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Paying Tribute To ‘DWTS’ Celebrities Who Have Passed Since Their Time on the Show

Corey Cesare

Corey Cesare

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Dancing With The Stars has been around since 2005. The show has the ability to combine the older generation of Hollywood with the up and coming. We’re paying tribute to the celebrities who have passed away since their time on Dancing with The Stars. These four contestants are some pretty big names in both the DWTS world and Hollywood as a whole.


1. Valerie Harper

This name might sound familiar, she’s often referred to as Rhoda Morgenstern, her name from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Harper began her career on Broadway in 1959 and eventually became the character people know and love.

In 2013, she was a part of season 17 of Dancing With The Stars alongside Bill Nye, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, and some other well-known stars. Tristan MacManus was her partner in this season.

In 2019, Harper passed away from complications with Lung Cancer that she had been fighting since 2009. She died at age 80, but her memory will remain forever in the film and television industry.


2. Florence Henderson

This actress is better known for her role as Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, but that wasn’t the only high point of her career. She was the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show, was ranked at No. 54 on TV Land and Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 100 Greatest TV Icons, and she even created her own show, The Florence Henderson Show.

In 2016, she died at the age of 82 as a result of heart failure. Three days before she died, she actually made her last ever appearance on Dancing With The Stars. She went to a live taping to support her on-screen daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant at the time.

3. Cloris Leachman

This DWTS contestant is also known for her role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, like Valerie Harper, but she did a lot more in the television industry. She won eight primetime Emmy awards from 22 nominations, then went on to win an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and finally, a Daytime Emmy.


She was a part of Dancing With The Stars in 2008 during Season 7 and was paired with Corky Ballas. Other celebrities who appeared on this season were Kim Kardashian, Cody Linley, Brooke Burke, and more.

Leachman lived a long life, dying at the age of 94 after a stroke. She passed away in January 2021, but she will forever be in our hearts.

4. Mary Wilson

This singer is well-known as the founder of the Motown group, The Supremes. They were known as the most successful Motown act of the 1960s, the best charting female group in history, and the best-selling girl group of all time. The Supremes were so big that they were awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame in 1994 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

This Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer join Dancing With The Stars in 2019 and was a part of season 29.

Wilson passed away in February 2021 from complications due to high blood pressure at 74 years-old. Two days before her death, she posted a YouTube video sharing that she was hoping to release solo music with Universal Music Group before her birthday in March. This music was released after her passing.

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Corey Cesare
Corey Cesare is a content writer and YouTube host at talent recap. With a love of all things pop culture and an unhealthy obsession with reality television (specifically Catfish The TV show), she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Cinema/Screen Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego in 2021. Corey left her Rochester, NY roots to join the team in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys shooting astro, nature, and portrait photography and coming up with movie ideas that she hopes to make into a film someday.

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Sean Lucas
Sean Lucas
3 months ago

 😆 I didn’t watch the show but I watched the people on their shows and I liked them 

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