Maida Heatter, prolific cookbook author and ‘Queen of Cake,’ dies at 102

She won the admiration of home bakers and famous chefs alike

Patricia Bath, trailblazing inventor of a treatment for cataracts, dies at 76

She was the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent

Chef Leah Chase, whose restaurant redefined New Orleans cooking and provided a haven for civil rights activist, dies at 96

Luminaries and politicians have dined at Dooky Chase’s, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama

Beth Carvalho, Brazil’s ‘godmother of samba,’ dies at 72

She filled soccer stadiums with her followers, battled music-industry machismo and championed overlooked composers

Peggy Lipton, star of ‘The Mod Squad’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at 72

Her death was announced by her daughters, Kidada and Rashida Jones

Doris Day, singer and movie star of the 1950s and ’60s, dies at 97

Beyond her pop credentials, her movie career included nearly 40 films over two decades

Jerrie Cobb, trailblazing pilot once in line to become the first female astronaut, dies at 88

She spent much of her life battling those who said no woman was fit to fly

Swedish actress Bibi Andersson dies at 83

She frequently appeared in famous director Ingmar Bergman’s films

Hall of Fame golfer Marilynn Smith dies at 89

Smith helped found the LPGA, the world’s oldest women’s sports organization

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, writer of Nate the Great series for young readers, dies at 90

She helped children discover the joys of reading