Albert Maysles, the Documentarian Behind Grey Gardens, Has Passed Away

Renowned documentarian Albert Maysles, whose works include Salesman and the Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter, passed away Thursday night at 88. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his most famous documentary Grey Gardens, a strange and intimate look inside the lives of famed eccentrics Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale… » 3/06/15 2:00pm 3/06/15 2:00pm

Rest In Party, Lesley Gore (1946-2015) 

Here's to crying when you want to. The AP reports that Lesley Gore died of cancer today at NYU Langone Medical Center at the age of 68, leaving behind her long-term partner Lois Sasson. » 2/16/15 4:00pm 2/16/15 4:00pm

Colleen McCullough, Author of The Thorn Birds, Has Died at 77

Author Colleen McCullough has died at 77. Her multi-part "Masters of Rome" saga has been much praised, but it's The Thorn Birds she'll be remembered for. » 1/29/15 2:45pm 1/29/15 2:45pm

Obit of Bess Myerson Is a Vivid, Splashy Must-Read

Bess Myerson, public servant, presidential advisor, and the first and only Jewish Miss America, died on December 14th at the age of 90. The New York Times released an obituary Monday, reigniting public interest in a woman who lived loudly despite the traps of disadvantage—economic, religious, gender—that sought to… » 1/06/15 1:45pm 1/06/15 1:45pm

Sabah, Taboo-Busting Lebanese Icon of Stage and Screen, Dies at 87

Sabah, the Lebanese legend whose prolific singing and acting career lasted over 70 years, passed away at home in Beirut Wednesday morning, aged 87. She was, according to Beirut's Daily Star, "the first Arab singer to perform at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Piccadilly Theater in London and Sydney… » 11/26/14 4:30pm 11/26/14 4:30pm

Mike Nichols, the acclaimed director behind such iconic films as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Graduate, passed away late Wednesday night. Let's celebrate his legacy by reading The Cut's tribute to Mrs. Robinson, one of the most fascinatingly complicated characters to ever appear in a Nichols movie (or any… » 11/20/14 3:10pm 11/20/14 3:10pm

Jane Byrne has died, Chicago's first—and to date, only—female mayor. She was 81. Byrne served from 1979 to 1983, and was a reformer in a number of other important ways, appointing the first black superintendent, proclaiming the city's first Gay Pride parade, and passing the first ordinance to ban the possession of… » 11/14/14 1:20pm 11/14/14 1:20pm

In a statement, Robin Williams' wife Susan Schneider has revealed that Williams learned he had Parkinson's Disease shortly before his death. "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet… » 8/14/14 2:40pm 8/14/14 2:40pm

Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Models, Dies at 92

Eileen Ford, former model and co-founder of the famous modeling agency Ford Models with her husband Jerry, died Wednesday at the age of 92. » 7/10/14 4:40pm 7/10/14 4:40pm

Maya Angelou Has Died At 86

Maya Angelou, the legendary, brilliant, and matchless American author, civil rights activist, director, educator, speaker, performer, and poet whose career has spanned five decades, has passed away at age 86. » 5/28/14 9:27am 5/28/14 9:27am

Groundbreaking Pin-Up Photographer Bunny Yeager Has Died

Pin-up photographer and former model Bunny Yeager – who was best known for her Playboy centerfold of Bettie Page – died this weekend. She was 85. » 5/27/14 5:00pm 5/27/14 5:00pm

Adrianne Wadewitz, an important and rare figure in the world of Wikipedia editors and a scholar of 18th-century British literature, died earlier this month from head injuries sustained during a rock climbing fall. According to Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wadewitz – who worked on the… » 4/18/14 7:15pm 4/18/14 7:15pm

Gabriel García Márquez, the author of famed, beautiful books such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died. Márquez, who was recently hospitalized for pneumonia and other health issues, was 87. » 4/17/14 4:30pm 4/17/14 4:30pm

Great Obit Celebrates Widow's Newfound Freedom to Buy a Mink Coat

Not only was Walter George Bruhl Jr. likely a lovely person, he was the kind of person that surrounded himself with people who have great senses of humor – plus he knew how to write a good obit. » 3/12/14 12:20pm 3/12/14 12:20pm

Times Obit Writers Far Prefer Dudes' Deaths

Still upset about that lack of gender equality in book reviews? Consider this more frightening and fundamental imbalance: so far in the month of August, the NYT has published 78 obituaries. And only six of them were for women. » 8/30/10 6:06pm 8/30/10 6:06pm