Rebecca Romijn as Mystique during a high-flying acrobatics stunt in X- Men: The Last Stand. Kerry Hayes
A scene from X- Men: The Last Stand, released in 2006. Newscom
Actors Michael Murphy, Ben Foster (playing Angel), and Shohreh Aghdashloo appear in X-Men: The Last Stand. 0TH CENTURY FOX/FRAMESTORE CFC/Album/Newscom
Helle Berry plays Storm in X-Men: The Last Stand. 20th Century Fox/Newscom
Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, released in 2009. Universal/Newscom
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and Kelsey Grammer in a scene from X-Men: The Last Stand. Newscom
It's not easy being blue: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos plays a shapeshifter in X2, released in 2003. 20th Century Fox
Patrick Stewart plays Xavier in X- Men: The Last Stand. 20th Century Fox
Cameron Bright and Ellen Page in a scene from X-Men: The Last Stand. Kerry Hayes/20th Century Fox/Newscom
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Cyclops (James Marsden), Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Storm (Helle Berry) and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) shown in a scene from X-Men, released in 2000. Attila Dory/20th Century Fox/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Actors Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page skate on a frozen pond Ashmore's character just created in X-Men: The Last Stand. Kerry Hayes/20th Century Fox/Newscom
Actor Kelsey Grammer in character for the movie X-Men: The Last Stand. 20th Century Fox/Newscom
Actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen appear in a scene from the original X-Men, 2000. Attila Dory/20th Century Fox/Newscom
She gained worldwide fame for her detective novels and refused to be bound by a single genre.
ByJill Lawless, Associated Press
P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.