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  1. Mary
    Mary at |

    Just to let you know, Judy Garland had THREE children. You forgot to mention she left behind a son, Joey Luft, as well.

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  2. Tony
    Tony at |

    What about John Belushi?

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  3. Heather
    Heather at |

    You're right about Judy – I'm sorry about that.

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  4. Heather
    Heather at |

    Hi Tony,

    John Belushi is an excellent suggestion, sorry there was not room for everyone. There are plenty of others who could go on here, too, as well.

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  5. Zzam
    Zzam at |

    Great selection.

    Mike Tyson would be a good one.

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  6. heather
    heather at |

    I agree, it would be interesting writing about Tyson, he would be an excellent addition to any train wreck list 🙂 Happy Holidays!

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  7. jchorner9
    jchorner9 at |

    What about Anna Nicole Smith? I'd put her in the top three.

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  8. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    she's never done any work of note: she's a train wreck, but I can't even think of anything she's been in. She's definitely a train wreck, though 🙂

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  9. Jane
    Jane at |

    What about Heath Ledger? Maybe not a train wreck, but what a tragedy 🙁

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  10. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    You’re right, poor Heath. I guess the answer is that some of these people captured my imagination more than others, and that’s why I thought of them when I was writing. But I do think Heath was a good actor, very good, and I really feel awful for his family. So, yeah, Heath should probably be here, too. I need top 100 for this list LOL

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  11. bob
    bob at |

    what about jim morrison?

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  12. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    Great idea about Jim, wish it had occured to me at the time. I'm actually a fan of the Doors. Thanks for your feedback. There were so many people to choose from on this one – there is certainly no shortage of tragic tales and sad stories in the worlds of Hollywood and Rock N Roll.

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  13. noah
    noah at |

    i think brittney should be on this list twice lol

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  14. Sean
    Sean at |

    Really, no James Dean the ultimate “Rebel Without a Cause?”

    Unfortunately, it seems many of our beloved entertainers could make the list.

    I agree with Belushi…what about Chris Farley, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin?

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  15. Heather
    Heather at |

    All solid picks – especially James Dean. Thanks for reading my list.

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  16. Davo
    Davo at |

    jayne mansfield was hot. Love the ladies from the 50s' good size, not like todays waif thin girls. And I'm only 26!

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  17. grubmel
    grubmel at |

    Really? Marilyn Monroe? Someone above mentioned that Anna Nicole Smith shouldn't be included because she really did nothing; same with Monroe. She starred in some terrible movies and dated big celebrities. Once baby boomers pass Monroe will be forgotten. She's a pretty girl whose looks don't stand up with age.

    It's sad really. Like saying Megan Fox is timeless and the quintessential idea of beauty and sexuality. Cheap, forgettable floozy with too much hype.

    Other then that, and the exclusion of some obvious celebs already mentioned above, fine list.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Marilyn will forever be an icon, if only because Andy Warhol used her visage for one of his most famous works of art. Not quite the Mona Lisa but an iconic work of art nonetheless.

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      1. Nocturnesthesia
        Nocturnesthesia at |

        I’ve always felt the same way about Monroe… It disgusted me in university to see so many girls with posters and shirts and handbags featuring her image. Really? She’s famous 50 years after her fatal drug-overdose for being a chunky whore. Not someone I’d want my daughter modeling her life after.

        Either way, great list. I agree that you could make a good top 25 of this, or even write a decent book.

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    2. Sydney
      Sydney at |

      I disagree. Everyone from Lindsay Lohan to Rhianna are posing in look alike photos. I don’t think they know much about her. They assume she was a party girl whose time was up too soon. There is more to MM than that, but the 20 something celebrities seem to think they could be just like Marilyn. Only not dead.

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  18. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    Hi Grubmel,

    Marilyn is a legend, and her comedic timing is quite good in films. She's influenced culture in a way that Anna Nicole could never do. I don't think the two celebrities can be compared at all, but thanks for your take on things. I personally don't think Marilyn will ever be forgotten, she is simply too iconic. Images of her are a part of Americana now, and they always will be – even worldwide, her appeal and allure remain very powerful.

    Again, comparing Marilyn Monroe to Megan Fox seems a little cruel with regard to Marilyn. The films Marilyn appeared in were often more memorable than Transformers.

    Thanks for commenting, it's always interesting to read other people's views. I'm glad you enjoyed the list.

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  19. Marty
    Marty at |

    MJ's "Off the Wall was released in 1979, not 1975.

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  20. Mike
    Mike at |

    Actually Hogan's Heroes ran from 1965 to 1971 on CBS.

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  21. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    Thanks to both people for the corrections. I do the best I can to check things, but there are many websites and I don't always cross reference. Usually, I am trying to capture some essence of the person in a short block of text. Often, my focus is on emotions and what their life meant to others, etc. I appreciate your feedback. I hope you got something out of the list, despite these errors.

