Famous Hollywood actors Piper Laurie and Mark Goddard, icons of cinema, have died

World cinema has lost two gems of actors

by Sededin Dedovic
Famous Hollywood actors Piper Laurie and Mark Goddard, icons of cinema, have died
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Piper Laurie, the renowned American actress celebrated for her outstanding performances in numerous Hollywood films and TV series, passed away on Saturday at the age of 91 in her Los Angeles home. Her manager, Marion Rosenberg, confirmed that Laurie succumbed to old age.

Piper Laurie ventured into Hollywood's glitzy world in 1949 under her birth name, Rosetta Jacobs. Swiftly, she secured a contract with Universal-International, paving the way for a remarkable career filled with leading roles alongside iconic male stars, including Ronald Reagan, Rock Hudson, and Tony Curtis.

Throughout her illustrious career, Piper Laurie garnered three Academy Award nominations, a testament to her remarkable talent. The first nod came for her role in the 1961 film "The Great Impostor," followed by her unforgettable portrayal of Margaret White in the film adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic, "Carrie," in 1976.

Her final Oscar nomination was in 1986 for the film "Children of a Lesser God." Beyond the silver screen, Laurie graced television screens with her presence, notably in the cult classic series "Twin Peaks," directed by the enigmatic David Lynch during the 1990s.

In "Twin Peaks," she portrayed the intriguing character of Catherine Martel, leaving an indelible mark on the world of television. In addition to Piper Laurie, the world of entertainment also mourns the loss of American actor Mark Goddard.

He was renowned for his portrayal of Major Don West in the beloved 1960s science fiction series, "Lost in Space." Goddard's wife, Evelyn Pecluič, shared the somber news on Facebook, revealing that the 87-year-old actor succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis while in hospice care in Hingham.

At age 55, Goddard received his master's degree from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts

Mark Goddard's health took a turn for the worse shortly after celebrating his birthday, as he was hospitalized with pneumonia.

However, his condition worsened when he was transferred to a rehabilitation center, where doctors discovered the advanced stages of pulmonary fibrosis, ultimately leading to his passing. Goddard's acting career extended beyond "Lost in Space." He also made appearances in notable series like "Vivre Sa Vie" and "General Hospital." In 1977, he added a horror film, "Blue Sun," to his list of credits.

At the age of 55, Mark Goddard achieved a significant milestone in his life by earning a master's degree from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, after which he transitioned into teaching, demonstrating the versatility and depth of his abilities beyond the world of acting.