Famous People Who Died In 1997

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1997. This list includes people like The Notorious B.I.G., Mother Teresa, John Denver, Andrew Cunanan, Chris Farley and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, poets and philosophers who died in 1997. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
84
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 2 
The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
79
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 3 
Chris Farley
(Actor and Comedian)
Chris Farley
59
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 18
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 4 
James Stewart
(American Actor Known for His Distinctive Drawl and Everyman Screen Persona)
James Stewart
35
Birthdate: May 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 2
 5 
Gianni Versace
(Italian Fashion Designer, Businessman and Founder of ‘Versace’)
Gianni Versace
37
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15
 6 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
34
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
John Denver
(Best Know for His Songs 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Take Me Home, Country Roads', and 'Annie's Song')
John Denver
31
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Died: October 12
 8 
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
(The Best Hawaiian Musician of All Time)
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
24
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: June 26
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 9 
Robert Mitchum
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic American Cinema)
Robert Mitchum
19
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 10 
Burgess Meredith
(One of the Most Accomplished Actors of the 20th Century)
Burgess Meredith
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 9
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 11 
Mother Teresa
(Roman Catholic Nun, Founder and Active Member of the ‘Missionaries of Charity’)
Mother Teresa
176
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje, North Macedonia
Died: September 5
 12 
Jacques Cousteau
(Co-Inventor of the First Open-Circuit, Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus 'Aqua-Lung')
Jacques Cousteau
22
Birthdate: June 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France
Died: June 25
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Brian Keith
(American Actor)
Brian Keith
8
Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 14 
Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)
Jeff Buckley
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: May 29
 15 
Fela Kuti
(Multi-Instrumentalist & the Creator of ‘Afro-beat’, a Genre that Fuses West African Music with American Funk & Jazz)
Fela Kuti
17
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: August 2
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 16 
Red Skelton
(Comedian, Pantomimist)
Red Skelton
10
Birthdate: July 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vincennes
Died: September 17
 17 
Joanna Moore
(American Film and Television Actress)
Joanna Moore
4
Birthdate: November 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parrott, Georgia, United States
Died: November 22
 18 
Mobutu Sese Seko
(President of Zaire (1965 - 1997))
Mobutu Sese Seko
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: September 7
 19 
William S. Burroughs
(Best Known for His Third Novel 'Naked Lunch')
William S. Burroughs
9
Birthdate: February 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 2
 20 
Toshiro Mifune
(One of Japan's Greatest Actors Known Actors Who is Known for His Collaboration With Akira Kurosawa)
Toshiro Mifune
4
Birthdate: April 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Qingdao, China
Died: December 24
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 21 
Deng Xiaoping
(Politician)
Deng Xiaoping
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guang'an, China
Died: February 19
 22 
Allen Ginsberg
(Best Known for His Poem ‘Howl’, Which is One of the Most Significant Products of the 'Beat Movement')
Allen Ginsberg
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5
 23 
Denver Pyle
(Actor and Director Known for His TV Series ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’)
Denver Pyle
11
Birthdate: May 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bethune, Colorado, United States
Died: December 25
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 24 
Roy Lichtenstein
(American Pop Artist Who Became a Major Figure in the New Art Movement During the 1960s)
Roy Lichtenstein
12
Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 29
 25 
Ben Hogan
(American professional golfer)
Ben Hogan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Texas
Died: July 25
 26 
Betty Shabazz
(Educator and Activist Best Known as the Wife of African-American Activist Malcolm X)
Betty Shabazz
10
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23
 27 
Lillian Disney
(Wife of Walt Disnry)
Lillian Disney
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spalding, Idaho, United States
Died: December 16
 28 
Townes Van Zandt
(Country Singer & Songwriter Best Known for His Songs: 'Pancho and Lefty' and 'For the Sake of the Song')
Townes Van Zandt
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 1
 29 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
42
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: August 16
 30 
Viktor Frankl
(Psychiatrist)
Viktor Frankl
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Died: September 2
 31 
Audra Lindley
(Actress)
Audra Lindley
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 16
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 32 
Jeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)
Jeanne Calment
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arles
Died: August 4
 33 
Paulo Freire
(Educator and Philosopher)
Paulo Freire
3
Birthdate: September 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
Died: May 2
 34 
Nicolette Larson
(Best known for her work in the late 1970s)
Nicolette Larson
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: December 16
 35 
Magda Gabor
(Hungarian-American Actress and Socialite)
Magda Gabor
5
Birthdate: June 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 6
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 36 
Ennis Cosby
(Teacher)
Ennis Cosby
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16
 37 
Richard Jaeckel
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
Died: June 4
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 38 
Sheldon Leonard
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: January 11
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 39 
James A. Michener
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16
 40 
Andrew Cunanan
(FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive)
Andrew Cunanan
72
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: National City, California, United States
Died: July 23
 41 
Dodi Fayed
(Egyptian Film Producer and Romantic Partner of Diana, Princess of Wales)
Dodi Fayed
26
Birthdate: April 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: August 31
 42 
Laura Nyro
(Songwriter)
Laura Nyro
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8
 43 
Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)
Diosdado Macapagal
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: April 21
 44 
Tony Williams
(Drummer)
Tony Williams
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: February 23
 45 
Georg Solti
(Hungarian-British Orchestral and Operatic Conductor Who has appeared With Opera Companies in Munich, Frankfurt and London)
Georg Solti
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 5
 46 
Curt Flood
(Baseball player)
Curt Flood
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 20
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 47 
Marjorie Reynolds
(American Actress Known for Her Role as 'Linda Mason' in the 1942 Musical Film 'Holiday Inn')
Marjorie Reynolds
3
Birthdate: August 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buhl, Idaho, United States
Died: February 1
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 48 
Charles Kuralt
(The First Anchor of 'CBS News Sunday Morning')
Charles Kuralt
3
Birthdate: September 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 4
 49 
Don Messick
(Actor, Dub actor, Stage actor)
Don Messick
1
Birthdate: September 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo
Died: October 24
 50 
Dora Maar
(French Photographer and Painter Known for Her Nine-Year Relationship with 'Pablo Picasso')
Dora Maar
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16