Category Gone but not forgotten

Ken Russell 1927-2011

What a sad day. Ken Russell the visionary director of The Devils (1971), Women in Love (1969) and Tommy (1975) has died at the age of 84. Michael Winner, the talentless hack who directed Death Wish and the remake of… Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

The Queen is dead. Elizabeth Taylor, who died today aged 79, was officially a Dame of the British Empire. She was also Hollywood royalty. That phrase is wheeled out regularly by unimaginative broadcasters every time a Hollywood octogenarian — or… Continue Reading →

Jane Russell 1921-2011

The day after 94-year-old Kirk Douglas tottered onstage at the Oscars, Hollywood lost another of its golden greats in the shapely person of Jane Russell. The coverage of her death has (predictably) focused on that famous cleavage and the somewhat… Continue Reading →

John Barry 1933-2011

It’s a sad irony that composer John Barry has died in the week that sees the release of a new film adaptation of Brighton Rock. In 2004 a musical version of Graham Greene’s novel was produced at the Almeida Theatre… Continue Reading →

Susannah York 1939-2011

Quintessential English rose or frustrated wild child? Susannah York, who died on Saturday aged 72, might have characterised herself as the latter, according to an interview with The Guardian in 2007. Her son, actor Orlando Wells, used the term “maverick”… Continue Reading →

Ingrid Pitt 1937-2010

As one YouTube user so eloquently puts it: “Ingrid Pitt, you can bite my neck with pleasure.” The Polish actress and star of films like The Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula, died on 23 November, just two days after celebrating… Continue Reading →

Jill Clayburgh 1944-2010

Some actresses toil for a lifetime clocking up credits on IMDb, without ever achieving much in the way of recognition. Others get the awards, the stratospheric salaries and the celebrity spouses. The name of actress Jill Clayburgh, who died yesterday… Continue Reading →

Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

He shared a bath with Laurence Olivier (Spartacus), a bed with Janet Leigh (the first of his six wives) and was one half of a flamboyant 70s crime-fighting duo with Roger Moore in The Persuaders. But despite his luxuriant locks… Continue Reading →

Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

Film School Rejects recently posted a list of the best — and worst — movie collaborations between directors and their spouses. It seems those capricious movie gods have decreed that for every Oscar-winning gem like Fargo (Joel Coen directs Frances… Continue Reading →

Patricia Neal: 1926-2010

She could have been Mrs Robinson in The Graduate; she did play (once) the all-American mama Olivia Walton; and for 30 years she was the real-life Mrs Roald Dahl. For me, though, Patricia Neal will always be plain old Alma… Continue Reading →

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