Hilary Heath, the star opposite Vincent Price in an American International Pictures horror film series, died last week from complications from COVID-19. She was 74 years old and her death was confirmed by a message from her godson, Alex Williams, on Facebook.
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Heath, a British actress, appeared in the movies
General Sorcerer, The Oblong Box and Banshee’s Cry like a mistress, a daughter and a wife foiling Price.
His curriculum vitae includes Ted Kotcheff
Two gentlemen share (1969), and in a 1970 adaptation of Wuthering Heights starring Timothy Dalton, in which she depicts Isabella.
Heath became a producer after retiring from the stage, producing the Mike Newell film
A terribly big adventure (1995), with Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, and Nile by Mouth (1997) with Gary Oldman.
With her then husband, talent agent Duncan Heath, she launched the Duncan Heath Associates agency, which was sold to ICM in 1984. He is now co-chair of the Independent Talent Group and the couple have divorced.
Survivors include his son, Daniel Heath, a film composer (
Big eyes) and his daughter, Laura.
In Memoriam 2020: Remembering the stars we lost [via Photo services]
The stars we lost in 2020
Chynna Rogers, the hip-hop artist who first turned heads on the modeling runway and then with her rapping talent, died on April 8. She was 25 years old.
John Prine, the husky singer-songwriter whose country-funpun, witty and insightful tunes have influenced legions of musicians in a career spanning five decades, died on April 7. He was 73 years old.
Allen Garfield, an actor who appeared in films like “Nashville” and “The Stunt Man”, died on April 7. He was 80 years old.
Hal Willner, a record producer famous for his tribute albums and concerts left of the center, and as a longtime sketch music producer for “Saturday Night Live”, died on April 7. He was 64 years old.
James Drury, an actor most remembered as the sturdy, black hat title character in NBC’s longtime western “The Virginian”, died on April 6. He was 85 years old.
Thomas L. Miller
Thomas L. Miller, a longtime television producer known for hits such as “Family Matters”, “Full House”, “Perfect Strangers” and “Step by Step”, died on April 5. He was 79 years old.
Shirley Douglas, a Canadian actress and activist, died on April 5. She was 86 years old
Actor Jay Benedict, best known for his roles in “Aliens” in 1986, “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012 and in the British television series “Emmerdale”, died on April 4. He was 68 years old.
Legendary jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who played for the presidents of the White House and with music icons including Paul McCartney, died on March 1. He was 94 years old.
Ellis Marsalis Jr.
The legendary pianist and jazz teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr., patriarch of the great musical family of New Orleans, died on April 1. He was 85 years old.
Adam Schlesinger, musician and songwriter much appreciated for his work as a member of Fountains of Wayne and Emmy-winning songwriter for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, died on April 1. He was 52 years old.
Tomie de Paola
Tomie dePaola, author and illustrator for children known for his book “Strega Nona”, died on March 30. He was 85 years old.
Ken Shimura, an actor who had been on Japanese television for decades, died on March 29. He was 70 years old.
Alan Merrill, guitarist, singer and songwriter, best known for writing “I Love Rock‘ n ’Roll”, died on March 29. He was 69 years old.
Joe Diffie, a country music hitmaker throughout the 1990s, died on March 29. He was 61 years old.
David Schramm, a theater actor who was also a star of the NBC comedy “Wings”, died on March 28. He was 73 years old.
Longtime journalist Maria Mercader, CBS News producer and art director died on March 26. She was 54 years old.
Mark Blum, a veteran actor who starred in the films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee”, as well as in the recent television series “You”, died on March 26. He was 69 years old.
Bill Rieflin, a remarkably versatile drummer whose work for the past 30 years has included Ministry, R.E.M., Swans, Nine Inch Nails and King Crimson, among others, died on March 24. He was 59 years old.
Stuart Gordon, better known as the filmmaker behind cult classics such as “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond”, died on March 24. He was 72 years old.
Terrence McNally, four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, died on March 24. He was 81 years old.
Manu Dibango, the pioneer of Cameroonian jazz whose song “Soul Makossa” was interpolated in Michael Jackson’s hit “Wanna Be Starting Something”, died on March 24. He was 86 years old.
