Oscar Peterson to Anna Nicole Smith: Influential Figures Lost in 2007

2007 brought us many new and marvelous things—the iPhone, ‘ceWebrities,’ Condé Nast Portfolio—but it also took with it the lives of numerous personalities, people who, in their own ways, changed the world forever. In a tribute to these late, influential figures—eminent actors, musicians, writers, politicians, among them—ABC News produced a short montage. Here follows a list of the people remembered therein.


  • Beverly Sills, 78: American Soprano
  • Max Roach, 83: Jazz Drummer and Composer
  • Merv Griffin, 82: Entertainer
  • Yvonne De Carlo, 84: Actress
  • Tom Snyder, 71: Talk Show Host
  • Oscar Peterson, 82: Jazz Pianist
  • Sidney Sheldon, 82: Screenwriter and Novelist
  • Brooke Astor, 105: Socialite and Philanthropist
  • Liz Claiborne, 78: Fashion Designer
  • Ike Turner, 76: Musician
  • Molly Ivins, 62: Political Journalist
  • Evel Knievel, 69: Stuntman
  • Anna Nicole Smith, 39: Model and Actress
  • Tammy Faye Messner, 65: Christian Entertainer
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, 80: Cellist and Conductor
  • Lady Bird Johnson, 94: Former First Lady
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., 89: Political Historian and Writer
  • Norman Mailer, 84: Writer
  • David Halberstam, 73: Writer and Journalist
  • Kurt Vonnegut, 84: Writer
  • Art Buchwald, 81: Humorist
  • Don Ho, 76: Singer
  • Ernest Gallo, 97: Wine Maker
  • Eddie Robinson, 88: Football Coach
  • Bill Walsh, 75: Football Coach
  • Jerry Falwell, 73: Evangelist
  • Boris Yeltsin, 76: Former Russian President
  • Benazir Bhutto, 54: Politician
  • Marcel Marceau, 84: Mime
  • John Siegel, 63: Film Critic
  • Dick Wilson, 91: Actor
  • Deborah Kerr, 86: Actress
  • Joey Bishop, 89: Actor
  • Ingmar Bergman, 89: Filmmaker
  • Robert Goulet, 73: Entertainer
  • Luciano Pavarotti, 71: Tenor