga 250 kilometers (156 miles) east of Gauhati, Assam, India, Saturday, Feb.12, 2005. The 430 sq. kilometers (269 sq. miles) park, home to the one-horned rhinoceros, began a weeklong celebration Friday.
  • Cast member Bob Hoskins poses for photographers at the premiere for the film 'Hollywoodland' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  • Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr, watches on during a ceremony honoring him by the FBI at the Federal building in Los Angeles Monday, June 8, 2009. The 90-year-old Zimbalist , who starred in the TV show,`The FBI'' from 1965 to 1974, was honored for his historic contributions to the FBI.
  • A defeated Jimmy Ellis as shown in his dressing room after losing heavyweight title bout on Feb. 16, 1970 to Joe Frazier at New York?s Madison Square Garden. Ellis, decked twice in the fourth round, failed to come out for the start of the fifth.
  • In this April 1980 file photo, Swiss artist H.R. Giger, right, poses with model Anneka Vasta at the opening of an exhibition in New York. H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall. Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Chateau St. Germain told The Associated Press Tuesday May 13, 2014 that Giger had died in a hospital the day before. Giger received a 1979 Academy Award for special effects in 'Alen'.
  • Malik Bendjelloul arrives at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscars Viewing and After Party on Sunday, Feb. 24 2013 at the Sunset Plaza Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.
  •  In a May 5, 1986 file photo, Dr. Clyde Snow holds a human skull in his office in Oklahoma City, Okla. Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma,, says his wife, Jerry Snow. He was 86.
  • This 1978 file photo shows singer Jerry Vale. The popular 1950s crooner has died at his California home. He was 83. A family attorney says Vale died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at his home in Palm Desert. Harold Levy said Vale had been in declining health.
  • In this Nov. 14, 2009 file photo, cinematographer Gordon Willis poses with his honorary Oscar following The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 2009 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. An official at the Chapman Cole & Gleason funeral home in Falmouth, Mass. on Monday, May 19, 2014 confirmed that Willis, one of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers, has died. He was 82.
  • Maya Angelou, a 6 foot multi-talented ex-Arkansan, has been hired as Hollywood's first black woman movie director, November 3, 1971. She'll write the script and music, as well as direct "Caged Bird," which is based on her best-selling 1969 autobiography. She's been a professional singer, dancer, writer, composer, poet, lecturer, editor, and San Francisco streetcar conductorette.
  •  In this May 27, 2014 file photo, businessman Lewis Katz, left speaks at a news conference after a closed-door auction to buy the The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News in Philadelphia. The editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer says co-owner Lewis Katz is among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts. Bill Marimow confirmed Katz’s death to Philly.com on Sunday, June 1, 2014 saying he learned the news from close associates. The plane crashed and caught fire as it was leaving Hanscom Field while on its way to Atlantic City International Airport. Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Matthew Brelis says there were no survivors in the crash.
  • In this Dec. 31, 2012 photo, Susan Spencer-Wendel poses for photos with a copy of her book nearby, in her home in West Palm Beach, Fla. All the time-stamped rigors of daily journalism are behind her, but the pace of Spencer-Wendel's life has only been hastened. She is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease. What was once a constant rush to be first with her courthouse scoops has become a dash to live her remaining days joyfully, complete a long goodbye to those she loves, and record it all in a book that has drummed huge interest and a multimillion-dollar book deal.
  • This Oct. 3, 2009 photo shows Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez speaking to a woman outside an Albuquerque, N.M., tourist shop during a book signing event for "Navajo Weapon." Only three of the Original 29 Code Talkers survive, and Nez is one of them.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83.
  •  Rik Mayall, one of a generation of performers that injected post-punk energy into British comedy, has died. He was 56.
  • This Feb. 14, 2008 file photo shows Ruby Dee backstage with the Chairman's award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards, in Los Angeles. Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 12, 2014, that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.
  • In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday, June 15, 2014, according to Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri. He was 82.
  • In this Jan. 9, 2007 file photo, former San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn talks about his election to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame, in San Diego. The Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, June 16, 2014 said Gwynn has died of cancer. He was 54.
  • Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.
  • In this Dec. 13, 2009 photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Steve Rossi, right, is shown with former Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt-Bono at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other TV variety shows, has died at age 82. The Las Vegas Sun originally reported Rossi's death Sunday, June 22, 2014.
  • Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on the "Survivor" reality show, has died in a railway accident in Alabama. He was 27.
  • This Nov. 1987 file photo shows actor Eli Wallach speaking during an interview in New York. Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career, died Monday, June 23, 2014 of natural causes. He was 98.
  • Former Senator Howard Baker Jr. speaks during a dedication of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Pubic Policy at the University of Tennessee Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn. (
  • Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bobby Castillo in 1981.
