Beautiful Corpses (Young Deaths In The Entertainment Industry)

by Brakathor | created - 08 Jun 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

For awhile now I've had an obsession with death and deliverance, particularly in regards to those whose time to leave their print on the world was cut short. It seems that there's an undeniable magical quality that arises from an artist who dies before their time, which can lead us to a special form of obsession when we think of them. I notice this in others as they idolize celebrities like Elvis, James Dean, or Heath Ledger etc. and I see it in myself as I view actresses like Inma De Santis, Katrin Cartlidge or Soledad Miranda.

It's almost as though these people give us the ability to stare directly into immortality, and upon realizing that existence and non existence are an immortal unbreakable bond, one that lasts for alltime, the choices we make appear both evermore grave and evermore fleeting, the ultimate consequence and zero consequence melding into one and the same. In the end, all you can ever have and hope for lies in your acceptance of the reality you make out of your own experience. None of these people were supposed to die when they did; none of them were meant to grow old, and none of them were meant to be born in the first place.

Generally speaking, we're all brought up to believe that we're living in a rat race where we fight and compete against each other, all so we can end up on top, inheritors to a greater position in power, wealth and age until we notice that everyone around us is dying and exiting early as we fight and carry on to the end, an end where everyone finishes right where they started. We who carry on have life and they the fallen have deliverance. Who wins? In the end, these people and their work, in their everlasting youth, beauty, and ambition for success and accomplishment, connect me to humanity in a very special way that I can't get by any other means, which makes me feel like the loser and the winner both at the same time, staring directly into immortality through their eyes as it escapes me.

It's been a little bit difficult to decide what the cut-off age should be for this list, but I definitely find it necessary in the interest of conformity, in that I don't want there to be too large a disparity between the artists on this list who are extremely well-established and well-accomplished vs. artists who clearly died with some of their best work still ahead of them. In addition to this, I'm also considering the fact that certain budding artists may only rise to success by the time they're already middle-aged.

40 seems too young of a cut-off age and 60 seems too old to accommodate the proper balance here. As such, this list operates upon the assumption that by 50, most artists are well-established and have already accomplished some of their best work, so although 55 is still perceived as an early death, in many cases the artist will have produced more than half of their full potential by this time, and therefore can be seen as sufficiently well established that their death did not significantly effect their place in history. In my opinion most artists who've died over 50 can't fairly be viewed in the same light as artists who died in their 20's or earlier. For these reasons, 50 is the cut off age we're sticking with, as imperfect as it still feels. The list is ordered from young deaths to old.



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1. Judith Barsi

Actress | The Land Before Time

The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000-to-1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at age 5 1/2 in 1983 and mistaken for a 3-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...

Died at 10: homicide

Shot to death along with her mother, by her father.


2. Heather O'Rourke

Actress | Poltergeist

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...

Died at 12: natural causes

Cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis.


3. Lucille Ricksen

Actress | The Judgment of the Storm

Lucille Ricksen was born Ingeborg Erickson on August 22, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. She worked a child model and made her film debut at the age of five. Her parents separated and her mother took her to Hollywood in 1920. Ten year old Lucille was offered a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and starred ...


4. Madeleine Desdevises

Actress | La drôlesse

Madeleine Desdevises was born on March 12, 1967 in Saint-Lô, Manche, France as Madeleine Denise Danielle Desdevises. She was an actress, known for The Hussy (1979) and Les rendez-vous du dimanche (1975). She died on April 16, 1982 in Caen, Calvados, France.


5. Mya-Lecia Naylor

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Mya-Lecia Naylor was born on November 6, 2002 in Warwickshire, England. She was an actress, known for Cloud Atlas (2012), Cartoonito Tales (2011) and Code Red (2013). She died on April 7, 2019 in London, England.


6. Sandra Mozarowsky

Actress | Ángel negro

Sandra was one of the foremost "Lolitas" of the co-produced Spanish Genre and/or "exploitation" cinema of the late seventies. At the time of her death, she was only 18 years old.


7. Dorothy Dell

Actress | Little Miss Marker

Dorothy Dell was born to Elbert and Lillan Goff in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on January 30, 1915. She won the most beautiful baby in Hattiesburg beauty contest when she was thirteen months old. She lived in New Orleans from the age of ten. She attended the Sophie Wright High School for girls. ...


