As always, TCM has created an elegant tribute to the many people connected with the movies who died in the past year, and as always it comes as a shock to realize how many of these names I know – and how many deaths I was unaware of.


December 16, 2013: TCM’s tribute, released a couple of weeks before year’s end, has missed two very big losses. On December 14, Peter O’Toole died at age 81, and yesterday, the 15th, Joan Fontaine died at age 96.

On December 12th, both Audrey Totter (96) and Tom Laughlin (82) died. I’ll have to dig out some old noirs and my Billy Jack box set.


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