This time of year, we always look ahead with great expectations to the New Year with all it’s hope and promise. We also take a moment to look back at events from the previous year, and those we lost. I know I’m not the only one reflecting, and thinking it was an exceptionally brutal year when it came to those celebrities we loved dearly, and lost.
The one that hit me the hardest had to be The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Aretha became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She won more than a dozen Grammy’s, and she sold more than 75 Million records world wide.
Comic book legend Stan Lee died recently at the age of 95. Lee got his start in the comic industry in 1939. He co-created and gave us some of Marvel Comics best known heroes, including Spider-Man, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four. Lee was famous for the cameo performances he gave during nearly every Marvel Motion Picture.
Burt Reynolds left us in September, at the age of 82. His breakout motion picture was Deliverance, but everyone remembers him best in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Smokey and The Bandit.
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Sadly Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away in April at the age of 92. She would go on to found the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Seven months later we would lose President George H. W. Bush at the age of 94. Their 73 year marriage was longer than that of any other Presidential couple. President Bush served in WWII, and presided over the fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the Cold War.
We lost actress and director Penny Marshall in December at the age of 75. She was well known for her role as Laverne in Laverne and Shirley. But, Hollywood would hold bigger things for her. She became legendary for her work behind the Camera. She gave us great motion pictures like Big, A League of Their Own, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and more.
Other well known celebrities that we said good bye to in 2018 include Margot Kidder from Superman, TV producer and writer Steven Bochco, David Ogden Stiers from MASH, Physicist Steven Hawking, Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries, Former Senator John McCain, The Reverend Billy Graham and numerous others. Thank you all so much for all your contributions. May we always remember you fondly.