8. Annie Vernay

Actress | La principessa Tarakanova

Annie Vernay was born on November 21, 1921 in Genève-Plainpalais, Switzerland as Annie Martine Jacqueline Vermeersch. She was an actress, known for Betrayal (1938), The Mayor's Dilemma (1939) and Chantons quand même (1940). She died on August 15, 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


9. Maple Batalia

Actress | The Secret Circle

Born near Mumbai, 19-year-old Maple Batalia was an aspiring actress and attending Simon Fraser University in Surrey (B.C. Canada) when she was shot and killed as she walked to her car in the parkade at SFU Surrey Campus. She had previously graduated from Enver Creek Secondary and was hoping to be a...


10. Dorothy Stratten

Actress | Galaxina

Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...


11. Jackson Odell

Soundtrack | Forever My Girl

Jackson Odell was born on July 2, 1997 in Colorado, USA as Jackson Reid Odell. He was an actor, known for Forever My Girl (2018) and Great Plains (2016). He died on June 8, 2018 in San Fernando, California, USA.


12. Lisca Malbran

Actress | Junge Herzen

Lisca Malbran was born on October 17, 1925 in Berlin, Germany as Marlis Carmen Hoffman. She was an actress, known for Junge Herzen (1944), Das war mein Leben (1944) and Heidesommer (1945). She died on June 6, 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


13. XXXTentacion

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

XXXTentacion was born on January 23, 1998 in Plantation, Florida, USA as Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy. He was a composer and actor, known for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014), Underground Tantrum (2017) and XXXTentacion Feat. Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don & Vybz Kartel: Royalty (2019). He ...


14. Sammi Kane Kraft

Actress | Bad News Bears

Sammi Kane Kraft was born on April 2, 1992 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Bad News Bears (2005) and Today (1952). She died on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


15. Bridgette Andersen

Actress | Savannah Smiles

Bridgette Andersen was born on July eleventh, 1975 to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen in Inglewood, California and grew up in Malibu. She always considered it good luck to have her birthday read as 7-11 rather than of July 11th. She would always kiss the first two fingers on her right hand and then...


16. Matthew Garber

Actor | Mary Poppins

Matthew Garber was a British child actor. Both of his parents were theatrical actors, but neither was particularly famous.

In 1963, Garbet came to the attention of actor Roy Dotrice (father of Karen Dotrice) who was seeking potential child actors. Roy recommended Garber to the casting department of ...


17. Rebecca Schaeffer

Actress | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...


18. Ilse Korseck

Actress | Madame hat Ausgang

Ilse Korseck was born on May 12, 1911 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. She was an actress, known for Madame hat Ausgang (1931), The Shot in the Talker Studio (1930) and How Do I Become Rich and Happy? (1930). She died on February 22, 1933 in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany.


19. Peggy O'Neill

Actress | It's a Pleasure

Peggy O'Neill was born Barbara Jeanne O'Neill in San Francisco, California. When she was eighteen she won a beauty contest and moved to Hollywood. She met producer Charles Rogers who helped her get a screen test. Peggy was given a starring role in the 1944 comedy Song Of The Open Road. Columnist ...


20. J. Madison Wright

Actress | Earth 2

Jessica Madison Wright was born in Cincinnati on July 29th 1984, the eldest of four children. A pretty youngster who enjoyed dressing up and was very much a 'girlie' child, Madison began modeling at the age of five. Her interest in modeling and acting - something she shared with her younger sister ...


21. Lil Peep

Music_department | Lil Peep: Life Is Beautiful

Lil Peep, was an American rapper and singer. He was cited as one of the primary artists responsible for the post-emo revival with his style of hip hop, which came to be known as emo trap. He was born on November 1, 1996 in Pennsylvania and grew up in Long Island, New York. His parents were both ...


22. Skye McCole Bartusiak

Actress | Don't Say a Word

Skye McCole Bartusiak was born on September 28, 1992 in Houston, Texas, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Don't Say a Word (2001), The Patriot (2000) and Love Comes Softly (2003). She died on July 19, 2014 in Houston.


23. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in ...

Died at 22: homicide

Strangulation resulting in brain-dead coma subsequent to being removed from life support & dying in hospital.


24. Christina Grimmie

Soundtrack | The Matchbreaker

Christina Grimmie was an American actress, singer, song writer, and YouTube sensation. Grimmie is known as 'zeldaxlove64' on YouTube. Grimmie gained recognition after posting covers of popular songs on YouTube. She also placed 2nd Runner up on The Voice. On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot three ...


25. Bobbi Kristina Brown

Actress | For Better or Worse

Bobbi Kristina Brown was born on March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for For Better or Worse (2011), The Houstons: On Our Own (2012) and Being Bobby Brown (2005). She died on July 26, 2015 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.


26. Buddy Holly

Soundtrack | Mr. Nobody

Buddy Holly was born on September 7, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Charles Hardin Holley. He was married to Maria Elena Santiago. He died on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa, USA.


27. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...


28. Daniel Pollock

Actor | Romper Stomper

Daniel Pollock was born on August 24, 1968 in Australia as Daniel John Pollock. He was an actor, known for Romper Stomper (1992), Proof (1991) and Death in Brunswick (1990). He died on April 13, 1992 in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.


29. Elfriede Datzig

Actress | Die falsche Braut

Elfriede Datzig was born on July 26, 1922 in Vienna, Austria. She was an actress, known for The False Bride (1945), The Eternal Tone (1943) and Seven Letters (1944). She was married to Albert Hehn. She died on January 27, 1946 in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.


30. Janie Marèse

Actress | La chienne

Janie Marèse was born on May 23, 1908 in Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France. She was an actress, known for La Chienne (1931), Mam'zelle Nitouche (1931) and Amours viennoises (1931). She died on August 14, 1931 in Sainte-Maxime, Var, France.


31. Blanca Estela Pavón

Actress | Cuando lloran los valientes

Blanca Estela Pavón was born on February 21, 1926 in Minatitlan, Veracruz, Mexico as María Blanca Estela Pavón Vasconcelos. She was an actress, known for Cuando lloran los valientes (1947), Ustedes, los ricos (1948) and ¡Vuelven los García! (1947). She died on September 26, 1949.


32. Ana María Cassan

Actress | Sylvie et le fantôme

Ana María Cassan was born on July 12, 1937 in Paris, France as Anne-Marie Paillard. She was an actress, known for Sylvie et le fantôme (1946), Pantalaskas (1960) and Operación Antartida (1957). She died on September 12, 1960 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


33. Eva Cerovská

Actress | Holky z porcelánu

Eva Cerovská was born on October 20, 1952 in Prague, Csehslovakia. She was an actress, known for Holky z porcelánu (1975), V kazdém pokoji zena (1974) and Hriste (1976). She died on August 18, 1976 in Hradec Králové, Csehslovakia [now Czech Republic].


34. Shana Dowdeswell

Actress | The Big Wedding

Shana Elizabeth Dowdeswell (died December 12, 2012) was born on April 1, 1989 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She then moved to New York City where she attended City and Country School, PS 3, and finally PPAS High School. She also began a career as an actress, beginning at age eight. Over the years, she ...


35. Charlotte Schellhorn

Actress | Das Mädchen Juanita

Charlotte Schellhorn was born in 1922 in Germany. She was an actress, known for Das Mädchen Juanita (1945), Casa lontana (1939) and Die Kreuzlschreiber (1950). She died in 1945 in Mallnitz, Germany.


36. Shawn Phelan

Actor | Toy Soldiers

Shawn Phelan was born on January 7, 1975 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA as Shawn Michael Phelan. He was an actor, known for Toy Soldiers (1991), Grand (1990) and Breaking the Rules (1992). He died on September 27, 1998.


37. The Notorious B.I.G.

Soundtrack | Bad Boys

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born on May 21, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. ...


38. Lise Topart

Actress | Sylvie et le fantôme

Lise Topart was born on August 24, 1927 in Paris, France as Lise Alice Topart. She was an actress, known for Sylvie et le fantôme (1946), Cage of Girls (1949) and Counter Investigation (1947). She died on March 3, 1952 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.


