We all know that 2016 wasn’t a great year for Celebville. We lost so many talented actors, musicians and icons that it became hard to pay tribute to each of them in a meaningful way we so wanted to. But thankfully artist Martin Bruckner, the man behind the gorgeous blog Spaghetti Toes, found a way to say goodbye to some of those dearly departed famouses with his beautiful illustrations.
Grab your tissues, Weepy Girls, because a serious snot fest awaits.
Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but she was so, so, so much more than that. She was a fierce feminist, an open and honest ambassador for mental health and a hilarious writer with zero patience for BS. Carrie was a star in every sense of the word.
“I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” – Carrie Fisher
The day after Carrie Fisher passed away, her mother, Debbie Reynolds suffered from a fatal stroke. Debbie Reynolds was a star in her own right, appearing in legendary 1950s musical Singing in the Rain (you know – the one with the rain). Her son was quoted as saying, “She wanted to be with Carrie.” SOB.
“I’m not a morning person. I’m barely an afternoon person.” – Debbie Reynolds
Christmas Day turned teary for thousands when we heard that George Michael, lead singer of 80s band Wham! and solo pop icon, had passed away aged just 53. In addition to being an incredible musician who sold over 100 million records worldwide, he was an active LGBT rights campaigner, an HIV/AIDS fundraiser and a secret philanthropist who gave away millions of his own money to good causes. This last Christmas, we gave him our hearts.
“I’ve achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them.” – George Michael
David Bowie was one of the world’s best selling artists, before (and after) he died of cancer in January 2016. One of the first global artists to experiment boldly with cross-dressing and sexual fluidity who reinvented himself constantly to keep the world on its toes, Bowie was a trailblazer in both his sound and his attitude. The musical world is a poorer place without him.
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
Best known for his role in our fave Sunday afternoon sing-along, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder was a genius comedy actor (check out The Producers and Blazing Saddles if you’ve never seen them) – and also an incredible writer who penned three novels. When he passed away, Coldplay performed a rendition of the Willy Wonka track Pure Imagination as a tribute to the late actor, and we all wished extra hard for a golden ticket in our Dairy Milk.
“I trust if your life is right, the right things will happen at the right time.” – Gene Wilder
Boxer Muhammad Ali was arguably (and plenty of people have argued it) the best athlete of the 20th Century. To this day, he remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion – but Ali was almost as notorious for his poetic verbal punches, his quotable interviews, and his devotion to the Civil Rights Movement. A heavyweight inside and outside the ring.
“Live everyday as if it were your last, because someday you’re going to be right.” – Muhammad Ali
Alan Rickman, you beautiful hooked-nose hero of a man. Best known these days for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, Alan Rickman was also an actor who could make us laugh, cry and want to read everything Jane Austen ever wrote. As Snape he taught us the true meaning of frenemies, and he will be sorely missed. Always.
“If you could build a house on a trampoline, that would suit me fine.” – Alan Rickman
Crying yet? Let’s all give Spaghetti Toes a follow, and keep 2016’s lost legends alive by loving their work. Bedroom disco and movie night, anyone?
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Image: Martin Bruckner