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Published: 3/13/2015
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Maureen Stapleton (ABC Photo Archives/ABC/Getty Images)

Maureen Stapleton is well-known for her work in films like Bye Bye Birdie and Airport, as well as her frank admission about her struggles with alcoholism and anxiety throughout her career. Despite her personal struggles, she took home enough award statuettes to fill a mantel and spent decades slowly building up a body of work that includes more than a few cinematic gems. We remember Stapleton's life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2013: Malachi Throne, U.S. actor who appeared in guest roles in many TV series including the role of False Face on Batman, dies at 84.

2011: Rick Martin, Canadian left winger for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres who scored 50 goals in a season twice and was part of the famed French Connection line, dies at 59.

Rick Martin (AP Photo)Martin was selected fifth overall by the Sabres in the 1971 draft and made an impact on the team the following season, when he scored what was then an NHL rookie-record 44 goals. From LaSalle, Quebec, Richard (Rick) Lionel Martin played left wing on a line, centered by Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert, that eventually was dubbed the French Connection. He spent 10-plus seasons with Buffalo before a severe knee injury cut short his career during a game against Washington in November 1980. Read more


2009: Betsy Blair, U.S. actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film Marty, dies at 85.

Betsy Blair (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Blair was a rising star in 1940s Hollywood but was blacklisted for her leftist political views and saw her work dry up in the 1950s. With Gene Kelly's intervention, she did manage to land the role of Clara Snyder, Ernest Borgnine's love interest in the 1955 film Marty, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination. Read more



2006: Peter Tomarken, U.S. game show host known best as the host of Press Your Luck, dies at 63. Read more

2006: Robert C. Baker, U.S. inventor and Cornell University professor who invented the chicken nugget, dies at 84.

2006: Maureen Stapleton, U.S. actress who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie Reds, dies at 80.

Stapleton's TV and film appearances were limited, compared to her incredibly prolific theater career, but she still managed to turn in award-winning performances. She picked up an Emmy for Truman Capote's 1967 television movie Among the Paths of Eden, and won an Oscar for Reds in 1982. It was her fourth nomination, more than 20 years after her first nomination in 1959. Read more



1999: Garson Kanin, U.S. writer and director who co-wrote many movies with his wife, Ruth Gordon, including Adam's Rib, dies at 86.

1999: Lee Falk, U.S. cartoonist who created the comic books The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, dies at 87.

1998: Judge Dread, English musician who was the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica and had numerous hit songs in England, dies at 52.

1996: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Polish film director known internationally for his films The Decalogue and The Double Life of Veronique, dies at 54.

1995: Leon Day, U.S. baseball pitcher who was a star of the Negro Leagues and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, dies at 78.

1994: Danny Barker, U.S. banjo and guitar player who played with Cab Calloway, dies at 85.

1991: Jimmy McPartland, U.S. jazz cornetist who was one of the originators of Chicago jazz and was one of the greats of jazz, dies at 83.

1988: Olive Carey, U.S. actress who appeared in many TV series including Dennis the Menace, dies at 92.

1973: Stacy Harris, U.S. actor who appeared in hundreds of movies and TV series including Dragnet and Perry Mason, dies at 54.

1938: Clarence S. Darrow, U.S. lawyer known for his defense in the Leopold and Loeb case and the Scopes Monkey Trial, dies at 80.

1925: Lucille Ricksen, U.S. film actress who was a child star during the silent era, dies of tuberculosis at 14.

1906: Susan B. Anthony, U.S. suffragist who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement, dies at 86.

Susan B. Anthony (Wikimedia Commons)Anthony was a leader in the women's suffrage movement, and it was this work for women's rights that brought her the honor of being pictured on U.S. currency and postage stamps. But she wasn't a single-issue activist. Less famous, but no less important to her, was her work promoting stronger liquor laws through the temperance movement. As she worked on this issue, it helped shape and inform her later involvement in other social reform movements like women's suffrage. Read more

1901: Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, dies at 67.

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