The following lists contain names of living celebrities who either
lost a spouse while still married (not an ex) or who lost a parent or
guardian while under the age of eighteen. I am sure there are many
names that I have not found, and I have no doubt that more will pop
into my head once I post this answer. I also invite others to add
names in the comments below! This might actually make an interesting
Living Celebrities who have lost a Spouse
Catie Couric, television host - husband Jay Monahan died of cancer in 1998
Blythe Danner, actress - husband Bruce Paltrow (producer) died October 2, 2002
Anna Nicole Smith, actress/model - husband J. Howard Marshall died June 1994.
Lauren Bacall, actress - husband Humphrey Bogart (actor) died of cancer in 1957
Mel Brooks, actor - wife Anne Bancroft (actress) died on June 6, 2005
Pierce Brosnan - wife Cassandra Harris (actress) died of ovarian cancer in 1991
Elizabeth Taylor, actress - husband Mike Todd (producer) died in a
plane crash on March 22, 1958
Yoko Ono, musician - husband John Lennon (musician) was murdered on
December 8, 1980
Paul McCartney, musician - wife Linda McCartney (photographer) died of
cancer on April 17, 1998
Courtney Love, musician - husband Kurt Cobain (musician) died on April 8, 1994
Richard Wagner, actor - wife Natalie Wood (actress) drowned on November 29, 1981
Heather Menzies, actress - husband Robert Urich (actor) died of cancer
on April 16, 2002
Bo Derek, actress - husband John Derek (actor/director) died on May 22, 1998
Joan Rivers, comedian - husband Edgar Rosenberg (producer) died August 14, 1987
Jane Meadows, actress - husband Steve Allen (actor) died on October 30, 2000
Phyllis Newman, actress - husband Adolph Green (lyricist,
screenwriter) died in 2002
Janis Hansen, actress - husband Joe Mikolas (actor) died circa 1997
Roman Polansky, director - wife Sharon Tate was murdered on August 9, 1969
Evelyn Keyes (actress) - husband Artie Shaw (clarinetist/bandleader)
died on December 30, 2004
Robert Blake, actor - wife Bonnie Lee Bakely was murdered on May 4, 2001.
Gene Wilder, actor - wife Gilda Radner (actress) died of cancer on May 20, 1989
Betty White (actress) - husband Allen Ludden (TV show host) died July 9, 1981
Bradford Dillman (actor/writer) - wife Suzy Parker (model) died on May 3, 2003
Eileen Ryan (actress) - husband Leo Penn (director) died on September 5, 1998
Paul Michael Glaser, director/actor - wife Elizabeth Glaser died of
Aids on December 3, 1994
Rip Torn, actor - wife Geraldine Page (actress) died on June 13, 1987
Gena Rowlands, actress - husband John Cassavetes (director) died on
February 3, 1989
Lynda Day George, actress - husband Christopher George (actor) died on
November 28, 1983
Nancy Reagan, actress/first lady - husband Ronald Reagan (former
President) died June 5, 2004
Esther Williams (actress/swimmer) - husband Fernando Lamas (actor)
died on October 8, 1982
Virginia McKenna (Actress) - husband Bill Travers (Actor) died on March 29, 1994
Princess Caroline of Monaco - husband Stefano Casiraghi died in a
power-boat racing accident in 1990
Yekaterina Gordeyeva, Russian Olympic figure skater - husband Sergei
Grinkov died of heart attack during practice in 1995
There are many celebrities whose "ex-spouses" have died, such as
Priscilla Presley (Elvis), O.J. Simpson (Nicole Simpson murdered),
Elizabeth Taylor (Richard Burton), Prince Charles (Lady Diana) and
many famous "non-celebrities" like Imelda Marcos whom I * did not *
include in this list.
Celebrities who lost a parent or guardian at a young age
This search was difficult, at best, but here are a few!
Priscilla Presley, actress - "Her biological father, James Wagner, was
a pilot who was killed in a plane crash when Priscilla was just an
Lisa Marie Presley, singer - lost her father Elvis Presley when she
was just nine years old.
Sean Lennon, musician - lost his father, John Lennon, on December 8,
1980 when he was about five years old. http://www.sean-lennon.com/
Julian Lennon, musician - lost his father John Lennon on December 8,
1980 when he was about seventeen years old.
Prince William and Princy Harry - lost their mother, Diana Princess of
Wales when William was fifteen and Harry was twelve.
Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (famous daughter) - lost her father,
President John F. Kennedy just after she turned seven years old.
