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The 16 icons name-dropped in Madonna's 'Vogue' are now all dead

Posted by Miriam Krule, Slate in ents
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An odd bit of trivia about the passing of Lauren Bacall on Tuesday: As Marci Robin pointed out on Twitter, all 16 of the 20th-century stars immortalised in Madonna's 'Vogue' are now dead. The famous black-and-white music video, directed by David Fincher, is an homage to the golden age of Hollywood.

The song came out in March of 1990; Greta Garbo died just a month later. (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and others had already gone, of course.) Bacall, 24 years on, was the final person mentioned.


Greta Garbo

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(April 15, 1990)

Marilyn Monroe

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(August 5, 1962)


Marlene Dietrich

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(May 6, 1992)


Joe DiMaggio

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(March 8, 1999)

Marlon Brando

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(July 1, 2004)


James Dean

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(September 30, 1955)


Grace Kelly

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(September 14, 1982)

Jean Harlow

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(June 7, 1937)


Gene Kelly

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(February 2, 1996)


Fred Astaire

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(June 2, 1987)


Ginger Rogers

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(April 25, 1995)


Rita Hayworth

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(May 14, 1987)

Lauren Bacall

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(August 12, 2014)


Katharine Hepburn

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(June 29, 2003)


Lana Turner

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(June 29, 1995)


Bette Davis

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(October 6, 1989)​


The song was a tribute, of course, to a certain kind of old-fashioned glamour. With Bacall gone, that flame has just about burned out.

This article originally appeared in Slate.

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