Nick Charles: In the middle of November, Hollywood and the rest of the world heard of the death of actor William Holden at the age of 63. Holden, a veteran of 50 films, was found dead in his Santa Monica, California apartment after apparently falling and hitting his head on the edge of a bedside table.
Actor Jimmy Stewart was a close friend …
Jimmy Stewart: "Well, it's … came as a great shock to me, because Bill has been very active in his profession in the last years that he keeps -- keeps going on, keeps making pictures. He's had a wonderful career as an actor. He's done some very fine work, and which is why we hate to lose him."
Nick Charles: Hollywood lost another top star, Natalie Wood. Her body was found floating near Santa Catalina Island, the 43-year-old actress an apparent drowning victim.
The curtain also went down in 1981 on Bob Eberly. a popular singer during the Big Band Era; actors Harry von Zell and Jack Albertson; designer Edith Head; singers Hazel Scott and Harry Chapin; newsman Lowell Thomas; Israeli Statesman Moshe Dayan, known for the patch over one eye; civil-rights leader Roy Wilkins; former heavyweight champ Joe Louis; and Omar Bradley, the last of America's five-star generals.
On July 29th, 1982, Britain's Prince Charles ended his reign as the most eligible bachelor in the world. He was married to Lady Diana Spencer. In early November Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Diana was expecting sometime in June.
Nick Charles: 1981 in Review, written, produced and narrated by Nick Charles; technical supervisor Bob Honig. This has been a presentation of UPI Audio Network.
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