Recent necrology, February 2014

cover for Shirley Temple by Rita DubasA list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • Gabriel Axel, 1918-2014
    Danish director whose drama Babette’s Feast prefigured the modern fetish for food on film
  • Mavis Gallant, 1922-2014
    Canadian born writer whose sharply witty short stories explored post-war rootlessness and exile
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014
    Academy Award winner considered by many to be the greatest character actor of his time
  • Alexander Ivashkin, 1948-2014
    Russian cellist and musical ambassador who refused to follow the KGB’s score and held a post at the University of Canterbury in the 1990s
  • Paco de Lucia, 1947-2014
    Flamenco guitarist who embodied the genre’s proud traditions and took its music to the world
  • Harold Ramis, 1944-2014
    One of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers, famous for such movies as Caddychack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day
  • Shirley Temple, 1928-2014
    Film’s most popular child star whose ringlets and dimples dazzled audiences and studios alike