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♪ tonight on "20/20," a celebration of the legends who left us in 2016. >> fame isn't everything. >> but left so many indelible memories behind. ♪ >> prince, the pop icon, who started a revolution. >> anybody who ever cooed into a microphone and harmonized it owes it to prince. >> muhammad ali. a fighter, a hero, in and out of the ring. >> still the greatest of all time. >> america's favorite mom,
florence henderson. ♪ >> she meant the world. i mean, she was a guiding light. >> and a first lady who stood by a president, but still made her own mark. >> this love led her to take up the twin causes of stem cell research and alzheimer's research. >> plus, the news makers, and heroes who helped us soar. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> saying good-bye, and thank you. >> good evening. i'm elizabeth vargas. >> and i'm david muir. as families are gathered together for christmas and the start of hanukkah, we thought it
was a good time to look back and celebrate the legends we lost this year. >> and we start with a groundbreaking artist, whose voice and stage persona ushered in a revolution in every way possible. >> he's the best pop musician that ever lived. ♪ my name is prince and i am funky ♪ >> anybody who ever cooed into a microphone and harmonized it owes it to prince. ♪ >> he didn't sound like anybody else. he didn't play like anybody else. so he had this, ahh, as soon as he came in. >> he was a game changer. one of the rare combinations of great musician, great singer, great songwriter, and great conceptualist. ♪ nicki started to grind >> reporter: he was born prince rogers nelson in minnesota. somewhat undersized kid. he played basketball in high
school. >> they sent him to music teachers and he ended up teaching the music teachers. and he was only 5. >> reporter: they say he learned 18 different instruments. >> he was pretty much a loner and just had his guitar and just played in the basement. >> prince was kind of shy as a kid. i never thought of him like that. whenever there was music involved, he was the exact opposite of shy. he really loved music. it was just in him. >> reporter: when he signed to warner brothers, they wanted to give him a producer. and prince said, i gotta do it myself. and that was almost unheard-of. but we saw the results. ♪ tonight i'm going to party like it's 1999 ♪ >> "1999" just shattered everything. and you really started paying attention to who this guy was. ♪ >> prince was the mozart of his day. >> do you consider yourself a modern-day mozart? >> everything that prince did. you can't think about it without thinking about the talent. >> reporter: he was the most
astonishing virtuoso on keyboards and guitar of his generation. you heard it in every song he did. "let's get crazy." ♪ oh no let's go "raspberry beret." ♪ she wore a raspberry beret "purple rain." ♪ purple rain >> it's one of the great pop ballads ever recorded. ♪ only want to see you walking in the purple rain ♪ >> reporter: to make it in a movie? that's something no one in that decade did. springsteen, jackson didn't make a movie. "purple rain" was huge. >> winner is prince. for "purple rain." >> this is very unbelievable. >> i know everyone talks about "purple rain." but "when doves cry" is the moment we called him a genius.
♪ this is what it sounds like when doves cry ♪ >> incredibly autobiographical. was he just like his mother? was he just like his father? >> you're very sweet, but you're very much to yourself. and shy? >> i wouldn't say shy. >> okay. >> reporter: this is a guy who didn't give interviews. he didn't pose for magazine covers. he was too shy to show up for "we are the world." what he did, kind of blew everybody's mind. he created the greatest single musical moment in the history of the rock and roll hall of fame inductions. ♪ >> thank you, rock & roll hall of fame. >> reporter: later, he became a jehovah's witness and said that you couldn't swear around him. >> if i can stop swearing, everyone can stop swearing. >> if you kick the edge of your
bed, what do you say? >> artichoke. >> in recent years, one of the most powerful things he did was the superbowl halftime show for the nfl. ♪ purple rain purple rain >> the fact the skies opened up, that's how you know there's something else at work. >> reporter: he's unfazed. he's behind, like, a big sheet. >> for him it's just another pivotal moment in just a career of great musical plateaus. >> wait, wait, is that prince? [ cheers and applause ] >> the key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can. >> you just look wonderful. >> i'm going to leave y'all, i haven't had breakfast yet. so -- >> prince has died at the age of 57. >> it was like an avalanche of sadness just landed on people. fans came from all over to just be with him. >> how did you feel when you
heard the news today? >> devastated. >> the cause of death -- a self-administered overdose of fentanyl. >> a month of he died, we learned he died from a self-administered dose of fentanyl. we also didn't know how severe he suffered from back pain. >> we don't want him to be remembered for all the nonsense. we wanted to have him be remembered for "diamonds and pearls." >> and at a time where you were either an artist or an entertainer, to be both is unbelievable.
