Passages

updated 10/01/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1990 01:00AM

Journalist, social critic and TV commentator Marya Mannes (below), 85, died in San Francisco on Sept. 13 after suffering a series of strokes. Whether writing for such magazines as The Reporter and The New Yorker, appearing on television (often to criticize it) or sounding off in her 1971 autobiography, Out of My Time, Mannes could be counted on for a contrary opinion delivered with wit. "In the Eisenhower era, many of the social fissures that now sunder our nation were only cracks in the ground. Marya saw what would come and warned eloquently of troubles that indeed occurred," says writer Robert Mottley, who edited The Best of Marya Mannes, a 1986 collection of her works.

Elegantly grizzled actor Burt Lancaster, 76, married television production coordinator Susan Scherer (left), 48, in a quiet ceremony on Sept. 10 in Los Angeles. In attendance were Lancaster's five grown children. This is his third marriage, her second. The reception has been put on hold until after the newlyweds return from South Carolina, where they are working on an ABC miniseries, Separate but Equal....

Comedian-folksinger Tom Smothers, 53, wed Marcy Carriker, 28, on Sept. 9 on his 25-acre estate and vineyard in Sonoma, Calif. This is Tom's third go at wedded bliss and Carriker's first. She met her groom when she served as associate producer of the Smothers Brothers' 1988 TV show.

Tom Fogerty (below), rhythm guitarist for the seminal '60s band Creedence Clearwater Revival, died of tuberculosis Sept. 6 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 48. With his younger brother John singing lead vocals, Fogerty helped launch Creedence's six gold albums and eight Top 10 singles, including "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou" and "Bad Moon Rising." Like his better-known sibling, Tom released several solo LPs. "We wanted to grow up and become rock and roll stars," said John at Tom's memorial service. "I think we achieved half of that—I don't think we grew up."

Sassy chanteuse Ruth Pointer, 40, of the Pointer Sisters, wed her personal fitness trainer, Michael Sayles, 33, on Sept. 8 in the garden of her Malibu, Calif., home before 250 guests. In attendance were the bride's two younger sisters, Anita and June (below), and Ruth's daughter, Issa, 12. Howie Long of the Los Angeles Raiders was best man. It was Ruth's third marriage and Sayles's second. The couple are honeymooning in Hawaii.

Actor-director Dennis Hopper, 54, and his wife, Katherine LaNasa Hopper, 23, a dancer, welcomed their first child, a son, on Sept. 11 in Los Angeles. Henry Lee Hopper weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz. Hopper has a 27-year-old daughter from his marriage to writer Brooke Hayward and a 17-year-old daughter from his marriage to actress turned therapist Doria Halprin. An ecstatic Hopper gave a nod to his two "wonderful daughters" but said, "To have a healthy son at 54 by my beautiful wife is a miracle of miracles."

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