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2011 Year In Review

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  • Actress Anne Francis, who was the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic "Forbidden Planet" and later was sexy private eye in "Honey West" on TV has died at age 80 in California.
  • Gerry Rafferty's agent says the Scottish singer behind hit songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You" has died. He was 63.
  • British actress Susannah York seen in character for the film "Kaleidoscope" in this July 1966 file photo.
  • In this June 7, 2007, file photo music publisher Don Kirshner arrives for the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York. Kirshner, the man Time magazine once dubbed the "Man With the Golden Ear" has died of heart failure in a Florida hospital. He was 76.
  • This March 20, 1964 file photo shows R. Sargent Shriver speaking during an interview in Washington. Shriver, the exuberant public servant and Kennedy in-law whose singular career included directing the Peace Corps, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011.
  • In this Feb. 20, 1980 file photo, Jack LaLanne pumps iron in the gym in his home in Hollywood, Calif.
  • Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin is shown in his home in Manchester, Tenn. Jan. 29, 2009. At 81, Louvin has released two albums.
  •  Irish blues musican Garry Moore poses for photographer during an interview with the Associated Press on May 25, 2005 in Cologne, western Germany.
  • In this Oct. 14, 1979 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Chuck Tanner hold his hands as if to pray just after Bucs beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-1, in the fifth game of baseball's World Series in Pittsburgh.
  • Actress Betty Garrett poses at her home in Los Angeles Dec. 16, 1997. Garrett recounts her experience as a victim of the film industry blacklist in "Betty Garrett and Other Songs, which she wrote with Ron Rapaport.
  • Len Lesser, the veteran character actor best known for his scene-stealing role as Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld," died Wednesday. He was 88.
  •  In this August 1962, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Duke Snider poses at a baseball game, location not known.
  • Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and '50s, has died at age 89.
  • David Broder, the prize-winning Washington Post political columnist whose even-handed treatment of Democrats and Republicans set him apart from the ideological warriors on U.S. opinion pages, has died at 81.
  • A resident wipes tears as she finds no remains of her home, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeast coast.
  • Singer Nate Dogg, whose near monotone crooning anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West coast hip-hop, has died at age 41.
  • Then Secretary of State Warren Christopher, talks to reporters during a news conference at the Sheraton hotel in Damascus, Syria, in this Jan. 12, 1996 file photo
  • This is a November 1956 photo of the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
  • Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro listens to a question during a news conference before a fundraising lunch hosted by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., in Chicago, Friday, May 4, 2007.
  • In a 1943 file photo, Farley Granger portrays a Russian youth in his first movie, 1943's " North Star." Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," died Sunday, March 27, 2011 of natural causes in New York.
  • Lou Gorman, Former Boston Red Sox executive vice president of baseball operations, smiles as he announced his retirement during an Tuesday January 23, 1996 news conference at Fenway Park in Boston. Gorman, the team's former general manager, was involved in professional baseball for nearly 35 years.
  •  In this Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 file picture, director Sidney Lumet holds up the honorary Oscar he received from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 77th Academy Awards telecast in Los Angeles.
  • This Oct. 31, 2006 file photo shows nine-time New York City Marathon winner Grete Waitz, near the marathon finish line in New York.
  • Phoebe Snow, a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter who had a defining hit of the 1970s with "Poetry Man" but then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, has died.
  • In this Oct. 20, 1978 file photo, actorJackie Cooper, is shown in Los Angeles. Cooper, the child movie star who won a best actor Oscar nomination at 9 for "Skippy" and grew up to play The Daily Planet editor in as Christopher Reeves' four "Superman" movies.
  • Edward Hardwicke, who played Dr. John Watson opposite Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes on television in the 1980s and '90s, has died of cancer at age 78.
  • Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew is shown in this undated photo.
  • In this undated publicity image released by WWE, professional wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage is shown. Savage, whose legal name is Randy Mario Poffo, died in a car crash in Florida on Friday, May 20, 2011, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.
  • In this Oct. 13, 2009 file photo, Jeff Conaway arrives at the 2009 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards in Los Angeles.
  • Gil Heron-Scott author of the song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."
  • Clarice Taylor, the actress and comedian best known for playing grandmothers on "The Cosby Show" and "Sesame Street," has died at the age of 93.
  • In this Nov. 2, 1981 file photo, actor James Arness, shown in character and on set of "McClains Law". CBS spokesman Chris Ender says former "Gunsmoke" star James Arness died Friday, June 3, 2011 of natural causes. He was 88.
  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian addresses an audience at Wayne State University in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.
  • This undated photo released by Penguin Group (USA) shows Lilian Jackson Braun. Braun, the author who wrote 29 books in the “The Cat Who” mystery series has died at a hospice center in South Carolina. She was 97. Braun’s publisher said Braun died Saturday, June 4, 2011.
  • In this Nov. 16, 1971 photo, longtime Oklahoma civil rights leader, Clara Luper announces her candidacy for the U.S. Senate at a rally on Oklahoma city's east side. Luper, who led sit-ins at drug store lunch counters in Oklahoma, has died at age 88.
  • This 1994 file photo shows Yelena Bonner, the widow of physicist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov, in Moscow.
