A tribute to two stars who passed away recently, David Bowie and Alan Rickman..


This week is filled with tragic news of passing away of two notable Hollywood stars. They are David Bowie on 10th January 2016 and Alan Rickman on 14th January 2016. In 14th January 2016 (which also happens to be my eldest sister’s birthday as well as her eldest son’s birthday), Celine Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil also passed away. That makes the count to three. What a bad week especially to the fans of these legends.

I have actually not heard of David Bowie until after his death that I started to see many paying respect and tribute to this man all around in social networking sites. Perhaps it is most probably due to that his fame as a singer peaked at the time when I’m not even born yet. I’m not in the generation that listen to his songs, and hence not knowing him much. Hence, I need to do a bit of research about him first. David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, and was considered by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.

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Bowie’s songs and stagecraft brought a new dimension to popular music in the early 1970s, strongly influencing both its immediate forms and its subsequent development. A pioneer of glam rock, Bowie, according to music historians Schinder and Schwartz, has joint responsibility with Marc Bolan for creating the genre. At the same time, he inspired the innovators of the punk rock music movement. While punk musicians trashed the conventions of pop stardom, Bowie moved on again—into a more abstract style of music making that in turn became a transforming influence. Bowie’s impact was enormous; he changed the nature of rock music, and changed his own approach repeatedly. During his career, he sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and in the US received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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He died of liver cancer on 10th January 2016, at the age of 69.

Rest In Peace, David Bowie.

Next is Alan Rickman. I guess many would not know who he is by just calling out his name. Well, he is the one portraying as Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films. Ahhaa…now you knew him. Besides than his iconic role in the Harry Potter film franchise, I didn’t watch any of his other films unfortunately. He had actually starred in over 50 films. Back to the Harry Potter films, I do remember well of how wonderful he portrayed Snape, a professor whom at first people hated him as he was too cool, mean and unfriendly towards Harry Potter. However, as the film series progresses, people loved very much on his character which is actually a good and a caring person ‘after all this time’ to Harry Potter. We will miss you, Alan Rickman…ALWAYS.

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A little biography of this wonderful man; Alan Rickman was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. In 1995, Rickman earned a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. He won a BAFTA Award for his role in Robin Hood.

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He died of cancer on 14th January 2016, at the age of 69 too.

Rest In Peace, Alan Rickman.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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