IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable

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2011 saw the loss of many famous talents who - in their own ways - left their permanent stamp on the theater community and entertainment world. In the photo sampling below, BroadwayWorld fondly remembers those we've lost, but whom we will never forget.

Among the most profound losses in the theater community include screen goddess and Tony nominee Elizabeth Taylor (THE LITTLE FOXES), legendary director and scribe Arthur Laurents (WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, among dozens of others), playwrights Lanford Wilson (TALLEY'S FOLLY, ANGELS FALL, FIFTH OF JULY, FENCES, among others) and Romulus Linney (THE LOVE SUICIDE AT SCHOFEILD BARRACKS), La Mamma's fearless leader Ellen Stewart, everyone's favorite "Knickie" Jeff Conaway, husband and wife actor/costume designer duo Tom Aldredge and Theoni V. Aldredge, two-time Tony winning designer David I Mitchell (BARNUM, ANNIE), DEATH TRAP star Farley Granger, and TV icon and one-time Broadway star Peter Falk.

The theater world additionally bid farewell to actors Mary Fickett, Jane White, Phyllis Love, Doris Belack, Philip Rose, Judy Lewis, Donald Grody (also head of Actor's Equity Association from 1973 - 1980), Anna Massey, Margaret Tyzack, Marian Mercer, Jay Garner, Michael Gough; notable songbirds Jerry Leiber, Lee Pockriss, Edwin Judd Woldin, Joseph Brooks, John Scoullar, Margaret Whiting, Hugh Martin; designer Lou Stancari; directors Michael Langham and Marsha Hanna; playwrights Sidney Michaels, Donald Lyons; producers Michael Brenner, Tommy Brent, Philip Rose, Randall L. Wreghitt, John Cossette, Edward Hastings and more.

In the world of entertainment, we additionally bid farewell to music man Nick Ashford, actor/director Jackie Cooper, directors Ken Russell and Sidney Lumet, television personality Andy Rooney, songstress Phoebe Snow and many more.

Lastly, of course, we must not forget tech maverick and revolutionary Steve Jobs, who not only opened up new possibilities for theater, film and TV creation with new technology, but who changed the world.

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable

ELIZABETH TAYLOR
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor attending THE MIRROR CRACKED Movie Premiere, Ziegfield Theatre, New York City. 1980

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in THE LITTLE FOXES, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor Receives a Theatre World Award for THE LITTLE FOXES at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in New York City, 1981

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor Attends The Tony Awards Party, Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York City, June 1981

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor and Zev Buffman Visit Laurie Beechman, Bill Hutton & Cast of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, New York City, 1982

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor Visits Bill Hutton and the Cast of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in New York City, 1982

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli Attending the United Negro College Fund Awards, Sheraton Center Hotel, New York City

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor attending the United Negro College Fund Awards in New York City, 1988

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Elizabeth Taylor attending an APA Aids Benefit in New York City, 1986

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FARLEY GRANGER
July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Farley Granger Starring in DEATH TRAP at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Farley Granger and Eileen Fulton attending an AIDS Benefit in New York City.

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NICK ASHFORD
May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Nick Ashford Arriving the Broadway Opening Night Performance of ALL ABOUT ME at the Henry Miller Theatre, New York City, March 18, 2010

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Ashford & Simpson attending THE COLOR PURPLE Broadway Debut Celebration Party for Fantasia at Spotlight Live in Times Square , New York City. April 22, 2007

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Nick Ashford Attending THE COLOR PURPLE Broadway Debut Celebration Party for Fantasia at Spotlight Live in Times Square, New York City, April 22, 2007

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Producer Scott Sanders, Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson arriving for the Opening Night performance of THE COLOR PURPLE starring Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, LaKisha Jones & Zonya Love at the Broadway Theatre in New York City, January 9, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC 1983

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SIDNEY LUMET
June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Sidney Lumet Attending a Party in New York City, September 1983

