1949-2010 Elizabeth Edwards, 61
Author, Activist, Mother
I met Elizabeth Edwards in November 1998 at a lunch to welcome the spouses of newly elected senators. In minutes we discovered that we both were natives of the South, college English majors and trained lawyers. I was especially drawn to Elizabeth's fierce devotion to her husband and children and her wonderful sense of humor. She was fun. Whether discussing health policy, family, shopping, dieting, or the juggling act that we women all try to perform, sometimes more successfully than others, she was charming, real and totally without guile. Through all the years I knew her, Elizabeth remained the authentic and engaging woman I met at that lunch. Yes, illness and sadness touched her life in ways we would all hope to be spared, but they did not define who she was. She was the mother of Wade, Cate, Emma Claire and Jack who left this world better than she found it. What a legacy.
-VICTORIA REGGIE KENNEDY, wife of the late Senator Edward Kennedy
1939-2010 Dixie Carter, 70
Dixie Carter was "beautiful and brainy, smart and funny, prim and sexy, wickedly talented and divinely sweet. To have known her a little was a delight to all. To have known her well, a treasure beyond reckoning. And now, a loss beyond measure."
-ANNIE POTTS, her Designing Women
1918-2010 JOHN FORSYTHE, 92
"Despite his matinee-star good looks, he was as humble and down-to-earth as could be."
-CANDY SPELLING, friend
1917-2010 Lena Horne, 92
Lena Horne was a true trailblazer. One remarkable story about her: When she was asked to sing for the troops during World War II, all of the white soldiers were in the front and all the black soldiers were in the back, and she got down and went to the back of the auditorium to sing for the black soldiers. That was her rocking the system. She took a stand and did it with such grace and such power and such beauty.
1926-2010 Leslie Nielsen, 84
"Having had the great fortune of working with Leslie on several films, I know firsthand how generous, funny and talented he was; he made coming to work so much fun. He was a brilliant and unique individual who was forever young at heart."
-PRISCILLA PRESLEY, his Naked Gun
JILL CLAYBURGH, 66
COREY HAIM, 38
PATRICIA NEAL, 84
ALEXANDER HAIG, 85
1934-2010 Rue McClanahan, 76
Rue was such a wonderful performer and a beautiful person. She was my butterfly. When they started Golden Girls
, I was supposed to play Blanche, not Rue. But they switched our parts, and Rue took Blanche out into orbit, where I would never have had the guts to go. She was so wonderful in the part. She believed "Blanche." She was "Blanche." These are the words I would use to describe Rue: talented, funny, sexy, friend. There wasn't a bitchy bone in her body.
-BETTY WHITE, her Golden Girls
1925-2010 Tony Curtis, 85
"He was a movie star who had that something special, that bigger-than-life quality. He was a wild guy, a real character and full of fun. But he also had a real sweetness to him. And people responded to that."
-SALLY KELLERMAN, his costar in The Boston Strangler
1968-2010 Gary Coleman, 42
The first time I met Gary, he was a ball of fire-a very smart kid. We had fun on the set of Diff'rent Strokes
. He was a natural. He could just say things that were funny. We did an autograph show two years ago. Gary was in a wheelchair, and I was pushing him around. He said, "Why are you doing this for me?" I said, "Because I love you, man." He figured out that I didn't need anything from him and that I really cared about him. Gary was a good, loving kid, and that's how I want people to remember him.
-TODD BRIDGES, his Diff'rent Strokes
1969-2010 Alexander McQueen, 40
"He was a genius. It is heartbreaking, a terrible tragic waste. He will leave a hole; he's already left a hole in the world."
-KATHARINE HAMNETT, fellow British fashion designer
LYNN REDGRAVE, 67
GEORGE STEINBRENNER, 80
New York Yankees principal owner
GLORIA STUART, 100
ANDREW KOENIG, 41
1927-2010 Tom Bosley, 83
"He was feisty and funny. He brought an enormous amount of experience and talent. He was one of our best character actors."
-HENRY WINKLER, his Happy Days
MANUTE BOL, 47
Former NBA player
GREG GIRALDO, 44
MITCH MILLER, 99
BARBARA BILLINGSLEY, 94
ROBERT CULP, 79
ZELDA RUBINSTEIN, 76
ART LINKLETTER, 97
Talk show host
CAPT. PHIL HARRIS, 53
RICH CRONIN, 36
JIMMY DEAN, 81
SOLOMON BURKE, 70
MALCOLM MCLAREN, 64
EDDIE FISHER, 82
PERNELL ROBERTS, 81
PETER GRAVES, 83
JEAN SIMMONS, 80
J.D. SALINGER, 91