22/05/2024
Norwich, GB 16 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

JULIAN BAHULA, aged 85

An innovative jazz drummer, he became politically active and fled his native South Africa. In the UK, he raised awareness about Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment.

MILDRED KORNMAN, aged 97

Born into a Hollywood family she was in her first film at 9 months and became a child star, then a model, then a photographer. The last female silent movie star

DIANNA ORTIZ, aged 62

A Catholic nun working in Guatemala, she was kidnapped and brutally tortured. Convinced of CIA involvement, she spent the rest of her life fighting oppression.

SHIGEICHI NEGISHI, aged 100

A former prisoner of war, he owned an electrical company and invented the karaoke machine – although he didn’t make any money from it. He made people happy.

MARILYN LOVELL, aged 93

Wife of an American astronaut, she hit the headlines when the Apollo 13 mission had to be aborted. The world watched her anguish and fear, suffering with her.

ADELE SPRINGSTEEN, aged 98

A working mother from New Jersey, her son became a global music superstar – and she joined him on stage, becoming known for her love of dancing.

RICHARD BARANCIK, aged 98

An American soldier, he was part of the Monuments Men who rescued great pieces of art from the Nazis, before becoming a renown architect – the Last Man Standing

JEAN VELOZ, aged 98

A competitive dancer who helped popularize Swing and the Lindy Hop, she became a film and TV star and a noted teacher – and was still dancing into her 90s.

JOAN JARA, aged 96

A British ballet dancer who lived in Chile, she married a famous folk singer. He was murdered in the 1973 coup, so she spent the rest of her life searching for justice.