39. James Dean

Actor | East of Eden

James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...


40. Pascale Ogier

Actress | Les nuits de la pleine lune

Daughter of musician Gilles Nicolas. She was only two years old when her parents divorced. After a few hours spent at the Parisian club Le Palace, she spent the night with a friend and took drugs, an addiction she had since her teens. She died that same night from an overdose. She was buried in ...


41. Brad Renfro

Actor | Apt Pupil

Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Angela Denise McCrory and Mark Renfro, a factory worker. He was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client (1994), which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this ...


42. Laurie Bird

Actress | Two-Lane Blacktop

Laurie Bird was a cute and charming actress who appeared in only three pictures during her regrettably short-lived career. Bird was born on September 26, 1953 in Long Island, New York. Laurie was working as a model when she was chosen by director Monte Hellman, from nearly 500 women, to portray "...


43. Lenka Podhájská

Actress | Harmonika

Lenka Podhájská was born on June 10, 1921 in Teplýsovice, Czechoslovakia as Magdalena Podrouzková. She was an actress, known for The Accordion (1937) and Advokát chudých (1941). She died on August 8, 1946 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.


44. Pauline Lafont

Actress | Le petit docteur

Pauline Lafont was born on April 6, 1963 in Nîmes, Gard, France as Pauline Aïda Simone Medveczky. She was an actress, known for Le petit docteur (1986), Papy fait de la résistance (1983) and I Hate Actors (1986). She died on August 11, 1988 in Gabriac, Lozère, France.


45. Françoise Dorléac

Actress | L'homme de Rio

The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a ...


46. Herti Kirchner

Actress | Du bist so schön, Berlinerin

Herti Kirchner was born on September 3, 1913 in Kiel, Germany. She was an actress, known for Du bist so schön, Berlinerin (1936), Acht Mädels im Boot (1932) and Wer küßt Madeleine? (1939). She died on May 1, 1939 in Berlin, Germany.


47. Belinda Lee

Actress | La lunga notte del '43

Green-eyed blonde bombshell Belinda Lee was born in Devon, England, to a hotel owner (Robert Esmond Lee) and florist (Stella Mary Graham) on June 15, 1935. Nicknamed Billie, she was an incredible beauty while still in her early teens attending the Rookesbury Park Prep School at Hampshire and St. ...


48. Justin Pierce

Actor | Kids

Born in London, England to a Welsh mother and an Australian father, Justin Charles Pierce was raised in the Marble Hill section of Manhattan, New York City. He attended P.S. 7 in the Bronx for Elementary School and J.H.S. 141 in the Riverdale section of the Bronx for Junior High School. Pierce's ...


49. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...


50. Jean Harlow

Actress | Bombshell

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...


51. Maria Kwiatkowsky

Actress | En garde

Maria Kwiatkowsky was born on April 23, 1985 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for En garde (2004), The Invention of Love (2013) and Liebe Amelie (2005). She died on July 4, 2011 in Berlin.


52. Mac Miller

Actor | Scary Movie 5

Mac Miller was born on January 19, 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Malcolm James McCormick. He died on September 7, 2018 in San Fernando Valley, California, USA.


53. Sharon Tate

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...


54. Ashleigh Aston Moore

Actress | Now and Then

Ashleigh Ashton Moore was born as Ashley Rogers on September 30, 1981. Her parents were Cynthia Moore, a CNA (Certified nursing assistant) and James Moore, who wasn't around for much of her life. She attended a private school in Sunnyvalle until third grade when she left to spend full time on her ...


55. Tommy Biondo

Actor | Scrapbook

Tommy Biondo was born on July 26, 1973. He was an actor and production designer, known for Scrapbook (2000), Satisfaction (1995) and The First Time (2003). He died on August 6, 1999.


56. Joan Dowling

Actress | Murder Without Crime

Joan Dowling had a passion for acting and as an aspiring young actress she would take roles in plays, pantomimes and other works simply to be on the stage. Her first recognised role was at the tender age of 14 and she signed her first film contract at 17. She had natural talent and did not have any...


57. Jon-Erik Hexum

Actor | Voyagers!

In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing...


