October 16, 2009
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Entertainment industry bids fond farewell to famous figures

by Niharika Pendurthi,staff writer


Billy Mays
illustration by Ben Jones
Michael Jackson

Summer 2009 marked its place in the history of entertainment as a goodbye to many of the celebrities that left very big impressions on the culture of not just the United States of America, but the entire world. From the king of pop to the man with the million dollar checks; Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Ed McMahon, and Patrick Swayze are only a few of the great people who ultimately gave our world a new definition to each of their specialties, along with some very big shoes to fill.

The most recent departer was Patrick Swayze, whose filmography began in 1979 and stretched all the way up until his pancreatic cancer made it unable for him to continue with his work. However, the Patrick Swayze America knows is the suave dance instructor from Baby’s (Jennifer Grey) summer vacation spot in the iconic film, Dirty Dancing. Through this film Swayze’s line, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” came to act as a popular platitude that is still used today. However, perhaps his most notorious role was in the 1990’s film, Ghost, with Demi Moore bringing in about $500 million and earning Swayze a nomination for a Golden Globe award.

Ultimately, Michael Jackson made his mark as the most successful entertainer of all time after earning 13 Grammy awards and between 350 million to 750 million worldwide record sales.

Also with countless nominations for Golden Globes, Farrah Fawcett passed away also due to cancer on June 25th, 2009 in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Santa Monica, near her home.

Fawcett is known as one of the three original Charlie’s Angels. Fawcett played Jill Munroe, a beautiful blonde detective who managed to fight crime and keep her hair perfect while doing it. Charlie’s Angels premiered as first a movie and then branched off into a television series which spanned over the course of four years and awarded the girls with fame and fortune.

Unfortunately, Fawcett was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and battled it up until 2009, unlike her co-star on Charlie’s Angels, she was not able to overcome it.

Also on June 25th, 2009, one of the most influential entertainers of all time passed away, Michael Jackson. Jackson made his debut in 1964 with the his brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon. The group was called the Jackson Five and they made their mark as one of the biggest pop-phenomena during the 1970’s.


Michael always stood out as the lead singer and the youngest of the talented group. He left the group in 1971 to pursue a solo career and then in 1982 his album Thriller became the remaining best selling album of all time. Some of his famous songs, “Beat It” and “Thriller” compliment the style of military and band jackets, while they brought new dance moves such as the moonwalk and the robot into the main scene of pop culture.

Ultimately, Michael Jackson made his mark as the most successful entertainer of all time after earning 13 Grammy awards and between 350 million to 750 million worldwide record sales.

Michael Jackson was eulogized globally on the date of his death to billions of fans from every city on the planet. Michael Jackson, the king of pop, as well as Swayze, Fawcett, Mays, and McMahon will all be seen as beacons of success and hardwork as well as examples of the fact that people who have changed the world will never be forgotten.



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