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In films such as “Nashville,” Robert Altman constructed a complex world, interweaving a large ensemble of players, famous and unknown, to portray human beings in all their wisdom and folly.

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When Altman died in November at age 81, he was celebrated for his vivid characters, his realistic use of overlapping dialogue, his pungent blend of humor and drama, his stubborn independence from Hollywood norms.

Katherine Dunham, who died in May at 96, was another artistic independent. As a dancer and choreographer, she brought African and Caribbean influences to America’s European-dominated dance world. She also was an activist who, in her 80s, staged a hunger strike to protest to protest U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees.

They are just two of the exceptional artists and entertainers who died in 2006.

The frank, outspoken Shelley Winters went from blond bombshell to socially conscious, Oscar-winning dramatic actress and author of well-received memoirs.

Don Knotts had a bug-eyed face, puny physique and squeaky voice — great ingredients for a funnyman — and added a perfect sense of comic timing to create Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

In her plays such as “The Heidi Chronicles” and “The Sisters Rosensweig,” Wendy Wasserstein portrayed the contradictions of the modern woman seeking to juggle life, love and fulfillment.

Singer Lou Rawls could be smooth — expressing aching regret in “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing” — or gritty, conjuring up the biting winter wind of Chicago in his riveting “Dead End Street.”

Buck Owens put out a string of country hits — “Act Naturally” was even covered by the Beatles. Jane Wyatt was America’s mom on “Father Knows Best.” Novelist William Styron depicted the human torment of slavery and the Holocaust in “The Confessions of Nat Turner” and “Sophie’s Choice.”

German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf was ranked alongside Maria Callas as a giant of the opera and concert stage. Gerald Levert, gone too soon at age 40, sang passionate R&B love songs. Mickey Spillane created tough guy detective Mike Hammer.

Television brought us phenomenally popular producer Aaron Spelling, crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, who combined love of nature and keen showmanship, and Ed Bradley of “60 Minutes,” who interviewed everyone from Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to music legend Lena Horne.

Here, a roll call of some of the notables in the arts and popular culture who died in 2006. (Cause of death cited for younger people if available.)

JANUARY
Raul Davila, 74. Played Hector Santos on “All My Children” in the 1990s. Jan. 2.

Lou Rawls, 72. Velvet-voiced singer of such hits as “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing.” Jan. 6.

Jack Mabley, 90. Longtime Chicago newspaperman; wrote thousands of columns. Jan. 7.

Don Stewart, 70. Actor (“Guiding Light.”) Jan. 9.

Shelley Winters, 85. The forceful, outspoken star who won two Oscars (“The Diary of Anne Frank”.”) Jan. 14.

Wilson Pickett, 64. Fiery soul music pioneer (“Mustang Sally.”) Jan. 19.

Anthony Franciosa, 77. Hollywood actor (“A Face in the Crowd.”) Jan. 19.

Janette Carter, 82. Country performer; last surviving child of the Carter Family. Jan. 22.

William Rubin, 78. Director of painting and sculpture at Museum of Modern Art. Jan. 22.

Fayard Nicholas, 91. With brother Harold, he wowed the tap dancing world, inspiring dancers from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover. Jan. 24.

Chris Penn, 40. Actor (“Reservoir Dogs”); brother of Sean. Jan. 24. Enlarged heart; multiple medications.

Endesha Ida Mae Holland, 61. Her autobiographical play “From the Mississippi Delta” told how the civil rights movement inspired her. Jan. 25.

Gene McFadden, 56. R&B singer, songwriter (“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.”) Jan. 27. Cancer.

Arthur Bloom, 63. TV news director who helped found “60 Minutes”; his stopwatch used for its ticking image. Jan. 28.

Nam June Paik, 74. Avant-garde artist credited with inventing video art, combining multiple TV screens with sculpture, music, live performers. Jan. 29.

Wendy Wasserstein, 55. Playwright who celebrated women’s lives (“The Heidi Chronicles.”) Jan. 30. Lymphoma.

Moira Shearer, 80. British ballerina and actress whose debut film, “The Red Shoes,” created a sensation. Jan. 31.

FEBRUARY
Al Lewis, 82. Grandpa on “The Munsters.” Feb. 3.

