2016 was a year with many highs and many lows. Sadly, it was also a year that took away many celebrity icons. Through their artistic performances, we will continue to hold them in a special place in our hearts. Please join Modern Senior Magazine in remembering some of those who passed in 2016.
Bowie was a legendary singer, songwriter, and actor. He was known for extravagant stage performances, flamboyant costumes, and larger than life alter egos. Bowie was, and remains, one of the most iconic voices in rock and pop music. Through his unique style he changed and broke the boundaries of rock ’n’ roll and the culture around it.
One of the great British actors, both on stage and on the silver screen, Rickman is remembered by his fellow actors as a kind and devoted actor. He is most known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. He played the character for eight films and is considered to be one of the main heroes to the entire story. His other memorable credits include roles in Die Hard and Truly, Madly, Deeply.
A multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, bass, piano, and drums, Prince was one of the most talented and inventive musicians in music. He was able to blend gospel, soul and funk, gentle folk, and hard rock in a way no one else could. He influenced culture and fashion and was known for his wild, free, and creative style. Prince has sold over 100 million records and won seven Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.
An American professional boxer and activist, Ali achieved the status of World Heavyweight Champion three times. He is still regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. Self-proclaimed as “The Greatest”, Ali remains one of boxing’s best and well-known athletes. In addition to his boxing, he was an active political activist. Ali became known as an African- American role model of strength and courage with his strong faith and opposition of the Vietnam War.
Wilder was an American comic actor, screenwriter, film director, and author. He was one of the greatest on-screen comedians. His starring role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a classic for generations of viewers. Some of his other popular films are The Producers, and Young Frankenstein. Wilder’s death came as a shock to the world. He wanted to keep his illness private until after his death as to not startle fans who knew him dearly as Willy Wonka.
Michael was a world-renowned English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as the leading member of the duo Wham!. Michael formed Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981 and was one of pop music’s reigning stars in the 1980s and ’90s. He was famous for his catchy and provocative lyrics that pushed boundaries and made a statement. He came out as gay in 1998, and was an active LGBT campaigner throughout his life.
Known for her role as the most beloved princess of all time, Fisher’s death on December 27th came as a shock to the world. Her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga made her one of the most well-known female actresses of all time. She made history as one of the first female heroines to be featured in an action movie on the big screen. Princess Leia was a strong, fierce, and empowered woman who inspired women young and old. She will be remembered for generations to come.
In a great stroke of tragedy, Reynolds passed away on December 28th, planning for daughter Carrie Fisher’s funeral. A major movie star during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Reynolds rose to fame at only 19 years old when she starred in the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain. She appeared in over 50 films throughout her career, mainly musicals and romantic comedies. In 1964, Reynolds was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her signature role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
While 2016 took these great names from us, they will live on forever through the works of art that they created. These celebrities devoted their lives to entertain audiences and will live on in their works and in our memories.
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