As I like to do at the end of every year, here are some of the people we said goodbye to in 2007. (With great appreciation to the New York Times for the comprehensive list.)
Vincent Sardi Jr., 91, famed Broadway restaurateur, owner of the landmark theater district hangout bearing his name.
Yvonne De Carlo, 84, played Lily on “The Munsters.”
Carlo Ponti, 94, film producer.
Alice Coltrane, 69, jazz pianist, spiritual leader and wife of John Coltrane.
Michael Brecker, 57, prolific jazz saxophonist.
Art Buchwald, 81, newspaper humorist.
Denny Doherty, 66, Mamas and Papas singer.
E. Howard Hunt, 88, agent who organized Watergate break-in during the Nixon administration.
Father Robert Drinan, 86, anti-war Congressman.
Molly Ivins, 62, Texas political columnist.
Sidney Sheldon, 89, stage and screenwriter, author of steamy novels, producer of “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Barbara McNair, 72, actress, singer and television personality.
Anna Nicole Smith, 39, famous for being famous.
Hank Bauer, 84, World Series star.
Ray Evans, 92, lyricist of hit songs from movies.
Joseph E. Gallo, 87, winemaker who left the family empire to build his own cheese business.
Dennis Johnson, 52, N.B.A. defensive wizard who played 14 seasons with three teams and took two to championships.
Arthur Schlesinger, 89, historian of power.
Thomas F. Eagleton, 77, George McGovern’s running mate for 18 days.
Betty Hutton, 86, film star of ’40s and ’50s.
Ernie Ladd, 68, hall of famer in football and pro wrestling.
Bowie Kuhn, 80, former baseball commissioner, during the onset of the free agent era.
Calvert DeForest, 85, Larry (Bud) Melman on “Letterman.”
Eddie Robinson, 88, legendary head football coach at Grambling for more than 55 years.
Barry Nelson, 86, Broadway and film actor.
Kurt Vonnegut, 84, novelist who caught the imagination of his age.
Don Ho, 76, entertainer who defined the Hawaiian image.
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 96, actress, singer and arts advocate.
David Halberstam, 73, Vietnam reporter and author.
Boris N. Yeltsin, 76, first freely elected leader of Russia.
Jack Valenti, 85, confidant to presidents Kennedy and Johnson and head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Tom Poston, 85, comic actor on stage, screen and television, famous for work on “The Steve Allen Show” and “Newhart.”
Tommy Newsom, 78, jazz saxophonist and arranger, member of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” orchestra.
Walter M. Schirra Jr., 84, one of the Original 7 Mercury astronauts.
Jerry Falwell, 73, mixed religion and conservative politics.
Charles Nelson Reilly, 76, Tony-winning comic actor, later known for appearing on popular tv game shows. One of the first openly gay performers to grace the airwaves.
Clete Boyer, 70, Yankee third baseman on five consecutive pennant winning teams in the 1960’s.
Jim Clark, 84, segregationist sheriff in Selma, Alabama in the 1950’s and ‘60’s who violently defended Jim Crow laws.
Don Herbert, 89, television’s “Mr. Wizard” to science buffs.
Kurt Waldheim, 88, former U.N. chief.
Liz Claiborne, 78, designer who founded a fashion empire.
Joel Siegel, 63, longtime ABC movie critic.
Beverly Sills, 78, opera singer, arts administrator and all-American diva, she made opera accessible to the masses.
Lady Bird Johnson, 94, wife of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who described her as “the brains and money of this family”.
Tammy Faye Bakker, 65, emotive televangelist, who along with husband Jim, was the original host of “The 700 Club”.
Ingmar Bergman, 89, Swedish filmmaker considered one of the greatest directors of all time.
Tom Snyder, 71, pioneer of late-night television.
Bill Walsh, 75, coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl Championships and invented the West Coast Offense.
Merv Griffin, 82, nightclub singer who became a television innovator and producer of “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”.
Phil Rizzuto, 89, Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop turned broadcaster who spent 53 years with the organization. Beloved by New York sports fans.
Max Roach, 83, master of modern jazz, he reinvented drumming.
Carolyn Goodman, 91, civil rights champion and mother of Andrew Goodman, who along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi in 1964..
Michael Deaver, 69, shaped President Ronald Reagan’s image and worked the puppet strings throughout his administration.
Leona Helmsley, 87, hotel queen who gained notoriety for her nasty treatment of employees.
Butch van Breda Kolff, 84, fiery basketball coach.
Richard Jewell, 44, mistakenly accused in the Atlanta Olympic bombing in 1996, the episode would ruin his life.
Luciano Pavarotti, 71, leading operatic tenor of his generation.
Miyoshi Umeki, 78, first Asian performer to win an Oscar in her first Hollywood film “Sayonara” in 1957.
Jane Wyman, 90, star of film and TV, she was the first wife of President Ronald Reagan.
Joe Zawinul, 75, jazz fusion pioneer.
Marcel Marceau, 84, renowned mime.
Al Oerter, 71, Olympic discus champion.
George Grizzard, 79, actor noted for performing in the plays of Edward Albee.
Joey Bishop, 89, comedian and television performer, he was the last surviving member of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack.
Adm. William Crowe, 82, led Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Reagan Administration.
Deborah Kerr, 86, actress of Hollywood’s golden age who’s sultry role in the film “From Here to Eternity” changed her on-screen persona.
Robert Goulet, 73, actor and singer, he played Lancelot in the original Broadway production of “Camelot.”
Paul W. Tibbets Jr., 92, pilot of Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the final days of World War II.
Norman Mailer, 84, towering writer with matching ego who burst on the scene in 1948 with the book “The Naked and The Dead.”
Ian Smith, 88, defiant white leader of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) who once proclaimed white rule in Africa would endure 1,000 years.
Sean Taylor, 24, Washington Redskins safety, on his way to a Pro Bowl season before being murdered in his own home by burglars.
Bill Willis, 86, guard with the Cleveland Browns, who helped break the color barrier in pro football in 1946.
Henry J. Hyde, 83, powerful House Republican who led impeachment of Clinton.
Roger B. Smith, 82, led General Motors in turbulent times, subject of Michael Moore’s documentary “Roger & Me”.
Evel Knievel, 69, legendary daredevil and last of a breed of exhibitionists who performed seemingly for the shear thrill of it.
Ike Turner, 76, R&B singer and former husband of Tina Turner, whose talents as a musician were eclipsed by his reputation as an abusive spouse.
Dan Fogelberg, 56, soft-rock star in the 70s.
Michael Kidd, choreographer for Broadway and Hollywood.
Benazir Bhutto, 54, former prime minister of Pakistan.