and very, very, few people do it. that is a man who did it perfectly. >> swins prince's music lives on, and so do the music of so many other greats. >> changing our musical soundtrack. ♪ >> reporter: bowie's one of the titanic figures of rock and roll. the person who made every outsider feel like someone understood her, feel like someone understood him. "space oddity" said everything about david bowie. he embraced his oddness. like something from another planet. he was a true original. ♪
>> merle haggard, a rebel and an outsider. his tales were the tales that make country music great. you know, of hard upbringing. of jail and of hard times. >> being himself, that truth that we all strive for as an artist. ♪ and i turned 21 in prison doing life without parole ♪ >> and his songs are unforgettable. "mama tried" is fantastic. ♪ no one could steer me right, but mama tried ♪ ♪ the heat is on >> "the heat is on" was an enormous hit. and he had so many other hits. but glen frey probably going to be remembered most for the eagles.
and number two, "hotel california." ♪ renting a room in the hotel california ♪ >> we were serious about our work. we were serious about our songs. but along the way, we really rocked and had a good time. >> "peaceful easy feeling." "take it easy." glenn frey's music for the eagles created the southern california that everybody in the world wanted to move to. ♪ next -- america's mom. the carol brady you never knew. >> she really could tell a good dirty joke. >> florence henderson, remembered by her tv son, and by her best friend, judge judy. >> she was really quite a dame. >> when we return. but that doesn't mean we're giving up. i'm in this for me. for me. along with diet and exercise, farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes,
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♪ here's the story of a lovely lady ♪ >> florence henderson was a lovely lady. >> she was a wonderful friend. >> who really was america's mom. >> she was someone to be admired. she had an uncanny ability to make people comfortable. >> you could turn on the "brady bunch" and get that life lesson. >> jan, you're really not being fair. >> you might not have been getting in your own home. >> florence was a storybook tale, she grew up poor. youngest of a gaggle of children. >> her father had a drinking problem and her mother disappeared when she was 12.
carol brady was the mother that she wished she had had. it's funny to think that someone who exudes such optimism. >> the chicken has a certain -- >> you sure need a lot of wessonality, you know, to deal with being the youngest of ten kids. >> she came to new york. i think she was 16 or 17 years old and with nothing. she landed within six months her first broadway job. >> she was plucked from relative obscurity and wound up performing in oklahoma. ♪ >> florence henderson did "oklahoma" on stage. but in the movie, shirley jones got the part. ♪ >> later, they became tv rivals. here was florence henderson as the mom on "the brady bunch." shirley jones as the mom on "the partridge family." >> if you were of my generation the first time you saw florence henderson wasn't on "the brady bunch." you saw her on this kind of this endless stream of talk shows and game shows.
