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Celebrating Their Lives - The Names Project
Death Becomes Them
"Begun in 1987, the AIDS quilt consists of over 44,000 individual panels, each acting to remember a person, or persons, who have died from AIDS. See how many of these famous people you recognize."
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Born in 1932, this famous fashion designer began his career designing ladies' hats. By 1959, he was working for the famous milliner, Lilly Daché. Soon thereafter he was given a position at Bergdorf-Goodman, where he worked when he created the famous "pillbox" hat that Jacqueline Kennedy wore at her husband's inauguration in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he won the prestigious Coty Award and his career exploded from there. He died of AIDS in 1990 at 57. (AIDS Quilt Block 01805) Who was this designer?
Born in 1925, Rock Hudson became a truck driver after World War II ended and later went to Hollywood. The studio had his teeth capped, his voice lowered surgically, and gave him a bit part in his first film, "Fighter Squadron". From there he went on to become a heartthrob for women, and some men, all over the world wherever his films were shown. With a distinguished career of over 30 feature films, he shocked the world in 1984 with the announcement that he had AIDS. He died of AIDS in 1985 at 59. (Block 00054) What was this actor's birth name?
Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.
Marion Michael Morrison
Born in 1919, Liberace was, to say the least, one of the most flamboyant entertainers in show business. In spite of his father's opposition to studying the piano, noted Polish pianist Ignace Paderewski encouraged him to follow his dream. His film debut was in 1950 in "South Sea Sinner", a Shelley Winters vehicle. He went on to become a Las Vegas icon and, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records", was the highest paid musician and pianist in the world at the time of his inclusion in the venerable record book. He died of AIDS in 1987 at 67. (Block 00020) What was this entertainer's first name?
Keeping his illness a secret for some time, primarily to protect his young daughter (Camera Elizabeth) from the pubicity, this tennis star disclosed that he had AIDS during a press conference in April 1992. It has been said that the public support he received was comparable to that of Lou Gehrig, when he disclosed his battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now called "Lou Gehrig's disease"). With 3 Grand Slam titles and over 800 victories on the court, he lost his battle with AIDS in 1993, at the age of 49. (Block 02976) Who was this tennis star?
"The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint," said this graffitist at heart. Born in 1958 in Pennsylvania, he moved to New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts. Between 1980 and 1986 he provided a number of NYC subway drawings of human and other shapes in a style that was uniquely his. This "stick figure" style can be seen on everything from greeting cards to sculpture to "Swatch" watch faces. We lost this notable artist in 1990, at the age of 31. (Block 01527) Who was this artist?
L.A. II (Angel Ortiz)
Born in 1929, this actress worked in many early television shows such as "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars". At the age of 26, she secured the rôle of Miss Kitty Russell on "Gunsmoke". Known to millions as "Miss Kitty", she died of AIDS in 1989 at 60. (Block 01817) Who was this actress?
Who can forget Farrokh Bulsara? Born in 1946 on the island of Zanzibar, he went to boarding school near Bombay in 1954, where, by the age of 12, he won the "Junior All-Rounder" award. He loved music, but his interest in it waxed and waned until about 1967, with his focus remaining on graphic arts. Inspired by a friend, Tim Staffell, he became more involved in music and started playing with a number of different bands. Replacing Staffell in the band "Smile", Bulsara gave his band a much more "regal" name and changed his name to his childhood nickname. He died of AIDS in 1991 at 45. (Block 02033) Who was this lead singer?
Who can forget the shower scene in "Psycho" when Norman Bates slashes Janet Leigh and all that Bosco's chocolate syrup runs down the shower into the drain! Anthony Perkins had a stellar career both on Broadway and in film, even though he will always be best known for "Psycho". Perkins left behind a son, Osgood, and his wife, Berry Berenson, when he died of AIDS in 1992 at 60. (Block 02807) What became of his widow?
She died on board one of the airliners that crashed into the World Trade Center
She continues her acting career.
Exposed to HIV by her husband, she later contracted AIDS, but has thus far survived
She died from complications of ovarian cancer in 1997
Born in 1932, this classically trained Shakespearean actor studied both at Northwestern University and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He had some success as a stage actor, but he eventually found a home in television. His first major series was the courtroom drama, "The Defenders", which ran from 1961-1965. He had several guest appearances on a variety of shows until his hit TV series began in 1969. He died of AIDS in 1992 at 59. (Block 03101) What was this actor's name?
Paul Michael Glaser's wife contracted HIV in a blood transfusion in 1981, and unknowingly transmitted it to both her children. Their daughter Ariel, died in 1988 and their son, Jake, is HIV-positive. Paul is a well-known actor, probably best known for his rôle as David Starksy in "Starsky and Hutch". His wife died in 1994 from AIDS at 47. (Block 03825) What was her first name?
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