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LUIS ESCOBAR

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Luis Escobar Kirkpatrick, fourth Marquis of Marismas del Guadalquivir, 78, Spanish actor, writer and legit director, died Feb. 15 in Madrid. Escobar was acting in a film at the time of his death…

TEX JACKSON

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John W. (Tex) Jackson, 77, former president of Motion Picture Studio Grips, Local 80, Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, died Feb. 3 in Los Angeles of emphysema. Jackson was a freelance…

PAUL RUSSELL

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Paul Russell, 43, a principal dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem and the San Francisco Ballet, died Feb. 15 in San Francisco of AIDS. He was known for his exuberant performances in ballets like “Don…

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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…

JIMMY BURNS

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Jimmy Burns, 90, member of the vaudeville dance trio the Burns Twins & Evelyn, died Feb. 10 in Kansas City. He and his wife, Evelyn, and his brother, Edward, formed the tap trio in the 1930s. Edward…

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…

DICK McNEELY

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Dick McNeely, 72, publicist and co-founder of Vegas Visitor entertainment weekly, died Feb. 4 in Las Vegas of lung failure. McNeely pulled many publicity stunts throughout his long career in Chicago…

James Cleveland

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The Rev. James Cleveland, 59, the so-called “king of gospel” who taught a 9-year-old Aretha Franklin to sing gospel and inspired countless other artists, died Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. The three-time…

Irma Chernichaw

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Irma Chernichaw, former actress and comedian, died Jan. 17 in Teaneck, N.J., after a long illness. She had appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Center Opera and in summer stock and…

Skid Weiss

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Seymour (Skid) Weiss, 66, national director of communications for the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp., died Jan. 31 in Burbank, Calif., after a prolonged illness. Weiss joined WEA in 1971, the year the…

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