58. Merlin Santana

Actor | The Steve Harvey Show

Originally from New York, both of Merlin's parents were from the Dominican Republic. His mother pushed for a career in show business to keep him out of trouble and off the mean streets. He began as an advertising model for a fast-food chain at the age of 3. He first began getting noticed as Stanley...


59. Soledad Miranda

Actress | Ursus

Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. ...


60. Jonathan Brandis

Actor | Seaquest DSV

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in television commercials. He appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). He starred ...


61. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...


62. Barry Brown

Actor | Bad Company

Barry Brown was born on April 19, 1951 in San Jose, California, USA as Donald Barry Brown. He was an actor, known for Bad Company (1972), Piranha (1978) and Daisy Miller (1974). He died on June 27, 1978 in Silver Lake, California.


63. Thuy Trang

Actress | The Crow: City of Angels

Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to America to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind.

In 1979, Thuy and her ...


64. Christa Helm

Actress | Let's Go for Broke

Christa Helm was born on November 11, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Sandra Lynn Wohlfeil. She was an actress, known for Let's Go for Broke (1974), Legacy of Satan (1974) and Wonder Woman (1975). She was married to Gary Clements. She died on February 12, 1977 in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...


65. Zuzana Ondrouchová

Actress | Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem

Zuzana Ondrouchová was born on March 20, 1950 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She was an actress, known for Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977), If a Thousand Clarinets (1965) and Awakening (1960). She was married to Petr Svárovský. She died on February 3, 1978 in Prague.


66. Kurt Cobain

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...


67. Jim Morrison

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his ...


68. Norma Jiménez

Actor | La rosa de Guadalupe

Norma Jiménez is an actor, known for La rosa de Guadalupe (2008).


69. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...


70. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...


71. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | Amy

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in Southgate, London, England to Janis Holly Collins (previously: Janis Holly Winehouse; born: Janis Holly Seaton), a pharmacist & Mitchell "Mitch" Winehouse, a taxi driver. Her family shared her love of theater and music. Amy was brought up on jazz...


72. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...


73. Nick Lashaway

Actor | The 40 Year Old Virgin

Nick Lashaway was born on March 24, 1988 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), In Time (2011) and The Last Song (2010). He died on May 8, 2016 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.


74. Lucy Gordon

Actress | Spider-Man 3

Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Serendipity (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


75. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...


76. Avicii

Soundtrack | How to Be Single

Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, was a Swedish DJ and producer who worked on live concerts. In 2011, his single ''Levels'' was on the 100 billboard chart. He was also known for ''Hey Brother''. He sometimes appeared on Radio 1's Pete Tong show. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and died in ...


77. Johnny Lewis

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the middle of three siblings, Johnny began performing from the age of 5 at a small performing arts school, making his debut as a Chanukah candle.

Pursuing the acting profession, he appeared with success in many TV and film projects, handling both drama and...


78. Corinne Luchaire

Actress | Prison Without Bars

Corinne Luchaire was born on February 11, 1921 in Paris, Ile-de-France, France as Rosita Christiane Yvette Luchaire. She was an actress, known for Prison Without Bars (1938), Le dernier tournant (1939) and Abbandono (1940). She was married to Guy de Voisins-Lavernière. She died on January 22, 1950 ...


79. Gloria Dickson

Actress | They Won't Forget

Gloria Dickson was born Thais Alalia Dickerson on August 13, 1917, in Pocotello, Idaho. After her father died her mother took Gloria and her sister to California. During high school she started acting in local theater productions. When she was nineteen a Warner Brothers talent scout saw one of her ...


80. Anita Campillo

Actress | The Man from Utah

Anita Campillo was born in 1910 in Mexico. She was an actress, known for The Man from Utah (1934), La vida bohemia (1938) and Alma norteña (1939). She died on November 25, 1938 in Horcasitas, Sonora, Mexico.


81. Lee Thompson Young

Actor | Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be ...


82. Claudia Jennings

Actress | The Unholy Rollers

Born Mary Eileen "Mimi" Chesterton (nicknamed Mimi by her friends and family) in St. Paul, Minnesota, titian beauty Claudia Jennings was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1966, she moved to Evanston, Illinois, the first suburb north of Chicago just south of the Wisconsin state line, where she ...


