Passages

updated 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Naughty-lingerie designer Frederick Mellinger, right, whose creations for his world-famous Frederick's of Hollywood stores included edible panties and peekaboo bras, died June 2 of pneumonia in Los Angeles at age 76. Mellinger, who opened his first store in 1947, designed and sold bras with names such as Rising Star and Cadillac. Built on such strong foundations, Frederick's now boasts 160 stores and $80 million in annual sales. "Our clothes cosmetize a woman's body. They take the good parts and enhance them," Mellinger said in 1983. Perennial starlet Mamie Van Doren, whose own '50s-era Bullet Bra is on display at Frederick's, says, "I think he was a great innovator of sexy fashion for women. He will sure be missed by men."

TH*Y'R*H*VIN*A B*BY: Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, 43, and his wife, Lesly, 24, are expecting their first child at the end of October. That will be 10 months after their New Year's Eve wedding, at which time Lesly had said that instead of going to law school, she now wanted to stay home and look after "a little Sajakian." Sajak has already experienced fatherhood by adopting the now-grown son of his first wife, Sherrill, whom he divorced in 1986. "We are very excited," says Pat, whose CBS late-night talk show was canceled in April. "It's my most successful late-night production."

Japan's Henry Ford, Taiichi Ohno, who helped Toyota become a world-class automobile producer, died of heart failure May 28 in Toyota City, Japan, at age 78. A self-taught engineer and lifelong employee at Toyota, Ohno invented Toyota's superefficient "just-in-time" system of manufacturing. Under his system, instituted in the mid-'50s, automobile parts were made only when needed, which cut down on stockpiling and freed resources for use elsewhere.

Millicent Miller, who beat out more than 300 applicants for the job as Vivien Leigh's stand-in on Gone with the Wind, died at age 81 on May 29 of heart failure in Stillwater, Okla. It's Miller who is glimpsed in the 1939 film when Scarlett O'Hara is seen hiding under a bridge, when Scarlett's hand jerks a turnip from Tara's ruined fields, and when Scarlett's hand pulls a revolver from a drawer to shoot a Union soldier. "It's ironic," says Gavin Lambert, author of The Making of Gone with the Wind, "that Miller was in so many shots and nobody knows who she was. That's the fate of stand-ins."

Marina Ogilvy, 23, who is 26th in line for the British throne, and her hubby, photographer Paul Mowatt, 27 (above), had a baby girl, as yet unnamed, on May 26. The couple made news last October, when Marina became preggers out of wedlock and claimed that her parents, Princess Alexandra and the Hon. Angus Ogilvy, had ordered her to have a "quickie" marriage or an abortion. A public family row followed, but later everyone made up, and the couple married in February. A week, however, after the baby's birth, neither maternal grandparent had seen her...

And Richard (Generations) Roundtree, 47, and his wife, Karen, 32, had a baby girl, their second, named Morgan Elizabeth. Born June 1 in Tarzana, Calif., she weighs 8 lbs. 1 oz.

Abram Shorin, who hit a financial home run by putting baseball cards in packets of bubble gum, died May 28 of a heart attack in Miami at age 91. In 1938 Shorin and his three brothers opened Topps Chewing Gum Co. in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1951. inspired by their love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, they added baseball cards to their gum packets. The idea had been tried before, but never on a national scale. "Shorin was the godfather of baseball cards," says Alan Rosen, a sports memorabilia dealer in Montvale, N.J. Today the most valuable Topps card is one of Mickey Mantle, produced during the 1952 World Series and never widely distributed, which is worth $20,000.

Silicon Valley legend Robert Noyce, who by coinventing the computer microchip made possible such everyday modern necessities as pocket calculators, personal computers and microwave ovens, died June 3 in Austin, Texas, from a heart attack at age 62. In 1957 Noyce developed a system for putting interconnecting transistors on a microchip, paving the way for the etching of millions of transistors on a single microchip today. In 1968 he cofounded Intel, a leading semiconductor company, and later became a key electronics-industry lobbyist. "The microchip made electronics dirt cheap. It's as important an invention as the wheel," says John Bardeen, a two-time Nobel prizewinner in physics.

Actor Jack Gilford, below, whose rumpled face kept him in juicy character parts in TV, movies and onstage for 55 years, died June 4 of stomach cancer in New York City at age 82. His best-known recent role was as the practical codger who elects to remain behind on Earth in 1985's Cocoon and the 1988 sequel, Cocoon: The Return. Gilford, who appeared in 18 movies, 14 Broadway shows and guest-starred in countless TV shows, was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1973 for his role as a demoralized older businessman in Save the Tiger and was twice nominated for Tony awards for supporting parts in Cabaret and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. "Jack Gilford was one of the most talented and dear actors that I've ever worked with," says Jack Lemmon, who starred in Save the Tiger. "More importantly, though, he had an innate sense of grace, style and selflessness that was unflappable."

Fortune cookie emperor Edward Louie, 69 (above), died in San Francisco on May 25 of pulmonary disease. In 1967 Louie revolutionized the fortune cookie business—and that of his own Lotus Fortune Cookie Co.—by inventing a machine that inserted paper fortunes and automatically folded fortune cookies. With his No. 4 Son, as Louie, who had three sons of his own, dubbed the machine, he was able to turn out 2,050 cookies per hour instead of the 750 that could be made by hand.

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