Albert Uderzo, the French designer and screenwriter best known for his work on Asterix, died on March 24. He was 92 years old.
Italian actress Lucia Bosè, best known for her appearances in films by renowned Italian directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, died on March 23. She was 89 years old.
Eric Weissberg, half of the duo who recorded “Dueling Banjos” for the film “Deliverance” in 1973, resulting in a single and a hit album, died on March 22. He was 80 years old.
Three-time Grammy winner Kenny Rogers known for his song “The Gambler” died on March 19. He was 81 years old.
Lyle Wagoner, known for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Wonder Woman”, died on March 17. He was 84 years old.
Actor Stuart Whitman, Oscar-nominated for his role as a convicted pedophile in the 1961 film “The Mark”, died on March 16. He was 92 years old.
Max von Sydow
Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who made his name in Ingmar Bergman’s films before appearing in international hits like “Game of Thrones,” died on March 8. He was 90 years old.
Mart Crowley, the author of the lead play “The Boys in the Band”, died on March 7. He was 84 years old.
James Lipton, an actor who became dean of the drama school who introduced hundreds of Hollywood personalities to their lives and their art, and himself became an unlikely celebrity as a longtime host of “Inside the Actors Studio “. was 93 years old.
Lee Phillip Bell
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of the popular soap operas “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and The Beautiful”, died on February 25. She was 91 years old.
Clive Cussler, the author and maritime adventurer who captivated millions with his best-selling suspense stories, died on February 24. He was 88 years old.
Ben Cooper, a western film and television star such as “Johnny Guitar”, “Bonanza”, “Rawhide” and more, died on February 24. He was 86 years old.
Diana Serra Cary
Diana Serra Cary, the silent film sensation known as Baby Peggy, died on February 24. She was 101 years old.
David Roback, co-founder of the famous alternative rock group Mazzy Star, died on February 24. He was 61 years old.
B. Smith, one of the country’s first high-profile black models who became an author, restaurateur and maven lifestyle, died on February 22. She was 70 years old.
Pop Smoke, the New York rapper who collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and more, died on February 19. He was 20 years old.
Ja’Net DuBois, the actress who played the cheeky Willona Woods on the 1970s “Good Times” TV show and sang the theme song for “The Jeffersons,” died on February 17. She was 74 years old.
DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall, a titan of underground dance music, died on February 17. He was 56 years old.
Zoe Caldwell, an esteemed theater, film and television actress who has won four Tony Awards, including for her role as opera diva Maria Callas in the Master Class, died on February 16. She was 86 years old.
Kellye Nakahara, the actress known for playing Nurse Kellye in the longtime sitcom “M * A * S * H”, died on February 16. She was 72 years old.
Jason Davis, voice actor for Disney Channel’s “Recess”, died on February 16. He was 35 years old.
Caroline Flack, a well-known television personality and former host of the ITV TV series “Love Island” and other shows in Britain, died on February 15. She was 40 years old.
Esther Scott, who appeared in “Boyz N The Hood,” voiced Shodu in the “Ewoks” series and the guest star in dozens of television series, died on February 14. She was 66 years old.
Lynn Cohen, the seasoned Broadway actress also known to millions for her role as Magda in the HBO series “Sex and the City” and her later films, died on February 14. She was 86 years old.
Paul English, longtime drummer for Willie Nelson, died on February 11. He was 87 years old.
Joseph Shabalala, founder and director of the Grammy-winning South African vocal troupe Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died on February 11. He was 78 years old.
Robert Conrad, the actor best known for his role in the television show “The Wild Wild West”, died on February 8. He was 84 years old.
Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly who appeared on NBC’s “Night Court” and the ABC miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place” died on February 8. She was 77 years old.
Ann E. Todd
Ann E. Todd, a former child star from the 1930s and 1940s who appeared in films such as “Intermezzo” and “All This, and Heaven Too” before making her mark in sitcoms of the 1950s, died on the 7th February. 88.
Raphael Coleman, who starred alongside Emma Thompson and Colin Firth in the 2005 film “Nanny McPhee”, died on February 7. He was 25 years old.
