Every year, it seems, there are omissions from the “In Memoriam” tribute at the Academy Awards that get fans up in arms. Two years ago, it was troubled actor Brad Renfro , whose image was not among those shown during the show, following his death of a drug overdose the month before the 2008 program. His absence was explained at the time as an unintentional result of the limited space available during the segment.
Sunday night’s Oscar show left one major name off the list: Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and former “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett, who died in June at the age of 62 after a long fight with cancer. While her death was somewhat overshadowed by that of Michael Jackson, who died on the same day, Fawcett graced the covers of a number of magazines and was the subject of much public support in the months leading up to her death.
Also left out of the montage — which did include Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy and Ron Silver — was Emmy-winning “Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur, who died of cancer in April at age 86.
Others whose images didn’t grace the screen as James Taylor played “In My Life” were longtime “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon and Ricardo Montalban, both known primarily for their television work, though Montalban also starred in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and a number of other comedies, including “Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams” and “Cannonball Run II.”
At press time, producers of the Oscar telecast had not issued a statement about the actors who were not included in the tribute.
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