"If he wasn't making me laugh with his humor, he was making me cry with his music. He was so gifted. Success allows you to do things you want to do, and for Dudley it allowed him to express himself musically. That was very important to him."
—actress Bo Derek
josh ryan evans 20
"The night he was up for an Emmy, we were both dressed to the nines. It was one of the best nights of his life and we danced endlessly."
—Passions costar Juliet Mills
kim hunter 79
"She came late to the Actors Studio, but we brought her up to speed. She was one of the great talents of the theater."
—actor James Whitmore
john gotti 61
"John's family were the poorest of the poor. Whatever he was going to get he had to get for himself."
—defense lawyer Bruce Cutler
lisa 'left eye' lopes 30
"She did whatever her heart desired. Most of us live for other people and what they think. Lisa didn't care what other people thought. And that's what I admired most about her."
—TLC member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
dave thomas 69
"He was a regular guy who came up the hard way. He had every reason in the world to fail but he wouldn't give up. He got his GED a few years ago to encourage young people to go back to school."
—restaurateur Bob Evans
ann landers 83
"She once occupied a worn metal desk in a section dividing the features department from the city room. They wanted her to move to a suite with carpeting but she resisted. That was typical of her. She wanted to be in touch with what was going on."
—film critic Roger Ebert
waylon jennings 64
"He could capture whatever he was going through and put it into terms anybody could relate to. That's the mark of a great songwriter—when people think, 'This guy has been reading my mail.' "
—singer Travis Tritt
rod steiger 77
"He was a bit of a curmudgeon, but it was more a suit of armor. He was a great storyteller and if the story was true, he'd embellish it to make people laugh."
—actor Martin Landau
lawanda page 81
"I could hear her say, 'Watch it, sucka!' on Sanford and Son over and over and still want more."
—comic Garrett Morris
roone arledge 71
"He was eccentric and charming and had an eye for talent. He pushed people beyond what they thought were their limitations,"
—TV anchor Barbara Walters
robert urich 55
"The real story is not Robert Urich the actor, but Bob Urich the husband and father. When Bob talked, it wasn't, 'Hi, how are you? Are you up for a series?' He would always talk about his family."
—actor Tom Selleck
bill blass 79
"Bill was well-read and a generous person, not only with his money but with his time and thoughts. He was very cultivated and was the gentleman of fashion in this country."
—designer Carolina Herrera
rosemary clooney 74
"She had the instrument, but it was her down-to-earthness that made her so special. Whether you were a billionaire or you had two cents, people could identify with her. She was not above you or beneath you. With all her talent, Rosie was just people."
—actress Janet Leigh
jonathan harris 87
"He totally rewrote every script he got to capture Dr. Smith as he saw him, reinventing the character as evil, yet lovable. Jonathan created all the quotable quotes that made Dr. Smith stand out."
—Lost in Space costar Angela Cartwright
bruce paltrow 58
"He had a thing inside him that made you feel that you had a leader. His overall exuberance and excitement rubbed off. It made you feel very important about who you were."
—comedian Jerry Stiller
jam master jay 37
"Without the deejay there's no show. And it had to be live—it's not real hip-hop if you're using a recording. Jay knew that the deejay and the rappers had to be a unit. What he did was take the deejay out of the background and put him up front in the spotlight."
—Run-DMC bandmate Darryl McDaniels
ted williams 83
"There are players today with talents to match his. But the stature he had came not only from the way he played but from the times and the world he bestrode."
—biographer Richard Ben Cramer
princess margaret 71
"She never wanted people to think she was flighty or superficial in any way, which of course she wasn't. There was always a serious side to her even when she was being great fun. She was a very dignified lady."
—biographer Christopher Warwick
james coburn 74
"He was the last of a breed of actors who epitomized that old Hollywood masculinity, which set him apart from so many today. The new breed doesn't even fall in the shadow of James Coburn."
—director George Hickenlooper
richard harris 72
"Harris, O'Toole and Burton were the three tenors of their era. And Harris was the greatest Irish film actor of his generation."
—director Jim Sheridan
john entwistle 57
"Onstage he was motionless, but his fingers were a blur. He was the fastest bass player, yet he hardly moved a muscle,"
—the Doors' Ray Manzarek
billy wilder 95
"No one stayed a fool for long around him. You stepped up to the plate and became better than you thought you were."
—actress Shirley MacLaine
matt robinson 65
"He had a great sense of humor and was able to put it on paper for others to enjoy. He knew how to do it."
—comedian Bill Cosby
sam snead 89
"He was double-jointed, which contributed to his rhythm and golf swing. And he was strong. He could have played any sport."
—golfer Arnold Palmer
peggy lee 81
"Peggy didn't need fireworks behind her. She just stood there and hypnotized everybody."
—singer Tony Bennett
the queen mother 101
"Her devotion to duty motivated her. That's why she went out in driving rain. She knew the crowds were gathering, and come hell or high water she'd be out there to greet them."
—royals author Hugo Vickers
johnny unitas 69
"When we were in a huddle With him, it was just like God talking. Nobody ever said a word unless John asked you a question. And because of him, we always knew we could win the game."
—former Baltimore Colts teammate Tom Matte
milton berle 93
"Milton was outrageous. Everything he did was bigger than life—Milton with his fly open, his hair plastered down, his teeth blacked out. He represented a total time and era. If you look up the word 'vaudeville' in the dictionary, it should say Milton Berle next to it. "
—comedian Alan King