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

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

Greta Garbo (April 15, 1990)


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

(August 5, 1962)


Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

(May 6, 1992)


Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio (March 8, 1999)


Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

(July 1, 2004)


James Dean

James Dean

(September 30, 1955)


Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly (September 14, 1982)


Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow

(June 7, 1937)


Gene Kelly

Gene Kelly

(February 2, 1996)


Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire

(June 2, 1987)


Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers

(April 25, 1995)


Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth (May 14, 1987)


Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

(August 12, 2014)


Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

(June 29, 2003)


Lana Turner

Lana Turner

(June 29, 1995)


Bette Davis

Lana Turner

(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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