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Sally Blane

September 1, 1997

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Sally Blane, an actress who appeared in more than 80 films and the sister of country star Loretta Young, died Wednesday. She was 87.

Ms. Blane launched her acting career as a child, appearing in the 1917 film ``Sirens of the Sea.″ She went on to appear with such leading men as Douglas Fairbanks Jr., W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Bela Lugosi and Tom Mix.

Blane’s films spanned all genres, including mysteries, romantic comedies, westerns and horror films. Her career virtually ended by 1940, although she did appear in the 1954 film ``A Bullet for Joey.″

Princess Diana

LONDON (AP) _ Princess Diana, the shy young bride who divorced Prince Charles in a royal scandal and went on to win the adoration of millions as a champion of charities and children, died Sunday in an auto crash. She was 36.

The accident in Paris also killed Dodi Fayed, the 41-year-old film producer with whom the princess seemed to have finally found happiness. She had endured years of public scrutiny and criticism, somehow finding time to raise two sons, Princes William and Harry.

Diana, just 20 when she married the heir to the British throne, grew into a woman of grace and elegance in a relentless international spotlight. From the roller-skating pop-music fan who first unsettled the staid denizens of Buckingham Palace, Diana grew into a determined adult, a matchless fund-raiser and a force to be reckoned with.

Any humanitarian organization or charity that could win Diana’s support had instant attention in magazines and newspapers in every language.

She held hands with the unhappy, embraced the unfortunate and gave the royal family an approachable humanity that they had never achieved in all their years of dutiful work for Britain.

Millions watched Lady Diana Spencer, the daughter of an earl, marry Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral July 29, 1981. She was young, sweet and shy, swathed in yards of ivory silk organza _ a fairy tale bride walking beside her prince.

The births of William in 1982 and Harry in 1984, seemed to complete the happiness the world expected of a golden couple.

But in the early 1990s, newspapers began reporting how much time Charles and Diana spent apart. Speculation about an unhappy marriage grew intense.

Andrew Morton’s ``Diana, Her True Story″ in June 1992 caused a sensation, saying Charles was conducting a long-term affair with a married woman, Camilla Parker Bowles, and that Diana had attempted suicide.

Seven months later, Prime Minister John Major announced to Parliament that the couple would separate. Failing to maintain their royal roles separately, the two finally agreed to a divorce at the request of Queen Elizabeth II. It became final Aug. 28, 1996.

Buckingham Palace said Diana would still be part of the royal family. She and Charles, 48, shared custody of their sons William, now 15, and Harry, 12.

There was no precedent for Diana’s new role. There had never been an ex-wife of a Prince of Wales.

Although effectively out of a job, she worked hard and secured her place as an international figure and humanitarian.

She declared in a television interview in 1995 that she aspired to being ``a queen in people’s hearts.″ She succeeded in winning something akin to adoration among millions of people around the world.

She traveled widely for her causes, including research for AIDS, cancer, heart disease, and most prominently, seeking a ban on the use of land mines.

A funeral will be held Saturday at Westminster Abbey. Diana will later be buried Althorp, the Spencer family seat in Northamptonshire, north of London.

Dodi Fayed

PARIS (AP) _ Dodi Fayed, a playboy film producer and son of an Egyptian billionaire who grabbed the international spotlight by wooing Princess Diana, was killed Sunday in an auto accident. He was 41.

The accident also killed the princess, who was 36.

Fayed became a household word several weeks ago when tabloids published photographs of Fayed and Diana basking in the sun on his father’s luxury yacht.

The photographs were the first evidence of a relationship between Diana and another man since her divorce from Prince Charles in August 1996. They gave Fayed instant fame _ and cleared the way for some embarrassing revelations.

His high style of living and entertaining produced a trail of lawsuits over unpaid bills. In Beverly Hills, Calif., he leased mansions for $20,000 to $35,000 a month and was sued repeatedly for leaving landlords in the lurch.

A former girlfriend, model Kelly Fisher, recently sued Fayed for breach of contract, saying she gave up a lucrative career after they became engaged.

Newspapers reported Diana first met Fayed almost 10 years ago when he and Prince Charles played polo on opposing teams. On Aug. 21, Diana and Fayed flew to the French Mediterranean resort of St. Tropez for their third holiday together in five weeks.

Films he has produced or co-produced include the 1981 Oscar-winning ``Chariots of Fire,″ ``The World According to Garp,″ ``F/X″ and ``Hook.″

Fayed’s father, self-made billionaire Mohamed al Fayed, owns London’s fabled Harrod’s department store, the Hotel Ritz in Paris and has 11 homes around the world. He was a friend of Diana’s father, the late Lord Spencer.

Dick Gottlieb

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dick Gottlieb, who became Houston’s first full-time television announcer before turning to politics, died Friday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 73.

Gottlieb, a decorated World War II veteran, started as a radio broadcaster and became Houston’s first full-time TV announcer on KPRC.

In the 1950s, when local television was still in its infancy, he was voted the city’s outstanding TV personality several times. Gottlieb emceed popular programs such as ``Matinee,″ ``Darts for Dough″ and ``The Dick Gottlieb Show.″

Gottlieb moved from television to politics and in 1969 won an at-large seat on the Houston City Council. He served until 1973 then ran unsuccessful mayoral campaigns in 1975 and 1977.

Gottlieb is survived by his wife, Rilda; two daughters; three sons and seven grandchildren.

Richard Skalak

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Richard Skalak, a Columbia University professor best known for his pioneering work in bioengineering and biomechanics, died of melanoma Aug. 17. He was 74.

In 1968, Skalak and other researchers launched a series of studies examining the properties of red blood cells, bone growth and how white blood cells respond to infections.

Their findings have been applied to research on such diseases as cancer and hypertension.

Skalak co-authored ``The Handbook of Bioengineering″ in 1989 and collaborated with another researcher on developing titanium dental implants. Their mechanical designs of the devices were widely applied in explaining the relationship between metal and bone and contributed to understanding skeletal reconstruction.

Skalak had taught bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego since 1988, when he retired from Columbia.

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