03/12/1998 AT 12:00 AM EST

Pulitzer Prize winner Mike McAlary, 41, the street-smart New York Daily News columnist, of colon cancer, Friday ... veteran TV hostess Virginia Graham, 86, star of "Girl Talk" in the '60s, after a massive heart attack, Dec. 22, in New York ... Adelaide Hawley Cumming, 93, TV's original Betty Crocker (selling pancake mix in commercials), Dec. 21 ... "The Young and the Restless" soap star Michelle Thomas, 29, of cancer, in New York, Christmas Eve. Previously she played Myra on the long-running sitcom "Family Matters."

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