Passages

updated 03/29/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/29/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bandleader and singer Bob Crosby, 80. the youngest of Bing Crosby's five brothers, died of cancer in La Jolla, Calif., on March 9. In the '30s and '40s he helped popularize Dixieland in a big band format with his Bob Crosby Orchestra and its eight-piece subgroup, the Bob Cats. His hits included "South Rampart Street Parade" and "The Big Noise from Winnetka."...

Screenwriter Michael kanin, 83, who with Ring Lardner Jr. wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for the first Tracy-Hepburn movie, Woman of the Year (1942), died March 12 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. Kanin is survived by his older brother, writer-director Garson Kanin, and his wife and frequent writing partner, Fay Mitchell Kanin....

Early TV star Claude Kin-liner, 77, who as the ringmaster of ABC's Super Circus (1949-56) kept a generation of children glued In their Emersons. died March 8 in Hawthorne, N.Y., of cancer....

Singer June Valli, 64, who had a hit in 1954 with "Crying in the Chapel," died March 12 in Fort Lee, N.J., of cancer. She was a costar on TV's Your Hit Parade (1952-53) and later the singing voice of Chiquita Banana in commercials....

Singer Alex Taylor, 46, older brother of James Taylor, died of a heart attack March 12 in Sanford, Fla. Taylor, whose recordings include 1989's Voodoo in Me, was the father of another James Taylor. the child who inspired his brother's 1970 hit "Sweet Baby James."...

British wit, writer and historian C. Northcote Parkinson, 83, died March 9 in Canterbury, England, of a heart attack. In 1958, he devised Parkinson's Law, postulating that "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."...

Jennifer Gibbons, 29, one of the British sisters whose private language and criminal behavior were documented in The Silent Twins (1986), died March 9 in Bridgend, South Wales. The cause of death was unknown. She and her twin, June, had not long ago been released from a psychiatric hospital where they had spent the last 11 years following an arson and vandalism spree in 1981. The two were recently given a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Marion Barry, 57, the former Mayor of Washington, filed for divorce from wife Effi. 48, on March 5 and is asking for primary custody of the couple's only child, son Christopher, 12, who lives with his dad. Married since 1978, the couple separated shortly after Barry was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession. After serving six months in prison, Barry staged a remarkable political comeback last November when he was elected to Washington's city council.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer, 35, became a single mom over the March 12 weekend when she brought home to L.A. from the East Coast her newly adopted daughter, Claudia Hose Pfeiffer. The baby was born March 4.

Move over, Elvis: Princess Grace will appear on a postage stamp being issued in her honor by her native United States as well as by her homeland-through-marriage, Monaco. Stamps will be available this Wednesday (March 24) in both countries.

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