Dodgers great Vin Scully, musicians Jerry Lee Lewis and Loretta Lynn, and actors James Caan and Angela Lansbury are among the notable deaths in 2022.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis, whose fiery records and scandals made him both fascinating and feared, has died aged 87. The Louisiana-born pianist who went by the name “Killer” is considered one of the main founders of rock.
Come on Scully
Vin Scully, the legendary sportscaster who was the beloved voice of the Dodgers from the time they came to town in 1958 until his retirement in 2016, has died at age 94. Scully’s calming and insightful style remained a constant for fans as the team changed players. . , managers and owners.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, His 70-year reign as British monarch saw the country transform from a huge, if insular, imperial power to a modest, multicultural European nation, has died aged 96. As the first child of Prince Albert, the Duke of York and the first grandchild. of King George V, she was born a princess but never wanted to be queen.
Loretta Lynn, who quickly became a trailblazer and controversial figure on the country music scene when she emerged in the early 1960s, has died at the age of 90. The Country Music Hall of Famer wrote fearlessly about sex and love, cheating husbands, divorce and birth control, and sometimes got into trouble with radio programmers.
Actress Angela Lansbury
who stormed the New York stage in 1966 as the quirky, eccentric star of “Mame” and solved endless murders as a crime novelist on the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” has died at 96 . Lansbury won five Tony Awards for his Broadway performances and a lifetime achievement award during his 75-year career, which included 36 films and nearly as many television series.
James Caan, an actor known to moviegoers as the eccentric Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather” and to television audiences as the dying football player in “Brian’s Song” and the casino boss in “Las Vegas,” went die at the age of 82. Caan’s first. His credited film role was co-starring with Olivia de Havilland in 1964’s “Lady in a Cage,” and by 1971 he would establish himself as a top acting talent.
Bill Russell, pro basketball’s first black superstar and a game-changing big man who reinvented the center position with the dynastic Boston Celtics of the late 1950s and 1960s, has died at age 88. Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-year. -time All-Star, Russell in 1980 was voted the best player in NBA history by the basketball writers.
Olivia Newton-John, an actor and singer known for her role as Sandy in the film version of “Grease” and hits like “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want,” has died at age 73. Newton-John broke into the US country music scene in the early 1970s, but his image changed with the 1978 musical “Grease.”
Ronnie Spector, the lead singer of the Ronettes whose swagger made her a rock icon, has died aged 78. Her mix of yearning and bravery was evident in the timeless “Be My Baby” and her story of survival at the hands of her abuser.
Madeleine Albright, a daughter of Czechoslovak refugees who became the first woman to serve as US secretary of state, has died aged 84. Albright had aspirations of becoming a journalist before climbing the ranks of the Democratic Party.
Maury Wills, a base-stealing specialist who helped the Dodgers win three World Series titles in the 1960s, has died at age 89. Wills led the National League in steals six times, won two Gold Gloves for his fielding and passed Willie Mays for the league lead. . most valuable player award in 1962.
Bob Saget, an actor and comedian known for his role as a father and widower on the sitcom “Full House” and as the witty host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has died at age 65. Saget occasionally turned to directing over the years. . and most recently was on a comedy tour.
Naomi Judd, whose harmonies with daughter Wynonna made them Grammy-winning country stars The Judds have died at 76. Naomi was working as a single mother and nurse in Nashville when she and Wynonna began singing together professionally.
Norman Mineta, a longtime California congressman who broke down racial barriers for Asian-Americans when he became mayor of San Jose and was also the first Asian-American cabinet secretary, has died at age 90.
Sidney Poitier, who broke down color barriers during an era when black people on Hollywood studio lots were generally cast in stereotypical roles, has died aged 94. Poitier emerged as one of the top box office draws of the 1960s in films like “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”