Reuven Frank, 85. Former NBC News president; helped early newscasts adopt more visual approach. Feb. 5.

Franklin Cover, 77. Actor; played the white neighbor on “The Jeffersons.” Feb. 5.

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, 80. Comic actor in John Wayne films. Feb. 6.

Akira Ifukube, 91. Japanese composer; added menacing music to Godzilla films. Feb. 8.

Phil Brown, 89. Luke Skywalker’s loving, doomed Uncle Owen in “Star Wars.” Feb. 9.

J Dilla, 32. Hip-hop producer for such artists as A Tribe Called Quest. Feb. 10. Complications of lupus.

Juan Soriano, 85. Mexican painter and sculptor. Feb. 10.

Peter Benchley, 65. His 1974 novel, “Jaws,” made millions think twice about stepping into the water. Feb. 11.

Jockey Shabalala, 62. Member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Feb. 11.

Rickie Layne, 81. Ventriloquist whose dummy, Velvel, had a Yiddish accent. Feb. 11.

Andreas Katsulas, 59. Character actor; one-armed man in 1993 film “The Fugitive.” Feb. 13. Lung cancer.

Shoshana Damari, 83. Israel’s beloved “queen of Hebrew music.” Feb. 14.

William Cowsill, 58. Lead singer of The Cowsills family singing group. Feb. 17.

Ray Barretto, 76. Grammy-winning Latin jazz percussionist. Feb. 17.

Richard Bright, 68. Enforcer Al Neri in “Godfather” movies. Feb. 18.

Curt Gowdy, 86. Sportscaster; called 13 World Series, 16 All-Star games, first Super Bowl. Feb. 20.

Bruce Hart, 68. Lyricist (“Sesame Street” theme.) Feb 21.

Anthony Burger, 44. Gospel music pianist. Feb. 22. Suspected heart attack.

Dennis Weaver, 81. Chester on “Gunsmoke”; the cop hero in “McCloud.” Feb. 24.

Don Knotts, 81. Won five Emmys for “The Andy Griffith Show.” Feb. 24.

Octavia E. Butler, 58. First black woman to gain prominence as science fiction writer (“Kindred.”) Feb. 24.

Darren McGavin, 83. Tough-talking actor; grouchy dad in “A Christmas Story.” Feb. 25.

Bill Cardoso, 68. Writer who coined “gonzo” to describe Hunter Thompson’s journalism. Feb. 26.

Retired Brig. Gen. Robert L. Scott, 97. Wrote “God Is My Co-Pilot” about his war exploits. Feb. 27.

MARCH
Jack Wild, 53. Oscar-nominated for “Oliver!”; hero of TV series “H.R. Pufnstuf.” March 1. Cancer.

Dana Reeve, 44. Actress-singer; devoted herself to husband Christopher Reeve after he was paralyzed. March 6. Lung cancer.

Ali Farka Toure, about 66. Famed African musician; two-time Grammy winner. March 7.

Gordon Parks, 93. Life photographer, then Hollywood’s first major black director (“Shaft,” “The Learning Tree.”) March 7.

Anna Moffo, 73. Opera soprano hailed for her glamorous looks as much as her singing. March 10.

Peter Tomarken, 63. Host of 1980s game show “Press Your Luck.” March 13.

Maureen Stapleton, 80. Oscar-winning actress who excelled on stage, screen, and television. March 13.

Ann Calvello, 76. “Roller Derby Queen” known for intimidating rivals, teammates. March 14.

David Blume, 74. Record producer, songwriter (“Turn Down Day.”) March 15.

Narvin Kimball, 97. Last founding member of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. March 17.

Oleg Cassini, 92. His designs helped make Jacqueline Kennedy the most glamorous first lady in history. March 17.

Philip B. Kunhardt Jr., 78. Producer of television documentaries on freedom, American presidency. March 21.

Sarah Caldwell, 82. Hailed as first lady of opera for her adventurous productions. March 23.

Buck Owens, 76. Flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped country music with hits like “Act Naturally.” March 25.

Richard Fleischer, 89. Film director (”20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”) March 25.

Nikki Sudden, 49. British musician, a cult favorite. March 26.

Dan Curtis, 78. TV producer, director (“The Winds of War.”) March 27.

Britt Lomond, 80. Played dastardly Capitan Monastario in 1950s TV series “Zorro.” March 22.

