Beloved child star and diplomat Shirley Temple, folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, actress Lauren Bacall, comedians Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, poet Maya Angelou, and director Richard Attenborough are a few of the people we've said goodbye to in 2014.
The HBO documentary 'Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind' explores the late comedian's insatiable need to keep people laughing. "That laugh is a drug," notes fellow funnyman Billy Crystal in the doc. "That thrill is really hard to replace with anything else."
Comedian and actress Joan Rivers is known for appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, creating a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album and launching a syndicated daytime talk show, among various other projects.
Vocalist and actress Elaine Stritch was a renowned star of stage, film and TV. She was known for a wide array of projects that included the Broadway productions Sail Away and Company as well as screen outings like The Ellen Burstyn Show, 30 Rock and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, activist, poet and journalist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film A Raisin in the Sun. She's also known for her civic work with husband Ossie Davis.