10/31/1997 AT 12:00 AM EST
Novelist and screenwriter Curt Siodmak, 98, whose books include the cult classic "Donovan's Brain," died of natural causes in California on Sept. 2. He will be best remembered for creating Universal's "The Wolf Man" franchise, which began in 1941 (and starred Lon Chaney Jr. and Maria Ousepenskaya) . . . Oscar-winning screenwriter Edward Anhalt ("Becket") died of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Sept. 3. Besides the 1964 historical drama about England's King Henry II, Anhalt's filmography also included "Girls! Girls! Girls!," starring Elvis Presley . . . Stanley Turrentine, 66, jazz tenor saxophonist whose hit "Sugar" established him in the popular mainstream, died in New York yesterday after suffering a stroke . . . Actress Jean Speegle Howard, 73, mother of actor-director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, died Sept. 2 of complications from heart and respiratory illness. Her movie roles included those in "Scrooged" and her son Ron's "Apollo 13," and on TV she was seen on "Roseanne," "Ellen" and "Married . . . With Children."