Henry Farrell, 85. Wrote “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”, spurring a horror genre. March 29.

John McGahern, 71. Irish novelist (“That They May Face the Rising Sun.”) March 30.

Gloria Monty, 84. Producer who turned “General Hospital” into a pop sensation. March 30.

Jackie McLean, 73. Jazz saxophonist (“Jackie’s Bag.”) March 31.

APRIL
Gene Pitney, 66. Singer with a string of hits (“Town Without Pity.”) April 5.

Allan Kaprow, 78. Artist who pioneered the unrehearsed form of theater called a “happening.” April 5.

Vilgot Sjoman, 81. Swedish director; explicit films such as “I Am Curious (Yellow)” stirred controversy. April 9.

June Pointer, 52. Youngest of hitmaking Pointer Sisters (“I’m So Excited.”) April 11. Cancer.

Raj Kumar, 77. One of India’s most beloved movie stars. April 12.

Dame Muriel Spark, 88. British novelist (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”) April 13.

Morton Freedgood, 93. Best-selling author (“The Taking of Pelham One Two Three”) under pen name John Godey. April 16.

Scott Brazil, 50. Emmy-winning producer-director (“Hill Street Blues.”) April 17. Lou Gehrig’s, Lyme disease complications.

Henderson Forsythe, 88. Won Tony for role as sheriff in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” April 17.

Ellen Kuzwayo, 91. South African author (“Call Me Woman.”) April 19.

Elaine Young, 71. Real estate agent to Hollywood stars. April 20.

Alida Valli, 84. Italian actress; co-starred in 1949 classic “The Third Man.” April 22.

William P. Gottlieb, 89. Took well-known photos of jazz greats. April 23.

Phil Walden, 66. Capricorn Records co-founder; launched careers of Otis Redding, Allman Brothers. April 23.

Jane Jacobs, 89. Author; greatly influenced urban planning. April 25.

“Pem” Farnsworth, 98. She helped husband Philo invent television. April 27.

Jay Bernstein, 69. Hollywood publicist, manager; helped turn Farrah Fawcett into household name. April 30.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 81. Indonesian author, democracy advocate. April 30.

MAY
Jay Presson Allen, 84. Adapted “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” for stage, screen. May 1.

Johnny Paris, 65. Had hits (“Red River Rock”) with Johnny & the Hurricanes. May 1.

Louis Rukeyser 73. Public TV host known for commonsense commentary on business. May 2.

Karel Appel, 85. A founder of influential COBRA art group. May 3.

Soraya, 37. Grammy-winning Colombian-American singer (“Solo Por Ti.”) May 10. Breast cancer.

Val Guest, 94. British director, screenwriter (“The Quatermass Xperiment.”) May 10.

Frankie Thomas, 85. Hero of 1950s TV show “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.” May 11.

Ted Berkman, 92. Author, screenwriter (“Bedtime for Bonzo.”) May 12.

Johnnie Wilder Jr., 56. Soulful lead singer of R&B band Heatwave (“Always and Forever.”) May 13.

Lew Anderson, 84. Gave “Howdy Doody Show” viewers a tearful goodbye as final Clarabell the Clown. May 14.

Stanley Kunitz, 100. Former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer winner. May 14.

Mary Ritts, 95. With husband, created the Ritts Puppets act seen on children’s TV shows. May 14.

Cheikha Rimitti, 83. Algerian singer who works dealt boldly with sexuality and oppression; admired by fans of world music. May 15.

Dan Q. Kennis, 86. Producer of oddball films. (“I Spit on Your Corpse!”) May 17.

Cy Feuer, 95. Co-producer of Broadway smashes (“Guys and Dolls.”) May 17.

Freddie Garrity, 69. Lead singer of 1960s British band Freddie and the Dreamers (“I’m Telling You Now.”) May 19.

Katherine Dunham, 96. Choreographer who brought African influences to U.S. dance. May 21.

Billy Walker, 77. Grand Ole Opry star (“Charlie’s Shoes.”) May 21.

Marshall Fishwick, 82. Pioneer in the study of popular culture. May 22.

Ian Copeland, 57. Rock entrepreneur who represented The Police, Go-Go’s. May 23. Melanoma.

