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Celebrities that rose from the dead

Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, Duke Ellington, and more still find work in the afterlife

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DUKE ELLINGTON
There’s Lush Life, the upcoming movie about his longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn. Plus, how many composers — living or dead — can score more than 400 bucks for a 24-disc boxed set?

BOB FOSSE
Jazz hands, please. His trademark talent for grace and sleaze is still tearing up Broadway. In addition to the Chicago revival, there’s the Tony-winning tribute Fosse.

AUDREY HEPBURN
Forever the queen of the ingenues. Jennifer Love Hewitt plays her in an ABC biopic, and the book Audrey Style is a loving tribute to this funny face.

ANDY KAUFMAN
Andy, have you heard about this one: You’re back on TV with the requisite A&E Biography this fall. You’re the subject of not one but two new bios (from Regis chronicler Bill Zehme, and another by your pal and fellow prankster, Bob Zmuda), due in bookstores this fall. And from the looks of it, Jim Carrey eerily impersonates you in the November biopic, Man on the Moon. Dead? Not dead? Doesn’t matter.

STEVE MCQUEEN
Pierce Brosnan takes on the macho McQueen mantle in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, coming this August. Mix in all the It listees who consider McQueen an influence, and he surely comes out as this year’s hot dead idol.

GRAM PARSONS
The unsung country-rock hero gets his due on a July album, Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, which includes contributions from Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Beck and Emmylou Harris, and the Pretenders.

ORSON WELLES
The code word this autumn: Rosebud. Tim Robbins’ film Cradle Will Rock captures Welles as the young Mercury Theatre dynamo, while HBO’s RKO 281 — about the making and unmaking of the screen classic Citizen Kane — depicts the fighting rebel’s scrapes with mogul William Randolph Hearst. All’s Welles, indeed.