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

BEA ARTHUR

The beloved television icon, who starred in the groundbreaking '70s series Maude and the much-beloved '80s sitcom The Golden Girls, died April 25 at age 86 after a long battle with cancer. "Bea was such an important part of a very happy time in my life and I have dearly loved her for a very long time," Golden Girls costar Betty White said in a statement. "How lucky I was to know her."