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We’re moments away from 2014. Our resolutions are set and the champagne glasses are out, but before we move on to the new year, we have a bit more reflecting to do.
Over the past few days, we’ve looked back at our 2013 coverage here at Art Beat. We revisited the musicians we listened to, the movies and TV we watched and the poets we read.
As we say goodbye to 2013, we remember the artists we lost throughout the year, many of whom we’ve had the chance to talk to during their lives. We know there are others who made a mark on the world but didn’t make it on to this list — we would love to hear from you about the artist, musician, actor, writer, filmmaker who died this year that you will miss most. Leave your thoughts in the comments section under this article.
Remembering Van Cliburn, 78, Classical Pianist
Van Cliburn first gained worldwide attention when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at 23. He went on to rock the classical and Cold War worlds in the late 1950s and beyond. In February, Cliburn died at home at the age of 78 after a battle with bone cancer. Back in 2008, Jeffrey Brown spent time with Van Cliburn, reflecting on Cliburn’s momentous competition and later life. You can watch the full conversation from five years ago, “Van Cliburn Reflects on 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition.”
We would also like to remember several more artists, who we didn’t to cover on Art Beat.
Richie Havens circa 1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Folk singer and guitarist Richie Havens came from the New York folk scene in 1960s. In 1969, he welcomed thousands of people to the original Woodstock festival in the event’s very first performance, marking a turning point in his career. Havens died from a heart attack at 72 years old in April. WNET hosted the performer for “Great Performances” on three separate occasions. During one of those concerts, Havens played his famous version of “Motherless Child”.
Elmore Leonard in 1991. Photo by Frank O’Brien/The Boston Globe/Getty Images
In August, the bestselling crime novelist Elmore Leonard died at his home in Michigan from complications of a stroke. Leonard published more than 40 novels during his career, many featuring con men and gangsters. A number of Leonard’s books made it to the big and small screens, among them “Get Shorty” and the FX show “Justified.” The writer was 87 years old. NPR’s “Fresh Air” commemorated Elmore Leonard.
Peter O’Toole on the set of “Lawrence Of Arabia.” Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
British-Irish actor Peter O’Toole is best known for his role in the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia.” That role earned the actor his first Oscar nomination, only to be nominated for seven more. However, the actor never won an Academy Award until he was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2003. He died in December after a long illness. He was 81. NPR commemorated the O’Toole on Morning Edition.
Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos” 1999. By Anthony Neste/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
James Gandolfini worked his way into the hearts of Americans as complicated mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” That role won him three Emmy awards and helped fuel big changes in the contemporary approach to TV dramas. While he played a share of gangsters, he also acted on stage and in a number of films, including as a whistleblower in the legal drama “A Civil Action,” as a general in the political saltire “In the Loop” and recently as the CIA director in “Zero Dark Thirty.” He died suddenly in June. NPR remembered Gandolfini on “Morning Edition.”.
Ray Manzarek in 1960. From the estate of Edmund Teske/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Ray Manzarek is best known as the keyboardist for the rock band The Doors. Musically speaking, Manzarek’s riffs, made famous in songs like “Riders on the Storm,” “Break on Through” and “People are Strange,” gave the band it’s distinctive sound. He died at 74 in May after a battle with cancer. PBS’s American Masters, who made the “When You’re Strange” documentary about The Doors, remembered the rock keyboardist.
Joan Fontaine circa 1940. Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images
Joan Fontaine became a major film star in the 1940s, appearing in more than 30 movies over her career. The Academy Award winning actress starred in two Alfred Hitchock films, “Suspicious” and “Rebecca,” the film that launched Fontaine into stardom. She died at 96 years old in her home in California. NPR commemorated Fontaine’s life.
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