“I’m a person who just starts playing anything I want to play,” he said, "and make it turn out to be maybe some beautiful music.”

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Her role earned her an Academy Award for best actress after a later start in her career.

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Her trilogy set during the time of Henry VIII sold millions of copies and won two Man Booker Prizes.

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He spent a record 437 days in space beginning on Jan. 8, 1994, and orbited the Earth more than 7,000 times.

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Her dispatches from Baghdad during the U.S. airstrikes and ground assault in 2003 brought vivid accounts of the war's toll and the Pentagon's future struggles.

The ruffled hair tie was described as "the most successful hair accessory in the world."

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Diane Noomin challenged the boys club of underground comics with a character who endured sleazy men and hangovers but loved gossip, cocktails and interior design.

The former National Security Agency analyst produced one of the most damaging intelligence breaches of the Cold War.

He vaulted to prominence as a sinister dope peddler called “Mother” in “A Hatful of Rain” and a malevolent North Korean houseboy in “The Manchurian Candidate.”

His company, Clear Channel Communications, became the largest network of radio stations in the United States.

He spotlighted reporters such as Nina Totenberg and Cokie Roberts and enlisted Ira Glass and David Sedaris to bring a creative edge to commentaries and features.

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She appeared in films including “The Guns of Navarone” and “Z,” and gained acclaim for interpreting ancient Greek plays for modern audiences.

He pursued the Watergate burglars and two co-conspirators in an early investigation of the scandal that drove President Richard M. Nixon from office.

Mr. Starr, a former solicitor general under George H.W. Bush, was seen as a reliably conservative Republican as political rifts began to widen in the early 1990s.

His books sold nearly 9 million copies around the world with intricate and multilayered plots of crime, espionage and moral quandaries.

He helped launch the “soul jazz” movement, won three Grammys and was a radio and TV host.

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With “Breathless” in 1960, the filmmaker rode the crest of the French New Wave movement to liberate a hidebound movie industry.

His landmark book, “Life Is Good & Good for You in New York: Trance Witness Revels,” cast a gimlet eye on the myth of the American Dream.

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