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People Who Died in the Year 1979 (44 found): Names Only

Conrad Hilton

Real/Birth Name:
Conrad Nicholson Hilton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 9 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Founder of the Hilton Hotels chain and fortune.

Andy Gustafson

Real/Birth Name:
Andrew Gustafson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback, teams University of Pittsburgh. Coach, teams Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Miami. College Football Hall of Fame 1985. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1969. University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame 1972.

Sara Carter

Real/Birth Name:
Sara Elizabeth Dougherty
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than A.P. Carter by 6 years.
cousin of

Brief Facts:

Lead singer. Group Carter Family Country Music Hall of Fame 1970 as a member of Carter Family.
International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of Carter Family.

Pete Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Peter Schmidt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

One-reel shorts. Suicide - jumped off the roof of a nursing home. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1621 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ted Cassidy

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Crawford Cassidy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 6' 9". Very deep bass voice. TV show The Addams Family role of the butler Lurch. Voice of Godzilla in animated TV series Godzilla. Movies Mackenna's Gold, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Voice actor.

Hadley Richardson

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Hadley Richardson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Ernest Hemingway by 7 years.
mother of
grandmother of
grandmother of
grandmother of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

First wife of Ernest Hemingway.

Nelson Rockefeller

Real/Birth Name:
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Also Known As:
Nelson A. Rockefeller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than David Rockefeller by 6 years.
uncle of
grandson of
younger brother of
Younger than John D. Rockefeller III by 2 years.
son of
older brother of
Older than Laurance Rockefeller by 1 year.
older brother of
Older than Winthrop Rockefeller by 3 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Governor of New York, 1959-1973. Vice president under Ford. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1977.

Sid Vicious

Real/Birth Name:
John Simon Ritchie
Nickname(s):
Sly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
21
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Member of Sex Pistols. Arrested for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen with a knife. Died of heroin overdose while on bail. London Avenue of Stars as a member of Sex Pistols.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006 as a member of Sex Pistols.

Dolores Costello

Real/Birth Name:
Dolores Costello
Nickname(s):
Goddess of the Silent Screen
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandmother of
older sister of
Older than Helene Costello by 2 years.
wife of
John Barrymore, until his earlier death.
Younger than John Barrymore by 21 years.
grandmother of
mother of
daughter of
daughter of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1926). After retirement, lived on an avocado farm. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1645 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Beattie Feathers

Real/Birth Name:
William Beattie Feathers
Nickname(s):
Big Chief
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Halfback. Teams University of Tennessee, Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers, Green Bay Packers. Coach, teams Appalachian State Teachers College, North Carolina State University. Also coached baseball. College Football Hall of Fame 1955. Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 1966. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 1981.

Al Hodge

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Hodge
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 29 days before his 67th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Voice of the title role The Green Hornet in radio show The Green Hornet. Voice of Captain Video on TV.

Emmett Kelly

Real/Birth Name:
Emmett Leo Kelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clown with a sad face, circus performer. Role as Weary Willie. Hall of Famous Missourians 1996.

Luke Easter

Real/Birth Name:
Luscious Luke Easter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First base, team Cleveland Indians. Also Negro Leagues. Killed by two robbers during a payroll robbery at a bank. International League Hall of Fame 2008. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 1997.

Edgar Buchanan

Real/Birth Name:
William Edgar Buchanan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Shane

Barbara Hutton

Real/Birth Name:
Barbara Woolworth Hutton
Nickname(s):
Poor Little Rich Girl
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Cary Grant by 8 years.
first cousin of
niece of
daughter of
granddaughter of
daughter of
ex-wife of
mother of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Heiress to Woolworth fortune.

Lester Flatt

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Raymond Flatt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grand Ole Opry. Songs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, The Ballad of Jed Clampett with Earl Scruggs AKA duo Flatt & Scruggs. Member of the Blue Grass Boys in the mid 1940s. International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame 1991. Country Music Hall of Fame 1985. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of Flatt & Scruggs.

A. Philip Randolph

Real/Birth Name:
Asa Philip Randolph
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 31 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Organizer for the union Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Subject of TV movie 10,000 Black Men Named George. Civil rights leader. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1964.

George Brent

Real/Birth Name:
George Brendan Nolan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Ann Sheridan by 15 years.
ex-husband of

Brief Facts:

Movies The Great Lie, The Spiral Staircase Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1612 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Mary Pickford

Real/Birth Name:
Gladys Louise Smith
Nickname(s):
America's Sweetheart
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Buddy Rogers, until she died.
Older than Buddy Rogers by 12 years.
wife of
Douglas Fairbanks, until his earlier death.
Younger than Douglas Fairbanks by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Claimed her middle name was Marie. Co-founder of United Artists Studio and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many silent films. Movies Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917), Coquette. Canada's Walk of Fame 1999. Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for Show Business fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 16 November 1993.

