14 Actors/Actresses Who Died Before Seeing Their Final Film
Untimely celebrity deaths have always made headlines but on occasion, tragedy strikes during the production or post-production of an active project. When that happens, the late actor or actress in question is unfortunately unable to see the fruits of their final labors. On occasion, such situations prove to be so dramatic that they add to the mystique of both the movies and their departed stars. Here are 14 such situations in which prominent players never lived to see the release of their last movies.
14. Anna Nicole Smith
There aren’t too many people who would confidently refer to Anna Nicole Smith as a serious actress, but even so, when the model and socialite died of a drug overdose in February of 2007, she left an unfinished movie behind. Illegal Aliens was released on May 1, 2007, starring Smith as one of a trio of shape-shifting aliens who take on the forms of extremely attractive human females. Though pretty much everyone who saw the movie hated it, Anna Nicole Smith became the answer to a trivia question by dying before the movie was released.
13. Natalie Wood
Though she was a highly successful actress in her day, Natalie Wood is most famous now for being at the epicenter of one of the most mysterious celebrity deaths in history. Wood was terrified of water, and when she was a young girl, a gypsy fortuneteller had predicted she would drown. Sure enough, Wood died in the waters off California’s Catalina Island in 1981. Considered an accident for many years, authorities now classify the cause of Wood’s death as “undetermined.”
At the time of her death, Wood had a movie in post-production. That film was released in 1983 as Brainstorm, and it immortalizes the final performance of a talented actress whose life was tragically cut short by unknown causes.