she was a wonderful guest on "the tonight show" and occasionally guest hosted "the tonight show." carol brady she was kind of the natural step from there. >> carol had to deal with everything. she had to deal with the rambunctiousness of three boys. with the squabbling of three girls. >> marcia, marcia, marcia. >> with a dog who would steal people's dolls, and she handled all of it with a smile. >> i think "the brady bunch" was the first blended family on television. >> cindy, why don't you take bobby upstairs and tell the girls your new brothers are here, okay? >> we were the first couple to sleep in the same bed, to actually let people know how you get six children. >> just the idea that they might be an actual couple was a shocking thing for television. >> it was such a gentle sweet show. it's almost like your favorite children's book. >> i can't talk. >> i remember the christmas episode where carol loses her voice. >> i think we should postpone christmas until mom can talk again. >> miraculously, after cindy asks santa claus for a miracle. >> you must want something for christmas? >> i do. i want my mommy to get her voice
back. >> one is granted. >> sing honey, sing. >> oh, come all ye faithful. >> and she is singing "come all ye faithful," beautifully, i might add. the only episode in which florence got to sing, if i'm not mistaken. >> i did worry a lot about carol being too sweet. >> people who knew flo well know that she has a saucy and spicy sense of humor -- never the shy, retiring mrs. brady that people often thought of her as. told a great dirty joke. >> and it tickled her. 'cause she's so mary poppins like at one end, and at the other end, she's -- she's got a lotta puck in her. >> mtv hired "the brady bunch" to re-enact the top scenes from the movies in 1992. one was "a few good men." >> i want the truth! >> greg, you can't handle to the truth!
>> did you order marsha's grounding? >> you're [ bleep ] right i did. now, you go to your room! >> and wait a minute. it gets worse. sharon stone in "basic instinct." >> would you us the nature of your relationship you had with sam the butcher? >> i had sex with him for about a year and a half. i liked having sex with him. >> florence henderson said that on television. so god bless her. >> when she did "dancing with the stars." flo was doing a very sexy and provocative tango. >> she was sexy for -- for an older woman. >> and she was really movin' it. >> one of her last public appearances was on "dancing with the stars." she was there to support maureen mccormick, who had played her daughter on "the brady bunch." she really was a very, very nice, really extraordinary woman. >> i'm so proud of you! >> flo was one of those ageless and timeless people that you really expect to be around forever. >> and we'll all miss her.
and we should all hope to be as good to one another as she was to everyone. >> a tv on on the mother we all loved. we sadly said good-bye to so many others this year. >> actors, and people we welcomed into our homes every week on television. >> it was a sad year for tv lovers, because we lost another iconic tv mom, doris roberts. >> i can contribute! i'm not just some trophy wife. >> she will always be remembered for marie. everybody's mom, but also your worst nightmare of a mother in law. >> you're a cook now? >> what people may not know about doris roberts is she had decades of brilliance. she was one of the great comic actresses who ever lived. >> alan thicke won the loyalty of american audiences by playing the dad who didn't always have the answers.
>> as i smack you in the head there is no risk of doing any damage. >> even though he wasn't an actor by trade. >> those sofa cushions are not for hitting. >> "growing pains" was perfect for him. he wound up writing a whole bunch of theme songs for shows like "different strokes" and "the facts of life." >> gary marshall could take whatever you were doing and make it five times funnier. like what he did with "the odd couple." that show was hysterical. and then, of course, he went on to do "happy days." probably his most iconic hit. he made henry winkler into a teen idol. and then he went on to do "pretty woman," which made julia roberts an absolute superstar. >> >> gene wilder goes to cinematic heaven because of "the producers."
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♪ >> reporter: we are coming on the air with that breaking news. >> it was a friday night. and word began to spread. >> boxing legend muhammad ali, the 20th century's greatest fighter. >> it was like a world leader was passing. >> the boxer once named sportsman of the century has died. >> everyone understood that for multiple generations this was a titanic figure. >> i'm handsome, i'm fast, i'm pretty and can't possibly be beat.
