01/21/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Ruth Roman, 75, who starred opposite Gary Cooper and Errol Flynn and survived the Andrea Doria wreck at sea, in her sleep, Thursday, in Laguna Beach, Calif. She got her big break in Stanley Kramer's 1949 "Champion," which featured Kirk Douglas as an unscrupulous boxer . . . Award-winning designer Tony Duquette, 85, an interior decorator to the wealthy whose 18-karat gold jewelry is currently featured at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, Thursday, in Los Angeles. His long career included designing sets and costumes for Fred Astaire musicals and creating rooms for clients such as the late oil magnate J. Paul Getty, the Duchess of Windsor, cosmetics-maker Elizabeth Arden and "Gone With The Wind" producer David O. Selznick.

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