Old Hollywood Stars Gone Too Soon: Part One

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It is always heart breaking to see or hear of someone passing on young. For those of us who love watching stories being told on the big and small screens, losing a beloved actor or actress who embodied a character that we connected with or admired is real loss. 

I was thinking of Sharon Tate as of late. I know that some of the people who helped murder her are having parole hearings soon. I read her last living sister is still fighting to ensure that none of them get released. Tate's death at only 26 years old was a blow to Hollywood but also just a devastating loss because she was due to have her son, Paul, shortly. 

It made me think about all of those we lost from the worlds of Old Hollywood and Classic TV who passed on too soon. When I started my research I found more than I thought I would. This list includes those who passed on before the age of 50 years old. 

Although they all passed on far too young, their works and their lives will not be forgotten.

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Sharon Tate (1943-1969) 26 years old (Multiple Stab Wounds)

Carole Lombard (1908-1942) 33 years old (Plane Crash)

Cathy O'Donnell (1923-1970) 46 years old (Cancer)

Lottie Pickford (1893-1936) 43 years old (Heart Attack)

Susan Peters (1921-1952) 31 years old (Pneumonia induced by starvation)

Robert Long (1927-1974) 47 years old (Heart Attack)

Natalie Wood (1938-1981) 43 years old (Probably Drowning) 

Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) 45 years old (Heart Attack)

Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1965) 42 years old (Fat Embolism) 

John Garfield (1913-1952) 39 years old (Heart Disease) 

Carole Landis (1919-1948) 29 years old (Possible Suicide) 

Jack Pickford (1896-1933) 36 years old (Neuritis) 

Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) 34 years old (Car Accident)

Robert Walker (1918-1951) 32 years old (Adverse reaction to prescription drugs)

Gail Russell (1924-1961) 36 years old (Liver Damage)

Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926) 31 years old (Peritonitis)

Jean Seberg (1938-1979) 40 years old (Possible Suicide)

James Dean (1931-1955) 24 years old (Car Accident)

Carmen Miranda (1909-1955) 46 years old (Heart Attack)

Leslie Howard (1893-1943) 50 years old (Aircraft Shot Down)

Maria Montez (1912-1951) 39 years old (Heart Attack/Drowning)

Alan Ladd (1913-1964) 50 years old (Cerebral Edema)

Romy Schneider (1938-1982) 43 years old (Cardiac Arrest)

John Gilbert (1897-1936) 38 years old (Heart Attack)

Francoise Dorteac (1942-1967) 25 years old (Car Accident)

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