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The entertainment world lost several legendary stars and a host of other men and women involved in the performing arts in 2012. Notables who died include actor Larry Hagman, astronaut Neil Armstrong, voice actor Jerry Nelson (The Count of Sesame Street), comedian Phyllis Diller, singer Whitney Houston, and actor George Lindsey. Obituaries of these and other performers and filmmakers, musicians and producers, dancers and composers, writers and others associated with the performing arts who died in 2012 can be found in this comprehensive reference work. For each, the date, place, and cause of death are provided, along with a career recap. Filmographies are given for film and television performers, and many photographs are included. Books in this annual series are available dating to 1994, and a subscription plan is available for future issues.