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2010 Year In Review

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  • Singer Teddy Pendergrass, right, performs "Wake Up Everybody" at the Good Neighbor Community Outreach Celebration Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000. The event was a part of the Republican National Convention.
  • Author Robert Parker poses in the garden of his Cambridge, Mass. home, Friday May 10, 1996. Parker, creator of the Boston hard-scrabbled private-detective Spenser, releases his newest installment, "Chance," has featured his popular fiction private detective in more than 20 books.
  • In this 1965 file photo, Actress Jean Simmons, wearing sleeveless dress. Simmons, the stunning beauty who sang with Marlon Brando in "Guys and Dolls" and played Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, has died.
  • Pernell Roberts, seen here as character Trapper John M.D., is pictured in this photograph.  Roberts died on January 24th at the age of 81.
  • This Jan. 9, 2008 file photo shows author Howard Zinn, during a visit in Boston at Emerson College. Zinn died in Santa Monica, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. He was 87.
  • In this 1951 file photo, J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye", "Nine Stories", and "Franny and Zooey" is shown.
  • U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D- Pa., waits to speak to Democrats at the Hampton, N.H., home of David and Elaine Ahearn on Sunday, July 23, 2006.
  • 'Deadliest Catch' captain Phil Harris is pictured in this photograph.  Harris died February 9th at the age of 53.
  • Alexander McQueen poses for photographers after winning the International Award at the 2003 Council of Fashion Design Awards held in New York, Monday, June 2, 2003.
  • In this March 21, 1978 file photo, Gen. Alexander  Haig, speaks at a Pentagon news conference on in Washington. Haig, who served Republican presidents and ran for the office himself, has died, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. He was 85.
  • Actor Corey Haim is pictured in this photograph.
  • This Nov. 8, 1972 file photo shows Los Angeles Rams' defensive tackle Merlin Olsen signing autographs in Los Angeles. Olsen, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor, died Wednesday night, March 10, 2010, at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 69.
  • In this May 22, 1996 file photo, actor Peter Graves says he wasn't asked to portray his signature role in the film remake of ``Mission Impossible,'' the big-budget movie starring Tom Cruise.
  • Actor Fess Parker is pictured in this photograph.  Parker died March 18th at the age of 85.
  • This May 5, 2002 file photo shows Robert Culp arriving at NBC's 75th anniversary celebration in New York. Culp, the versatile actor who teamed with Bill Cosby in the groundbreaking comedy-adventure TV series "I Spy" and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," died
  •  This March 16, 1988 file photo shows Jaime Escalante teaching math at Garfield High School, in Los Angeles. Escalante was the teacher on which the character in the movie "Stand and Deliver" was based. Escalante died March 30, 2010. He was 79.
  • In a July 7, 1983 photo, actor John Forsythe, poses during an interview in Los Angeles, Ca.
  • Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, speaks at the Mobilizing Rural Communities Conference sponsored by Northern Plains Initiative Thursday October 8, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Grand in Billings.
  • In this Sept. 8, 2007 photo, actress Dixie Carter arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. "Designing Women" actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, has died. She was 70.
  • In this Jan 26, 2010 file photo Polish President Lech Kaczynski is seen at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
  • In a Monday, May 8, 2006 file photo, Dr. Benjamin Hooks smiles during a news conference in St. Louis.
  • In this April 3, 2008 file photo, former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates attends the movie premiere of "Street Kings" in Los Angeles.
  • In this June 4, 2009 file photo, Chair and President Emerita of National Council of Negro Women Dr Dorothy Height speaks during the Uncommon Height Gala honoring Oprah Winfrey in Washington D.C.
  • In this Sept. 30, 2009, file photo, Juan Antonio Samaranch, former IOC President, attends a press conference of the Madrid bid team in Copenhagen. Samaranch died Wednesday April 21, 2010, at a hospital in Barcelona, Spain. He was 89.
  • In this Nov. 24, 2008 file photo, actress Lynn Redgrave attends the premiere of "Australia" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
  • In this file photo from Feb. 1991, Gov. Walter J. Hickel is shown in Alaska. Hickel, who was Richard Nixon's interior secretary until he was fired after criticizing the handling of Vietnam protests, died May 7, 2010 in Anchorage.. He was 90.
  • Actress and singer Lena Horne is pictured in this photograph.  Horne died May 9th in Manhattan at the age of 92.
  • Ronnie James Dio arrives for the premiere of the movie "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, in Los Angeles.
  • Art Linkletter poses for a photo Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at his office in Los Angeles.
  • In this Feb. 26, 2008 file photo, actor Gary Coleman appears on the the NBC "Today" program in New York.
  • In this June 10, 2009 file photo, Dennis Hopper walks the red carpet during CineVegas's opening night and world movie premiere of "Saint John of Las Vegas" at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas.
  • Stage and TV star Rue McClanahan is pictured in this photograph.  McClanahan died June 3rd at the age of 76.
  • In this Dec. 9, 2005, file photo, former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden listens during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif.