Princess Stephanie of Monaco lost her mother, Grace Kelley, to an auto
accident on September 14, 1982 when she was seventeen.
Lee Majors, actor - "His father was killed in a work accident a month
before he was born, and his mother died in a car accident when he was
Jim Palmer, athlete and commentator - "Palmer was adopted when two
days old by a wealthy New York manufacturer, who also adopted an older
girl. His adoptive father died when he was nine."
Melissa Gilbert, actress - "was adopted as a new-born baby by a
well-known Hollywood family. Her parents were actors and her
grandfather was a television writer. Her parents divorced when she was
eight and her adoptive father died when she was 11."
I hope this information proves helpful!
Cross referenced the Dead People Server site: http://dpsinfo.com/dps/sitemap.html
celebrity widows OR widowers
famous widows OR widowers
celebrities AND lost parent at young age
actress AND father OR mother
celebrity AND fathor OR mother died AND young
Other names came from memory..
Clarification of Answer by
22 Mar 2006 16:28 PST
I have followed up on voila-ga's list of celebrities who lost parent's
at a young age:
Robert Goulet, actor - "Robert Gerard Goulet was born in Lawrence,
Massachusetts, of French Canadian parents. At thirteen, after his
father's death, he moved with his mother and sister to Edmonton,
Anne Heche, actress - When she was 13 years old, her father died from AIDS
Charles Dance, actor - "When Dance was 4 his father died, he and his
mother then moved to the Plymouth area of Devon."
Dylan McDermott, actor - "Even though he was just 5 when his mother
died, actor Dylan McDermott has very clear memories of her."
Bono, musician - "When Bono was 14, his world was turned upside down
as his mother collapsed at her father's funeral and died a few days
later of a brain hemorrhage." http://www.withashout.com/bono.htm
Sir Ian McKellen, actor - "When he was 12, his mother, Margery Lois
McKellen (née Sutcliffe) died; his father died when he was 24."
Caryn Mandabach - could not verify information other than her mother
got cancer while Caryn was in high school
Danny Harris, athlete - "He was raised by his grandmother in Perris,
California; his father died when he was 3, his mother when he was 14."
Tim Allen, actor - "Born in Denver, Allen's father died when Tim was
only 11 years old, something that the comedian would include in his
sitcom by having the same thing occur to his character."
Julia Roberts, actress - " Her parents divorced when she was five, and
her mother remarried. Her father died of cancer when Roberts was
Puffy Combs, musician - "When Sean was a baby, his father was murdered."
Barbra Streisand - "Her father, Emanuel Streisand, died when she was
only 15 months old, and she had a lifelong turbulent relationship with
Benecio Del Toro, actor - "When he was nine years old, his mother died
of hepatitis." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benicio_Del_Toro
Kate Beckinsale, actress - There is no age or date, but Kate was
obviously very young. "Beckinsale was born in London to Judy Loe, (a
stage and television actress) and the late Richard Beckinsale, a
well-known television actor who died in 1979, at the age of 31."
Sammy Sosa, athlete - "Sammy Sosa was raised in San Pedro de Mecoris,
Dominican Republic. His family was very poor. Sammy's dad died when he
was seven." http://library.thinkquest.org/J002934/Great_Players.html
Jenna Jameson, porn actress - "Her mother died of cancer when Jenna
was three years old." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenna_Jameson
Leslie Bibb, actress - "Her father died when she was 3."
Eddie Murphy, actor - "Murphy's biological father died when he was
quite young, and he, his brother Charlie, and step-brother Vernon Jr.
with the K9 rap group, were raised by his mother Lillian Murphy, a
telephone-company employee, and his stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman
at a Breyers Ice Cream plant."
Rosalynn Carter, former first lady - "Her father died of leukemia when she was 13"
Natalie Cole - Natalie Cole was born in 1950 and her father, Nat King
Cole, died in 1965, making her about fifteen.
Freddie Prinze, Jr., actor - "Prinze, Jr. was born in Los Angeles,
California, the son of Katherine Elaine Cochran (a real-estate agent)
and Freddie Prinze, an American actor and comedian who died from an
accidental shooting in 1977, when Prinze, Jr. was ten months old."
Orlando Bloom - not verified. The "father" that Bloom believed was his
was actually not his real father.
Bill Clinton - his father died "before" he was born.
The Nelsons (sons of Ricky Nelson) - all information shows that they
were over the age of eighteen when Ricky Nelson died.
Courtney Love - no verification that her real parents or adoptive
parents died while she was young.