A look back at the esteemed personalities who left us this year, who'd touched us with their innovation, creativity and humanity.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nanette Fabray (October 27, 1920-February 22, 2018) was just three years old when she launched her career as vaudeville singer-dancer "Baby Nanette." She went on to star on Broadway in such musicals as "Bloomer Girl," ''High Button Shoes," and "Mr. President," playing first lady to Robert Ryan's commander-in-chief. But perhaps he most memorable film role was as … a baby, part of the trio of triplets (pictured, with Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan) in the 1953 Comden & Green musical, "The Band Wagon."
Heading back East from Hollywood, the vivacious actress, singer and dancer earned three Emmy Awards as a comic foil in the Sid Caesar comedy/variety series, "Caesar's Hour," despite a hearing disability that had plagued her from childhood into her late 40s. In 1967 she underwent surgery that gave her normal hearing for the first time in her life.
She talked openly about her disability on behalf of organizations concerned with hearing loss. "She had such an amazing life professionally, but I think if she could say what she wanted to be remembered for it would be more for her humanitarian work," her son, Dr. Jamie MacDougall, told the Associated Press. "She was very instrumental in advocating for the rights of the deaf and hearing-impaired."
Other TV appearances included "Laramie," ''Burke's Law," ''The Girl From U.N.C.L.E," "Love, American Style," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "One Day at a Time" (on which she reprised her "Triplets" number with Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli), and "Coach."