Over the past year, the world lost many incredible Hollywood giants, including some of the greatest creators and actors ever. From Carol Channing to Luke Perry, the world is a little darker now that we’ve lost these stars. Read on to remember the celebrities who died in 2019…
While many remember actress Carol Channing for her roles in films like The First Traveling Saleslady and shows like Hollywood Squares, Broadway always remained her home. Not only did Channing start her career on the stage, but she also starred in more than 5,000 shows over seven decades. In 1967, Channing starred in the film musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, alongside Julie Andrews. For this role, the actress won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress as well as an Oscar nomination. Without a doubt, fans will forever miss Channing’s incredible stage presence and talent.
When Doris Day first started a singer in 1945, she had no idea she would become one of Hollywood’s pillars. While singing made her some money, Day quickly moved on to acting. Before long, she starred in many hits, including The Man Who Knew Too Much and Pillow Talk. By the ’60s, Day had become the top box office star in the world. As such, it’s no surprise that she retired in the late ’80s. Afterward, the former actress focused her energy and time on fighting for animal rights, founding the Doris Day Animal Foundation. Unfortunately, she passed away in May at the age of 97.
Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died in February, due to undisclosed reasons, at the age of 85. Over his lifetime, Lagerfeld shaped men’s and womenswear dramatically, from his unique dresses to sleek coats. The fashion legend worked with the biggest names of the 20th and 21st century, such as Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and many more, through his work with Fendi, Chanel, and his own label. The official Instagram statement said, “Karl was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style.”
Sometimes, all someone needs is one opportunity to become a celebrity, like Rudy Boesch. Boesch became a household name in 2000 when he became one of the finalists on the first season of Survivor. Over the show’s 38 seasons, he also remains one of the oldest contestants to ever appear on the show. Boesch served in the Navy SEALs and enjoyed a long life. Unfortunately, however, after battling Alzheimer’s, the veteran passed away at the age of 91 on November 1, 2019.
Einstein has been one of Hollywood’s funniest men for decades. Einstein won two Emmys during his lifetime: the first as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with Steve Martin. Later on, the funnyman acted in Larry David‘s Curb Your Enthusiasm, where he won his second Emmy. The comedian passed away on January 2 of this year after a battle with cancer, at the age of 76.
Hollywood legend Luke Perry‘s death came as a shock to everyone. He passed away at the age of 52 on March 2, far too early for anyone, let alone an incredible actor. Perry’s debut and breakout role came on Beverly Hills 90210 in the ’90s. From there, he began starring bigger and bigger hits, including The Fifth Element and HBO’s OZ. Over the last couple of years, Perry starred in Riverdale, CW’s hit teen drama. Of course, after his death, current and former co-stars expressed their sorrow online and shared memories of the actor. Everyone agreed on one thing: Perry was one of a kind. Rest in peace.