—actor and friend Roger Moore
DIZZY GILLESPIE, 75, musician "We've lost one of the giants; not just of music but of humanity. He contributed a tremendous amount to American and world culture. With his passing, a source of encouragement for many musicians is extinguished. But he wouldn't want us to be sad, he'd want us to enjoy the vast legacy that we've been bequeathed."
—trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
RIVER PHOENIX, 23, actor "He played my son once, and I came to love him like a son and was proud to watch him grow into a man of such talent, integrity and compassion."
—Harrison Ford, Phoenix's father in The Mosquito Coast
FEDERICO FELLINI, 73, director "When he arrived on the set, a wind began to rise that did the world good. Where is he now? Perhaps playing boccie ball or learning to dance the Twist. Nothing much remains to say to him except, 'I love you, and thank you so much.' "
—actor Roberto Benigni (below, working with Felliniin 1989)
LILLIAN GISH, 99, actress "She represented the exquisite, utmost talent in silent films. There are certain people with an instinctive, wonderful magic. She lad magic... and she was incredibly lovely."
—actress and costar of The Cobweb fay Wray
RUDOLPH NUREYEV, 54, dancer "He laid the groundwork for the acceptance of male dancers, incorporating a certain wildness and ferocity that hadn't existed in Western classical dancing. Where it had once been kind of hyperpolite, he gave it a personality of its own."
—choreographer Mark Morris
ARTHUR ASHE, 49, athlete, humanitarian "He was an intellectual, but he always wanted to have the common touch with people. So he hid the intelligent side a little bit. He always wanted to put people at ease around him."
—friend and attorney Donald Dell
RAYMOND BURR, 76, actor "Raymond had a salty edge to him. He was a perfectionist who demanded so much of people that sometimes they got irritated. He was very demanding, but not a monster. He was a big man with a big voice, and he could yell with the best of them. If he felt there was something wrong, he would tell you about it. But it wouldn't influence your friendship one way or the other."
—actor and friend Charles Macaulay
DR. ALBERT SABIN, 86, oral polio-vaccine developer "Hundreds of thousands of children have been spared polio because of his work. The disease was really dreaded. Sabin was able to eradicate that fear."
—pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock
FRED GWYNNE, 66, actor "It takes someone who's very serious to do something like Herman Minister. It's not simple to act the goof. Fred was not Herman. He was an intelligent, quiet man."
—Joe Pesci,star of My Cousin Vinny, Gwynne's last movie
CESAR CHAVEZ, 66, union organizer "I remember Cesar for his quick, self-effacing humor, his quiet voice and for the physical suffering he endured when he fasted. God willing, he is at rest now, the better so if we continue to honor and support the United Farm Workers of America."
—folk singer and friend Joan Baez
ROY CAMPANELLA, 71, athlete "He was an institution and an inspiration to millions. He loved life and was proud to be alive. God had a plan for him, and it was to help others."
—Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda
BILL BIXBY, 59, actor "He was deeply talented and full of life. Everything he touched had its own flavor."
—Mariette Hartley, Incredible Hulk costar
FRANK ZAPPA, 52, musician "There were probably four or five people I have met in my life who were truly original people—Salvador Dali, Groucho Marx, Jim Morrison and Zappa."
HERVE VILLE-CHAIZE, 50, actor "Off-camera he was a very talented artist. He had a wonderful eye and the gift of good taste that was part of everything he created."
—Ricardo Montalban, Fantasy Island costar
PATRICIA NIXON, 81, former First Lady "Her husband, strange as it may seem, had a certain romantic side, in the sense that he tended to have ideas of people's character and motives that were sometimes not exactly accurate. She had a sort of pitiless ability to go to the heart of the matter. Yet she wasn't nasty."
THURGOOD MARSHALL, 84, Supreme Court justice "As a lawyer he was a great strategist and a great brain picker. And as a human being he was like an elemental force of nature. He was huge, he was gruff, and he was enormously funny."
—Roger Wilkins, George Mason University law professor and lifelong friend
MARIAN ANDERSON, 96, singer "Her place in the social and professional world had to be invented. A dignified woman, she was a great artist in a field that didn't accept blacks. She was very proud of the road she covered to become Marian Anderson."
—musician Quincy Jones
DON AMECHE, 85, actor "He was a charming gentleman and a class act. He hit his marks, he knew his lines, and he was never late."
—John Landis, who directed Ameche in Trading Places and Coming to America
HELEN HAYES, 92, actress "She was a tiny woman, but everyone looked up to her. We use our secrets in acting. But with Helen, there weren't the private and public faces; she glided from both sides so easily. She seemed to be lit from within."
—actress and friend Anne Jackson
RUBY KEELER, 82, actress "I loved her goodness, and as a dancer, her pliability; the way she could change from one kind of step to another. She did it with such grace and elegance."
BILLY ECKSTINE, 78, singer "He was the first black male sex symbol...and a real gentleman."
—jazz historian Dan Morgenstern
VINCENT PRICE, 82, actor "He always enjoyed a good joke. And he was gentleman enough to laugh at some that weren't so good."
CONWAY TWITTY, 59, musician "You could feel the heart and soul of his songs, and I loved it when he did that growl thing with his voice."
—singer Vince Gill
MYRNA LOY, 88, actress "She never cared about clothes or anything like that, but about causes."
—Tony Randall, Loy's costar in TV's Love, Sidney
BRANDON LEE 28, actor "He was giving 110 percent, and it produced a light in the eyes, which is what you look for in movies."
—actor David Carradine
SPUDS MACKENZIE, 10, spokesdog "Meow."
—Morris the Cat