Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Olivia de Havilland embodied old Hollywood, and shook it up
Olivia de Havilland, Oscar-winning actress has died, aged 104 in Paris, publicist says Sunday July 26, 2020. Fans and actors alike owe much to de Havilland, the Oscar-winning performer who became, almost literally, a law unto herself. De Havilland, who died Sunday at 104, was one of the last survivors of Hollywoods so-called Golden Age. De Havilland died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Paris, publicist Lisa Goldberg said. Flynn was a compulsive womanizer even by Hollywood standards, but de Havilland insisted that her bond with the dashing actor remained, somehow, platonic.
Essential movies of the '30s and '40s
OK, and let's not forget "Young Mr. Lincoln," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and the first of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes movies. Some of those movies made this list -- how could they not? "The Grand Illusion" (1937)Set during World War I, this great French drama from director Jean Renoir explores the futility of war and class distinctions through French officers captured by German forces. "Casablanca "(1942)Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will always have Paris, and film fans will always have this stirring tale of an American finally choosing duty over love in the midst of World War II. "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)The definitive movie about soldiers returning home from war, filled with touching moments.