Year in Review — Part 5 “Memorials”

Full Article by NW Academy Pigeon Press

Robin Williams (1951-2014): When Williams was 16 he moved to California with his family. He dropped out of Claremont Men’s College to pursue acting. He was admitted into College of Marin with an acting degree. After college, he worked as an actor and had a weekly stand up performance at a local comedy club. His big break was being ask to appear on the “Laugh-In Show” on television. He then went to play a role in some of the most iconic movies of 1980s and ’90s, including AladdinGood Will HuntingHook and Dead Poets Society. He committed suicide on August 11, 2014 after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He will be remembered as one of the best actors, comedians, improvisors and class clowns of all time.

Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014): Born July 22nd, 1932 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, de la Renta was famous fashion designer. In the 1960s de la Renta became a household name for dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. From 1993 to 2002 de la Renta designed haute couture collections for the house of Balmain, another famous designer. He continued to dress A-list celebrities, American icons and royalty. He died on October 20th, 2014 at his home in Kent, Connecticut from cancer. He was 82 years old.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014): Born July 23rd 1967 in Rochester, New York, Hoffman was an American actor, director and producer known for his ambitious role choices. Hoffman studied at the Tisch School of the Arts and then began his acting career in 1991, starting with an episode of “Law & Order.” In 2005 Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Truman Capote in the film Capote. In a 2006 interview with “60 Minutes,” Hoffman admitted that he had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse while in college. He entered a rehab at the age of 22, remained sober for 23 years, but sadly relapsed in 2012. On February 2nd, 2014 Hoffman was found dead in the bathroom of his apartment. He died of mixed drug intoxication. He was 46 years old.

Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014): Beloved child music star Black, born April 23, 1928, died this past February 10th. Black rose to fame began in 1932, at the mere age of three years old with her appearance in Baby Burlesks. Her first feature film was The Red-Haired Alibi. Her career started out slowly with small roles working for Educational Pictures. When Educational Pictures declared bankruptcy, she was quickly snatched up by Fox pictures. During her time with Fox pictures, she starred in Bright Eyes, with the feature song “On the Good Ship Lollipop.”

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (

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