Kevin Conway, scene veteran and film actor known for HBO’s “Gettysburg”, “The Quick and the Dead”, and “Oz”, died on February 5. He was 77 years old.
Kirk Douglas, actor, producer, director and Hollywood Golden Age star, died on February 5. He was 103 years old.
Gene Reynolds, producer and director six times at the Emmy Awards, known to have co-created the television series “MASH”, died on February 3. He was 96 years old.
Andy Gill, founding member and guitarist of the British post-punk band Gang of Four, died on February 1. He was 64 years old.
Mary Higgins Clark
Successful thriller novelist Mary Higgins Clark died on January 31. She was 92 years old.
Fred Silverman, longtime television producer and director of “All in the Family”, “Soap” and “Hill Street Blues”, died on January 30. He was 82 years old.
Jörn Donner, Finnish producer and director, whose credits include “Fanny And Alexander”, Oscar winner by Ingmar Bergman, died on January 30. He was 86 years old.
Harriet Frank Jr.
Harriet Frank Jr., Oscar-nominated screenwriter “Hud” and “Norma Rae”, died on January 28. She was 96 years old.
Nicholas Parsons, a British broadcaster who hosted BBC radio 4’s “Just A Minute” game show for over 50 years, died on January 28. He was 96 years old.
Veteran serial actress Marj Dusay, who starred in “Guiding Light”, “Santa Barbara”, “All My Children” and “Days of Our Lives”, died on January 28. She was 83 years old.
Reed Mullin, drummer and co-founder of North Carolina’s long-standing hard rock team “Corrosion of Conformity”, died on January 27. He was 53 years old.
Bob Shane, the last surviving original member of The Kingston Trio, whose close and soft harmonies helped transform folk music, died on January 26. He was 85 years old.
Emmy Award-winning actor John Karlen, best known for his work on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey”, died on January 22. He was 86 years old.
Terry Jones, actor, director, author, historian and founding member of the seminal comedy group “Monty Python”, died on January 21. He was 77 years old.
Jimmy Heath, a Grammy-nominated saxophonist and jazz composer who played with greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane before forming the popular family group of the Heath Brothers in middle age, died on January 19. He was 93 years old.
American singer and songwriter David Olney, whose music was recorded by Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Emmylou Harris and others, died on January 18. He was 71 years old.
Christopher Tolkien, son of legendary author “The Lord of the Rings” J.R.R. Tolkien, died on January 15. He was the editor of his father’s unpublished documents, including “Le Silmarillion” in 1977 and “La chute de Gondolin” in 2018. He was 95 years old.
Norma Michaels, a beloved actress well known for her role as Josephine in “King of Queens”, died on January 11. She was 95 years old.
Rocky Johnson, member of WWE Hall of Fame and father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, died on January 15. He was 75 years old
British film and television producer Tony Garnett, founder of producer “Bodyguard” World Productions, died on January 12. He was 83 years old.
Actor and acting coach Stan Kirsch, best known for his role in the television series “Highlander”, died on January 11. He was 51 years old.
Ivan Passer, a prominent figure in the new Czech wave who directed films including “Cutter’s Way”, died on January 9. He was 86 years old.
5th Ward Weebie
Rapper 5th Ward Weebie, who was a major player in the rebound music scene in New Orleans, died on January 9. He was 42 years old.
Edd Byrnes, star of the 50s and 60s, hit “77 Sunset Strip”, who then co-starred in the 1978 film “Grease”, who died on January 8. He was 87 years old.
The comedy author Buck Henry, the legendary scribe who co-wrote “The Graduate”, “Catch-22” and “To Die For” and co-created the television series “Get Smart”, died on January 8. He was 89 years old.
Actor Harry Hains, who starred in titles including “American Horror Story,” died on January 7. He was 27 years old.
Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart died on January 7. He was 67 years old.
Elizabeth Wurtzel, who recounted her fight against depression in successful memoirs that helped stimulate the growth of denominational writing, transforming her into a celebrity of generation X at 26 years old with the publication of “Prozac Nation”, died on January 7. She was 52 years old.
Rapper Lexii Alijai, best known for using his talents to rapping Kehlani’s hit song in 2015 “Jealous”, died on January 1. She was 21