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It’s hard to believe that only a few days into 2022 we’ve already lost titans of Hollywood, entertainment, and beyond. What makes some of these early losses so difficult to bear is that they cloud the hope and excitement of a new year with a moment of mourning. But at the beginning of what appears to be yet another trying year, taking the time to admire and appreciate so much of what these public figures and famous artists gave to our world gives us a moment of reflection that we surely need to give us some perspective.
One of our few links left to the classic age of Hollywood passed away on January 6, at the age of 82. Peter Bogdanovich was a scholar and Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed American classics like The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc?, and Paper Moon. The film historian-turned-director had a decades-long career, interviewing filmmaking legends like Tom Ford and Orson Welles before stepping behind the camera himself.
Like Bogdanovich, Sidney Poitier also passed away on January 6, at 94 years old. Poitier became the first Black man to win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in 1963’s Lilies of the Field. He also appeared in films like In The Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, and To Sir, With Love.
Our thoughts are with the families of those we’ve lost this year, and we honor their memory by reflecting on their legacy.
A version of this article was previously published in January 2022.