List of Famous people who died in 1981

Bob Marley

Robert Nesta Marley
First Name Bob
Last Name Marley
Born on February 6, 1945
Died on May 11, 1981 (aged 36)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Robert Nesta Marley, was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by fusing elements of reggae, ska, and rocksteady, as well as his distinctive vocal and songwriting style. Marley's contributions to music increased the visibility of Jamaican music worldwide, and made him a global figure in popular culture for over a decade. Over the course of his career Marley became known as a Rastafari icon, and he infused his music with a sense of spirituality. He is also considered a global symbol of Jamaican music and culture and identity, and was controversial in his outspoken support for the legalization of marijuana, while he also advocated for Pan-Africanism.

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Natalie Wood

Наталья Николаевна Захаренко
First Name Natalie
Last Name Wood
Born on July 20, 1938
Died on November 29, 1981 (aged 43)
Height 155 cm | 5'1

Natalie Wood was an American actress who began her career in film as a child actor and successfully transitioned to young adult roles. She was the recipient of four Golden Globes, and received three Academy Award nominations.

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Savitri

Died on December 26, 1981 (aged 11)
Born in India

Savitri Ganesan was an Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer known for her works primarily in Telugu and Tamil cinema. She had also worked in Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. Reputed as the first female superstar of South Indian film history, In a career spanning 3 decades, she starred in more than 250 films. She was the one of the highest-paid and most popular Indian actresses of the 1950's and 60's. She is often referred as "Mahanati" and "Nadigaiyar Thilagam".

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Georges Brassens

Georges Charles Brassens
First Name Georges
Last Name Brassens
Born on October 22, 1921
Died on October 29, 1981 (aged 60)
Born in France, Occitania

Georges Charles Brassens was a French singer-songwriter and poet.

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Vera-Ellen

Vera-Ellen Westmeier Rohe
Born on February 16, 1921
Died on August 30, 1981 (aged 60)

Vera-Ellen was an American dancer and actress. She is remembered for her solo performances as well as her work with partners Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, and Donald O'Connor. She is best known for her starring roles in On the Town (1949) with Kelly and White Christmas (1954) with Kaye.

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Ken McElroy

Ken Rex McElroy
First Name Ken
Last Name McElroy
Born on June 1, 1934
Died on July 10, 1981 (aged 47)

Ken Rex McElroy was a resident of Skidmore, Missouri, United States. Known as "the town bully", McElroy's unsolved killing became the focus of international attention. Over the course of his life, McElroy was accused of dozens of felonies, including assault, child molestation, statutory rape, arson, animal cruelty, hog and cattle rustling, and burglary.

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Adam Walsh

First Name Adam
Last Name Walsh
Born on November 14, 1974
Died on July 27, 1981 (aged 6)

Adam John Walsh was an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Highway 60 / Yeehaw Junction in rural Indian River County, Florida. His death garnered national interest and was made into the 1983 television film Adam, seen by 38 million people in its original airing. His father, John Walsh, became an advocate for victims of violent crimes and was the host of the television program America's Most Wanted and currently, In Pursuit with John Walsh. Convicted serial killer Ottis Toole confessed to Adam's murder but was never convicted for this specific crime due to loss of evidence and a recanted confession. Toole died in prison of liver failure on September 15, 1996. No new evidence has come to light since then, and police announced on December 16, 2008, that the Walsh case was closed, as they were satisfied that Toole was the killer.

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Carl McCunn

First Name Carl
Last Name McCunn
Born on January 1, 1946
Died on January 1, 1981 (aged 35)

Carl McCunn was an American wildlife photographer who became stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and eventually committed suicide when he ran out of supplies.

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Gloria Grahame

First Name Gloria
Last Name Grahame
Born on November 28, 1923
Died on October 5, 1981 (aged 57)
Height 166 cm | 5'5

Gloria Grahame Hallward was an American actress and singer. She began her acting career in theatre, and in 1944 made her first film for MGM.

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Albert Speer

Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer
First Name Albert
Last Name Speer
Born on March 19, 1905
Died on September 1, 1981 (aged 76)

Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer served as the Minister of Armaments and War Production in Nazi Germany during most of World War II. A close ally of Adolf Hitler, he was convicted at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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