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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1979

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Jack Soo (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 11, 1979. Born October 28, 1917. Barney Miller.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ted Cassidy (actor) -- Dead. During open heart surgery Died January 16, 1979. Born July 31, 1932. The Addams Family.  Home Page  IMDb

Nelson Rockefeller (politician) -- Dead. Heart attack ("allegedly" while visiting a much younger woman...). Died January 26, 1979. Born July 8, 1908. Vice President under Ford, a governor of New York.


Sid Vicious (punk musician/murderer) -- Dead. Drugs (heroin overdose). Died February 2, 1979. Born May 10, 1957. Murdered his equally drugged-out girlfriend, then died during her trial.  IMDb

Mr. Ed (TV animal) -- Dead. Died February 28, 1979. Born 1956.


Emmett Kelly, Sr. (clown) -- Dead. Died March 28, 1979. Born December 9, 1898. Weary Willie, one of the most recognizable clowns of this century.  Home Page


Edgar Buchanan (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 4, 1979. Born March 20, 1903. Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction.  IMDb


Lester Flatt (country musician) -- Dead. Died May 11, 1979. Born January 19, 1914. Flatt and Scruggs.  IMDb

Mary Pickford (actress/studio founder) -- Dead. Cerebral hemmorrhage. Died May 29, 1979. Born April 8, 1892. Married to Buddy Rogers.  IMDb


Jim Hutton (actor) -- Dead. Liver cancer. Died June 2, 1979. Born May 31, 1934. Timothy Hutton's father.  IMDb

Jack Haley (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 6, 1979. Born August 10, 1899. Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.  IMDb  FindAGrave

John Wayne (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 11, 1979. Born May 26, 1907. Duke, the archtypical Western actor, won an Oscar for True Grit.  IMDb  FindAGrave


Arthur Fiedler (conductor/fire helmet collector) -- Dead. Died July 10, 1979. Born December 17, 1894. Colorful conductor of the Boston Pops for 50 years.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Minnie Riperton (singer) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died July 12, 1979. Born November 8, 1947. Singer with an amazing five-octave range; "Lovin' You", mother of SNL's Maya Rudolph (childhood friend of Gwyneth Paltrow).  Home Page  IMDb


Vivian Vance (comic sidekick) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 17, 1979. Born July 26, 1909. Lucy's sidekick Ethel in I Love Lucy.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Sally Rand (fan dancer, actress) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died August 31, 1979. Born April 3, 1903. Not really a stripper, but...from the same part of the world as Robert A. Heinlein.  IMDb


Jean Seberg (actress) -- Dead. Suicide. Died September 8, 1979. Born November 13, 1938. Controversial American actress who was more at home in French movies; hounded by FBI due to her Black Panther support.  Home Page  IMDb


Dorothy Arzner (director, professor) -- Dead. Died October 1, 1979. Born January 3, 1897. First female American director who was a member of the Director's Guild, directed Clara Bow in The Wild Party (for which she developed the first boom mike), Katharine Hepburn in Christopher Strong and Rosalind Russell in Craig's Wife, later went on to teach; Francis Ford Coppola was one of her students.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  youtube  FindAGrave

Emmaline Henry (actress) -- Dead. Alzheimer's (cancer?). Died October 8, 1979. Born November 1, 1930. Amanda Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie.  IMDb

Celia Lovsky (actress) -- Dead. Died October 12, 1979. Born February 21, 1897. Remembered as the Vulcan elder in the famous "Amok Time" episode of Star Trek, married to Peter Lorre for 11 years.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave


Merle Oberon (actress) -- Dead. Died November 23, 1979. Born February 19, 1911.  IMDb

Zeppo Marx (comic) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 30, 1979. Born February 25, 1901. The Marx Brothers straight man who retired early and went to invent medical devices, his second wife Barbara later married Frank Sinatra.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave


Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (astronomer, author) -- Dead. Died December 7, 1979. Born May 10, 1900. First person to figure out what the universe was really made of, eventually became the first female tenured professor at Harvard University.  Home Page  twitter  Obituary

Darryl F. Zanuck (movie mogul) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died December 22, 1979. Born September 5, 1902. Produced The Longest Day, The King and I and Lifeboat.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Joan Blondell (actress) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died December 25, 1979. Born August 30, 1906. In many movies in the '30s, like The Public Enemy, and starred in the '60s TV show Here Comes the Brides, an ex-wife of Michael Todd.  Wikipedia  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Richard Rodgers (composer) -- Dead. Died December 30, 1979. Born June 28, 1902. Collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein on South Pacific, The Sound of Music and many others.  Home Page  IMDb

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