>> muhammad ali was everything. he was gorgeous. he was gifted. he talked trash. he could back it up. >> i am the king of the world! >> he was everything, an elegant man in a brutal, violent sport. >> float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! >> the way he fought in the ring was poetry in motion but the way he lived his life was poetry in motion. >> only last week, i murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. i'm so mean, i make medicine sick. ♪ >> muhammad ali was born cassius clay in the very segregated city of louisville, kentucky. >> he had a hardscrabble upbringing of sorts and found that boxing would be a useful way out at some point. he won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 rome
olympics. >> cassius clay, the winner for the u.s.a. >> and this was the first sense that we had that this was a boxer who was going to make an impression. >> hello, everybody. i'm steve ellis here at ringside for that world heavyweight champion fight. >> in 1963, he got a title shot against sonny liston, who was then the heavyweight champion of the world. i was in kindergarten and i remember my school bus driver, saying to me, "you know like when your mama chops the meat? that's what liston's gonna do to clay." didn't happen. >> that might be all, ladies and gentlemen. >> he wins the heavyweight championship of the world. >> i don't have a mark on my face and i upset sonny liston and i just turned 22 years old. i must be the greatest. >> when cassius clay, changed his religion from christianity to the nation of islam, many people didn't know how to react, black and white. >> oh, my gosh, what's he done? people were so suspicious of it. >> i would like for you to call
me by my name now, muhammad, muhammad ali. >> it was massively controversial. in the world of sports, which was controlled by old, white people, people were terrified. >> i saw him as critically important to smashing traditions. >> he gave up a lot for his politics and he was criticized and even vilified by many people. >> the real enemies of my people are right here. not in vietnam. >> mr. muhammad ali has just refused to be inducted into the united states armed forces. >> muhammad ali gets a draft notice, and refuses to go fight in vietnam. >> i'm not gonna help nobody get something my negros don't have. if i'm gonna die, i'll die right here fighting you. >> that won him enemies in many corners of america. >> one of his most famous statements was, ain't no viet cong ever called me the n-word. and that said a lot for how black americans felt about the vietnamese war.
>> what happens now to his title? he will doubtless be stripped of it and he will no longer be the champion. >> he lost the heart of his athletic career because he refused to fight in vietnam. now, that doesn't make him nelson mandela, but it was something. and it was striking to many americans that he not only had beliefs, but he stood up for them. >> i'm not sure that there's anybody left, really, for you to fight. >> you. >> that may come about some day. thank you for coming on. >> stay in shape. i have wrestled with an alligator. i done tussled with a whale. i done handcuffed lightning, threw thunder in jail. >> in 1974, ali/foreman in the country of zaire, the "rumble in the jungle." >> the people chant "ali bomaye," that means "ali, kill him." >> the whole thing is captured in a remarkable film called "when we were kings." >> too much speed for them. too fast. >> at the time everyone thinks
foreman is going to obliterate him. instead, ali goes up against the ropes, he covers up, and foreman just wails at him. rope-a-dope. he tired foreman out. >> taking advantage of foreman's hit. >> ali put him away. >> it's over. muhammad ali recaptures the heavyweight championship of the world. >> it will be a killa, and a chilla, and a thrilla, when i get the gorilla, in manila! >> the "thrilla in manila" was one of the most epic prize fights of all time. >> ali said he almost died in the ring against joe frazier. >> it's brutal. and maybe we lost a piece of ali that night. but at the same time, it's his most courageous performance. >> muhammad ali has won the fight. >> still the greatest of all time! >> 14 years since you became heavyweight champion of the world, and you say now that you're going to win it for the third time. you will be the only man ever to have regained the title -- >> three times. >> three times.
what if you don't? >> then i don't. >> but it's a way of life for you. it's money. it's an entourage. >> i'd give it all up tomorrow, find a job pumping gas in a gas station if i had to, and be happy. >> really? >> yes, ma'am. >> in 1981, muhammad ali finally retires from boxing, but three years later, he's diagnosed with parkinson's disease. what a sad irony that this man, who made his living and made his impression on most of us because of his ability to speak so well. he lost that gift. >> in 1996 in atlanta, he has the olympic torch, he's really struggling. will he make it? then he rose to the occasion, leaned in and lit the olympic torch. and atlanta went crazy.
