The world bid farewell to many brilliant actors, artists and musicians this year. From Philip Seymour Hoffman and Maya Angelou, to Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, we pay tribute to the stars we lost in 2014.
Renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86 on May 28. Among her achievements, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.
Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, best known for her string of celebrated noir performances opposite husband Humphrey Bogart, passed away at the age of 89 on Aug. 12. Bacall is survived by her three children, Stephen and Leslie Bogart, and Sam Robards.
Oscar de la Renta
Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Oct. 20 at the age of 82 following a long battle with cancer. De la Renta came to fame in the 1960s as one of Jacqueline Kennedy's personal couturiers, and established his own fashion house that has stood as one of the pillars of the fashion industry for years. He is survived by his wife Annette de la Renta, three step-children, and his adopted son Moises.
Renowned actor James Garner, known for his roles in The Rockford Files, Maverick, and The Notebook, died at the age of 86 on July 19. He leaves behind over 50 years of an acting legacy and is survived by his wife Lois and daughters Gigi and Kim.
Iconic radio personality Casey Kasem passed away on June 15 at the age of 82. Kasem is best known for being the host of The American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy on the CBS cartoon Scooby-Doo Where Are You! He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992, and was presented Billboard’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. His signature send-off, “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” remains one for his most enduring legacies.
Director Mike Nichols passed away at the age of 83 on Nov. 19. The legendary director is part of the EGOT club, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. He created some of the most iconic work in film, television and theater, including The Graduate, Working Girl, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Charlie Wilson’s War, Annie, Spamalot, The Birdcage and Angels in America. He is survived by his wife Diane Sawyer, his children and grandchildren.
Comedy legend Joan Rivers passed away at the age of 81 on Sept. 4. Rivers was a trailblazing performer and writer who redefined Hollywood’s expectations for woman with her boundless energy and tenacious work ethic. Joan’s success across media rested on her unmatched candor, brash persona and of course, her humor. Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died at age 46 on Feb. 2. Hoffman is perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning role as Truman Capote in the 2005 film, Capote.
Legendary child actress Shirley Temple Black passed away on Feb. 10. She was 85. The actress, perhaps best known for her 1930s films Little Princess, Bright Eyes and Heidi, died in her Woodside, Calif. Home.
Celebrated comedian Robin Williams passed away at the age of 63 on Aug. 11. Williams was among the most acclaimed comedians in Hollywood history, praised for his effortless ability to excel in comedic and dramatic performances.