R.I.P. 2009

In memoriam

Bea Arthur Groundbreaking star of TV’s Maude and Golden Girls

J.G. Ballard Author, Empire Of The Sun, Crash

Pina Bausch Choreographer

Rick Bébout Gay historian, intellectual force, chronicler of the city

Ayanna Black Jamaica native and feminist poet

Ronald Bloore Abstract painter

Douglas Campbell Legendary classical actor, at Stratford and elsewhere

David Carradine Kung Fu TV star

Jim Carroll Poet, musician, centrepiece of The Basketball Diaries

Walter Cronkite Legendary CBS news anchor

Merce Cunningham Dance great

Dominick Dunne Novelist and Vanity Fair correspondent

Les Paul Guitar innovator


Farrah Fawcett Charlie’s Angel and 70s icon

Gerald Ferguson Conceptual artist and painter

Horton Foote screenwriter, To Kill A Mockingbord, Trip To Bountiful

Marilyn French Author, The Women’s Room

Gerhardt “Jerry” Fuchs Drummer with !!!, the Juan Maclean, MSTRKRFT

Larry Gelbart Creator of M*A*S*H, Tootsie screenwriter

Sam George Native activist who fought for an inquiry into the shooting death of brother Dudley George by the OPP at Camp Ipperwash

Henry Gibson Laugh-In poet and Nashville actor

Titus “Baatin” Glover Rapper, Slum Village

E. Lynn Harris Groundbreaking gay African-American novelist

John Hughes Writer/director/producer, Breakfast Clubber

Michael Jackson King of pop

Lou Jacobi T.O.-born actor, Avalon, Irma La Douce

Maurice Jarre Composer, Lawrence Of Arabia/Doctor Zhivago and more

Ted Kennedy United States senator

Allan King Documentary filmmaker, Warrendale, A Married Couple

Claude Lévi-Strauss Anthropologist

Karl Malden TV and film actor, The Streets Of San Francisco, A Streetcar Named Desire

Dewey Martin Drummer, Buffalo Springfield

Frank McCourt Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes

Patrick McGoohan Creator/star of The Prisoner


Neil Munro Actor, playwright and Shaw Festival director

Brittany Murphy, Actor, Clueless, 8 Mile

Haydain Neale Juno Award-winning Jacksoul frontman

David Pecaut Civic entrepreneur and Luminato co-creator

Irving Penn Fashion photographer

Natasha Richardson Actor

William Safire Word warrior

Martin Streek Radio DJ

Ted Reynolds CBC sports commentator

Goldie Semple Actor, Shaw and Stratford festivals

Budd Schulberg Author, What Makes Sammy Run, screenwriter, On The Waterfront

Ron Silver Stage, film and TV actor, Speed The Plow, Silkwood, Rhoda

Dash Snow Photographer

Nancy Spero Pioneering feminist artist

Patrick Swayze Star of Dirty Dancing and Ghost

Koko Taylor Queen of the blues

Mary Travers Singer, Peter Paul and Mary

John Updike Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Derek Weiler Quill & Quire editor, critic and lover of books

Andrew Wyeth Painter

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