Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95 on November 12.
As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who enthralled generations of young readers. Lee was widely credited with adding a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes.
Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood s most popular actors as he starred in such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit in the 1970s and 80s, died at age 82 on September 6. At the peak of his career, Reynolds was one of the most bankable actors in the film industry, reeling off a series of box-office smashes until a career downturn in the mid-1980s. He rebounded in 1997 with an Oscar nomination for his supporting role as a porn director in Paul Thomas Anderson s Boogie Nights - a role Reynolds despised - and won an Emmy for his role in the 1990-1994 television series Evening Shade. With his trademark mustache, rugged looks and macho aura, Reynolds was a leading male sex symbol of the 1970s.
Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the Superman films in the 1970s and 1980s, died at the age of 69 on May 13. Canadian-born Kidder appeared in more than 70 movies and TV shows, including The Great Waldo Pepper, The Amityville Horror and the 2014 children s TV series RL Stine s The Haunting Hour, for which she won an Emmy award. Kidder began her acting career in her 20s and shot to international fame playing the intrepid reporter Lois Lane in 1978 s Superman, opposite Christopher Reeve, and others.
Actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood s first female superstar, died at the age of 54 on February 24. Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, she started acting at age four, appearing in several Tamil films in the 60 s and 70 s, and eventually dropping out of school for a career in the movies. She acted in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films, making her presence felt performing alongside leading men such as Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, whose 1972 movie Last Tango in Paris shocked audiences with a notorious sex scene that came back to haunt him in his later years, died on November 26 at the age of 77. The Oscars-winning maker is most known for his films like The Last Emperor , Last Tango, and 1900, Born in Parma in central Italy, Bertolucci was the son of poet and film critic Attilio Bertolucci.
French singer Charles Aznavour, who stole the hearts of millions with decades of haunting love songs, died aged 94 on October 1. The singer, who sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries, began his career peddling his words and music to the Paris boulevardiers of the 40s and 50s - Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Trenet.
Trinidad-born British author VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, died on August 11 aged 85. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who began writing in the 1950s, won numerous coveted literary awards during his career during which he wrote critically acclaimed novels such as A House for Mr Biswas , In a Free State and A Bend in the River