>> your name is muhammad ali. >> he was the most charismatic athlete ever. and he had influence in every sphere of american life. there has never been anybody like him. >> he was funny. he was beautiful. he was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words. ali forced us to take a look at ourselves. this brash young man who thrilled us, angered us, confused and challenged us, he is gone, but he will never die. >> i want everyone to know it. i am the greatest! >> saying good-bye to the greatest, and so many other greats in the world of sports. >> it's all about the players. i like to see young people succeed. >> pat summitt. >> i always think i have something to teach them.
>> if i've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted. >> my bat and my glove could not get me close to the hall of fame. i know that. i'm lucky, proud, and i'm grateful. thank you. >> i always say one thing, that if i can teach a young man coming along to leave the game better when they leave than when they arrive, then i've been successful. >> he's the best. when we return, nancy reagan. the gracious and elegant first lady, who lived the words in sickness and in health. >> if a death can be peaceful
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we gather here today to say good-bye to nancy davis reagan. a woman without whom ronald wilson reagan would never have become the 40th president of the united states. they met at a hollywood restaurant. the dinner would be brief, they agreed, because each had an early casting call. but when i opened the door, she wrote later, i knew he was the man i wanted to marry. >> how do you know so much about the moon? >> i know a lot about it. i spend all my time looking at it when you're away. >> clark gable had a line once that i thought was very eloquent. "there's nothing more wonderful for a man than to approach his own doorstep knowing that someone on the other side of the door is listening for the sound of his footsteps. >> how do you keep the romance in a marriage? >> i think it used to be that
everything had to be your way, or 50/50. and it isn't always 50/50. >> what is it? >> sometimes it's 90/10, and you have to be willing to give the 90, or he has to be willing to give the 90. but it's something you want to do. >> i, ronald reagan, do solemnly swear -- >> here was nancy reagan with the beautiful clothes. she was very elegant. she brought elegance to the white house. >> he was the visionary. he was the big picture guy. but she was the detail person. and she was the personnel director. she made sure he had good people around him. and when they weren't good, she had to get rid of them. >> mr. reagan has finally decided that he does need a new chief of staff. don regan is out. >> i think we can admit that she was not always the easiest person to deal with. she could be difficult, she could be demanding. you didn't want to get on mom's bad side. >> the president was hit. he was hit in the left chest but
he is in stable condition. >> the only time i saw her lose her composure was the day the president was shot. she was devastated and, in fact, she fell apart. >> i was a very good worrier. >> did he know how much you worried? >> i think so. he would refer that to me often. ♪ our love is here to stay >> nancy, who might have preferred a more private life, became the consummate political wife and first lady. >> what will you do when someone offers you drugs? >> all: just say no! >> he owed much of the success of his presidency to her. >> former president ronald reagan this afternoon released a letter to the american people disclosing that he has been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease. in his handwritten letter mr. reagan says, "i only wish there was some way i could spare nancy from this painful experience." >> he's a dear, sweet, wonderful man. >> and do the clouds part some
days? >> occasionally. >> saying things to you? knowing you? >> sometimes. >> do you think he still knows how much you love him? >> oh, yes. yes, he does. >> there are few who are not moved by the love that mrs. reagan felt for her husband and fewer still who are not inspired by how this love led her to take up the twin causes of stem cell research and alzheimer's research. >> you could save millions of peoples' lives if you really charged ahead with stem cell. hopefully we will. >> president ronald reagan has died this afternoon in los angeles. he was 93 years old. >> if a death can be peaceful and lovely, that one was. ronnie, all of a sudden, turned his head and looked at me and opened his eyes and just looked.
and then he closed them. what a gift he gave me at that point. what a wonderful gift. >> my parents were two halves of a circle, closed tight around a world in which their love for each other was the only sustenance they needed. next, from a man who orbited the world, to a man who ruled with an iron fist. when we come back. that's why you will stay in this drawer... forever. i can't live without you. and that's why i will never, ever wash you. protect your clothes from the damage of the wash with downy fabric conditioner. it not only softens and freshens...
