Nancy Reagan: She Helped Lead Fight Against Alzheimer’s

During her husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989, former movie star Nancy Reagan was one of the most stylish and influential first ladies ever. But arguably, Mrs. Reagan, who passed away March 6 at age 94 in Los Angeles, made just as big an impact upon America after she and her husband left the White House. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » When the former president was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Mrs. Reagan helped her husband write a poignant …

Harper Lee: Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

In 1960, a first-time author named Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel blended a young Southern girl’s coming-of-age story with a provocative account of her attorney father’s losing struggle to defend an African American man falsely accused of rape. The best-seller won a Pulitzer Prize and became one of the most iconic works in modern American literature. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » But while Mockingbird became famous, Lee, who passed away on Feb. 19 at age 89 in …

Glenn Frey: Eagles Singer, Songwriter, Cofounder

If there was a band that epitomized the zeitgeist of the mid-1970s, it was the Eagles, a quintet of laid-back troubadours who filled sports stadiums with fans clamoring to hear “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Hotel California,” “Already Gone” and other hits. A key part of the band’s massive success was Glenn Frey, who passed away on Jan. 18 at age 67 in New York. The ruggedly handsome, square-jawed tenor and his bandmate Don Henley were the Lennon-McCartney of country …

Alan Rickman: An Accomplished Villain

British actor Alan Rickman’s dozens of roles ranged from the husband who strayed and quickly regretted it in Love, Actually (2003) to a terrorist leader in action thriller Die Hard (1988). But Rickman, who died Jan. 14 at age 69, probably resonated most with millions of Harry Potter fans as Severus Snape, the icy, humorless potion-mixing magic instructor in the hit movie franchise. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » No matter what his role, Rickman seemed to excel, in part, …

Archie: The Demise of America’s Oldest Teenager?

Can it be true? Is Archie Andrews really going to die? Archie, the comic book icon in the Riverdale High letter sweater, has been hanging out with best buddy Jughead Jones at The Chok’lit Shop and struggling with the Betty-or-Veronica quandry for more than seven decades. But now comes word that Archie is headed for that great malt shop in the sky. Archie Comics, the publisher of his adventures, has announced that he will “sacrifice himself heroically” while saving the life of …

Pete Seeger: Folk Music Legend, Political Activist

Pete Seeger, who passed away on Jan. 27 at age 94 in New York, accomplished the nearly unimaginable. He showed that one man, armed only with a banjo, a tenor singing voice and the courage of his convictions, not only could leave an indelible stamp upon popular music, but also challenge injustice and fight for a better world. Seeger helped popularize folk music, a genre derived from the traditional chants, hymns and laments of hardscrabble rural America, and wrote or …