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MARGOT FONTEYN

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Dame Margot Fonteyn, 71, prima ballerina for 45 years, died Feb. 21 in Panama City of cancer. The legendary ballerina, who prompted 48 curtain calls for her “Sleeping Beauty” in New York in 1949…

JUNE LaVERE

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June LaVere, 87, a longtime actress and extra, died Feb. 7 in Woodland Hills, Calif., of heart problems. LaVere, whose legal name was Gladys Fry, spent 49 years in the industry, beginning in 1916 at…

Joan Gilbert

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Joan Gilbert, 84, an early British tv personality as host of “Picture Page” and other magazine format shows for BBC-TV, died Jan. 29 in London. She joined BBC in 1933 as a clerk-typist, got into…

James MacDonald

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James Macdonald, 84, Disney sound effects veteran and the official voice of Mickey Mouse from 1946 to 1976, died Feb. 1 in Glendale, Calif., of heart failure. Over a 48-year career, Macdonald was…

Herman L. Ripps

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Herman L. Ripps, 82, retired MGM sales executive, died Jan. 29 of pneumonia in Santa Monica, Calif. Ripps started at MGM in 1928 as a theater checker and retired in 1971 as assistant general sales…

Pony Sherrell Metcalf

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Pony Sherrell Metcalf, age undisclosed, who performed with her sister as the Sherrell Sisters and later worked in Hollywood musicals and nightclub acts, died Dec. 8 in New York of a heart attack…

Herbert Goren

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Herbert Goren, 74, New York sports columnist who later was a publicist for ABC Sports until his retirement in 1988, died Feb. 8 on Long Island, N.Y., after heart surgery. Goren, a resident of Floral…

Edward A. Blatt

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Edward A. Blatt, 88, a theater and film director, writer and producer, died Feb. 12 of a heart attack. He directed John Garfield and Sidney Greenstreet in the 1943 film “Between Two Worlds.” Born in…

Dott Bossi

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Dott Bossi Jackson, 85, keyboardist, died Jan. 29 in Kansas City. She was born in Elkton, Mo., and played piano for silent movies in Humansville, Mo., in the early 1920s. She developed a reputation…

Dick Winslow

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Dick Winslow, 75, veteran character actor and musician, died Feb. 7 in Los Angeles of complications from diabetes. Born in Jennings, La., Winslow began his film career at age 7. He appeared in “Tom…

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