Passages

updated 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. five-time Speaker of the House and the cheerfully rumpled embodiment of old-fashioned Democratic politics, died in Boston of a heart attack on Jan. 5 at the age of 81. Elected to Congress in 1952, O'Neill gained national attention in 1967 when he broke with Lyndon Johnson over Vietnam and later relished battling Ronald Reagan. O'Neill made famous the phrase "All politics is local."...

Superagent Irving Paul "Swifty" Lazar, 86, died of kidney failure on Dec. 30 at his Beverly Hills home. Lazar was known as much for his splashy Oscar-night parties at Spago as for his ability to get top-dollar contracts for prestigious clients including Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart and Faye Dunaway. He was nicknamed Swifty by Bogart in 1955 after he signed the actor to five parts in one day....

Journalist William L. Shirer, 89, author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), died of heart ailments at a Boston hospital on Dec. 28. Shirer, who worked as a European correspondent for CBS radio during World War II, was blacklisted in the '50s after he refused to condemn the Hollywood 10....

Dixy Lee Ray, 79, former chairwoman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and governor of Washington Stale, died of a bronchial condition on Jan. 2 at her home on Fox Island, Wash. Ray, a marine biologist by training, was an impassioned supporter of the nuclear energy industry....

Former IBM chairman Thomas J. Watson Jr., 79, died of complications caused by a stroke on Dec. 31 at a Greenwich, Conn., hospital. Watson, who was dubbed "the greatest capitalist who ever lived" by FORTUNE, headed the company from 1956 to 1971, during which he actively pursued the new technology that transformed his father's tabulating machine company into a computer giant.

Country singer Tammy Wynette, 51, is recovering from a bile duct infection that landed her in a Nashville hospital on Dec. 28. Doctors believe the infection was caused by-scar tissue from a previous operation. Wynette is in stable condition and is expected to move out of intensive care this week.

"Achy Breaky Heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus, 32, broke a few when he wed Leticia Finley. 26, on Dec. 28 at his home outside Nashville. It is the second marriage for Cyrus. Both have children from former relationships: Finley is mother to Brandy, 6, and Cyrus is father to Christopher Cody, 1. The couple already have a daughter, Destiny Hope, 1....

Comic Rodney Danger-field, 72, got plenty of respect from florist Joan Child, 42, and apparently it was reciprocated. The two wed on Dec. 26 in Las Vegas. It is the second marriage for both. They met in 1983 when Dangerfield bought flowers at Child's Malibu shop. Dangerfield has two grown children, Brian, 32, and Melanie, 29, from his first marriage....

Actress Rosanna Arquette. 34, exchanged vows with L.A. restaurateur John Sidel. 32, in an outdoor wedding ceremony in Hollywood. This marks Arquette's third marriage and Sidel's first.

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