In the town of Plain Township in Akron, elementary school students take time out of their day to practice “mindfulness” where they stop to breathe and focus for a second before going about their day. It is very successful and is helping the students a lot. In this time of year, we take the time to be mindful of things we take for granted, and we remember those we have lost of whom affected what we take for granted.
We have lost a lot of people this year that are apart of our most previous memories, and whom contributions have impacted our lives through their gifts. Due to the author not knowing everyone’s contributions, the list is limited to a select few, but nonetheless, we shall remember those whom classic legacies shall remain timeless in our memories.
1. Phyllis Diller- innovative comedienne whose film appearances were legendary as her contributions.
2. Ernest Borgnine- Oscar winning actor for the 1955 film ‘Marty’, also known for his performances in ‘From Here to Eternity’, ‘The Wild Bunch’, and known for his television performances in “McHale’s Navy” and most recently the voice of Mermaidman in “Spongebob Squarepants.”
3. Andy Griffith- Best known as Sgt. Andy Taylor on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Also appeared in film, best performance in ‘A Face In The Crowd.‘
4. Nora Ephron- screenwriter, author, and director of such romantic comedies ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Sleepless In Seattle,’ ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ and ‘Julie & Julia.’ Author of Heartburn, which was made into a film with Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
5. Ann Rutherford- best known as Careen O’Hara in 1939’s ‘Gone With The Wind,’ but also known for her performances in the ‘Andy Hardy’ films.
6. Dick Clark- legendary host of “American Bandstand” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
7. Celeste Holm- Oscar winning actress for the 1947 film ‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ also known for such films like ‘All About Eve’ ‘The Snake Pit,’ and ‘High Society.’
8. Whitney Houston- singer/actress/producer best known for ‘The Bodyguard,’ ‘Waiting To Exhale,’ and ‘The Preacher’s Wife.’ Also produced ‘The Princess Diaries’ starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway in her film debut.
9. Herbert Lom- British actor, well known for his performance as Alec Guinness’ comrade in ‘The Ladykillers.’
10. Marvin Hamlisch- Pulitizer- Prize winning composer for A Chorus Line, who scored many films, most notably, ‘The Way We Were.’
11. Al Freeman Jr.- actor best known for his performance of Elijah Muhammed in 1992’s ‘Malcolm X.’
12. Jack Klugman- best known for his work on the television adaption of “The Odd Couple” and in film, Juror #5 in 1957’s ‘Twelve Angry Men.’
13. Charles Durning- notable character actor who was a decorated WWII veteran who was on Normandy on D-Day, and who brought the same devotion to films like ‘The Sting’ and ‘Tootsie.’
As classic film lovers, we will be forever mindful of these legends. May they rest in peace.