May 10, 1947-Jan. 7, 2021
“Police Academy” star Marion Ramsey — who famously played Officer Laverne Hooks in the beloved comedies — died at the age of 73 on Jan. 7.
Deezer D (Dearon Thompson)
March 10, 1965-Jan. 7, 2021
Oct. 15, 1955-Jan. 4, 2021
Actress and model Tanya Roberts — known for her roles as Midge in “That ’70s Show” and a Bond Girl in 1985’s “A View to Kill” — died on Jan. 4, one day after her publicist mistakenly announced her death prematurely. The 65-year-old passed peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she’d been hospitalized since Christmas Eve after collapsing at her home following a hike.
Feb. 13, 1932-Jan. 4, 2021
Barbara Shelley — the British horror film icon known as the “Queen of Hammer” for her work in 1950s and 1960s Hammer Horror films — died on Jan. 4 at the age of 88. According to her agent, the actress had contracted COVID-19, but, “It wasn’t the COVID that took her, she had underlying issues.”
June 1, 1945-Jan. 2, 2021
Kerry Vincent, a celebrated cake artist and judge on the “Food Network Challenge,” died at the age of 75 on Jan. 2. She had been battling an undisclosed illness.