In 2022, the world lost many notable public figures, including Queen Elizabeth II, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler, and former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev. One of the most significant losses was that of American actor and film director Sidney Poitier, who passed away on January 6 at the age of 94.
Poitier, who grew up in poverty in the Bahamas, made his way to Broadway and eventually became the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. His career spanned over six decades, and he was widely praised for his performances in films such as "Lilies of the Field," "In the Heat of the Night," and "To Sir, with Love." Poitier was also known for his activism, using his platform to speak out on issues such as civil rights and racial equality.
French designer Thierry Mugler also passed away in January at the age of 73, leaving a lasting impact on the fashion world with his edgy, rebellious designs. Mugler's career began in the world of dance, but he eventually transitioned to fashion, working as a freelancer for various fashion houses in Paris, London, and Milan.
In 1984, he organized the first public fashion show in Europe, which was attended by 6,000 visitors and resembled a rock concert. Mugler's work was often inspired by science fiction and fantasy, and he became known for his extravagant and theatrical runway shows.
Notable figures who passed away
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to hold the position of Secretary of State, died on March 23 at the age of 84. Albright was born in Prague in 1937 and fled with her family to England and then the United In July, Japan lost Shinzo Abe, its longest-serving prime minister, who died at the age of 67 after being shot while campaigning in the city of Nara.
Abe is remembered for revitalizing the country's economy and his controversial views on Japan's past. In September, the world lost Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, best known for her role in the film "Grease." Newton-John was a prominent advocate for cancer research and treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.
British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, a pioneer of punk fashion, died on December 31, 2022 at the age of 90. Westwood rose to fame in the 1970s with her edgy, rebellious designs and became a key figure in the punk movement.
She continued to influence the fashion world throughout her career, collaborating with artists and activists and consistently pushing the boundaries of traditional fashion. Westwood was also known for her activism, using her platform to speak out on issues such as climate change and human rights.
She will be remembered as a true icon and trailblazer in the fashion industry. Other notable figures who passed away in 2022 include Larry King, the American television and radio host; Cicely Tyson, the award-winning actress and civil rights activist; and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for over 70 years.
The loss of these public figures has had a significant impact on the world, and they will be remembered for their contributions and legacies.