DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Wendie Jo Sperber
-American actress (Back to the Future)
Wendie Jo Sperber (September 15, 1958 –November 29, 2005) was an American actress, known for her performances in the films I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Bachelor Party (1984), and Back to the Future (1985) and as well as the television sitcoms Bosom Buddies (1980–1982) and Private Benjamin (1982–1983).
DEATH: In 1997, Sperber was diagnosed with breast cancer, which seemed to go into remission following treatment. She revealed in April 2002 that the cancer had reappeared and spread throughout her body, and by mid-2004 she had undergone experimental brain radiation therapy. She continued to work in television and movies during this period, including episodes of Unhappily Ever After, Home Improvement, Will & Grace, Grounded for Life, and the movies Desperate But Not Serious (1999) and Sorority Boys(2002).
She died on November 29, 2005, at the age of 47. Her last work was lending her voice to “Roger ‘n’ Me,” an episode of American Dad! that aired in 2006, after her death. The producers of the show renamed her character as Wendie Jo in honor of the actress.