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first man who orbited the earth. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> zero g, and i feel fine. capsule is turning around. oh, that view is tremendous. >> i'd like to be cocky enough to think that i did a good job on that flight, which i did. >> welcome to washington. welcome back to this planet. >> but i think whoever had done a good job on that thing, it would be a great comeback for america at that time. >> as a young kid growing up in new jersey, he was one of my heroes. i mean, he fought in world war ii as a fighter pilot, again in korea, was one of the original seven astronauts, and by the way served for 25 years in the united states senate. >> i guess i have looked at my whole life as being sort of a service to my country. >> when it was announced that john glenn would fly again on the space shuttle in 1999, i mean, we thought it was pretty awesome. to have one of your heroes working with you in the astronaut office was pretty exciting.
>> booster ignition and liftoff of discovery with the crew of six astronaut heroes and one american legend. >> one thing i promised annie the day we were married, in addition to our wedding vows of course, was that i would do everything i could to keep life from being boring. >> john glenn became a hero in every sense of the word. >> i, antonin scalia, do solemnly swear -- >> i, antonin scalia, do solemnly swear -- >> getting nominated to the supreme court is the culmination of a dream, of course. >> justice scalia in many ways was larger than life. i think that came through in his oral arguments. he would sometimes pounce on the advocates. he found weaknesses in their arguments and he sort of would not let them go until they had satisfied him. >> the constitution is not meant to facilitate change. it is meant to impede change, to make it difficult to change. >> i don't think that he thought of himself as an ideologue at all. i think that he thought he had a rigorous method of
interpretation that largely but not exclusively led to conservative results. >> i love to argue. i've always loved to argue. it may well be that i'm something of a shin kicker. a man that has made no enemies is probably not a very good man. >> the personal scalia was pretty universally agreed to be funny, witty and charming. >> i've criticized the opinions of some of my colleagues and we have remained friends. just as they have criticized my opinions and we have remained friends. >> i'd say people might regard my opinions as rather dull, boring. yours are really jazzy sometimes. >> for justice scalia, a fitting farewell. >> he influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students and profoundly shaped the legal landscape.
of one man. the revolution is the job of a people. in the united states. and he remained a symbol for cuban independence. >> i remember, i was 5 1/2. the day fidel castro and his rebels came into havana. as supposedly the liberators of the cuban people. tyrant. >> do you still have many political prisoners? [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: we, we do have some. a little bit more than 1,000, maybe 2,000 or 3,000. >> the cuban missile crisis. where fidel castro decided that he could be a bigger thorn in the side of the united states. >> translator: yes, we were very close to the nuclear war, extremely close. i said to khrushchev, there is going to be an attack. >> the fall of the soviet union led cuba to its worst financial crisis.
>> translator: i'm a convinced communist. i feel honored of being a communist, and i hope i will be till the last breath. >> all of us here in america watched as president obama traveled to cuba. the president sat down with us, invited us to witness the moment with him and i'll never forget walking with him in old havana. a moment that just a couple of years ago would have seemed impossible to imagine. >> change is going to come from within cuba. but they'll have to decide what cuba will look in the future. ♪ hallelujah next, the music makers. memory makers. >> i can see what's happening. >> and] ...but not 35%. so, you're not gonna go any lower? no, i won't -- no. but i'll be there with credit lines if you need more cash.
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aren't i? ♪ hallelujah >> you know something? you're all right. >> i always figure, if you can't afford to go first class, charge it. ♪ hallelujah ♪ i need someone older and wiser telling me what to do ♪ ♪ i've been here before >> welcome to the first and the only 2008 vice presidential debate. >> it's not literature but it can be very classy journalism. >> issue one.
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