updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Alberto Moravia, 82, Italy's best-read 20th-century author, died of natural causes in Rome on Sept. 26. In more than two dozen works of fiction (including Two Women) and essays, the sometimes cantankerous writer examined alienation, moral corruption and sexuality—and often landed on the Vatican's list of forbidden books.... Lawrence F. O'Brien Jr., the shrewd political strategist who shaped John F. Kennedy's senatorial (1952 and 1958) and presidential (1960) races, died of cancer Sept. 28 in New York City at 73. O'Brien later became a crucial link between Lyndon Johnson and Congress, helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He served as Democratic national chairman when the committee's Watergate headquarters were burglarized.... Gen. Curtis E. LeMay, 83, the World War II hero and Air Force chief of staff who championed nuclear weaponry, died Oct. 1 of a heart attack. During the Vietnam War, "Old Iron Pants"" suggested that the U.S. bomb the North Vietnamese "back into the Stone Age."
Impishly demented actor Gary Oldman, 32, and seductively waifish actress Uma Thurman, 20, revealed that they were married recently, although the sly stars have managed to keep secret the specifics of where, when and how. Oldman, last seen in Chattahoochee, is appearing in State of Grace with Sean Penn. Thurman, who was ravished and ravishing in Dangerous Liaisons, stars as author Henry Miller's wife June in Henry & June, the film whose original X rating nudged the Motion Picture Association of America into creating the new NC-17 designation—for no children under 17.