Jack Haley

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Haley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Wizard of Oz in which he was the Tinman. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6435 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

John Wayne

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Robert Morrison
Also Known As:
Marion Michael Morrison
Nickname(s):
Duke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72, 16 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Parents used Robert as middle name at first, then changed his middle name at age 4 to Michael when brother Robert was born. Movies Sands of Iwo Jima, True Grit, The Shootist, Rooster Cogburn, Rio Lobo, The Green Berets, Flying Leathernecks, Rio Bravo. California Hall of Fame 2007. Hall of Great Western Performers 1974. Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars 1984. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1980. Congressional Gold Medal 1979. Texas Trail of Fame 2004. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1986. Cecil B DeMille Award 1966. NSMA Hall of Fame 1979. Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for Show Business fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Darla Hood

Real/Birth Name:
Darla Jean Hood
Also Known As:
Darla
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In Our Gang comedies.

Hope Summers

Real/Birth Name:
Sarah Hope Summers
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 15 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Voice of the Mrs. Butterworth syrup bottle. TV series Mayberry R.F.D.. Movies Spencer's Mountain, Where Does It Hurt?, Rosemary's Baby

Pee Wee Hunt

Real/Birth Name:
Walter GerhardtHunt
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Pee-Wee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band (swing); played trombone. Song Twelfth Street Rag Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Minnie Riperton

Real/Birth Name:
Minnie Julia Riperton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Words to song Lovin' You. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013.

Don Miller

Real/Birth Name:
Don Miller
Nickname(s):
Midnight
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team University of Notre Dame as a halfback in the group The Four Horsemen. Pro football team Hartford Blues. College Football Hall of Fame 1970 as a player. Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

Jules Irving

Real/Birth Name:
Jules Israel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
husband of
Priscilla Pointer, until he died.
Younger than Priscilla Pointer by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

TV mini-series Loose Change

Thurman Munson

Real/Birth Name:
Thurman Lee Munson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher for team New York Yankees. Died in a plane crash. He was pilot. Yankee Stadium Monument Park 1980. American League Rookie of the Year Award 1970.

Kurt Kasznar

Real/Birth Name:
Kurt Serwicher
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65, 7 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Casino Royale (1967)

Vivian Vance

Real/Birth Name:
Vivian Roberta Jones
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 22 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show. Movie The Great Race. First to win an Emmy Award for 'Best Supporting Actress' in 1954. Maxine, in Maxwell House commercials. Television Academy Hall of Fame 2012. Television Hall of Fame 2012. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 11 February 1991.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Stan Kenton

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album The Peanut Vendor. Unusual "Progressive" jazz, in a big band sound. Used unusual rhythms, like 5 or 7 beats per measure. Band Stan Kenton Orchestra. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1954. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Sally Rand

Real/Birth Name:
Harriet Helen Gould Beck
Also Known As:
Billie Beck
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1927). Ecdysiast, burlesque dancer. Noted for her ostrich feather fan dance and balloon bubble dance. Silent film actor. Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Turkey Stearnes

Real/Birth Name:
Norman Thomas Stearnes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Negro Leagues team Detroit Stars. Prolific home run hitter. Led his league in home runs 6 seasons. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2000. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2007.

Lou Busch

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Ferdinand Bush
Also Known As:
Joe "Fingers" Carr
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Janet Blair by 10 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Margaret Whiting by 14 years.

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Ragtime music. Added the C in his name later. Died from injuries in a car crash.

Gracie Fields

Real/Birth Name:
Grace Stansfield
Also Known As:
Dame Gracie Fields
Nickname(s):
Our Gracie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Shipyard Sally. London Avenue of Stars. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Mamie Eisenhower

Real/Birth Name:
Mamie Geneva Doud
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 13 days before her 83rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Dwight David Eisenhower, until his earlier death.
Younger than Dwight David Eisenhower by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

First Lady while husband was President. Colorado Women's Hall of Fame 1985.

Al Capp

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Gerald Caplin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cartoon strip L'il Abner. William Randolph Hearst Cartoon Hall of Fame. Will Eisner Hall of Fame 2004.

Chick Evans

Real/Birth Name:
Charles E. Evans Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first amateur to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in one year, in 1916. World Golf Hall of Fame 1975.

Dmitri Tiompkin

Real/Birth Name:
Dmitri Zinovievich Tiompkin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies High Noon, Dial M for Murder, Duel in the Sun, Friendly Persuasion, The Guns of Navarone, Lost Horizon, Town without Pity, It's a Wonderful Life as composer. Western Music Association Hall of Fame 2004.

Merle Oberon

Real/Birth Name:
Estelle Merle Thompson
Also Known As:
Lady Korda
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Private Life of Henry VIII, Pardon My French, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Wuthering Heights. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1960. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6274 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Hilo Hattie

Real/Birth Name:
Clarissa Haili
Nickname(s):
Clara
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hawaiian singer and hula dancer. Ukelele player. Movies Blue Hawaii, Song of the Islands, Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki, City Beneath the Sea. Legally took the name Hilo Hattie. Some stores in Hawaii have the same name.

Richard Rodgers

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Charles Rodgers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Worked with Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein. Wrote popular musicals (later movies) South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Pal Joey. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Kennedy Center Honors 1978. Theater Hall of Fame.

Darryl F. Zanuck

Real/Birth Name:
Darryl Francis Zanuck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Sun Also Rises, The Longest Day. Cecil B DeMille Award 1954. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Joan Blondell

Real/Birth Name:
Rose Joan Blondell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Dick Powell by 1 year.
ex-wife of
Older than Michael Todd by 50 years.

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1931). Movies A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Topper Returns, The Public Enemy. Nominated for Tony Award. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
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