Culture and entertainment: the big names who left us in 2022

The 2022 it’s been a year that mourned the death of many characters from the world of culture and entertainment. They moved, among others, the farewells to Peter Angelaatactress Angela Lansburyat the singer Olivia Newton Johnatactress Monica Vittiat the singer Catherine Spaakat the journalist Donatella Raffaito the journalist Eugenio Scalfari.
But there are also other great characters who have left us in the last 12 months.

The adventure of the Artemis mission kicked off on November 16, with the launch of the rocket for the return of man to the moon. By a strange twist of fate, however, who in ’69 did the commentary in Italy of the first moon landing, did not witness this new goal: theFebruary 1, 2022 died on journalist Tito Stagno.

His story live on Rai of the July 20, 1969 has never been forgotten: «He touched! It has now touched the lunar surface» his words to an entire listening nation, to confirm that NASA’s mission had been successful: the man was on the moon.

The journalist Tito Stagno (photo Ansa)

The journalist Tito Stagno (photo Ansa)

There is also no more secretary of the German entrepreneur Oskar Schindler. The famous “Schindler’s List”the list of Jews to be saved from Nazi concentration camps was written by Mimi Reinhardtdied onApril 8th 2022. Thanks to his work and his lists, over 1300 people survived the extermination camps. The woman, an Austrian of Jewish origins, had lived in Israel for several years and died at the age of 107.

Mimi Reinhardt, Oskar Schindler's secretary (photo Ansa)
Mimi Reinhardt, Oskar Schindler's secretary (photo Ansa)

Mimi Reinhardt, Oskar Schindler’s secretary (photo Ansa)

In 2022, on April 13, the photographer dies Joy Battle. With his shots he told i mafia crimes and the stories of the women of Palermo. He also immortalized the death of the president of the Sicily Region Piersanti Mattarella, aided by his brother Sergio, now president of the Republic. And she was there too first European woman to receive in 1985 in New York the Eugene Smith Photojournalism Award.

The photographer Letizia Battaglia (photo Ansa)
The photographer Letizia Battaglia (photo Ansa)

The photographer Letizia Battaglia (photo Ansa)

The July 18th one of the greatest and most important exponents of pop art has passed away: Claes Oldenburg, author of the famous giant sculptures depicting clothespins, forks, spoons, famous in the United States. The Swedish artist and sculptor, then a naturalized American, began his career in the 1960s by focusing his research and artistic production on contemporary food consumerism. He begins his production of plaster sculptures depicting food, then focuses on serial reproductions of commonly used objects. From the meeting with the artist Coosje Van Bruggen, from the second half of the 70s, the monumental works installed in urban spaces are born. His name is also linked to Italy: it was he, in fact, who created the iconic needle and thread in Piazzale Cadorna in Milan.

The artist and sculptor Claes Oldenburg (photo Ansa)
The artist and sculptor Claes Oldenburg (photo Ansa)

The artist and sculptor Claes Oldenburg (photo Ansa)

Piazzale Cadorna in Milan (photo Wikipedia)
Piazzale Cadorna in Milan (photo Wikipedia)

Piazzale Cadorna in Milan (photo Wikipedia)

The September 13th the film world mourned the passing of Jean-Luc Godardthe director of the New Wave that signed over 150 films including “A bout de souffle”, “Le Mépris”, “Pierrot le fou”. “He wasn’t sick, he was just exhausted,” he told the French newspaper Libération. The French filmmaker died in Switzerland, resorting to assisted suicide.

Director Jean-Luc Godard (photo Ansa)
Director Jean-Luc Godard (photo Ansa)

Director Jean-Luc Godard (photo Ansa)

The September 27th and Bruno Arena diedItalian comedian much loved by the public and one of the two beating hearts of duo “Prickly pears”. His parody of the TV presenter Benedetta Parodi is famous, grappling with recipes and cooking. «I would have put two eggs in it», so she ended her gag with the words of her right-hand man Max Cavallari, with which they snatched a smile from all of Italy.

Comedian Bruno Arena (photo Ansa)
Comedian Bruno Arena (photo Ansa)

Comedian Bruno Arena (photo Ansa)

“It’s changing out there. Just like last time. There’s a storm coming, Harry. And we must all be ready.” Thus, in the film “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, Robbie Coltrane (born Anthony Robert McMillan, uttered one of the most famous phrases in the saga dedicated to the wizard of Privet Drive. With his Hagrid, Coltrane has become familiar to millions of fans of JK Rowling’s stories. The same ones who, the October 14th, they mourned his passing. His participation in the role of Sergeant Peter Godley in the film “The True Story of Jack the Ripper-From Hell” is also noteworthy.

The actor Robbie Coltrane (photo Ansa)
The actor Robbie Coltrane (photo Ansa)

The actor Robbie Coltrane (photo Ansa)

We met him thanks to Tom Hanksprotagonist in the 2004 film by Steven Spielberg “The Terminal”the film inspired by the true story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri an Iranian refugee who lived for almost 20 years in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, where he was found dead November 12th. Nicknamed himself «Sir Alfred Mehran», he defined himself as stateless, and remained in the French airport from 26 August 1988 to July 2006.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri at Charles De Gaulle airport (photo wikipedia)
Mehran Karimi Nasseri at Charles De Gaulle airport (photo wikipedia)

Mehran Karimi Nasseri at Charles De Gaulle airport (photo wikipedia)

The November 25th it was the day of the last farewell to the American singer who enchanted with her hits “Flashdance…what a feeling” and “Hunger”with which he won the Oscar twice. Irene Dear she died at the age of 63 at her home in Florida and the cause of her death is still unknown. “Her legacy will live on forever through her music and her films,” said her agent Judith A. Moose.

The American singer Irene Cara (photo Ansa)
The American singer Irene Cara (photo Ansa)

The American singer Irene Cara (photo Ansa)

2022 was also the year of farewell to Lando Buzzanca. At the Gerlando registry officeand died on December 18 after having signed important pages in the history of cinema and television, with over 100 films in the curriculum. The debut he arrives in the 60s with Pietro Germi in “Divorce Italian Style”to then work with directors such as Elio Petri, Luciano Salce, Steno and Lucio Fulci. In 2008 he was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor for “I Viceré” by Roberto Faenza.

The actor Lando Buzzanca (photo Ansa)
The actor Lando Buzzanca (photo Ansa)

The actor Lando Buzzanca (photo Ansa)

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