Gone Too Soon (Passed Before 40): Womenby Erich-13 | created - 24 Jan 2013 | updated - 24 Jan 2013 | Public
A list of film and TV personalities who passed away before the age of 40. (This is not to suggest that the death of someone in their 40s or above is NOT an untimely end...I've simply chosen the age of 40 for the purposes of this list, to keep the list comparatively short.)
Actress | Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...
Actress | The Girl Can't Help It
One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to Vera J. and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney in Phillipburg, New Jersey, where Jayne ...
3. Jean Harlow
Actress | Dinner at Eight
Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...
Actress | Just Married
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...
Actress | The Letter
Jeanne Eagels, one of the most intriguing stars of late silent films and the early talkies, was born Amelia Jean Eagles on June 26, 1890 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Edward and Julia Sullivan Eagles. Young Jean was part of an impoverished family of eight, with three brothers and two sisters. She ...
7. Susan Peters
Actress | Random Harvest
War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her.
She was born Suzanne...
8. Lupe Velez
Actress | The Girl from Mexico
Lupe Velez was born on July 18, 1908, in San Luis de Potosi, Mexico, as Maria Guadalupe Villalobos Velez. She was sent to Texas at the age of 13 to live in a convent. She later admitted that she wasn't much of a student because she was so rambunctious. She had planned to become a champion ...
10. Sharon Tate
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...
Actress | Radio Days
Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...
12. Dorothy Stratten
Actress | Galaxina
Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...
13. Claudia Jennings
Actress | The Unholy Rollers
Born Mary Eileen "Mimi" Chesterton (nicknamed Mimi by her friends and family) in St. Paul, Minnesota, titian beauty Claudia Jennings was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1966, she moved to Evanston, Illinois, the first suburb north of Chicago just south of the Wisconsin state line, where she ...
Actress | Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Anna Nicole Smith was born on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, USA as Vickie Lynn Hogan. She is known for her work on Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Skyscraper (1996) and Be Cool (2005). She was married to J. Howard Marshall II and Billy Smith. She died on February 8, 2007 in ...
15. Amy Winehouse
Soundtrack | Amy
Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works.
She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's ...
16. Janis Joplin
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...
17. Leslie Carter
Soundtrack | Shrek
Leslie Barbara Carter was born on June 6, 1986, in Tampa, Florida, into the family of Robert Gene Carter (aka Robert Carter) and his wife Jane Elizabeth Carter (née Spaulding) and become the third of their five children. Her parents were divorced in 2003 after more than 20 years of marriage. Leslie...
Actress | L'homme de Rio
The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a ...
19. Pascale Ogier
Actress | Les nuits de la pleine lune
Pascale Ogier was born on October 26, 1958 in Paris, France as Pascale Nicolas. She was an actress and writer, known for Les nuits de la pleine lune (1984), Le Pont du Nord (1981) and Perceval le Gallois (1978). She died on October 25, 1984 in Paris.
20. Pauline Lafont
Actress | Le petit docteur
Pauline Lafont was born on April 6, 1963 in Nîmes, Gard, France as Pauline Aïda Simone Medveczky. She was an actress, known for Le petit docteur (1986), Papy fait de la résistance (1983) and I Hate Actors (1986). She died on August 11, 1988 in Gabriac, Lozère, France.
21. Soledad Miranda
Actress | Vampyros Lesbos
Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. ...
22. Roxanne Kernohan
Actress | Tango & Cash
Stunningly lovely, vibrant and extremely well-built statuesque blonde beauty Roxanne Kernohan greatly enlivened a handful of hugely enjoyable late 80s horror, science fiction and exploitation pictures with her exceptionally attractive looks, bubbly, appealing and vivacious personality, and ...
23. Kerry McGregor
Actress | The Book Group
Born in Pumpherston, West Lothian, Scotland, Kerry McGregor had an extraordinary life of triumph over tragedy with so many people describing her attitude as an inspiration to us all. Kerry's first set back was the loss of her father George, who died in a road traffic accident when she was just 5 ...
28. Shana Dowdeswell
Actress | The Big Wedding
Shana Elizabeth Dowdeswell (died December 12, 2012) was born on April 1, 1989 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She then moved to New York City where she attended City and Country School, PS 3, and finally PPAS High School. She also began a career as an actress, beginning at age eight. Over the years, she ...
29. Shayne Kohout
Actress | Life as We Know It
Shayne Kohout was born on June 9, 1976 in Midland, Texas, USA as Shayne Ann Kohout. She is known for her work on Life as We Know It (2010), Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2009) and Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure (2010). She died on May 14, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
32. Courtney Fine
Actress | Cult
Courtney Felicia Fine was born on April 29, 1977 in Tucson, Arizona. The daughter of Dr. Harold Alan Fine and Harriet Sandra Fine, she was also the younger sister of brother Randall Adam Fine. Courtney moved with her family to Lexington, Kentucky shortly after she was born. An exceptional student ...
33. Gia McGinley
Actress | Empathy
Passed tragically from this life during childbirth along with her precious infant son Samson James Romanelli on September 30, 2011. She is the cherished wife of Charlie Romanelli, loving mother of Nathaniel Scott Romanelli and Charles Thompson Romanelli, devoted daughter of Madeline (Mazzola) ...
34. Isabelle Caro
Isabelle Caro was born on September 12, 1982 in Marseille, France. She was an actress, known for Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010), Corps de dame (2009) and Jessica Simpson: The Price of Beauty (2010). She died on November 17, 2010 in France.
35. Chane't Johnson
Actress | The Ring Two
Chane't Johnson was born A'Drewana Chane't Johnson in Dallas, Texas. Graduating with honors from Duncanville High School, Chane't was awarded a talent scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she earned her BFA in Theatre Arts, and worked multiple seasons with the Shakespeare ...
Actress | America's Most Wanted
Anastasia hails from a show business family, dating back to Hollywood's beginning...
Her great-uncle Mel was a a leading PR man for stars and studios alike from the 1920s-40s, helping to promote the careers of upcoming legends such as Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable, Mae West, Douglas ...
40. Lorissa McComas
Actress | The Bare Wench Project
Lorissa McComas was born on November 26, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio, USA as Lorissa Deanna McComas. She is known for her work on The Bare Wench Project (2000), Piranha (1995) and Droid Gunner (1995). She died on November 3, 2009 in Waverly, Virginia, USA.
42. Natasha Collins
Actress | The 10th Kingdom
Natasha Collins was born on July 7, 1976 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England as Natasha Louise Collins. She was an actress, known for The 10th Kingdom (2000), See It Saw It (1999) and ChuckleVision (1987). She died on January 3, 2008 in St John's Wood, London, England.
44. Tiffany Sloan
Actress | Married with Children
Gorgeously buxom and shapely blonde knockout Tiffany Marie Sloan was born on May 29, 1973 in Orange County, California. Tiffany was the Playmate of the Month in the October, 1992 issue of "Playboy." She holds the distinction of being one of a handful of Playmates to have her own video centerfold ...
46. Jeana Rhinerson
Actress | Me Myself and Us TV
Born in Evansville, Indiana. Has studied comedy at Second City. Performed in Hollywood for one season with sketch comedy troupe, Tomboys in Fishnets. This six person comedy troupe performed live for the Comedy Central Stage and was touted by local papers as 'the talk of Tinseltown'. Graduated from ...