  • This Dec. 13, 2010 file photo shows author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York. Myers, a best-selling and prolific children's author and tireless champion of literacy and education, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, after a brief illness, according to publisher HarperCollins. He was 76. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
  • In a Friday May 9, 2014 file photo, Louis Zamperini gestures during a news conference, in Pasadena, Calif. Zamperini, a U.S. Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014, according to Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. He was 97. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
  • In this Nov. 13, 2009 file photo, former Real Madrid soccer star and the club's honorary president, Alfredo Di Stefano of Argentina raises his glass during a tribute to his contribution to sport at the Argentine Embassy in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid on Monday July 7, 2014 says Alfredo Di Stefano has died at age 88. Di Stefano helped Madrid win five straight European Champions Cups, and was voted European player of the year in 1957 and '59. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
  • This Oct. 29, 1977 file photo shows Eileen Ford of Fords Models Inc. in New York. Ford, who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. She was 92. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
  • The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia. (www.blackpast.com)
  • In this photo taken Nov. 10, 2008, South African writer and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, delivers a speech in Calcutta, India. Gordimer is leading South African writers in speaking out against proposed laws she fears will muzzle freedom of speech in her homeland. (AP Photo/Bikas Das-File)
  • In this Feb. 2, 2010 file photo, Elaine Stritch poses for a photo before performing on her 85th birthday at the Cafe Carlyle in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
  • James Garner holds the 41st annual life achievement award backstage at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles.
  • In this file photo taken on Jan. 19, 2009, Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi poses for a photocall in Cannes, southern France. Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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  • Makeup artist Dick Smith, recipient of an honorary Oscar, poses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Governors Awards is an annual event celebrating awards conferred by the Academy's Board of Governors, with highlights being incorporated into next year's Academy Awards show. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
  • Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.
  • James Brady, the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, wears a blue bracelet in support of wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he visits the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Charles Keating poses with his award during the 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York Wednesday, May 22, 1996. Keating won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Another World.'' (AP Photo/Joe Tabacca)
  • Robin Williams holds his favorite funny male star award at the 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  • This March 7, 2010 file photo shows actress Lauren Bacall backstage during the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart's partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 in New York. She was 89. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, FIle)
  • In this Wednesday, April 9, 2008 file photo, British actor and director Richard Attenborough arrives at the Galaxy British Book Awards in London. Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, died on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. He was 90. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File
  •  Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love," has died. He was 63. (photo: last.fm)
  • Television personality Joan Rivers attends the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday April 22, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
  • S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, poses Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, on his son, Dan T. Cathy's, Harley Davidson motorcycle which is painted to look like a cow, in front of the company's headquarters in south Atlanta. The seasoned, breaded chicken breast sandwich Cathy toyed with 55 years ago as a kitchen experiment has helped Chick-fil-A become the second-largest fast-food chicken restaurant in the U.S., with restaurants in 34 states and Washington D.C. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
  • In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, from left, Britt Ekland and Richard Kiel attend a photocall for the "Bond 50" anniversary in London. Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP, file)
  • Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83. (photo: movementbureau.blogs.com)
  • British actor Donald Sinden doffs his topper outside Buckingham Palace, London, on March 20, 1979, as he shows the CBE he received at the Investiture held by Queen Elizabeth II at the palace. (AP Photo/Harris)
  • Country music singer George Hamilton IV is shown in March 1977. (AP Photo)
  • In this July 18, 1963, file photo, actress Polly Bergen and actor James Garner go through a scene during the filming of "Move Over, Darling," in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Bergen, an Emmy-winning actress and singer, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original "Cape Fear" and the first woman president in "Kisses for My President," died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home in Southbury, Conn., publicist Judy Katz said. She was 84. (AP Photo/David Brinn, File)
  •  In this April 16, 1964, file photo, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock checks her extra gas tank cap before taking off from Oakland Airport, in Oakland, Calif., during a solo flight around the world. Mock, who 50 years ago became the first female pilot to fly solo around the globe, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at her home in Florida. She was 88. (AP Photo/Robert W. Klein, File)
  •  In this March 10, 2005 file photo, Geoffrey Holder poses at the French Institute Alliance Francaise' "La Nuit des Etoiles" dinner in New York, honoring French actress Catherine Deneuve. Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter and choreographer who during an eclectic show business career led the groundbreaking show "The Wiz" to Broadway, pitched 7-Up soda on TV and played a scary villain in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die," died Sunday of complications of pneumonia at Mount Sinai St. Luke' s Hospital in New York. He was 84. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)
  • In this Dec. 3, 2008 file photo, Elizabeth Pena poses as she arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "Nothing Like the Holidays," in Los Angeles. The "La Bamba" and "Lone Star" actress Pena, 55, has died. Pena's manager, Gina Rugolo, said the actress died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles of natural causes after a brief illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, file)
  • Tim Hauser of the U.S. vocal group "The Manhattan Transfer" performs on stage in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas)
  • International designer Oscar de la Renta smiles during a news conference in Mexico City, Friday, March 22, 2013. De la Renta is in Mexico City for a Friday evening fashion gala where he will present his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

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