Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all


The prolific character actor, who played Violet Beauregard's father in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 2, just one day before he would have turned 88. His career in television, film, and theater spanned over 50 years, but it was his dedication to his family that those closest to him remember best. "Being a parent and grandparent was a huge and wonderful part of his life," his granddaughter, Frankie Stone Solomon, told PEOPLE. "He was a really amazing man and a phenomenal grandparent."