Robert Giaimo, 86. Connecticut congressman who helped create national endowment for the arts. May 24.

Henry Bumstead, 91. Oscar-winning production designer (“To Kill a Mockingbird.”) May 24.

Desmond Dekker, 64. Brought Jamaican ska music to wide audience (“Israelites.”) May 25.

Paul Gleason, 67. Actor; the bad guy in “Trading Places.” May 27.

Alex Toth, 77. Comic and cartoon artist (“Space Ghost.”) May 27.

Arthur Widmer, 92. Won Academy Award for developing technology for special effects. May 28.

Robert Sterling, 88. Actor; appeared in the ghostly 1950s comedy series “Topper.” May 30.

Shohei Imamura, 79. Japanese director twice honored with the top prize at Cannes (“The Ballad of Narayama.”) May 30.

Ralph Epperson, 85. North Carolina radio station owner who championed mountain music. May 31.

JUNE
Rocio Jurado, 61. Powerful-voiced singer-actress; beloved figure in Spain and Latin America. June 1.

Vince Welnick, 55. Grateful Dead keyboard player in the 1990s; also with the Tubes (“White Punks on Dope.”) June 2. Suicide.

Johnny Grande, 76. An original member of Bill Haley and His Comets (“Rock Around the Clock.”) June 3.

Billy Preston, 59. Exuberant keyboardist and singer (“Nothing From Nothing”); played with the Beatles and Rolling Stones. June

6. Heart infection; kidney failure.

Arnold Newman, 88. Photographer who revealed the souls of artists and politicians. June 6.

Hilton Ruiz, 54. Jazz pianist, composer. June 6. Injured in a fall.

Ingo Preminger, 95. Producer of “M-A-S-H”; Otto’s brother. June 7.

Barbara Epstein, 76. She edited the original U.S. version of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” June 16.

Vincent Sherman, 99. Hollywood filmmaker (“The Adventures of Don Juan.”) June 18.

Claydes Charles Smith, 57. Lead guitarist for Kool & the Gang (“Joanna,” “Celebration.”) June 20.

Aaron Spelling, 83. TV impresario whose stylish shows (“Beverly Hills 90210”) were wildly popular. June 23.

Lyle Stuart, 83. Publisher of such oddities as “The Anarchist Cookbook.” June 24.

Arif Mardin, 72. Grammy Award-winning producer; worked with Aretha Franklin. June 25.

Lennie Weinrib, 71. Actor, writer (“H.R. Pufnstuf.”) June 28.

George Page, 71. Creator, host of PBS series “Nature.” June 28.

Lloyd Richards, 87. Theater director (“A Raisin in the Sun”). June 29.

JULY
Irving Green, 90. Co-founder of Mercury Records; promoted Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington. July 1.

Jan Murray, 89. Comic who tickled fans of 1950s game show “Treasure Hunt.” July 2.

Benjamin Hendrickson, 55. Daytime Emmy winner for “As the World Turns.” July 3. Suicide.

Hugh Stubbins Jr., 94. Architect; his skyscraper Citigroup Center is a New York icon. July 5.

Kasey Rogers, 80. Actress (“Strangers on a Train.”) July 6.

Syd Barrett, 60. Co-founder of Pink Floyd (“The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.”) July 7.

June Allyson, 88. Hollywood movies’ “perfect wife.” July 8.

Milan B. Williams, 58. One of the original members of the Commodores (“Three Times a Lady.”) July 9. Cancer.

Bill Miller, 91. Frank Sinatra’s longtime pianist. July 11.

Barnard Hughes, 90. Actor who won Tony for “Da.” July 11.

Red Buttons, 87. Actor-comedian; won Oscar with a dramatic turn in “Sayonara.” July 13.

Carrie Nye, 69. Stage actress (“Half a Sixpence.”) July 14.

Harold R. Scott Jr., 70. Stage actor and director (“Paul Robeson.”) July 16.

Mickey Spillane, 88. Macho mystery writer who wowed millions of readers. July 17.

Jack Warden, 85. Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actor who played gruff characters. (“Heaven Can Wait.”) July 19.

Mako, 72. Japan-born actor nominated for Oscar (“The Sand Pebbles”) and Tony (“Pacific Overtures.”) July 21.

