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Milestones: Some of Those Who Left Us in 2007

Michael Brecker, 57. Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist from Cheltenham. Jan. 13.

Art Buchwald, 81. Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington humorist. Jan. 17.

Sidney Sheldon, 89. Playwright, screenwriter and novelist (The Other Side of Midnight.) Jan. 30.

Molly Ivins, 62. Liberal columnist. Jan. 31.

Gian Carlo Menotti, 95. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Amahl and the Night Visitors). Feb. 1.

Barbara McNair (right), 72. Pioneering black singer-actress; had her own TV variety show. Feb. 4.


Nicole Smith (right), 39. Model and actress.

Feb. 8.

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 89. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Kennedy administration "court philosopher." Feb. 28.

Betty Hutton, 86. Singer-actress who brought a brassy vitality to Hollywood musicals. March 11.

Luther Ingram, 69. R&B singer and songwriter. March 19.

Calvert DeForest, 85. Played Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's TV shows. March 19.

Sol LeWitt, 78. Abstract painter, sculptor. April 8.

Kurt Vonnegut, 84. Novelist who captured the absurdity of the world. April 11.

Roscoe Lee Browne, 81. Emmy-winning actor. April 11.

Don Ho, 76. Hawaiian crooner ("Tiny Bubbles"). April 14.

James B. Davis Sr. (right), 90. Founded Philadel- phia gospel group the Dixie Humming-birds. April 17.

David Halberstam, 73. Journalist who wrote a towering study of the Vietnam War. April 23.

Mstislav Rostropovich, 80. Cellist who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents. April 27.

Ousmane Sembène, 84. The father of Senegalese cinema. June 9.

Liz Claiborne (above), 78. Designer whose styles became a cornerstone of career women's wardrobes. June 26.

Beverly Sills, 78. Opera diva with a dazzling voice, bubbly personality. July 2.

Tammy Faye Messner, 65. Helped then-husband Jim Bakker build an evangelism empire that later collapsed. July 20.

Tom Snyder, 71. Late-late-night TV talk show host. July 29.

Ingmar Bergman (above), 87. Swedish filmmaker. July 30.

Michelangelo Antonioni, 94. Italian film director. July 30.

Lee Hazlewood, 78. Singer, songwriter. Aug. 4.

Merv Griffin, 82. Singer-turned-TV-host-turned impresario. Aug. 12.

Max Roach, 83. Jazz drummer whose rhythmic innovations defined bebop. Aug. 16.

Luciano Pavarotti (above), 71. Opera superstar hailed as "king of the high C's." Sept. 6.

Madeleine L'Engle, 88. Author who captivated children with A Wrinkle in Time. Sept. 6.

Jane Wyman, 90. Oscar-winning actress and Ronald Reagan's first wife. Sept. 10.

Joe Zawinul, 75. Jazz keyboardist and a creator of jazz-rock fusion. Sept 11.

Marcel Marceau, 84. French master of pantomime. Sept. 22.

Sri Chinmoy, 76. Indian-born spiritual leader. Oct. 11.

Deborah Kerr, 86. Actress who kissed Burt Lancaster on a beach in From Here to Eternity. Oct. 16.

Joey Bishop, 89. South Philly-born TV and nightclub comedian who was a member of the Rat Pack. Oct. 17.

Porter Wagoner, 80. Rhinestone-clad Grand Ole Opry star. Oct. 28.

Robert Goulet, 73. Baritone made Broadway debut in Camelot. Oct. 30.

Norman Mailer (above), 84. The pugnacious prince of American letters. Nov. 10.

Hy Lit (above), 73. One of Philadelphia's hottest DJs during the heyday of rock-and-roll. Nov. 17.

Evel Knievel, 69. Motorcycle daredevil. Nov. 30.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, 79. Avant-garde German composer. Dec. 5.

Ike Turner (above), 76. Rock innovator who teamed with wife Tina Turner. Dec. 12.

Dan Fogelberg, 56. 1970s soft rocker. Dec. 16.

Joel Dorn, 65. Grammy Award- winning producer and DJ from Yeadon. Dec. 17.

Oscar Peterson (left), 82. Jazz pianist. Dec. 23.