1. One died in March, the other in June. How were they linked in life?
2. Which singer and songwriter, who died in January, was once described in The Independent as “a strange kind of anti-matter national treasure”?
3. Of whom did Peter Hitchens write in tribute: “He was a historical monument to a Britain of backyards, milkmen, brown ale, teatime biscuits, rent collectors, town clerks, vicars and mothers-in-law, all now endangered species. When everyone who remembers these things has gone, his humour will become a mystery, like a Cro-Magnon cave painting”? He died in March.
4. Who, when asked what inspired her career path, replied: “Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus moved me hugely when I was 14, with its themes of exploitation, courageous revolt and the heroism of the slave uprising.” She died in May; shortly afterwards, the government announced that it was doubling funding for research into brain cancer.
5. Which writer, who died in May, said that he could not write about England because it took him a fortnight to get to know the language and work out whether he had been insulted?
6. Which poet, who died in June aged 102, sold 75,000 copies of her book Selected Poems when it was published in 1970?
7. Of whom did President Trump remark, when asked about her death: “She worked for me on numerous occasions”? She died in August.
8. Who claimed to have turned down the roles of James Bond, Han Solo and the part in Terms of Endearment that won Jack Nicholson an Oscar? He died in September.
9. Which actress, who died in September, once turned down an offer of a starring role from Federico Fellini because she was booked at the Chichester Festival Theatre?
10. Whose final tweet read: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received … Au revoir my friends”?
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1. In 2003, to celebrate his daughter’s engagement, Stephen Hawking visited Peter Stringfellow’s lap dancing club. Stringfellow said later: “The professor didn’t stop smiling from the moment he came in to the time he left five hours later.”
2. Mark E Smith.
3. Ken Dodd.
4. Baroness Jowell.
5. Tom Wolfe.
6. Mary Wilson, or Lady Wilson of Rievaulx, widow of Harold.
7. Aretha Franklin. Barack Obama spoke of a voice that offered “a glimpse of the divine” in which Americans could feel “our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect”.
8. Burt Reynolds.
9. Fenella Fielding.
10. The BBC presenter Rachael Bland, who died of cancer in September.
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