Among those who died in 2017...
Media and publishing
Clare Hollingworth, intrepid British journalist who broke the news of Nazi Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland and the start of World War II, died Jan. 10, age 105.
William Peter Blatty, author and screenwriter who spooked readers with his novel The Exorcist, died Jan. 12, age 89.
Robert James Waller, author whose debut novel, The Bridges of Madison County, spent 164 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list, died March 10, age 77.
Jimmy Breslin (pictured), Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Daily News columnist who championed the underdog and bedeviled the powerful, died March 19, age 88.
Robert Pirsig, philosopher of the open road who wrote Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died April 24, age 88.
Anne Morrissy Merick, trailblazing journalist who overcame sexism to cover the Vietnam War from the front lines, died May 2, age 83.
Roger Ailes, Fox News chairman who exerted wide influence on conservative politics, died May 18, age 77.
Louise Hay, best-selling self-help guru who pushed positive thinking, died Aug. 30, age 90.
Kate Millett, activist and writer whose 1970 book Sexual Politics became a feminist manifesto, died Sept. 6, age 82.
Hugh Hefner (pictured),Playboy founder who combined photos of naked women with high-minded journalism and created a business empire, died Sept. 27, age 91.
Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist who befriended the famous and broke news of Donald and Ivana Trump’s split, died Nov. 12, age 94.
Stage and screen
John Hurt, British actor who played the cruelly deformed Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man, died Jan. 25, age 77.
Mary Tyler Moore (pictured), spunky sitcom star who defined the modern working woman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Jan. 25, age 80.
Don Rickles, acidic stand-up comedian who mercilessly pelted his audience with insults, died April 6, age 90.
Erin Moran, child star who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, died April 22, age 56.
Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs director who revolutionized concert films with Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, died April 26, age 73.
Roger Moore, debonair British actor who charmed as superspy James Bond, died May 23, age 89.
Adam West, square-jawed star of the kitsch 1960s TV series Batman, who brought deadpan comedy to the role of the Caped Crusader, died June 9, age 88.
Martin Landau, actor who played ace impersonator Rollin Hand on TV’s Mission Impossible, died July 15, age 89.
George Romero, horror visionary who invented the zombie movie with 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, died July 16, age 77.
June Foray, virtuoso of cartoon voices who gave life to Cindy Lou Who and Rocky the Squirrel, died July 26, age 99.
Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright who reluctantly became a Hollywood star, died July 27, age 73.
Dick Gregory (pictured), black stand-up comedian who smashed through the color barrier and became a civil rights leader, died Aug. 19, age 84.
Jerry Lewis, slapstick comedian who found fame with Dean Martin and later directed a string of madcap movies, died Aug. 20, age 91.
Music and the arts
Roberta Peters, Bronx-born soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera for more than 30 years, died Jan. 18, age 86.
Al Jarreau, vocal virtuoso who won Grammys in jazz, pop, and R&B, died Feb. 12, age 75.
Chuck Berry (pictured), rock ’n’ roll’s first guitar hero, who fused blues and country music in hits such as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Maybellene,” died March 18, age 90.
John Geils, guitarist and longtime leader of the J. Geils Band, who found fame with hit single “Centerfold,” died April 11, age 71.
Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter who co-wrote a string of Stevie Wonder hits, including “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “My Cherie Amour,” died April 15, age 78.
Chris Cornell, Soundgarden frontman whose octave-jumping vocals elevated the band above its grunge roots, died May 18, age 52.
Gregg Allman, hard-living Allman Brothers Band leader who shaped the sound of Southern rock, died May 27, age 69.
Kenneth Jay Lane, designer and bon vivant who made fake jewelry fabulous, died July 20, age 85.
Glen Campbell, singer-guitarist whose easy blend of country and pop made for hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman,” died Aug. 8, age 81.
Walter Becker, guitarist and songwriter who crafted complex, dark-humored pop with Steely Dan, died Sept. 3, age 67.
Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman and solo artist who crafted classic rock hits including “Refugee” and “Free Fallin’,” died Oct. 2, age 66.
Fats Domino, pioneering rock ’n’ roll pianist who provided a soundtrack to the late ’50s and early ’60s with hits such as “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” died Oct. 24, age 89.