83. Carole Landis

Actress | I Wake Up Screaming

Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.


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84. Krista Nell

Actress | Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile

Krista Nell was born in 1946 in Austria as Doris Kristanel. She was an actress, known for So Sweet, So Dead (1972), The Godfather's Friend (1972) and Love Angels (1974). She died on June 19, 1975 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.


85. Windy West

Actress | Ritual

Windy West was an actress, known for Ritual (2010), The Breakfast Killers and Durant's Never Closes (2016). She died on May 22, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

died in 2017 - suicide

86. Edith Méra

Actress | Les trois mousquetaires

Edith Méra was born on February 7, 1905 in Meran, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary as Edith Claire Zeibert. She was an actress, known for Three Musketeers (1932), Beauty Cult (1931) and Dream Castle (1933). She died on February 24, 1935 in Paris, France.


87. Jocelyn Quivrin

Actor | 99 francs

Jocelyn Quivrin was born on February 14, 1979 in Dijon, Côte-d'Or, France. He was an actor and writer, known for 99 francs (2007), Syriana (2005) and Grande école (2004). He was married to Alice Taglioni. He died on November 15, 2009 in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine, France.


88. Jim Croce

Soundtrack | Django Unchained

Jim Croce was born on Sunday, January 10th, 1943 in a working-class section of Philadelphia, in an Italian-American family. While a teenager, he began playing the accordion, and then learning to play an acoustic guitar when he was 18. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, where he supposedly met ...


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November 9, 1985 - May 6, 2016

Motorcycle accident

90. Inma de Santis

Actress | La duda

Inma de Santis was born on February 24, 1959 in Madrid, Spain as Inmaculada Santiago Del Pino. She was an actress and director, known for La duda (1972), Teatro estudio (1976) and Novela (1963). She died on December 21, 1989 in Sahara Desert, Morocco.


91. Virginia Rappe

Actress | Paradise Garden

An actress best known for her death, her controversial demise occurred the day after being discovered in a hotel bedroom during a party that involved a large amount of alcohol consumption. Actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was the last person seen with Rappe before she was found seriously injured. ...


92. Virginia Maskell

Actress | Interlude

This ill-fated British actress was born in the Shepherd's Bush area of London, England, on February 27, 1936. After the outbreak of World War II, young Virginia and her family were evacuated to South Africa. She eventually returned to London and entered a convent school where the pretty, grey-eyed ...


93. Renate Müller

Actress | Walzerkrieg

Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances. Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper ...


94. Chula Prieto

Actress | Tu recuerdo y yo

Chula Prieto was born on January 29, 1929 in Mexico City, Mexico as María del Carmen Prieto Salido. She was an actress, known for Tu recuerdo y yo (1953), El rayo de Sinaloa (La venganza de Heraclio Bernal) (1958) and El amor abrió los ojos (1947). She died on October 1, 1960 in Mexico City.


95. Cory Monteith

Actor | Glee

Cory Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Cory Allan Michael Monteith. He was an actor, known for playing the singing jock Finn on the American TV show Glee (2009) and films such as Monte Carlo (2011), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He died on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver...


96. Luisa Ferida

Actress | Amore imperiale

Luisa Ferida started as a stage actress and first appeared in films with La Freccia d'oro (1935) in a supporting role but because of her photogenic looks and talent as an actress, she soon graduated to leading parts at the end of the thirties. In 1939, whilst working on An Adventure of Salvator Rosa...


97. Bobby Driscoll

Actor | Peter Pan

Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie ...


98. Susan Peters

Actress | Random Harvest

War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.

She was born Suzanne...


99. Rudolph Valentino

Actor | The Sheik

Hollywood's original Latin Lover, a term that was invented for Rudolph Valentino by Hollywood moguls. Alla Nazimova's friend,Natacha Rambova (nee Winifred Hudnut) became romantically involved with Rudy and they lived together in her bungalow, from 1921 (during the filming of Camille) until they ...


100. Dana Hill

Actress | National Lampoon's European Vacation

Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen ...

Died at 32: Natural

Slipped into a diabetic coma, leading to a paralytic stroke that ended her life in hospital.


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