British actor Bill Travers, 72, best known in America for his role as George Adamson, the lion-loving game warden in the movie Born Free (1966), died in his sleep at his home in Coldharbour, England, on March 29. Travers and his second wife, actress Virginia McKenna, 62, who costarred with him in Born Free, became animal-rights activists after making the movie....
Rep. William Natcher, 84, whose 18,401 consecutive congressional votes earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records, died of heart and lung ailments on March 29 at a Bethesda, Md., hospital. The Kentucky Democrat, who was a member of the House of Representatives for more than 40 years, cast his last votes on March 2 after being carried to the House floor on a gurney....
French photographer Robert Doisneau, 81, best remembered for his images of Parisian street life, died in a Paris hospital on April 1 of complications following heart surgery. Last year Doisneau was forced to admit he had staged The Kiss at City Hall (1950), after two couples claimed to be the origional subjects.
Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, 85, who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that guaranteed a woman's legal right to an abortion, announced his retirement from the Court, effective in late June, after 24 years. Although Blackmun was a Minnesota Republican appointed by Richard Nixon, he came to be regarded as one of the court's most liberal members.
On March 31, an unidentified 17-year-old actress filed a civil suit accusing Byrds of Paradise star Timothy Busfield, 36, of sexual assault. Busfield denied the charges and the same day filed his own suit in Los Angeles against the woman's lawyers, charging them with extortion and with coercing her into making false charges. Accused of fondling the actress on the Minnesota set of his upcoming film, Little Big League, Busfield claims the woman's lawyers threatened to bring criminal charges against him unless he offered them money....
Actor James Farentino, 56, pleaded no contest in an L.A. court on March 31 to a charge of stalking his ex-girlfriend Tina Sinatra, 45, a TV producer and the youngest child of Frank Sinatra. The actor was placed on three years probation and barred from contacting Sinatra or coming within 100 yards of her. He must also undergo counseling.
Actor Tony Curtis, 68, is recuperating in an L.A. hospital after undergoing a heart-bypass operation on April 4. Doctors advised the procedure after discovering a blocked artery during a recent physical. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Former "Mayflower madam" Sydney Biddle Barrows, 42, plans to wed TV producer Darnay Hoffman, 46, on May 14 in New York City. The couple, who have been dating for four months, met when Darnay contacted Barrows after hearing her say on a talk show that she wanted to find work in TV production. It will be Barrows first marriage and the third for Hoffman.
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