Jessie Mae Hemphill, 71. Blues musician; won several W.C. Handy Awards. July 22.

AUGUST
Bob Thaves, 81. Created quirky comic strip “Frank & Ernest.” Aug. 1.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90. Soprano who won global acclaim. Aug. 3.

Arthur Lee, 61. Singer, songwriter for the 1960s band Love (“Forever Changes.”) Aug. 3. Leukemia.

Mike Douglas, 81. Affable TV talk show host and singer (“The Men in My Little Girl’s Life.”) Aug. 11.

Mazisi Kunene, 76. First poet laureate of a democratic South Africa. Aug. 11.

Bruno Kirby, 57. Character actor (“When Harry Met Sally,” “City Slickers.”) Aug. 14.

Johnny Duncan, 67. Country singer (“She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed Anytime.”) Aug. 14.

Walter Sullivan, 82. Novelist (“A Time to Dance”), authority on Southern literature. Aug. 15.

Walter E. Jagiello, 76. Singer known as “Lil’ Wally the Polka King.” Aug. 17.

Joseph Hill, 57. Vocalist, songwriter for reggae group Culture (“Natty Never Get Weary.”) Aug. 19.

Joe Rosenthal, 94. Associated Press photojournalist who took picture of flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Aug. 20.

Bruce Gary, 55. Rock drummer with The Knack (“My Sharona”), session man. Aug. 22. Lymphoma.

Maynard Ferguson, 78. Jazz trumpeter known for his soaring high notes. Aug. 23.

Joseph Stefano, 84. Writer of “Psycho” screenplay. Aug. 25.

Ed Benedict, 94. Animator who put life into Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear. Aug. 28.

Naguib Mahfouz, 94. First Arab writer to win Nobel Prize in literature; a symbol of liberalism in the face of Islamic extremism. Aug. 30.

Glenn Ford, 90. Actor who played strong, thoughtful protagonists (“The Blackboard Jungle,” “Gilda.”) Aug. 30.

SEPTEMBER
Gyorgy Faludy, 95. Poet, translator considered one of Hungary’s greatest literary figures. Sept. 1.

Willi Ninja, 45. Dancer immortalized in “Paris Is Burning.” Sept. 2. AIDS complications.

John Conte, 90. Actor (“The Man With the Golden Arm.”) Sept. 4.

Steve Irwin, 44. Television’s irrepressible “Crocodile Hunter.” Sept 4. Sting ray attack.

Robert Earl Jones, 96. Actor; father of James Earl Jones. Sept. 7.

Daniel Smith, 20. Anna Nicole Smith’s son whose sudden passing made headlines worldwide. Sept 10. Lethal combination of drugs.

Bennie Smith, 72. St. Louis guitarist, played with stars like Chuck Berry. Sept. 10.

Pat Corley, 76. Actor; Phil the barkeep on “Murphy Brown.” Sept. 11.

Joseph Hayes, 88. Author of the novel “The Desperate Hours,” also wrote Tony-winning play, Hollywood screenplay based on it. Sept. 11.

Mickey Hargitay, 80. Actor, bodybuilder; husband of Jayne Mansfield, father of actress Mariska Hargitay. Sept 14.

Oriana Fallaci, 76. Italian journalist noted for probing interviews with powerful people. Sept. 15.

Patricia Kennedy Lawford, 84. Her marriage to Peter Lawford lent Hollywood glamour to the Kennedy dynasty. Sept. 17.

Danny Flores, 77. Played saxophone and shouted “tequila!” on 1950s hit “Tequila!” Sept. 19.

Joe Glazer, 88. Singer-songwriter who rallied union loyalists (“The Mills Weren’t Made of Marble.”) Sept. 19.

Elizabeth Allen, 77. Actress; nominated for Tony for “Do I Hear a Waltz?” Sept. 19.

Sven Nykvist, 83. Oscar-winning Swedish cinematographer; worked with Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen. Sept. 20.

Edward Albert, 55. Actor (“Butterflies Are Free.”) Sept. 22. Lung cancer.

Sir Malcolm Arnold, 84. British composer; won Oscar for “Bridge on the River Kwai.” Sept. 23.

Etta Baker, 93. Influential blues guitarist; recorded with Taj Mahal. Sept. 23.

