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Old 11-03-2013, 16:49
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... 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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:03
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I always wonder what would have happened to Marilyn Monroe if she hasn't died when she did.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:06
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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
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:07
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:09
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Dermot Morgan.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:12
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Tony Gubba
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:17
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Father Ted aka Dermot Morgan.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:22
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Richard Beckinsale, River Phoenix
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:24
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Jean Harlow was another who died early on in her career.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:26
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Buddy Holly
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:27
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Amy Winehouse
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:33
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[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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:36
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:37
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:41
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Jimi Hendrix.
Jim Morrison
Kurt Cobain
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:42
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Dustin Gee - the comedian who did the double act with Les Dennis. Very funny and better, in my opinion, than Les Dennis.
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Old 11-03-2013, 17:50
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Kurt Cobain died way too soon
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:19
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Richard Beckinsale, River Phoenix
Agree with both. I would add:

Carole Lombard.

Sharon Tate (who was starting to develop a knack for comedy roles.)
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:35
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:36
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:39
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The way those two women died was horrific. Such talented women.
So true
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:45
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:53
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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
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Old 11-03-2013, 18:55
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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.
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Old 11-03-2013, 19:03
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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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