  •  In this Nov. 14, 2010 file photo, Saxophonist Clarence Clemons performs during halftime of the Tennessee Titans against the Miami Dolphins NFL football game in Miami.
  • Actor Peter Falk, from "Columbo," arriving at NBC's 75th anniversary celebration at New York's Rockefeller Center.
  • This undated file photo provided by CNN shows Nick Charles. Charles, the former taxi driver who became CNN's first sports anchor and served in that role for nearly two decades, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, after a two-year struggle with bladder cancer. He was 64.
  • This March 22, 2007, file photo shows NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey showing off his Hall of Fame and Super Bowl rings at his Baltimore, Md. home.
  •  Dick Williams  gives his induction speech during ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Sunday, July 27, 2008.
  • Former first lady Betty Ford talks with reporters Aug. 30,1994 at the Old Executive Building in Washington D.C. Ford, 76, was honored for work against alcohol and drug dependency.
  • Writer/producer Sherwood Schwartz reacts during a ceremony where he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Friday, March 7, 2008.
  • Amy Winehouse performs at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago in this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007 file photo.
  • In this September 2006 photo provided by Michigan State University, former Michigan State football player Bubba Smith raises his arms during a ceremony at which his jersey number was retired, in East Lansing, Mich. Smith  was a former NFL defensive star.
  • Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. He was 47.
  • In this May 14, 2005 file photo, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson arrive at the Legends Ball in Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • In this July 23, 1992 file photo, songwriter Jerry Leiber poses in the Russian Tea Room in New York. Leiber, who wrote lyrics for such hits as "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.
  • In this Feb. 29, 2004 file photo, actor, writer, director and producer Cliff Robertson straightens his tie as he arrives for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official New York Oscar Night celebration of the 76th Academy Awards in New York.
  • Frances Bay, who tussled with Jerry Seinfeld over a loaf of marble rye and played Adam Sandler's grandmother in "Happy Gilmore" during a career that began in the 1930's.
  • Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room. She was 53.
  • Wangari Maathai on stage at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004. Numerous artists were paying homage to this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai.
  • Sylvia Robinson, who had a hit as a singer-songwriter with the sexually charged "Pillow Talk" but was later known as one of hip-hop's early founders as the record label owner that put out "Rapper's Delight," rap's first mainstream success, died Thursday, according to publicist Greg Walker.
  • In this March 14, 2006 file photo, The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth poses inside of the The Greater New Light Baptist Church in Cincinnati.
  •  In this Jan. 15, 2008, file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco.
  • Legendary folk guitarist Bert Jansch died in London Wednesday after a long battle with lung cancer, his spokesman said. He was 67.
  • Character actor Charles Napier, whose granite jaw and toothy grin earned him tough-guy roles in movies like "Rambo: First Blood Part 2," has died in California at 75.
  • Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis laughs at a reporter's remarks at a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996 in Oakland, Calif. Davis talked at length about not being able to sell out the "personal seat licenses" at Oakland Coliseum.
  • This Friday, March 2, 2007 file photo shows Libya's Moammar Gadhafi in Sabha, Libya Friday, March 2, 2007. Hundreds of Libyans calling for the government's ouster took to the streets early Wednesday in the country's second-largest city as Egypt-inspired unrest spread to the country long ruled by Moa
  • In this June 19, 1998 file photo, commentator Andy Rooney, of CBS-TV's "60 Minutes," poses in his office at CBS in New York.
  • Boxing legend Joe Frazier poses for a portrait Thursday, April 2, 2009 in New York.
  •  In this Feb. 8, 2009 file photo, rapper Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, performs at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. A representative confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 that the singer and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz died. He was 44.
  • Bill Keane, who for more than a half century has  entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values with his comic, "Family Circus," has died at 89.
  • BCRF Founder Evelyn Lauder attends The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's "Hottest Pink Party Ever" benefit at The Waldorf-Astoria, Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in New York.
  • Tom Wicker, former New York Time columnist and author, has died.  This photo shows Mr. Wicker in 1963.
  • Ken Russell, an iconoclastic British director whose daring films blended music, sex and violence in a potent brew seemingly drawn straight from his subconscious, has died at age 84.
  • This March 3, 1992 photo provided by the NFL shows Los Angeles Raiders defensive tackle Chester McGlockton posed in Los Angeles. Stanford assistant coach and four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chester McGlockton has died. The school said Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 that McGlockton died overnight
  • In this March 30, 2005 file photo, Hewlett-Packard Company's Patricia Dunn speaks during a news conference at HP headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Emmy-winning character actor Harry Morgan, whose portrayal of the fatherly Col. Potter on television's "M-A-S-H" highlighted a show business career that included nine other TV series, 50 films and the Broadway stage, died Wednesday.
  • In this Sept. 14, 2005 file photo, British essayist Christopher Hitchens speaks during a debate in New York.
  • In this Aug. 24, 2011 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, listens to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, unseen, during a meeting an a military garrison, outside Ulan-Ude.
  • In this Oct. 3, 2008 file photo, former Czech Republic's President Vaclav Havel looks on during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Prague, Czech Republic. Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a

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