Even when AIDS claims the famous, the deaths no longer automatically command headlines. The disease has become so frighteningly commonplace in the world of entertainment that AIDS obituaries now crowd pages in the trade papers, and survivors gather with numbing regularity at memorial services. To observe the fourth annual Day Without Art on Dec. 1, which coincides with the World Health Organization’s World AIDS Day, thousands of museums around the world will remove or cover their artwork; many will present AIDS-awareness programs in place of art. Many performances at cultural centers across the country will be delayed for a moment of silence. At least six cities — New York, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Tex., San Francisco, and Fort Wayne, Ind. — will dim their skylines from 7:45 to 8 p.m. From December 1991 to September 1992 (the latest figures available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics), AIDS claimed another 16,503 American lives. As it did last year, Entertainment Weekly marks the Day Without Art with a tribute to those performers and artists who have died of the disease in the past year. We have tried to be comprehensive, but we’re sure the toll is even higher than we know. More than any words could, the faces on the following pages offer stark testimony to how much the epidemic has cost the entertainment world.
Nov. 11, 1992, age 33
Actor and author of the award-winning play Marvin’s Room.
Nov. 5, 1992, age 48
Cofounded the L.A. International Film Exposition (Filmex) in 1971 and L.A.’s American Cinematheque in 1983.
DENNIS K. SULLIVAN
Oct. 20, 1992, age 50
Former broadcast counsel for CBS and staff attorney for the Federal Communications Commission.
Oct. 19, 1992, age 42
Main cabaret correspondent for the New York Post and Back Stage.
WILLIAM F. CHAFIN
Oct. 16, 1992, age 35
Record producer and founder of the gay magazine QW.
STEPHEN F. TEMMER
Oct. 8, 1992, age 64
Audio technician who made the first recordings of the Metropolitan Opera for broadcast.
Oct. 6, 1992, age 70
British actor best known for his 1980s roles in such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark and A Room With a View.
GENE DAVIS BUCK
Oct. 1, 1992, age 49
Theatrical costume and set designer who worked with the Oregon Children’s Theatre.
Oct. 1, 1992, age 46
Music teacher and former theater manager at New York’s Joyce Theater.
Oct. 1, 1992, age 40
Director of the Tokyo, Boston, Honolulu, and Philadelphia companies of Little Shop of Horrors.
Sept. 29, 1992, age 44
Disco-era singer, actor, and songwriter whose ”Last Dance” won the 1979 Best Song Academy Award.
DAVID SCOTT RICHARDSON
Sept. 29, 1992, age 30
Story editor and writer on the ABC sitcom Family Matters.