Words to Live By: Artists We Lost in 2019

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At their highest, the artists who died this 12 months may just make us see the arena in new tactics — whilst they made us snigger and cry. Here’s a tribute to a few of them, in their very own phrases.


— Toni Morrison

Creator, born 1931 (Learn the obituary.)


— I.M. Pei

Architect, born 1917 (Learn the obituary.)


— Agnes Varda

Filmmaker, born 1928 (Learn the obituary.)


— Luke Perry

Actor, born 1966 (Learn the obituary.)


— Harold Bloom

Literary critic, born 1930 (Learn the obituary.)


— Alicia Alonso

Ballet dancer, born 1920 (Learn the obituary.)


— Robert Ryman

Painter, born 1930 (Learn the obituary.)


— Juice WRLD

Rapper, born 1998 (Learn the obituary.)


— Hal Prince

Theater manufacturer and director, born 1928 (Learn the obituary.)


— Ric Ocasek

Singer, guitarist and songwriter, born 1944 (Learn the obituary.)


— Doris Day

Actress, born 1922 (Learn the obituary.)


— Mary Oliver, “When Loss of life Comes”

Poet, born 1935 (Learn the obituary.)


— Ginger Baker

Drummer, born 1939 (Learn the obituary.)


— Diahann Carroll

Actress, born 1935 (Learn the obituary.)


— Cesar Pelli

Architect, born 1926 (Learn the obituary.)


— Robert Hunter, “Truckin’,” the Thankful Lifeless

Lyricist, born 1941 (Learn the obituary.)


— Cokie Roberts

Journalist, born 1943 (Learn the obituary.)


— Mable Lee

Faucet dancer, born 1921 (Learn the obituary.)


— John Singleton

Filmmaker, born 1968 (Learn the obituary.)


— Florence Knoll Bassett

Dressmaker, born 1917 (Learn the obituary.)


— Rip Torn

Actor, born 1931 (Learn the obituary.)


— Mel A. Tomlinson

Ballet dancer, born 1954 (Learn the obituary.)


— Carol Channing

Actress, born 1921 (Learn the obituary.)


— Jonas Mekas

Filmmaker, born 1922 (Learn the obituary.)


— Franco Zeffirelli

Opera and picture director, born 1923 (Learn the obituary.)


— Valerie Harper

Actress, born 1939 (Learn the obituary.)


— Jonathan Miller

Theater and opera director, born 1934 (Learn the obituary.)


— Clora Bryant

Musician, born 1927 (Learn the obituary.)


— Tim Conway

Comic, born 1933 (Learn the obituary.)


— Dr. John

Musician, born 1941 (Learn the obituary.)


— C.Y. Lee

Creator, born 1915 (Learn the obituary.)


— Robert Evans

Movie manufacturer, born 1930 (Learn the obituary.)


— André Previn

Musician, born 1929 (Learn the obituary.)


— Carolee Schneemann

Efficiency artist, born 1939 (Learn the obituary.)


— Christopher Rouse

Composer, born 1949 (Learn the obituary.)


— John Giorno

Poet, born 1936 (Learn the obituary.)