We have seen celebrities rising from the dark and vanishing just like the sun in the dusk. They may be famous for their work, but we have seen only a handful of stars who use their fame as a platform to do a whole lot of good. Everyone’s mileage may vary because a different person gets inspired by different things.
It’s quite incredible to know how much of an impact a person we have never met can have in our lives. Many female stars have inspired us in one way or another. Within the time span of seven months, we have lost a number of public figures including notable female celebrities. So, as a tribute to the deeds and impressions which they’ve left on us, we have come up with ten female icons that we’ve lost so far in 2018.
The frontwoman of the Irish rock band, The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan was pronounced dead on January 15, at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel. She went solo after splitting with the band in 2003 but reunited later in 2009. The band has been able to captivate international audiences with hit songs like Linger, Dream, and Zombie, where Dolores was the brain behind those tempting lyrics, and her powerful voice was the cherry on top.
Best known for her work as ‘Honey’ in the romantic movie, Notting Hill, alongside Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, and as Alice Tinker in the BBC comedy, Vicar of Dibley, Emma Chambers suddenly passed away on February 21. The cause of her death was natural, but a heart attack is considered a proximate.
Her sudden demise came as a shocker to many and her well-wishers put forward their warm words and her co-star, Hugh Grant, was one of them. He paid homage to the actress’ great work and called her “hilarious” and a “very warm person.” Surely, she will be missed.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, widely known as the mother of the nation for her supporters in South Africa, took her last breath on April 2, aged 81 in Johannesburg. She fought for her second husband, Nelson Mandela when he was incarcerated from 1963-1990. However, they later separated in 1992, and their divorce was finalized in 1996. She continued her work as a social activist and headed ANC’s Women’s League. Winnie served as the member of the parliament from 1994 to 2003 and from 2009 until her death.
Mostly known as “Mt. Fiji”, Emily Dole, was a Samoan American athlete, actress, and professional wrestler. She died on January 2, aged 60. The cause of death is still a mystery, but it had been in everyone's knowledge that she was facing several health-related problems. She made a name for herself not losing a single match throughout her career in the G.L.O.W (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling).
She might not be the face that we frequently saw onscreen, but we bet you must have loved her body of work. Allison Shearmur, the producer who is credited for production of the hit movies including American Pie, Star Wars Anthology films, Rogue One and Solo, Jason Bourne franchise and The Hunger Games films, died at 45 on January 19 after losing her battle with lung cancer. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and chose to disclose it only to her family, closest friends, and associates. Though Allison might not be with us anymore, her body of work will always be with us.
One of the Indian movie industry’s most famous actresses, Sridevi, surprisingly passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a wedding ceremony. Police confirmed that a heart attack caused her death while she was in the bath.
Sridevi played in many films with different languages. Mostly known for her iconic dance in the song, Hawa Hawai, she was an inspirational figure for new actors and actresses in the industry. News of her death was quite painful for a lot of her fans and family members, who even took to the social media to express their warm words with the hashtag “#SrideviLivesForever.”
The former First lady of the United States and wife to president George H. W. Bush and mother to another former president, George W. Bush, Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 on April 17. According to CNN, Barbara was suffering from COPD as well as congestive heart failure.
Mrs. Bush is only one of two people in the history of America to marry a president and give birth to another. She was one of the finest people with a kind and caring heart mixed with a great sense of humor. Though so far the role of the first lady has never been codified or officially defined, Bush will always be remembered for her supporting role in the White House, for being a dedicated mother, and a loving wife.
Kate Spade, the former co-owner of the fashion company, Kate Spade New York, passed away on June 5. Kate, became a victim of her own mind as her death has been ruled out as suicide by the New York police department. Kate’s husband Andy said that she had been suffering from depression and he had no indication that she would do this. The fashion industry lost an iconic designer, and the world lost a powerful woman.
Pamela Catherine Gidley, an American actress, best known for playing Teresa Banks, the murder victim in the Twins Peaks prequel, Fire Walk With Me, passed away at the age of 52. The cause of her death has not been confirmed, but an obituary released by her family confirmed that she died peacefully at her home in New Hampshire on April 16.
Gidley who was named the most beautiful woman in the world by Wilhelmina Modelling Agency in 1985, has acted in more than 35 movies and 15 TV shows. At the tender age of 4, she won “New England’s Little Miss Lovely,” and while other children were going to Kindergarten, Pamela was busy participating and winning beauty pageants. This iconic beauty will always be remembered.
The much loved Canadian actress, better known as ‘Reporter Lois Lane’ in the Superman movies, Margot Kidder, died in her sleep on May 13. She appeared as Clark Kent’s love interest in the 1978 movie, Superman, and its three sequels.
Kidder had suffered very long from Bipolar disorder, struggled through a public meltdown and was once found wandering around Los Angeles. Her manager said,
She died peacefully at her home in Montana.
The world lost true gems this year. Rest in peace all the departed souls!