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Renowned conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, past leader of the Welsh National Opera anf the BBC Concert Orchestra, died last night in London at age 84. Born in New York to Australian parents, he attended conservatory in Sydney and then won a fellowship to study in Prague. There, he developed a lifelong interest in the operas of Leos Janacek.

Vonetta McGee, 65, a screen star during the 1970s blaxpoitation era, died July 9 in Berkeley, Calif., after a heart attack. She made her name with leading roles in films such as "Blacula" and "Shaft in Africa." In 1972, a Los Angeles Times reviewer called her "one of the busiest and most beautiful black actresses."

Marrack Goulding, 73, a British diplomat who served as the first head of United Nations peacekeeping operations , died July 9. Goulding became undersecretary-general for special political affairs in 1986 and led peacekeeping efforts until 1993.

By Emma Brown  |  July 15, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: conductor mackerras died, marrack goulding united nations died, sir charles mackerras died, vonetta mcgee actress died  
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