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    1. Mike
      Mike at |

      Yes Heather,this list was quite interesting. And we all make mistakes on things,& my intention of pointing out someone's error is strictly to be helpful & not rude or superior in any way as some folks can be. Like I said,we all are guilty of making mistakes.

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  22. Mike
    Mike at |

    I read a book about actor Errol Flynn's life & trust me,his life qualifies as a major train wreck.

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  23. Heather Matthews
    Heather Matthews at |

    Thanks Mike 🙂 I'm interested in Errol Flynn – there is a life with some drama! I have a weakness for Old Hollywood 🙂 Have a great night, I hope to add a new top ten list in a week or so 🙂

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  24. Pmiddster
    Pmiddster at |

    Frankie Lymon was a train wreck as well…. Movie about it too "Why do falls fall in love?"

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  25. Anon
    Anon at |

    Darby Crash – LA punk rock legend who OD'd on heroin in December of 1980. Not a celebrity in the classic sense(of being widely recognized), yet his style and lyrical giftedness would prove hugely influential to the evolution of punk and all its offshoots(e.g. hardcore, alternative). I was not at all surprised to find out that Kurt Cobain idolized Darby Crash, only that he knew so much about him.

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      I read an article about Darby Crash recently – it was very interesting. This is a great suggestion, actually. thanks.

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  26. jessi
    jessi at |

    PATSY CLINE!!!!!!!! How she could not make this list but Whitney Houston and Britney Spears, who are still alive, could is CRAZY!!!!

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  27. Eye of the Beholder
    Eye of the Beholder at |

    MJ's unfortunate death would probably move him up the list now.

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  28. Julissa
    Julissa at |

    Very interesting list, you should make another with all the suggestions. Florence Ballard of the Supremes would be a good addition as well. She died just as she was getting her career back on track.

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      That's a great suggestion, Julissa. Thanks for reading the list.

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  29. riff
    riff at |

    Brian Jones

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      good idea. He'd be interesting to write about as well. I love the Stones.

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  30. Nick
    Nick at |

    Damn Bobby Brown He Had Good Songs And Whitney 2 BOth Should Be ON The List Together

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  31. possum
    possum at |

    Michael Jackson shouldn't be on this list, Plastic surgery and accusations do not make you a train wreck, its the media thats the trainwreck for torturing Michael and creating sensationalized storys.

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  32. John
    John at |

    It’s a shame that all the people on your list are American, maybe it should be relabelled American Celebruty Train Wrecks and Tradgedies. Some of the people I would add to the list are, Keith Moon, Sid Vicious and Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers.

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      the list had a Hollywood vibe to me, so, yes, they were American. Good suggestions, thanks.

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  33. fanatik
    fanatik at |

    John Belusji would definitely be on my list. A comic genius who just couldn;t get his life in control.
    Chris Farely was a serious wreck, also.

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  34. bo white
    bo white at |

    if you update the list or make it longer i think you should consider corey haim, lindsey lohan, and maybe all the different strokes kids.

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  35. rod
    rod at |

    Umm Anna Nicole Smith has lots of notible work

    She was 1992 Playmate of the month
    1993 Playmate of the Year
    Guess model/Spokesperson from 1992-1994
    Leading lady In Naked Gun 33 1/3
    Illegal Aliens
    Skyskrapper
    had the #1 rated show on E! ( the Anna Nicole Smith Show)
    Spokesmodel for Layne Byrant from 1995-1997 and again from 2000-2003
    Spokes Model fro Trim Spa from 2003-2007
    + she did modeling for “Con-Aire , Coca-Cola , Peta, Penthouse , H&M , St Ives , FHM, and most major Canadain Retailers threw 1997-1999

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    1. Heather Matthews
      Heather Matthews at |

      Hi,

      Thanks for the details.

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  36. Jerra
    Jerra at |

    If you examine the list, and then also look at other suggestions from readers, nearly every case involves serious drug abuse. This is not to be judgemental, or take a cliche shot at drugs, simply to point out that many creative and sensitive persons, especially those making considerable $$, are in a position to consistently abuse drugs- but many do not have the make up to use them without drowning. I am sure also that the general populus is littered with such train wrecks, especially in terms of prescription meds, and I am sure we all know a few persons who are being propped up or stupified. Perhaps there are many on these celebrity lists who did not understand their own demons or understand how they slid down the paths to being addicts. Though one gets the sense that there may have been some who did understand and perhaps thats a reason, in itself, for all the more drugs. Drugs may be alot of fun to begin with, but weve lost alot of great folks everywhere as a result of them. As a culture we tend to vilify train wrecks at times, vicariously gaining a passing or envious pleasure or even good chuckle at a dark headline. But regardless, at least many of these persons gave alot of joy and entertainment to others regardless of their frailties, and that is to be deeply admired.

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    1. Heather
      Heather at |

      great – and very thoughtful comment – thank you!

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