LIFE Remembers

They illuminated our lives with their own. They entertained us, and inspired us

Charles Schulz 77

For 49 years, the cartoonist brought very good grief to Peanuts fans as Snoopy and Co. made light of melancholy themes such as loneliness and insecurity. In a parable on blind faith, Schulz's Charlie Brown always had the football yanked away from him, but never lost his kick.

Hedy Lamarr 86

The sultry Viennese actress was more than just a pretty face: in the U.S. in 1942, she co-patented technology inspired by the first of her six husbands, an arms dealer who sold to the Nazis, that prevented radio signals from being jammed. The patent's ideas foreshadowed secure...

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