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Donna Douglas Dead - 'Beverly Hillbillies' Actress Dies at 81

Donna Douglas, known for her role on The Beverly Hillbillies, has passed away at the age of 81, according to TMZ.

The actress died at her home in Louisiana, surrounded by her close friends and family on Thursday (January 1).

During Donna‘s acting career, she starred in all nine seasons of The Beverly Hillbillies and even came back for the 1981 reunion movie. She also had guest-starring appearances on other shows, such as Mister Ed, The Twilight Zone, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Adam 12, and Route 66.

Besides television, Donna was also Elvis Presley‘s co-star in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny.

Our thoughts go out to Donna‘s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Edward Herrmann Dead - 'Gilmore Girls' Actor Dies at 71 After Battling Brain Cancer

Edward Herrmann, known for his role as Richard Gilmore on the Gilmore Girls, has passed away at the age of 71.

The actor passed away in New York City this morning – he had been battling brain cancer and was in the ICU for this month. His family decided to take him off of his respirator when he did not improve, TMZ reports.

Along with appearing in every season of the Gilmore Girls, Edward also had stints on The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy, and many many more shows.

Our thoughts go out to Edward‘s family and loved ones during this time.

Christine Cavanaugh Dead - Voice of Chuckie From 'Rugrats' Passes Away at 51

Christine Cavanaugh, the original voice of Chuckie Finster on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and Babe the Pig in Babe, has passed away at the age of 51, TMZ reports.

The voice actress was very famous in the voice over world – she also voiced the characters of Goslyn on Disney’s Darkwing Duck and Dexter on the Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory, as well as roles in Aladdin, The Powerpuff Girls and The Wild Thornberrys.

Christine passed away on December 22 and the cause of death is not yet known. She retired from voice acting over ten years ago.

Our thoughts are with Christine‘s family and loved ones during this time.

Luise Rainer Dead - Double Oscar Winning Actress Dies at 104

Luise Rainer, the first actress to ever win back-to-back Oscars during Hollywood’s golden era, has passed away at the age of 104.

She passed away at her London, England home after battling pneumonia, her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer said.

“She was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees,” Francesca said (via People). “If you saw her, you’d never forget her.”

Luise won the Best Actress Oscar for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and The Good Earth in 1937. Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Tom Hanks are the only other actors to ever receive back-to-back Oscar wins. Luise was the first person to achieve the feat.

Our thoughts are with Luise‘s friends and loved ones during this time. Pictured below: Luise back in 2011 (left) and Luise posing for a photo back in 1937 (right).

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In Remembrance: Celebrity Deaths in 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, we’d like to take some time to remember the celebrities that passed away this past year.

There have been several shocking deaths this year from stars who were taken from us way too soon, such as Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Joan Rivers. We also lost several television legends, well-known directors, athletes, and more.

Our continued thoughts go out to the families and friends of those who passed away this year.

Click inside to remember the celebrities who passed away in 2014… More Here! »

'Harry Potter' Actor David Ryall Dies at Age 79

Sad news – British actor David Ryall has passed away.

Best known most recently for his role as Elphias Doge in the seventh Harry Potter film, 2010′s Deathly Hallows: Part 1, he died at age 79 on Christmas Day.

Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss broke the news on Twitter, writing, “The great David Ryall left us on Christmas Day. A twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor I was privileged to call a friend. RIP.”

His daughter Charlie also later confirmed the news via social media.

Our thoughts go out to her and all of David‘s family and friends during this difficult time.

David‘s career spanned more than five decades and included credits in 1980′s The Elephant Man, 2004′s Around the World in 80 Days, 2008′s City of Ember, as well as BBC’s Outnumbered, The Village, The Singing Detective, and more.

Joe Cocker Dead - 'You Are So Beautiful' Singer Dies at 70

Joe Cocker has sadly passed away at the age of 70, BBC reports.

The legendary singer died after a long battle with lung cancer, according to his agent Barrie Marshall.

Joe reached fame with his cover of the Beatles song “With a Little Help from My Friends,” which went to number one in the UK in 1968 and was chosen as the theme song to The Wonder Years.

Joe is a Grammy Award winner whose original songs include the classic “You Are So Beautiful” and his number one duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong.” Another one of his accolades was placing number 97 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 greatest singers ever.

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Joe‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

Joe Cocker – “With a Little Help from My Friends” Live in 2002
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