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Famous deaths of June 29

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You won't believe who died on this date. For starters, there's the actress who won a record four Academy Awards for her work in leading roles. There's the man known as The Great Compromiser, and the poet who counted the ways in which she loved thee.

Katharine Hepburn was 96-years old when she died on June 29, 2003. Her film career spanned six decades, 1932-1996. Along the way, Hepburn picked up four Best Actress Oscars for “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). She should have won in 1951 for “The African Queen”, but was edged out by Vivien Leigh in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Henry Clay died June 29, 1852, having served three different terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives. In fact, until Sam Rayburn broke his record in 1961, Clay held that office longer than anyone. A Kentucky native, Clay also served as a United States Senator and Secretary of State. He was called The Great Compromiser for his ability to bring two sides of an issue together. What he didn't have was the ability to be president. He lost in the elections of 1824, 1832 and 1844.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is famous for the first three lines of her Sonnet 43, published in 1850. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach…” Browning is considered one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era, with her works widely popular in both Britain and the United States. She died in her husband's arms June 29, 1861 in Florence, Italy.

Others who left this earth on June 29:

Jayne Mansfield, killed in a car crash in Louisiana in 1967. Her children were in the back seat, including “Law and Order SVU” actress Marsika Hargitay. They were not hurt.

Bob Crane, murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona motel in 1978. He made his name as the star of television's “Hogan's Heroes”, but when his TV career fizzled, Crane turned to shooting sex films with various women, and may have been killed by the man who assisted him. His death remains unsolved.

Lana Turner, died of throat cancer June 29, 1995. Her three biggest films were “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946), “Peyton Place” (1957), for which she earned an Academy Award nomination, and “Imitation of Life” (1959). Turner made headlines in 1958, when her daughter fatally stabbed the actress' boyfriend during a fight.

Rosemary Clooney, succumbed to lung cancer June 29, 2002. You couldn't find a more popular singer in the 1950s, with hits like “Come On-a My House”, “Botch-a-Me” and “Mambo Italiano.” Her biggest movie was “White Christmas” (1954), with co-stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen. Her nephew George Clooney served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

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