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Notable deaths in 2017

Francine York

August 26, 1936 – January 6, 2017

York was an actress with more than 100 film and TV credits including "The Doll Squad," "The Family Man" and "Days of Our Lives." Francine's first big break came when Jerry Lewis cast her in his film "It's Only Money", in which she played a tantalizing sexpot, a role which brought her a tremendous amount of publicity. This led to Lewis hiring her for five more of his films, including "The Nutty Professor."

One of Francine's other favorite roles was that of high-class prostitute and blackmailer Lorraine Temple on Days of Our Lives


Tommy Allsup

November 24, 1931 – January 11, 2017

Allsup was the guitarist best known for missing the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper on "The Day the Music Died." Allsup lost a fateful coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959.

Allsup was he last surviving member of Buddy Holly's "touring" Crickets for the 1959 Winter Dance Party.


Gene Cernan

March 14, 1934 – January 16, 2017

Cernan was the last U.S. astronaut to walk on the moon. On Apollo 17, Cernan became the eleventh person to walk on the Moon and, as the last man to re-enter the Lunar Module.
He traveled into space three times: as Pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966, as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969, and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. 

 


Miguel Ferrer

February 7, 1955 – January 19, 2017

Ferrer was known for acting in "Twin Peaks," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "RoboCop."

He was the son of actor José Ferrer and singer Rosemary Clooney.


Mary Tyler Moore

December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017

The iconic actress best known for roles on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Moore was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Due to her roles on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which her characters often broke from stereotypical images of women and pushed gender norms, Moore became a cultural icon and served as an inspiration for many younger actresses, professional women, and feminists.

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