2011 saw the loss of many famous talents who - in their own ways - left their permanent stamp on the theater community and entertainment world. In the photo sampling below, BroadwayWorld fondly remembers those we've lost, but whom we will never forget.
Among the most profound losses in the theater community include screen goddess and Tony nominee Elizabeth Taylor (THE LITTLE FOXES), legendary director and scribe Arthur Laurents (WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, among dozens of others), playwrights Lanford Wilson (TALLEY'S FOLLY, ANGELS FALL, FIFTH OF JULY, FENCES, among others) and Romulus Linney (THE LOVE SUICIDE AT SCHOFEILD BARRACKS), La Mamma's fearless leader Ellen Stewart, everyone's favorite "Knickie" Jeff Conaway, husband and wife actor/costume designer duo Tom Aldredge and Theoni V. Aldredge, two-time Tony winning designer David I Mitchell (BARNUM, ANNIE), DEATH TRAP star Farley Granger, and TV icon and one-time Broadway star Peter Falk.
The theater world additionally bid farewell to actors Mary Fickett, Jane White, Phyllis Love, Doris Belack, Philip Rose, Judy Lewis, Donald Grody (also head of Actor's Equity Association from 1973 - 1980), Anna Massey, Margaret Tyzack, Marian Mercer, Jay Garner, Michael Gough; notable songbirds Jerry Leiber, Lee Pockriss, Edwin Judd Woldin, Joseph Brooks, John Scoullar, Margaret Whiting, Hugh Martin; designer Lou Stancari; directors Michael Langham and Marsha Hanna; playwrights Sidney Michaels, Donald Lyons; producers Michael Brenner, Tommy Brent, Philip Rose, Randall L. Wreghitt, John Cossette, Edward Hastings and more.
In the world of entertainment, we additionally bid farewell to music man Nick Ashford, actor/director Jackie Cooper, directors Ken Russell and Sidney Lumet, television personality Andy Rooney, songstress Phoebe Snow and many more.
Lastly, of course, we must not forget tech maverick and revolutionary Steve Jobs, who not only opened up new possibilities for theater, film and TV creation with new technology, but who changed the world.
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor attending THE MIRROR CRACKED Movie Premiere, Ziegfield Theatre, New York City. 1980
Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in THE LITTLE FOXES, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1981
Elizabeth Taylor Receives a Theatre World Award for THE LITTLE FOXES at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in New York City, 1981
Elizabeth Taylor Attends The Tony Awards Party, Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York City, June 1981
Elizabeth Taylor and Zev Buffman Visit Laurie Beechman, Bill Hutton & Cast of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, New York City, 1982
Elizabeth Taylor Visits Bill Hutton and the Cast of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in New York City, 1982
Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli Attending the United Negro College Fund Awards, Sheraton Center Hotel, New York City