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Sidney Lumet Arriving for the Opening Night Performance of the New David Mamet Play NOVEMBER at the Barrymore Theatre in New York City, January 17, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Sidney Lumet and Ellen Barkin Attending a New York celebration in anticipation of director Sidney Lumet's Honorary Academy Award, which was be presented at the 77th Annual Academy Awards at Arabelle at the Plaza Athenee in New York City, February 23, 2005

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
River Phoenix and Director Sidney Lumet Attending The D.W. Griffith Awards at Lincoln Center, New York City, February 1989

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Sidney Lumet attending the NOTHING LIKE A DAME Benfit Evening at New World Stages in New York City, June 15, 2009

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JEFF CONAWAY
October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jeff Conaway in New York City, 1980

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Alan Carr, Jeff Conaway and Rona Newton John in Los Angeles, 1982

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jeff Conaway in New York City, 1983

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jeff Conaway and Candice Earley On Stage December 2, 1979

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Barry BostwickJeff Conaway and Candice Earley On Stage as GREASE passed FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as Broadway's longest-running show with its 3243rd performance at the Royale Theatre in New York City, December 2, 1979

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JACK LALANNE
September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011 


IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jack LaLanne in New York City, 1984
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DOLORES HOPE
May 27, 1909 – September 19, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Dolores Hope at Rosemary Clooney Opening at Rainbow & Stars New York City May 11, 1997

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Dolores Hope and Bob Hope at Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary, 1996
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JACKIE COOPER
September 15, 1922 – May 3, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jackie Cooper On Set of IZZY & MOE in New York City

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ANDY ROONEY
January 14, 1919 – November 4, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Andy Rooney at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame at Walt Disney World, Florida, September 1994

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Andy Rooney, Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' hall of fame in Walt Disney World, Florida, October 1 1994

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GERALDINE FERRARO
August 26, 1935 – March 26, 2011
 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Geraldine Ferraro in New York City, 1985

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Geraldine Ferraro in New York City, 1993
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KEN RUSSELL
July 3, 1927 – November 27, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Ken Russell Attending the Opening Night Performance Celebration for MINDGAME at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, November 9, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Ken Russell and Wife Lisi Tribble Attending the Opening Night Performance Celebration for MINDGAME at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, November 9, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Ken Russell Attending the Opening Night Performance Celebration for MINDGAME at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, November 9, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Ken Russell at the Opening Night Performance Celebration for MINDGAME at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, November 9, 2008

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CLIFF ROBERTSON
September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Cliff Robertson Attending a Screening of JUST TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT in New York City

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PETER FALK
September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Peter Falk in New York City, 1985

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Peter Falk with Wife Gena Rowlands and John Cassavettes on Fifth Avenue in New York City, 1982

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Peter Falk in New York City, 1984

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Peter Falk Attending the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, 1988

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Peter Falk at the NBC 75th Anniversary in New York City, 2002
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JANE RUSSELL
June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jane Russell Attending a Broadway Show in New York City, September 1983

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Jane Russell in New York City, November 1980

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PHOEBE SNOW
July 17, 1950 – April 26, 2011 

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Phoebe Snow Attending a Party for Chaka Khan at Tony's Di Napoli Restaurant Times Square, February 21, 2008

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Phoebe Snow and Chaka Khan, December 1984

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Phoebe Snow at the Opening Night Performance of HAIR: THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City, March 31, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Debbie Reynolds and Phoebe Snow at the Opening Night of Debbie Reynolds at the Cafe Carlyle, Carlyle Hotel in New York City, June 3, 2009

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial at the Apple Flagship Store on Fifth Ave in New York City, October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial at the Apple Flagship Store on 5th Ave in New York City, October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial at the Apple Flagship Store on 5th Ave in New York City, October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial outside the Apple Store in SoHo, New York City. October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial at the Apple Flagship Store on Fifth Ave in New York City, October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable
Steve Jobs Memorial outside the Apple Store in SoHo, New York City, October 7, 2011

IN MEMORIAM: 2011 Passages of Theater & Entertainment's Most Memorable

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