Christmas Day has lost many entertainers and celebrities that have passed away. Here are the top 10 that made headlines with their passing. Musicians, TV and movie stars, sports legend and a young pageant girl made the media’s list of notables. Two of these entertainers made holiday songs popular, Dean Martin (“Baby it’s Cold Outside“) and Eartha Kit (“Santa Baby“). W.C. Fields was known for his great one-liners: “I was in love with a beautiful blonde and she drove ME to drink, I have thanked her ever since” and “anyone who hates children and dogs can’t be all bad.” Singer James Brown would rock the stage with great hits including “I Feel Good”. “Billy Martin”, was an American Major League Baseball second baseman and manager who, in addition to leading other teams, was five times the manager of the New York Yankees.
Dean Martin: Died on Christmas Day in 1995 – 78 years old. Sang the Holiday Song “Baby it’s Cold Outside“.
Eartha Kit: Died on Christmas Day in 2008 – 81 years old. Famous entertainer for singing “Santa Baby“.
Kit: Died on Christmas Day in 2008 – 81 years old. Famous entertainer for singing “Santa Baby“.
George Michaels: Died on Christmas Day in 2016. Singer and entertainer.
Charlie Chaplin: Died on Christmas Day in 1977 – 88 years old. Silent movie star.
Jack Klugman: Died on Christmas Day in 2012 – 90 years old. TV and stage actor.
James Brown: Died on Christmas Day in 2006. Music entertainer, known as the “Godfather of Soul”.
Peter Crawford: Died on Christmas Eve in 1984 – 61 years old. Part of the famous Rat Pack group.
W.C. Fields: Died on Christmas Day 1946 – 64 years old. Comedian and entertainer.
Billy Martin: Died on Christmas Day 1989 – 61 years old. Baseball legend from NY Yankees.
JonBenet Ramsey: Died on Christmas 1966. Budding young model whose killer was never found.
Other Entertainers who have died in 2019:
Channing, Carol – The long-running star of Hello, Dolly! Conway, Tim – The hilariously bumbling cast member from The Carol Burnett Show Day, Doris – The attractive star of 1950s romantic comedies Fonda, Peter – The star of Easy Rider and Ulee’s Gold