Lydia Lane, a syndicated columnist who reported on the beauty secrets of the stars, died March 27 at 90.

In her Beauty column for the Los Angeles Times and the now-defunct Los Angeles Mirror, she told readers how Hollywood stars watched their weight, preserved their skin and wore their makeup.

The column appeared in 387 newspapers.

Lane often recruited celebrities to join her on visits to veterans’ hospitals to cheer up patients.

Donald Lynn

Donald Lynn, a photographer and television producer, died March 6 of AIDS complications at his home in Manhattan. He was 54.

Lynn began his career in 1959 when he relocated from Michigan to New York City and became one of the first black males to break the color barrier as a model for national non-black products, appearing frequently in catalogs for Sears, Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney.

Lynn later worked photographing models, shooting album covers for recording artists and portraits of celebrities. His photographs garnered him a CEBA award (for the cover of Routes magazine) and a “Gold” album (for record album cover photography).

His works have been displayed in the Metropolitan Museum and in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

During the last decade Lynn spent considerable time producing documentaries for television and interview shows for cable systems in New York.

Lynn is survived by lifelong companion, David Heeley; a daughter, Valerie; a sister, Ruth; and brothers Bill and Joe.

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