Fans on every continent adored him, and at one point he was the probably the most recognizable man on the planet.Madeleine Le Beau, known for her role in "Casablanca," died May 1 after breaking her thigh bone, her stepson Carlo Alberto Pinelli told CNN.Actor and comedian Kevin Meaney, who had been a regular on late-night TV and was famous for delivering the line, "That's not right," died, his agent said October 21.Meaney's age and the cause of death weren't immediately known. Confidential" director and writer Curtis Hanson, 71, died of natural causes on September 20, Los Angeles police said.Albee died September 16 at his home in Montauk, New York.The Lady Chablis, the unabashed Savannah, Georgia, transgender queen who became a gay icon after finding fame in the 1990s through the "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" book and movie, died September 8. Fred Hellerman, a singer and composer who was the last surviving member of the iconic and influential folk music quartet the Weavers, died September 1 at the age of 89.Pat Summitt, who built the University of Tennessee's Lady Volunteers into a perennial power on the way to becoming the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball, died June 28 at the age of 64.Her death came five years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Actor Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, died August 29 at the age of 83. Scotty Moore, a legendary guitarist credited with helping to launch Elvis Presley's career, died at the age of 84 on June 28.The former advertising man got his start in entertainment as a writer for "Sanford and Son." By the early '80s he was a successful standup comedian and a regular on late-night talk shows.His persona -- full of angst and uncertainty, like a sorrowful puppy dog -- played up his lack of success with women and embarrassment at his foibles.Actor Ron Lester, who portrayed Billy Bob in the 1999 football movie "Varsity Blues," died June 17 at the age of 45, according to his representative Dave Bradley.Bradley said Lester died of organ failure -- specifically his liver and his kidneys.