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Celebrities react to the death of Lauren Bacall

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Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at age 89. Here's how celebrities paid tribute to the actress on social media.

>> STORY: Actress Lauren Bacall dies at age 89

>> PHOTOS: Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2014

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Why the death of Robin Williams is hitting so hard

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​Sadly, unexpected celebrity deaths are not uncommon. But the news of Robin Williams’ suspected suicide hit particularly hard Monday night. Here’s why.

First, he was a comedian.

UNITED ARTISTS / "THE BIRDCAGE": “Madonna! Madonna! Madonna! But you keep it all inside.” 

​​There’s something truly torturous about knowing a man who comforted us with humor was hurting so much inside. We suddenly feel guilty for laughing; it’s like learning the friend we thought we knew was an entirely different person. We replace comedy with tragedy. (Videos via Buena Vista PicturesTriStar Pictures)

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Second, Williams was a true comedian. True comedians go for more than dumb laughs — he made us smile with movies like “Dead Poets Society,” “Patch Adams” — with that story about his wife farting in “Good Will Hunting.” The truly talented find the funny in real, vulnerable life; he did that by making movies that touched people’s hearts. (Videos via Buena Vista PicturesUniversal Studios,Miramax)

And third, comedy legends last. Williams was a man who multiple generations grew up with — starting with “Mork & Mindy” in the '70s, through “Good Morning Vietnam” in the '80s, through “Aladdin,” “Hook” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the ‘90s. Even “Night at the Museum” brought him to kids in the 2000s. For the past 40 years, children have loved Robin Williams. (Videos via ABCTriStar PicturesTwentieth Century Fox)

Within minutes of the news of his death breaking, Williams was dominating all trending topics on Twitter

Many celebrities and fans sent out their condolences and shared memories, but Kevin ​Spacey may have said it best. Robin Williams made the world laugh ... and think.

BUENA VISTA PICTURES / "DEAD POETS SOCIETY": "That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

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Photos: James Garner through the years

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Character actor James Rebhorn dead at 65

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​Veteran American actor James Rebhorn died at his home in New Jersey Friday night. The actor was 65 years old.

TMZ reports Rebhorn passed away from skin cancer and says he was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992. Despite his deteriorating condition, his wife says he still wanted to work.

Rebhorn’s career spanned five decades. Recently, he starred as Carrie Mathison's father on Showtime’s "Homeland" and as a special agent on USA Network’s "White Collar." (Via TV Guide / Showtime / Kent Smith)

Other shows he appeared in include "Seinfeld," "The Practice," "Law & Order," "Boston Legal" and "30 Rock." (Via Sony / "Seinfeld", NBC / "Law & Order")

He also appeared in several films: "Independence Day," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Meet the Parents," to name a few. (Via IMDB / "Independence Day")

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DeNiro: "We’re getting creamed, people.”

Rebhorn: "Well if Lawrence Nightingale over here would play a little defense."

Stiller: "Larry I missed one shot."

Rebhorn: "It was a big shot." (Via Universal Studios / "Meet the Parents")

In addition to his TV and film resume, The Hollywood Reporter points out Rebhorn also worked with the Roundabout Theatre Company. He recently starred in the show "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many."

Rebhorn attended Wittenberg University and said that's really where his acting career began.

"When I was a senior I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. But because I had been so involved in theater and so involved specifically with acting I thought I would try to pursue that." (Via YouTube / Wittenberg University)

Rebhorn is survived by his wife Rebecca and their two daughters.

World's oldest Holocaust survivor dies at age 110

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Alice Herz-Sommer, an accomplished pianist and a Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 110 Sunday morning in London.

Herz-Sommer was believed to be the oldest living Holocaust survivor. She is the focus of the documentary “The Lady in Number 6,” which is nominated for an Academy Award. (Via YouTube / allegrofilms)

The documentary highlights Herz-Sommer’s experiences in the Terezin concentration camp, and the skill that kept her and her son alive.

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“Trying to figure out how to survive. Knowing that any minute she would have to get up and perform and if she didn’t please her captors she and her son would be exterminated that day.” (Via Youtube / Everyone Matters)

“The fact that she was a pianist may have helped her survive at a German concentration camp. Along with other musicians, she performed concerts at that camp.” (Via NBC )

Israeli newspaper Ynet first reported her death, with her grandson telling the paper “She passed away peacefully, with her family by her side. … She was our inspiration and our world will be significantly duller without her in it.”

Herz-Sommer’s death came as a shock to those who worked with her. The producer of the documentary, Frederic Bohbot told CBC, “We all came to believe that she would just never die.”

Herz-Sommer’s life has been the subject of two books in addition to the documentary. No funeral arrangements have been announced yet.

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