International obituaries of 2014

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 01, 2015 21:29 hrs

Robin Williams: This extremely talented actor committed suicide in 2014. He shot to fame with Mork & Mindy in 1978 and later came up with great performances in films like Mrs Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam and Good Will Hunting. A comedian par excellence, he won an Oscar, two Emmys and 6 Grammys.

Gabriel García Márquez: This world famous Nobel Laureate is very popular in India too. One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera are probably two of his most famous books. Like Salman Rushdie, he mastered the genre known as magic realism. President Juan Manuel Santos called him the greatest Colombian who ever lived.



Richard Attenborough: He became a household name in India when he directed Gandhi in 1983 which won 8 Oscars including the one for Best Director. He was also a successful actor appearing in the blockbusters like Jurassic Park and The Great Escape.

Ariel Sharon: A commander when Israel got Independence in 1948, Sharon saw immediate military action and was involved in all the major wars involving Israel in some form or the other. He held many ministries and rose to Prime Minister in 2001.

Nadine Gordimer: Márquez was not the only Nobel Literature Laureate to go this year.  Gordimer was also an anti-apartheid activist and fought on behalf of HIV/AIDS victims and was famous for banned books such as Burger's Daughter and July's People. Her book No Time Like the Present came out in 2012.


Eusébio: The Portuguese footballer had 749 goals in 745 matches and hit another 41 for Portugal. His most famous match was probably the 1966 FIFA World Cup quarter final match where North Korea was leading 3-0 at one stage. Eusébio hit 4 goals and Portugal finally won 5-3.

Lauren Bacall: She was a big hit opposite her husband, the legend Humphrey Bogart, and  appeared with him films like The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not and Key Largo. Her other famous films were How to Marry a Millionaire (with Marilyn Monroe) and Murder on the Orient Express. She won a Tony and Golden Globe Award.

Shirley Temple: She became the youngest ever Oscar winner at the age of 6 for her performance in 1934, when she acted in 10 films including Bright Eyes. She played Heidi in 1937 and The Little Princess in 1939. She retired from feature films in 1949 and dabbled in TV and politics after that.

Mickey Rooney: He started off as a child actor and acted in a prolific 300 movies starting from 1927 (when he was just 6) right to Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, released in 2014. He got an Oscar in 1938.

Harold Ramis: He wrote and directed famous movies like Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and Analyze This. He also starred in many of his movies. 

Pete Seeger: A famous folk singer, he was known for songs like Turn! Turn! Turn! and Where Have All the Flowers Gone? He was a victim of the McCarthy Era which went after all the communists of America and he was in the infamous blacklist.

Sue Townsend: She is famous for her Adrian Mole series of books starting with The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ in 1982 right up to Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (where he is aged 39¾) in 2009.

Eduard Shevardnadze: He was Soviet reformer Mikhail Gorbachev’s Foreign Minister during the Perestroika era in the 1980s and after the break-up of the USSR; he became President of Georgia in the 1990s. He was ousted in the 2003 Rose Revolution.

Maya Angelou: This poet singer was most famous for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which came out in 1969. Part of the Civil Rights movement, she was also an overseas journalist and TV-film producer.

Joan Rivers: This writer and comedian had her own TV show called The Joan Rivers Show. She won an Emmy and performed in plays and films and was the author of many best-selling memoirs.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: He won an Oscar for playing Truman Capote in Capote in 2005 for which he was also Executive Producer. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, to be released in 2015, will be his final screen appearance.