Also: child actor John Howard Davies (David Lean’s Oliver Twist), Charles Chaplin discovery Marilyn Nash (Monsieur Verdoux), director and Oscar ceremony producer Gilbert Cates (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, I Never Sang for My Father), veteran Japanese actress Hideko Takamine (House of Many Pleasures), Jeff Conaway of Grease and the television series Taxi, and Tura Satana of the cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!.
More: Neva Patterson, who loses Cary Grant to Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember; Ingmar Bergman cinematographer Gunnar Fischer (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries); Marlon Brando’s The Wild One leading lady Mary Murphy; and two actresses featured in controversial, epoch-making films: Lena Nyman, the star of the Swedish drama I Am Curious (Yellow), labeled as pornography by prudish American authorities back in the late ’60s, and another Brando leading lady, Maria Schneider, the star of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, deemed pornographic by prudes everywhere in the early ’70s.
More: Oscar winner Cliff Robertson (Picnic, Autumn Leaves, The Best Man, Charly, Obsession), later of Spider-Man fame; Margaret Field, the star of The Man from Planet X and mother of Sally Field; the recently deceased Harry Morgan of TV’s MASH fame; actor John Wood (The Madness of King George); composer John Barry (Born Free, Diamonds Are Forever); actor John Neville (Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Terror); and David Nelson (Peyton Place, The Big Circus, Cry-Baby) of TV’s The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet fame.
And daring, iconoclastic filmmaker Ken Russell (The Boy Friend, Tommy, The Devils, Women in Love, Altered States); two-time Oscar nominated director Peter Yates (Bullitt, The Dresser, Breaking Away); screenwriter and playwright Arthur Laurents, among whose film credits include Bonjour Tristesse, whose Broadway musicals include Gypsy and West Side Story, and who was at one point the lover of fellow 2011 departed Farley Granger; stage and sometime film actress Jill Haworth (In Harm’s Way, Exodus), who originated Cabaret’s Sally Bowles on Broadway; and veteran British actor Michael Gough, whose career went from a supporting role in Julien Duvivier’s Anna Karenina, starring Vivien Leigh, to providing the voice for the Dodo Bird in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Gough also found time to play Alfred Pennyworth in Burton’s Batman, Batman Returns and a couple more sequels.
And finally, marking the end of an era, silent film actresses Miriam Seegar (When Knights Were Bold, Seven Keys to Baldpate) and Barbara Kent (Lonesome, Flesh and the Devil). (Curiously, TCM missed out on another silent film performer who died twice, the last time in Nov. 2010: Eva von Berne, whose — actual — death was reported in early 2011.) Seegar and Kent were the last two (relatively well-known) leading ladies in English-language silent films.
Perhaps it’s only a mere coincidence that 2011 is also the year a silent movie — that’s Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist — made a cultural splash. But then again, perhaps not.