Here is the In My Heart list of notable 2007 Jewish deaths as reported in the trade media, New York Times, Canadian Press and elsewhere. This list certainly isn’t complete. First of all, we have left out most of the names you’ll find elsewhere on In My Heart. And we’re sure there are many others. Please send updates and corrections to us at In My Heart.
Teddy Kollek, 95, longtime mayor of Jerusalem, Jan. 2, 2007.
Steve Krantz, writer and producer, Jan. 4, 2007.
Michael Brecker, 57; jazz saxophonist, Jan. 13, 2007.
Harvey Cohen, 55, award-winning composer, Jan. 14, 2007.
Art Buchwald, writer, Jan. 17, 2007.
Sidney Sheldon, 89, Oscar, Tony and Emmy award-winning writer, producer and best selling novelist, Jan. 30, 2007.
Robert Adler, 93, co-inventor of the TV remote (Zenith Space Command, 1956), Feb. 15, 2007.
Ray Evans, 92, songwriter, Feb. 15, 2007.
Black Form Dedicated to the Missing Jews, Altona City Hall, Altona, Hamburg, Germany, 1987, by Sol LeWitt
Sol LeWitt, 78, conceptual artist, April 8, 2007.
Harry Rasky, 78, Canada, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, April 9, 2007.
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 96, actress, singer, philanthropist, arts advocate, Apr. 18, 2007.
David Halberstam, 73, journalist, April 23. 2007.
Bernard Gordon, 88, screenwriter, blacklisted in the 1950s (“55 Days at
Peking”), May 11, 2007.
Baron Guy de Rothschild, 98, French, leader of global banking empire, June 13, 2007.
In 1979, the baron wrote an article in the French newspaper Le Monde accusing the Socialists of pandering to French anti-Semitism that said: “A Jew under Pétain, a pariah under Mitterrand — for me that is enough.”
Joel Siegel, 63, film critic, writer, Jun. 29, 2007.
Beverly Sills, opera singer, arts advocate, Jul. 2, 2007.
Hy Zaret, 99, Oscar-nominated lyricist (“Unchained Meolody”), Jul. 2, 2007.
Albert Ellis, 93, controversial psychotherapist, July 24, 2007.
Carolyn Goodman, 91, civil, human rights ctivist, Aug. 17, 2007.
Hilly Kristal, 75, New York City club owner (“CBGB” birthplace of punk),
Aug. 28, 2007.
Marcel Marceau, 84, French, mime, French Resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, Sep. 22, 2007.
From Wikipedia: When he was 16, France entered the Second World War, and his Jewish family was forced to flee from Strasbourg, near the German border, to Limoges. His father, a kosher butcher, was arrested by the Gestapo and died in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.
Marcel and his older brother Alain adopted the last name “Marceau” in order to hide their Jewish origins; as a gesture of defiance, however, the name was chosen as a reference to François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, a general of the French Revolution. The two brothers joined the French Resistance in Limoges, where they saved numerous Jewish children from concentration camps.
Joey Bishop, 89, comedian, actor, last surviving member of the “Rat Pack,” Oct. 17, 2007.
Arthur Kornberg, 89, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist, Oct. 26, 2007.
Dina Rabinovitch, 44, U.K. columnist, Nov. 6, 2007.
Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch, 100, geneticist, Nov. 7, 2007.
Norman Mailer, 84, author, Nov. 10, 2007.
Ira Levin, 78, novelist,Tony-Award-nominated playwright, Nov. 12, 2007.
Peter Zinner, 88, Oscar-winning film editor, Nov. 13, 2007.
Freddie Fields, 84, Hollywood producer, talent agent, Dec. 11, 2007.
Freddie Fields and David Begelman created super agency CMA in 1959. They represented: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Sidney Portier, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, among others. Fields produced such films as “Lipstick,” “American Gigolo,” “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” and “Glory.” His first wife was actress Polly Bergen; his second wife was actress and former Miss Universe Corinna Tsopei.
Joel Dorn, 65 jazz, pop producer, Dec. 17, 2007.
Gilbert Metz, 78, only known Holocaust survivor in Mississippi, Dec. 17, 2007.
Michael Kidd, 92, Hollywood, Broadway choreographer, Dec. 19, 2007.
Kidd won five Best Choreography Tony Awards and was nominated for another six. His other nominations included three Best Direction nods. Kidd received honorary Oscar in 1997.
Stu Nahan, 81, sportscaster, Dec. 26, 2007.