Dorothy Kingsley, a prolific screenwrite
CARMEL, Calif. (AP) _ Dorothy Kingsley, a prolific screenwriter whose credits included ``Kiss Me Kate″ and the original and remade versions of ``Angels in the Outfield,″ died Friday. She was 87.
Born to silent screen star Alma Hanlon and Broadway writer and publicist Walter Kingsley, the young screenwriter began her career penning gags for the ``Bob Hope Radio Show.″
Signed to a screenwriting contract by MGM, Ms. Kingsley wrote a variety of scripts for swimming star Esther Williams, beginning with ``Bathing Beauty.″
She also wrote a number of pictures for actress and singer Jane Powell, including ``A Date With Judy″ and ``Two Weeks With Love,″ which made Debbie Reynolds a star.
Ms. Kingsley wrote ``Angels in the Outfield,″ a 1950s comedy in which a professional baseball team was offered divine intervention. She was a credited screenwriter when the film was remade in 1994.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Stanley Slotkin, the founder of Abbey Rents stores and a philanthropist who helped preserve historical treasures, died Monday. He was 92.
By the early 1930s Slotkin was able to open his first Abbey Rents store in St. Louis. He moved the center of his operation to Los Angeles in 1937, and within three decades he owned more than 90 Abbey Rents stores nationwide, offering items ranging from party tents to wheelchairs.
Slotkin traveled worldwide collecting antique Bibles and music manuscripts as well as other books, which he donated to churches and museums.
His massive library relating to Charles Darwin was donated to the University of Southern California. He obtained stones from Israel’s Cave of the Nativity and donated them to Loyola University.
In the late 1950s, Slotkin brought up treasures from sunken ships in the Mediterranean. Diving to a Phoenician ship off Italy in 1955, Slotkin recovered 39 amphorae, earthen jars dating back to the 3rd or 4th century.
One of Slotkin’s most unusual philanthropies involved cosmetic surgery for poor people hampered by their physical appearance.
Samuel Woolley Taylor
PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Samuel Woolley Taylor, author of ``Flubber″ and ``The Absent-Minded Professor″ and known by some as the ``Mark Twain of Mormondom,″ died Friday. He was 90.
He was known for ``Family Kingdom,″ the story of Taylor’s father, John W. Taylor, father to three dozen children and husband to six wives who was dropped from the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles for having plural wives after the church had abandoned the practice.
Other Mormon works included ``Nightfall at Nauvoo,″ ``The Rocky Mountain Empire″ and ``Heaven Knows Why!″
Taylor also wrote scores of articles, stories and plays for a national audience. Among the most popular were pieces that he and others transformed into the Hollywood films ``Flubber″ and ``The Absent-Minded Professor.″