Best of 2009

Tributes: The Stars We Lost This Year

From Patrick Swayze to Natasha Richardson, we say goodbye to the smiles and voices who left their mark onscreen and off

JANE GOODY

She first shot to fame as a hard-drinking contestant on the U.K. version of Big Brother. But it was Goody's very public battle with cervical cancer – which she learned about while appearing on the Indian version of the reality show – that captivated the British public. After discovering that her illness was terminal, Goody wed longtime boyfriend Jack Tweed in a televised event (proceeds went to a fund for her two children). A month later, the 27-year-old died in her sleep on March 22 in her Upshire, Essex, home.