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.