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Bibi Besch

September 15, 1996

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bibi Besch, a television and movie actress whose credits include the shows ``Northern Exposure″ and ``Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,″ died Sept. 7 of cancer. She was 56.

Besch, who immigrated to the United States from Austria, appeared in soap operas, including ``The Secret Storm″ and ``The Edge of Night.″ She later moved to miniseries, such as ``Backstairs at the White House″ and weekly favorites such as ``The Six Million Dollar Man,″ ``Charlie’s Angels″ and ``The Rockford Files.″

She was twice nominated for an Emmy _ in 1992 for ``Doing Time on Maple Drive″ and in 1993 for ``Northern Exposure.″

More recently, she appeared in ``E.R.,″ ``Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman″ and ``Coach.″

In film, she was best known as Dr. Carol Marcus in ``Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.″ Her other films include ``Steel Magnolias,″ ``Betsy’s Wedding″ and ``Who’s That Girl?″

Kenneth K. Kadar

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio (AP) _ Kenneth K. Kadar, a longtime Ohio Valley broadcaster who was active in community affairs, died Friday of injuries suffered in a car accident in West Virginia. He was 71.

Kadar worked for WTOV-TV in Steubenville and for WTRF-TV and radio stations WKWK and WWVA in Wheeling.

After retiring from broadcasting, he worked with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley for five years.

He also was the voice of the former Wheeling Ironmen professional football team and was a racetrack announcer at Wheeling Downs, the Meadows near Washington, Pa., and Waterford Park in Chester, W.Va.

Survivors include two sons, one daughter and one sister.

Charles Norman

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ Charles Norman, a poet and biographer of E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound and other literary figures, died Tuesday at age 92.

Norman’s first volume of verse was published 72 years ago. ``The Far Harbor: A Sea Narrative,″ was published in 1924 after he sailed to South America as a seamen on a freighter.

In the late 1920s, he was a journalist for The Paris Times and was an assistant night editor for the North American Newspaper Alliance. He later worked for The Associated Press, United Press International, Time and P.M., and continued to write poetry.

After serving in the infantry in World War II, Norman returned to his job at P.M. and published two volumes of war poetry, ``The Savage Century″ in 1942 and ``A Soldier’s Diary″ in 1944.

He was best known for ``The Magic-Maker: E.E. Cummings″ in 1958 and ``Ezra Pound″ in 1960.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Rose Morton, of Wilmington, N.C., and a grandson.

Juliet Prowse

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Juliet Prowse, who parlayed skillful dancing, sultry good looks and the best legs since Betty Grable into stardom in ’60s movies and TV specials, died Saturday. She was 59 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer.

The unlikely combination of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Nikita Khrushchev made the former South African ballerina famous within months of her arrival in the United States in her early 20s.

While her film career didn’t soar as long or high as many predicted, she had lasting success in television specials, stage musicals and nightclubs, often commanding thousands of dollars a week.

She was in the news even before her first major Hollywood movie came out, the 1960 musical ``Can Can,″ starring Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine.

When filming was under way in the fall of 1959, Soviet leader Khrushchev was visiting the United States. He was a guest on the set, and the dancers performed the cancan for him.

The next day, Khrushchev roundly denounced the dance as immoral, and the then-unknown Prowse’s picture was seen in newspapers around the world.

``I thought he was enjoying the dance,″ Prowse said later. ``He was very kind through his interpreter to me afterwards. I did notice that his wife said nothing.″

For a while, she juggled romances with Sinatra and Presley, star of her second film, ``G.I. Blues.″ She later became engaged to Sinatra, but broke it off after six weeks in early 1962 _ generating another blizzard of publicity.

Anselm L. Strauss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Dr. Anselm L. Strauss, an internationally known medical sociologist, died Sept. 5 of a heart attack. He was 79.

Strauss was founder, chair, visionary and professor of the University of California-San Francisco Department of Social and Behavioral Science. He guided the program in its focus on health, illness and qualitative research.

He was best known for his pioneering attention to the problems of chronic illness. He also developed an innovative method of qualitative research called ``grounded theory″ with sociologist Barney Glaser, which was widely adopted in sociology, nursing, education and social work.

His research interests included studies of dying patients, chronic illnesses, the psychology of pain and the politics of medical care.

Many of his early books are still in print, including a social psychology textbook from the 1940s now in its ninth edition entitled ``Mirrors and Masks: The Search for Identity.″ His works have been translated into eight languages.

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