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Published: 4/27/2015
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Vicki Sue Robinson (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Vicki Sue Robinson will always have a place in the hearts of dance music fans, thanks to her irresistible single "Turn the Beat Around." Before she entered the disco scene, Robinson was an accomplished Broadway actress, making her debut at age 16 in Hair. She would go on to appear in Soon, alongside Broadway legend Nell Carter and future Hollywood star Richard Gere, and later in Jesus Christ Superstar. She also appeared in several films, the last of which, Red Lipstick, opened just 11 days before her death in 2000. We remember Robinson's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2012: Bill "Moose" Skowron, U.S. Major League Baseball first baseman mostly for the New York Yankees who was an eight-time All-Star and who won five World Series titles, dies at 81.

Moose Skowron (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)Skowron became a star first baseman with the Yankees and went on to appear in eight All-Star games over six seasons. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called him "an integral part of the wonderful Yankee teams of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. He was a wonderful storyteller and an important link to a great era in baseball history." Read more

 

 

2011: Marian Mercer, U.S. actress who was a regular on The Dom DeLuise Show, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters and It's a Living, dies at 75.

Marian Mercer (AP Photo)Besides her 1969 Broadway hit Promises, Promises, Mercer won praise for the 1978 revival of Stop the World, I Want To Get Off co-starring Sammy Davis Jr. On television, she starred in the ABC-TV comedy It's a Living from 1980 to 1982. She also had roles on St. ElsewhereMary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Love, American Style. Read more

 

 

 

2002: Ruth Handler, U.S. businesswoman who was the president of Mattel and created the Barbie doll, dies at 85.

Ruth Handler (Wikimedia Commons)Though it seems hard to believe now given the ubiquity of Barbie and similar dolls, before the 1950s nearly all dolls marketed to girls were cherub-faced and designed with infant or toddler proportions. Handler, watching her own daughter play, noticed that she liked to pretend her dolls were actually adults. Read more

 

 

 

2000: Vicki Sue Robinson, U.S. singer and actress who was on Broadway in Hair and had a disco hit with "Turn the Beat Around," dies at 45.

1999: Al Hirt, U.S. trumpeter and bandleader who was remembered best for his hit song "Java" and for the theme song to The Green Hornet, dies at 76.

1997: Paul Lambert, U.S. character actor who appeared in hundreds of TV shows including Quincy, M.E., Trapper John, M.D. and Hogan's Heroes, dies at 74.

1996: William Colby, U.S. director of the CIA from 1973 until 1976, dies at 76.

1982: Tom Tully, U.S. actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Caine Mutiny, dies at 73.

1977: Scott Bradley, U.S. composer known for scoring the Tom and Jerry cartoons, dies at 85.

1977: Stanley Adams, U.S. actor known best for playing Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," dies at 62.

1970: Arthur Shields, Irish actor who appeared in several John Ford movies, including The Quiet Man opposite John Wayne, dies at 74.

1965: Edward R. Murrow, U.S. broadcast journalist known for his radio news reporting during World War II and for producing news reports that led to the censure of U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, dies at 57.

1961: Roy Del Ruth, U.S. movie director whose films include Blonde Crazy and The Babe Ruth Story, dies at 67.

1932: Hart Crane, U.S. poet who is considered one of the most influential poets of his generation and is known best for his work "The Bridge," commits suicide at 32.

1882: Ralph Waldo Emerson, U.S. essayist and poet who was known as a pioneer of individualism, dies at 78.

1521: Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer who set out on an expedition to circumnavigate Earth and prove it is round, is killed in the Philippines during the trip at either 40 or 41. Others in his crew finished the journey, proving the earth is round.

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