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21stCenturyBoy 11-03-2013 16:49

Celebrities Who Died At Their Peak
 
... and what they'd have gone on to achieve if they hadn't.

Quite a maudlin topic, but hey, it's the middle of March and snowing so I'm in no mood to be cheery!

Just a contribution thread to see who we think died at the peak of their fame/ influence, and maybe speculate as to what they'd have gone on to achieve if they'd have lived.

(Given the thread title, no Sonny Bono jokes please!)

I'll start with James Dean.

Maverick actor and original Hollywood bad boy. Would only be in his early 80's now, so I imagine would be taking the roles meant for Clint Eastwood.

Aalyiah

Could well have become the first R&B superstar of the noughties- died before her peak, but was well on the ascension. Might have stopped the rise of Beyonce.

Madonna38 11-03-2013 17:03

I always wonder what would have happened to Marilyn Monroe if she hasn't died when she did.

bexmil89 11-03-2013 17:06

For me it's Heath ledger. He was a brilliant actor and was already receiving critical acclaim for the dark knight, such a great talent :(

twells 11-03-2013 17:07

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Originally Posted by Madonna38 (Post 64720096)
I always wonder what would have happened to Marilyn Monroe if she hasn't died when she did.

Nothing good. She was on a downward spiral.

Pink Knight 11-03-2013 17:09

Dermot Morgan.

Super_Furry 11-03-2013 17:12

Tony Gubba

Heateliz 11-03-2013 17:17

Father Ted aka Dermot Morgan.

googlebaby 11-03-2013 17:22

Richard Beckinsale, River Phoenix

Madonna38 11-03-2013 17:24

Jean Harlow was another who died early on in her career.

misslibertine 11-03-2013 17:26

Buddy Holly

tinkerbell987 11-03-2013 17:27

Amy Winehouse

tinkerbell987 11-03-2013 17:33

[quote=21stCenturyBoy;64719806]...
Aalyiah

Could well have become the first R&B superstar of the noughties- died before her peak, but was well on the ascension. Might have stopped the rise of Beyonce.[/QUOTE]

totally agree. Loved Aaliyah & IMHO she was far more superior to Beyonce. Bey's good but she's become a brand now & what i liked her for in the beginning has gradually been eroded.

downtonfan 11-03-2013 17:36

Heath Ledger

James Dean

I wouldn't put Amy Winehouse on the list because had she have still been alive, she'd have not released anything remotely resembling her former glory. She died at 27. It was her fate.

Phyllis Stein 11-03-2013 17:37

Michael Hutchence :(

Hotelier 11-03-2013 17:41

Jimi Hendrix.
Jim Morrison
Kurt Cobain

quatro 11-03-2013 17:42

Dustin Gee - the comedian who did the double act with Les Dennis. Very funny and better, in my opinion, than Les Dennis.

homer2012 11-03-2013 17:50

Kurt Cobain died way too soon

Hound of Love 11-03-2013 18:19

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Originally Posted by googlebaby (Post 64720452)
Richard Beckinsale, River Phoenix

Agree with both. I would add:

Carole Lombard.

Sharon Tate (who was starting to develop a knack for comedy roles.)

Raiven14 11-03-2013 18:35

River Phoenix was in the pipeline for a lot of big roles when he went. I think a few of them went to Leonardo Dicaprio (Basketball Diaries, Total Eclipse), with Christian Slater famously taking over for Interview with a Vampire and donating his salary. Such a shame.

Madonna38 11-03-2013 18:36

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Originally Posted by Hound of Love (Post 64721569)
Agree with both. I would add:

Carole Lombard.

Sharon Tate (who was starting to develop a knack for comedy roles.)

The way those two women died was horrific. Such talented women.

Hound of Love 11-03-2013 18:39

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Originally Posted by Madonna38 (Post 64721906)
The way those two women died was horrific. Such talented women.

So true:(:(

Madonna38 11-03-2013 18:45

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Originally Posted by Hound of Love (Post 64721965)
So true:(:(

I was looking at pictures of Sharon on tumblr to reblog and was greeted with pictures of her dead and bloody body. It affected me for ages after. :(

The Prumeister 11-03-2013 18:53

Amy Winehouse. When she died she was allegedly much more at peace with herself and I think if she had lived and sorted her issues out she could have continued to produce more good music. Such a talented lady:(

jackbell 11-03-2013 18:55

Have to disagree with Amy Winehouse at the peak of her career. I think she was a the downward slope. It was always a case of when not if.

The Prumeister 11-03-2013 19:03

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Originally Posted by jackbell (Post 64722291)
Have to disagree with Amy Winehouse at the peak of her career. I think she was a the downward slope. It was always a case of when not if.



We'll have to agree to disagree then. She was clean of drugs and had given up drinking apart from the binge that killed her... I do think she was on the 'up' - at least from where she was anyway.


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