Maureen Daly, 85. Noted for 1942 coming-of-age novel “Seventeenth Summer.” Sept. 25.

Ralph Story, 86. Host of 1950s quiz show “The $64,000 Challenge.” Sept. 26.

“Uncle Josh” Graves, 79. His bluesy playing adorned hundreds of bluegrass, country records. Sept. 30.

Prentiss Barnes, 81. Singer with the Moonglows (“Ten Commandments of Love.”) Sept. 30.

Isabel Bigley, 80. Won Tony for role in “Guys and Dolls.” Sept. 30.

OCTOBER
Tamara Dobson, 59. Actress; played Cleopatra Jones in two blaxploitation films. Oct. 2. Multiple sclerosis, pneumonia.

Heinz Sielmann, 89. Zoologist, documentary filmmaker (“Vanishing Wilderness.”) Oct. 6.

Jerry Belson, 68. Emmy-winning comedy writer (“The Tracey Ullman Show.”) Oct. 10.

Gillo Pontecorvo, 86. Directed “The Battle of Algiers,” 1966 epic on Algerian uprising against the French. Oct. 12.

Freddy Fender, 69. Texas’ “Bebop Kid”; sang the smash country ballad “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.” Oct. 14.

Herbert B. Leonard, 84. TV producer (“Naked City.”) Oct. 14.

Sid Davis, 90. Produced quirky educational films warning youngsters of the dangers of drugs, running with scissors. Oct. 16.

Lister Sinclair, 85. Broadcaster and playwright, considered one of Canada’s renaissance men. Oct. 16.

Christopher Glenn, 68. CBS correspondent, announcer; voice of children’s program “In the News.” Oct. 17.

Miriam Engelberg, 48. Graphic author; found improbable humor in her fight with cancer (“Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person.”) Oct. 17.

Spoony Singh, 83. His Hollywood Wax Museum gave tourists the next best thing to a real celebrity. Oct. 18.

Phyllis Kirk, 79. Actress who was stalked by Vincent Price in the horror film “House of Wax.” Oct. 19.

Jane Wyatt, 96. Actress who for six years on “Father Knows Best” was one of TV’s favorite moms. Oct. 20.

Sandy West, 47. Her drumming fueled the influential ’70s rock band the Runaways (“Cherry Bomb.”) Oct. 21. Lung cancer.

Arthur Hill, 84. Character actor; had title role in the early 1970s series “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law.” Oct. 22.

Lawrence W. Levine, 73. Cultural historian (“Black Culture and Black Consciousness.”) Oct. 23.

Marijohn Wilkin, 86. Country songwriter (“The Long Black Veil.”) Oct. 28.

NOVEMBER
Buddy Killen, 73. Nashville songwriter (“I May Never Get to Heaven”) and producer; helped launch Dolly Parton’s career. Nov. 1.

William Styron, 81. Pulitzer-winning novelist (“The Confessions of Nat Turner.”) Nov. 1.

Florence Klotz, 86. Tony-winning costume designer (“Follies.”) Nov. 1.

Paul Mauriat, 81. Conductor whose “Love Is Blue” topped U.S. charts in 1968. Nov. 3.

Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 98. Her memoir on life with 11 siblings, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” inspired several films. Nov. 4.

Ed Bradley, 65. The TV journalist who created a distinctive, powerful body of work on “60 Minutes.” Nov. 9.

Ellen Willis, 64. Feminist author; New Yorker’s first rock critic. Nov. 9. Lung cancer.

Marian Marsh, 93. Doll-faced actress; the milkmaid mesmerized by John Barrymore in “Svengali.” Nov. 9.

Jack Palance, 87. Hollywood heavy (“Shane”) who turned successfully to comedy, winning Oscar for “City Slickers.” Nov. 10.

Gerald Levert, 40. Fiery R&B singer (“Casanova”); son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert. Nov. 10.

Ruth Brown, 78. Grammy and Tony-award-winning singer (“Teardrops in My Eyes.”) Nov. 17.

Jeremy Slate, 80. Actor (“Hell’s Angels ’69.” Nov. 19.

Robert Altman, 81. Caustic Hollywood director (“Nashville.”) Nov. 20.

Robert Lockwood Jr., 91. Mississippi Delta blues guitarist (“I Got to Find Me a Woman.”) Nov. 21.

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