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Kobe Bryant, Sean Connery, Mikhail Zhvanetsky and others: who we lost in 2020



Every year at the end of December, we traditionally remember those we have lost. This year, the list, alas, is very large and there are many great and talented people in it, writes

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Kirk Douglas. Best Spartacus in Cinema History

On February 5, at the age of 104, Kirk Douglas, one of the most successful actors of the "golden era" of Hollywood, the father of the equally famous actor Michael Douglas, died. Kirk Douglas is the pseudonym of the actor, whose real name is Iser Danilovich. He received an Oscar in 1996 when he was presented with an award for 50 years of contribution to cinema. Among his most famous films are "Spartacus", "Seven Days in May", "Tough Guys", "Fury", "Lust for Life".

Kobe Bryant. Legendary basketball player

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Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant died on January 26 in a helicopter crash in California at the age of 41. The crash killed 8 more people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Kobe Bryant has played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons. He participated in the All-Star Game 18 times, was the most valuable player in the regular season and twice the most valuable player in the final series of the playoffs. As part of the US national team, Bryant won the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and won the 2007 US Championship.

Joel Schumacher. Director of two "Batmen"

On June 22, in New York, at the age of 81, director Joel Schumacher passed away after a long battle with cancer. He is best known for films such as A Time to Kill with Matthew McConaughey and the thriller I've Enough! with Michael Douglas, Batman & Robin and Batman Forever, the Phantom of the Opera musical. His most recent directorial jobs were episodes of House of Cards from Netflix.

Ennio Morricone. The composer who made cinema famous

On July 6, 91-year-old composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, author of more than 400 works for film and television, two-time Oscar winner, three-time Golden Globe laureate, six-time BAFTA winner, died in a clinic in Rome. The composer owns soundtracks for the films "Professional", "The Good, Bad, Ugly", "Once Upon a Time in the Wild West", "The Legend of the Pianist", "The Hateful Eight", as well as the famous TV series "Octopus" and many others.

Boris Klyuev. "The Count of Rochefort" and "Nikolay Voronin"

The famous actor, director and theatrical figure died on the evening of September 1 after a serious long illness at the age of 77 in Moscow. Boris Klyuev played dozens of roles on the stage of the Moscow Maly Theater, starred in more than a hundred films and television series, acted as a dubbing actor, and taught at a theater school.

One of the most famous roles of Klyuev in cinema was the role of Count Rochefort in the film "D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers". Another of his popular work was the film "TASS is authorized to declare ...", where he played the role of a spy Trianon.

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Kenzo Takada. Founder of the Kenzo brand

Kenzo Takada passed away from coronavirus at 82 on October 5. Five years after moving to Paris from Tokyo, Kenzo Takada presented his first fashion collection. In the following years, the Kenzo house also produced men's and children's collections, perfumes and accessories. In 1993, the Kenzo brand was bought by the LVMH concern. Kenzo Takada worked for the fashion house that bears his name for six years after the sale, and then collaborated with Kenzo on individual collections.

Sean Connery. The very best James Bond

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The internationally renowned Scottish actor and film producer, who became famous after starring in a series of films about the secret agent James Bond, died on October 31 in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas at the age of 90. The cause of death was pneumonia and heart failure.

His acting career spanned several decades, with Connery's many Oscars, two BAFTAs and three Golden Globes.

Mikhail Zhvanetsky. The king of laughter and the sad sage

The famous writer, actor, TV presenter, People's Artist of Russia and Ukraine died on November 6 at the age of 86.

Zhvanetsky began to write in his student years, at the same time he organized his own theater of miniatures "Parnas-2". Then he worked in the theater of Arkady Raikin, wrote more than three hundred miniatures and monologues (including for Viktor Ilchenko and Roman Kartsev). In 1970, Zhvanetsky left the theater and began performing his works himself. Later he created his own miniature theater in Moscow, where he worked until the end of his life. Mikhail Zhvanetsky is the author of dozens of books (including a collection of Zhvanetsky's works in five volumes - "XXI Century"), performances and hundreds of miniatures for theater and TV.

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Armen Dzhigarkhanyan. A sly judge, a laconic bandit and a rogue servant

On November 14, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan died in Moscow. He was 85 years old. The cause of death of the actor and director was cardiac arrest due to kidney disease in the background of several chronic diseases. Armen Dzhigarkhanyan starred in more than 250 films, among them "New Adventures of the Elusive", "Dog in the Manger", "Hello, I am your aunt", "The meeting place cannot be changed", "Crown of the Russian Empire", "Shirley-Myrli" and others.

In 1996, Dzhigarkhanyan became president and artistic director of the Moscow Drama Theater, which bears his name.

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Diego Maradona. Legendary footballer

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On November 25, 60-year-old football player and coach Diego Maradona died. Two weeks earlier, he was discharged from the hospital after an urgent brain surgery - he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma. An autopsy showed that the cause of death of the football player was acute pulmonary edema caused by chronic heart failure.

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Over the years of his career, Maradona played for the clubs Barcelona, ​​Napoli, Sevilla, Boca Juniors, and from 1977 to 1994, the athlete was a player in the Argentine national team, world champions in 1986. Maradona was voted the best footballer of the XNUMXth century on the FIFA website.

Boris Plotnikov. Dr. Bormental in Heart of a Dog

On December 2, Russian actor Boris Plotnikov passed away. The 71-year-old artist was sick with coronavirus and was on a ventilator.

The audience well remembers Boris Plotnikov from the film "The Wild Hunt of King Stakh", "Dulcinea Tobosskaya", "Cold Summer of XNUMX" and, of course, from the role of Dr. Bormental in the film "Heart of a Dog".

Valentine Gaft. Actor, director, poet and writer.

On December 12, Valentin Gaft died from the consequences of a stroke, suffered by him a year earlier, in his home in the Moscow region. He was 85 years old.

Valentin Gaft starred in more than 100 films, including the films "Garage", "Promised Heaven", "Say a Word about Poor Hussar", "Seventeen Moments of Spring", "Hello, I am your aunt!", "Wizards", "12".

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Pierre Cardin. Legendary French couturier

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98-year-old Pierre Cardin died in a hospital in the suburbs of Paris on December 29.

He has patented more than 500 design inventions not only in the field of clothing modeling, but also in architecture, transport, advertising, and others.

It was Pierre Cardin who invented many forms and designs that conquered the world at different times: colored stockings and high boots, mini sarafans, floral ties, long jackets without a collar, tight trousers with buttons, bag dresses, barrel skirts, skirts tulips, and also became the founder of the unisex style.

Lucia Bose... Italian actress.

The star of Antonioni Michelangelo's films The Chronicle of One Love and The Lady Without Camellias passed away on July 12 after a long struggle with the effects of the coronavirus.

Kelly Preston... American actress and fashion model.

Actor John Travolta's wife died after losing her battle with breast cancer. As an actress, Preston was best known for her roles in the films Jerry Maguire and Gemini.

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Olivia de Havilland. Anglo American actress

One of the most popular and sought-after Hollywood actresses of the 1930-1940s, winner of two Oscars for Best Actress, died at the age of 105. The actress is best known for her role as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in the classic 1939 film Gone With the Wind.

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