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Rose Marie (1923 - 2017)

Over the course of last year we lost so many Hollywood and music stars many of us grew up with watching black and white TV that turned Kodachrome to MTV. We laughed so many times with Mary Tyler Moore who played Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. She also had her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. We lost Moore in January. Rose Marie, best known as the woman who played TV writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke show, only just passed away December 28, 2017. She was 94. Adam West who played Batman, Jim Nabors who played Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, Della Reese from Touched By An Angel and David Cassidy from The Partridge Family, all left us too. Playboy Hugh Hefner died at 91. 

One of the all-time great comedians in history, Jerry Lewis, died at 91. His career spanned decades, like that of Mary Tyler Moore. Another member of the Star Wars family died in 2017. This was Alfie Curtis who played Dr. Evazan in Star Wars: A New Hope. He also portrayed the milkman in the 1980’s film The Elephant Man.

Jordan Feldstein, longtime manager of Maroon 5 and brother of actor Jonah Hill, died December 22, 2017 of cardiac arrest. 


Bob Givens, the man who gave us Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd among many other iconic cartoon characters, died December 14, 2017 in Burbank, California. Mel Tillis, who wrote country hits for George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, and who wrote more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums, died in November. AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young died unexpectedly at 64 years old in November. 

Malibu Resident Tom Petty too died unexpectedly at 66. 

Bill Paxton, who many know from the 1986 movie Aliens, died early in the year and at a young age, just 61. Rock and roll pioneer Fats Domino died at 89 years old. He gave us so many memories in music playing that piano so effortlessly. 

The legendary comic Don Rickles left us at 90 years old. Those of us who followed James Bond from an early age would know the name Sir Roger Moore. He died about the middle of the year. Richard Anderson, who co-starred simultaneously in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman died in August. 

Malibu resident Glen Campbell lost his long fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He left us at 81 years old. 

Pulitzer-winning playwright, actor, author, screenwriter and director Sam Shepard died from complications of Lou Gehrig’s disease at 73. Chuck Berry died at the age of 90. He helped found new genre of music in the 1950’s. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell unexpectedly died at just 52 yers old to the shock of family and fans. He committed suicide, according to the medical examiner.

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Author: Heather FullerEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heather Fuller has written for Malibu Arts Journal since 2007. She is an arts and local news writer.
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