  • In this April 2, 1964 file photo, Jimmy Dean smiles while he gets ready for a taping of his show "The Jimmy Dean Show" in the New York studio. Dean, a country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand, died on Sunday June
  • Portuguese author Jose Saramago during the presentation his new book "Cain" Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in Lisbon.
  • Former NBA basketball star Manute Bol poses for a photograph at the Sunrise Sudan headquarters June 9, 2008, in Lenexa, Kan.
  • Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., speaks Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, upon winning his ninth term in Charleston, W.Va. Byrd defeated John Raese.
  • New York Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard pauses from his work for a photograph before the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, Friday, April 21, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in New York.
  • Harvey Pekar is your American Idol.
  • New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner waves to fans in Tampa, Fla., in this Feb. 17, 2004 file photo.
  • CBS television reporter Daniel Schorr is shown in a 1957 file photo. Veteran reporter-commentator Daniel Schorr, whose hard-hitting reporting for CBS got him on President Richard Nixon's notorious "enemies list" in the 1970s, has died. He was 93.
  • Actress Patricia Neal is shown during an interview in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, April 21, 2008.
  • In this Sept. 19, 2008 file photo, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, answers a question during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • In this Sept. 14, 1976 file photo, Edwin Newman, an NBC commentator and moderator for the first Ford Carter debate sits in his New York office.
  • Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln performs during Jazz at Lincoln Center's Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert, in New York, September  17, 2005.
  • From left, New York Giants' Bobby Thomson, Larry Jansen and Sal Maglie celebrate their win over the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the National League pennant, at the Polo Grounds in New York.
  • Comedian Robert Schimmel
  • American singer Eddie Fisher is seen at the Savoy in London, England in this Aug. 17, 1954 file photo.
  • U.S. director Arthur Penn waves during a photo-call at the 57th International Film Festival Berlin 'Berlinale' in Berlin on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007.
  • Actor Tony Curtis is shown in this 1965 file photo. Curtis, whose real name was Bernard Schwartz, was perhaps most known for his comedic turn in Billy Wilder's 'Some Like It Hot' with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon has died.
  • Solomon Burke, the king of rock and soul - a title that Burke has embraced ever since a Baltimore disc jockey is said to have hung it on him in 1964 - poses in his red velvet throne in his Los Angeles home in this April 21, 2005 file photo.
  • In this Dec. 5, 2004 file photo, Soprano Joan Sutherland arrives for the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
  • In this Sept. 22, 1986 file photo, actress Barbara Billingsley poses next to a portrait of her television family, from "Leave It To Beaver."
  • In this Feb. 19, 1990 file photo, actor Tom Bosley, poses during an interview in Los Angeles.
  • In this May 14, 1982 file photo, Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione poses in his New York mansion with an over-sized gavel his daughter gave him after he was victorious in a California court battle.
  • In this July 12, 1960 file photo, Theodore Sorenson tabulates potential roll call votes in the headquarters of Sen. John F. Kennedy in Los Angeles.
  • In this 1974 file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson looks on during baseball spring training.
  • Jill Clayburgh, star of "Dirty Sexy Money" poses for photographers on the red carpet during the arrivals of ABC's 2007-2008 preview in New York, Tuesday, May 15, 2007.
  • In this Jan. 20, 1984 file photo, film producer Dino De Laurentiis is shown in Los Angeles. De Laurentiis, a film impresario and producer of "Serpico," "Barbarella" and "Death Wish," died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.
  • New Jersey Devils coach Pat Burns pauses as he reads a statement during a news conference that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer Sunday, April 18, 2004, in East Rutherford, N.J.
  • In this March 7, 1954, file photo, New York Yankees' Gil McDougald poses for a photo in St. Petersburg, Fla. McDougald, an All-Star infielder who helped the Yankees win five World Series championships during the 1950s, has died. He was 82.
  • When Leslie Nielsen, shown in this November 1991 file photo, first started his acting career, people tended to take him seriously but he knew that he could be a bumbling nitwit.
  • In this 1971, file photo, Chicago Cubs infielder Ron Santo is shown in Scottsdale, Ariz. Santo, widely regarded as one of the best players never to gain induction into the Hall of Fame, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer. He was 70.
  • Restaurateur Elaine Kaufman is pictured in this photograph.  Kaufman died December 3rd at 81.
  • This undated handout provided by the NFL shows Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith. Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Santa Fe, N.M., He was 72.
  • Elizabeth Edwards greets members after arriving for a speech at the City Club in Cleveland, Monday, March 26, 2007. Edwards, the wife of former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, spoke about her battle with cancer.
  • Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at the Clinton Presidential Library, Thursday, April 12, 2007, in Little Rock, Ark.
  • IN this March, 1959, file photo, Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller is shown at spring training baseball. Feller, whose powerful right arm earned him the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of baseball's greatest pitchers during a Hall of Fame career with the Indians, has died.
  • Filmmaker Blake Edwards holds up the honorary Oscar he received from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during the 76th annual Academy Awards telecast Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, in Los Angeles.
  • Teena Marie, also known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul"

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