Mel Tillis, country music Hall of Famer who wrote enduring songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” died Nov. 19, age 85.
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous “Jane Roe” plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., died Feb. 18, age 69.
Gilbert Baker, gay rights activist who created the first rainbow flag, died March 31, age 65.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, combative Polish-American political scientist who served as Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, died May 26, age 89.
Helmut Kohl, German chancellor who oversaw his country’s reunification in 1990, died June 16, age 87.
Yuri Drozdov, Soviet spymaster who trained undercover agents and planted them across the West during the Cold War, died June 21, age 91.
Edith Windsor (pictured), gay rights activist whose landmark case led the Supreme Court in 2013 to grant same-sex couples federal recognition for the first time, died Sept. 12, age 88.
John Anderson, liberal Republican who challenged the two-party system by running as an independent in the 1980 presidential election, died Dec. 3, age 95.
Lou Duva, tough-talking boxing manager who trained Evander Holyfield and other champion fighters, died March 8, age 94.
Dallas Green, loud, no-nonsense baseball manager who led the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1980 World Series title, died March 22, age 82.
Frank Kush, coach who made Arizona State University a football powerhouse and guided the Sun Devils to win 176 games in 22 seasons, died June 22, age 88.
Margaret Bergmann Lambert, talented German-Jewish high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Games by the Nazis, died July 25, age 103.
Betty Cuthbert, sprinter known as Australia’s “golden girl,” who became the first athlete to win gold in four different Olympic events, died Aug. 7, age 79.
Ken Kaiser, confrontational MLB umpire who enjoyed putting players and managers in their place, died Aug. 8, age 72.
Gene Michael, former New York Yankees shortstop turned general manager, who built the club’s late-1990s dynasty teams, died Sept. 7, age 79.
Bobby Heenan, trash-talking pro-wrestling manager, who oversaw the careers of Andre the Giant and Ric Flair, died Sept. 17, age 72.
Jake LaMotta (pictured), scrappy middleweight championship fighter, who inspired director Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, died Sept. 19, age 96.
Jana Novotna, Czech tennis player who won 17 Grand Slam titles over her career, died Nov. 19, age 49.
Mike Ilitch, Little Caesars pizza-chain founder who owned the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died Feb. 10, age 87.
Joe Rogers, Waffle House co-founder who served up Southern-style hospitality, died March 6, age 97.
Stanley Weston, inventor who created the concept of the action-figure toy with his G.I. Joe doll, died May 1, age 84.
Jack O’Neill (pictured), Californian surfer who invented the modern neoprene wetsuit and made the O’Neill brand into a water-sports giant, died June 2, age 94.
Arthur Cinader, J. Crew founder who sold America on a preppy lifestyle, died Oct. 11, age 90.
Eugene Cernan (pictured), commander of NASA’s 1972 Apollo 17 mission and the last man to walk on the moon, died Jan. 16, age 82.
Peter Mansfield, British scientist who helped develop the MRI scanner, a breakthrough that earned him the 2003 Nobel Prize in medicine, died Feb. 8, age 83.
Mildred Dresselhaus, nanoscience pioneer who was nicknamed the Queen of Carbon for her research on the element, died Feb. 20, age 86.
Thomas Starzl, surgeon who conducted the first successful human liver and heart-liver transplants, died March 4, age 90.
Nicholas Sand, Brooklyn-born chemist who sought to turn the world on to LSD, died April 24, age 75.
Frédérick Leboyer, French obstetrician who pushed for birthing methods that were gentler on babies, died May 25, age 98.
Sam Panopoulos, Canadian pizzeria owner who put pineapple on a pie and created the Hawaiian, died June 8, age 83.
Sheila Michaels, feminist who encouraged women to adopt the honorific “Ms.” regardless of their marital status, died June 22, age 78.
Arthur Janov, psychologist who urged his patients to let it all out and overcome childhood traumas with “primal scream” therapy, died Oct. 1, age 93.
Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, who led the 1973 armed occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., to highlight the U.S.’s mistreatment of its indigenous peoples, died Oct. 29, age 80.