Iconic actress, Gina Lollobrigida, labelled “the most beautiful woman in the world,” has died aged ninety-five.

Lollobrigida was a legend in the world of entertainment. With over sixty years of experience in the film industry, she has captivated audiences with her unforgettable performances.

Her iconic roles include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), Solomon and Sheba (1959), and Come September (1961). Each of these films have been praised for their originality and influential meaning, securing Gina’s place as one of the most acclaimed actors of all time.

The Italian actress and singer enjoyed a long, successful career in Hollywood, sharing the screen with some of the most iconic actors of all time. Among the stars she has worked alongside are Frank Sinatra, Errol Flynn, Rock Hudson and Humphrey Bogart. Her performances have been praised by audiences and critics alike, making her one of the most beloved actresses of her generation.

At the age of ninety, Lollobrigida’s remarkable achievements in her career were recognized when she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

​​She said at the time: “I was moved because I didn’t expect that after so many years, my god, the love is still on. It’s unbelievable.”

Sadly, Lollobrigida isn’t the only star we’ve lost this year. There have been a handful of beloved celebrities we’ve had to say goodbye to already in 2023. 

Lisa Marie Presley

As you may already know,  Lisa Marie tragically died last week, aged just fifty-four after suffering a cardiac arrest. 

Lisa Marie was the only daughter of iconic singer Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. She was born on February 1, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, and has become an international star in her own right. Her debut album, To Whom It May Concern was a smashing success. Released in 2003, the record raced up to the fifth spot on the Billboard charts and earned her a gold certification.

 Jeff Beck

On January 10, the iconic guitarist Jeff Beck passed away at seventy-eight years old after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis. He was recognized as one of the top 5 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and his influence in the music industry will be forever remembered.

Robbie Knievel

On January 13th, the world mourned the loss of legendary stunt performer Robbie Knievel. He was the son of Evel Knievel and was best known for his awe-inspiring motorcycle stunts. He had been bravely battling pancreatic cancer for some time before his untimely passing, aged sixty. His death is a tragic loss to the world, but his legacy will live on in our hearts forever.

Robbie Bachman

Fans of classic rock music were devastated to hear the news of Robbie Bachman’s passing on January 12. The iconic drummer and co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, one of the most successful rock bands in the ’70s, had a profound impact on generations of music lovers around the world. His unique style and drumming abilities helped shape the sound of classic rock for decades to come.

Fred White

The world of music mourned the passing of renowned Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Fred White, who passed away on January 1 at the age of sixty-seven.

White joined the band, which was formed by his brother Verdine White, back in 1974, later helping them create the track Shining Star, which later became Billboard number 1.

Ben Masters

Ben Masters, who starred as billionaire Julian Crane in the long-running TV show Passions, died on January 11 at seventy-five years old, leaving behind a legacy of incredible performances and an unforgettable presence in the world of television. Most notably, he appeared on the big screen in All That Jazz, Key Exchange, Dream Lover, and Making Mr. Right. Masters was known for his versatility and charm, which made him a beloved character to many fans throughout his life. 

Gangsta Boo

The rapper, whose official name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell was found dead on January 1. She was just fourty-three. Mitchell was an esteemed member of Three 6 Mafia, having released six albums with the group. She eventually went on to pursue her solo musical career 2001, releasing three albums. 

Earl Boen

On January 5, Earl Boen, recognized for his renowned performance as Dr. Peter Silberman in the Terminator franchise, passed away at the age of eighty-one in Hawaii. He will be remembered for his outstanding acting skills and voice acting talents alike.

Adam Rich

Adam Rich, who was widely known for his role as Nicholas Bradford in Eight Is Enough, tragically passed away at the age of fifty-four. The actor was found deceased in his Los Angeles residence on January 7.

Carole Cook

On January 11, Carole Cook, a legendary comedic actress and protégé of Lucille Ball, passed away at the age of ninety-eight, just three days before her ninety-ninth birthday.

Cook starred in a handful of films and TV shows during her extensive career, working with her mentor Lucille Ball on The Lucy Show and Here Comes Lucy. She also appeared on The Incredible Mr. Limpet, American Gigolo, and Sixteen Candles.

Tatjana Patitz 

On January 11, news broke of the passing of Tatjana Patitz, the German-born supermodel who graced the cover of Vogue six times. She was just fifty-six. Patitz was renowned for her work with fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, and Donna Karan, and will remain an iconic figure in the modeling industry.

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of all those we’ve lost this year.

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