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Franco Franchi

Actor Franco Franchi, known for comic roles and parodies of famous movies, died Dec. 9 at age 70.

Franchi, whose health had been worsening for some time, was taken to a Rome hospital Tuesday night and died soon after from a hemorrhage, news agencies reported.

The Sicilian starred in more than 150 movies with his partner, Ciccio Ingrassia. They specialized in parodies of Italian and foreign movies, such as “The Last Tango in Zagarol.”

“There is more of Italy in Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia than in all Italian-style comedy,” director Federico Fellini was quoted as saying by the news agency AGI.

Franchi, whose real name was Francesco Benenato, also appeared frequently on television.

His funeral was planned for Palermo, but no date was given. Information on survivors wasn’t immediately available.

Helen St. Aubin

Helen Candaele St. Aubin, a star player in the women’s 1940s baseball league whose son’s documentary inspired Paramount’s film “A League of Their Own,” died Dec. 8 at age 63.

St. Aubin, a longtime resident of Lompoc, died at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after a lengthy battle with breast cancer, her son, Kelly Candaele, said.

Called the “Ted Williams of women’s baseball,” St. Aubin passed her talents on the diamond to another of her five sons, Casey Candaele, a utility player for the Houston Astros.

She was known as Helen Callaghan during her baseball heyday. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which lasted about a decade, flourished in the 1940s when many major leaguers were called off to World War II.

Candaele and Kim Wilson produced a 1988 docu “A League of Their Own” that featured his mother, her sister and many of the women ballplayers.

Paramount Pictures’ “A League of Their Own,” starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna, was a B.O. hit last summer.

St. Aubin is survived by her husband, Ronald J. St. Aubin, three grandchildren, and her three other sons, Rick, Rocky and Kerry. Her first marriage to Robert Candaele ended in divorce.

Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary in Lompoc, about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lompoc High School Girl’s Athletic Dept., where a scholarship has been set up in her name.

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