UPDATED 09/26/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/26/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

(Actor Tom Ewell, 85, best known as Marilyn Monroe's costar in The Seven Year Itch (1955), died Sept. 12 at a hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif., after suffering a long series of illnesses. Originally a stage actor, Ewell made more than a dozen films, including Adam's Rib (1949). From 1960-61 he starred on The Tom Ewell Show, a CBS sitcom, and in the mid-'70s he was a regular on ABC's Baretta....

Sara Taylor, 99, mother of Elizabeth Taylor, 62, died of natural causes on Sept. 11 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. Sara was an actress before giving up her career to marry Francis Taylor, an art dealer. Elizabeth was the second of her two children....

James Aubrey Jr., 75, the blunt CBS executive who brought such shows as The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Green Acres to television, died of a heart attack on Sept. 3 at an L.A. hospital. Aubrey, a ruthless cost-cutter known as the Smiling Cobra, ran CBS from 1959 to 1965 and later ran Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1969 to 1973. He also inspired several books, including Jacqueline Susann's 1969 novel The Love Machine....

Roswell Gilbert, 85, whose 1985 shooting of his ailing wife ignited a national debate on mercy killing, died in his sleep on Sept. 3 at his daughter's home in Baltimore. Gilbert, a retired engineer, spent 5 ½ years in a Florida prison for shooting his wife, Emily, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. He was granted clemency in 1990....

Former Stock-bridge, Mass., police chief William Obanhein, 69, immortalized as Officer Obie in Arlo Guthrie's '60s anthem "Alice's Restaurant," died of heart disease Sept. 11 in a Stockbridge hospital. Obanhein arrested Guthrie, then 18, on Thanksgiving Day 1965 for dumping the remains of a holiday dinner. Both Guthrie and Obanhein played themselves in the 1969 movie based on the song. "He was a wonderful guy" says Guthrie. "Even when he arrested me I didn't hate him. He was nice even then. We ended up becoming friends and stayed friends all these years."

An L.A. Superior Court I judge tentatively dismissed a lawsuit by Elizabeth Taylor that sought to prevent NBC from making an unauthorized television miniseries about her life and asked for $10 million in damages. The judge, ruling on Sept. 12, said that while Taylor is entitled to sue if the production is defamatory, she could not stop it before it began....

Actor Jackson Pinckney (age not available) was awarded $487,000 by a North Carolina appeals court on Sept. 6 to compensate him for being partially blinded by Jean-Claude Van Damme, 34, during a stunt for the 1988 film Cyborg. The judge found that Van Damme engaged in "excessive contact" by stabbing Pinckney in the left eye with a rubber prop knife during filming. As a result of the injury, Pinckney, a Fort Bragg-based soldier, was medically discharged from the Army.

Rocker John Mellencamp, 42, is resting at home in Bloomington, Ind., after a clogged heart artery forced him to cancel the remainder of the 32-city concert tour that he began on July 29. The diagnosis was made on Sept. 7, when Mellencamp, who had been complaining of unusual fatigue, underwent a checkup at Bloomington Hospital....

Country-music star George Jones, 63, underwent triple bypass surgery on Sept. 12 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Jones entered the hospital after complaining of chest pains. The singer is in critical but stable condition....

George Burns, 98, was in intensive care at an L.A. hospital following surgery to drain fluid from his brain on Sept. 13. The fluid collected after he hit his head in a fall at his Beverly Hills home. The comic was in stable and improving condition.

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