In Memoriam: Remembering the women of TV we've lost so far in 2021

By: Start TV Staff    Posted: July 1, 2021, 1:42PM

All images: The Everett Collection

As we reach the midway point of the year, we want to take a moment to reflect upon the talented women of television that passed away in 2021.

Over the past six months, we have had to say goodbye to sitcom icons, variety show singers, sci-fi standouts, and more. Thankfully, their wonderful work lives on.

Here are some of the losses that hit the TV industry in 2021.

Visit our remembrances page to read more obituaries.


Tanya Roberts, star of Charlie's Angels and That '70s Show

She also starred in many classic '80s films such as A View to Kill, Sheena, and The Beastmaster. She was 65.


Cloris Leachman, Phyllis from Mary Tyler Moore and most awarded actress in Emmy history

The actress appeared on television in eight different decades. She was 82.


Cicely Tyson, a pioneering TV icon who garnered countless awards

She was the first black actor with a lead role in a primetime television drama. She was 96.


Jessica Walter, the 'Arrested Development' star with six decades of TV credits

She worked with everyone from Ron Howard and William Shatner to Wonder Woman and Mannix. She was 80.


Amy Johnston, Vinnie Barbarino's love on Welcome Back, Kotter

She also played Buddy Holly's girlfriend in The Buddy Holly Story. She was 66.


Gloria Henry, the mom on Dennis the Menace

The actress behind Mrs. Mitchell died one day following her 98th birthday.


Arlene Golonka, love interest to both Howard and Sam in Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. actress was 85.


Erin O'Brien, who played Andy Griffith's gal and the title character in the '77 Sunset Strip' pilot

The former Tonight Show singer made her final TV acting appearance on Perry Mason. She was 87.


Joanne Linville, who had memorable roles in Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

She was the first woman to play a Romulan in the Trek universe. She was 93.

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ynot1971 4 months ago
Strong woman in there time the should be recognized power 21
ElizabethRupe 4 months ago
I loved Joanne Linville she was a very sexy Romulan who had great eyebrows on Star Trek.
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