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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…

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…

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…

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…

Franco Tonelli

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Franco Tonelli, 56, professor of drama, film studies and French at the U. of California, Irvine, died Jan. 22 in Laguna Beach of cancer. He started his career as an actor with several Italian theater…

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…

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