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June 2, 1999

BONSALL, Calif. (AP) _ Hillary Brooke, the elegant blond actress who perfected the ``other woman″ role in dozens of films and played Gale Storm’s adversary in the 1950s TV sitcom ``My Little Margie,″ died May 25. She was 84.

Although Miss Brooke was never the leading lady, she worked with top actors and directors and in such prestige projects as 1944′s ``Jane Eyre,″ starring Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine.

Other films included ``The Enchanted Cottage″ (1944) opposite Robert Young; ``Road to Utopia″ (1945) with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, and Alfred Hitchcock’s ``The Man Who Knew Too Much″ (1956).

She played Roberta Townsend in ``My Little Margie″ from 1952-55.

Manuel Chavez

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Manuel Chavez, a United Farm Workers activist, died Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was 73.

Chavez was a farm worker who went on to become a key organizer for UFW, which successfully sought to represent tens of thousands of farm workers across America during the 1960s and ’70s.

He was the cousin and confidant of legendary Mexican-American leader Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993.

Tom Riste

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Tom Riste, a former television columnist for The Arizona Daily Star, died May 24. He was 78.

Riste started Palo Verde magazine, which he distributed to mobile home parks from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

He wrote columns on television for the Star from 1965 to 1978.

A freelance writer, Riste squeezed in an acting career on the side. He appeared in eight movies in the 1950s, most notably 1955′s ``Horizons West.″

He is survived by wife Elaine Riste, a son, two daughters and a brother.

Murray Rose

NEW YORK (AP) _ Murray Rose, an Associated Press sports writer and editor for more than 40 years and one of the country’s best known boxing journalists during his career, died Monday. He was 84.

Rose covered fights and fighters from Joe Louis to Muhammad Ali for four decades. He teamed with the late Jack Hand at ringside for scores of championship fights, and the two won awards for their coverage from the Boxing Writers Association.

He also was an integral part of the AP’s Olympic staff and covered international sports on every continent except Antarctica.

Rose started at the AP in 1934 as a copy boy. He worked in a number of New York departments before settling in sports, where he crafted a memorable career, writing from places such as Helsinki, Paris, London, Mexico City, Melbourne, Rome, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Cali and Munich.

In 1952, Rose was among the first American newsmen to tour the isolated housing of Soviet Union and other Iron Curtain athletes at the Olympics in Helsinki.

Rose spent many years running the AP’s night sports desk, directing coverage of breaking news stories. He retired in 1979.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, their son and two grandchildren.

Mary Allen Rowlands

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mary Allen Rowlands, artist-actress and mother of actress Gena Rowlands, died Friday. She was 94.

Miss Rowlands appeared in several films with her daughter that were directed by her son-in-law, the late John Cassavetes, including ``Minnie and Moskowitz,″ ``A Woman Under the Influence″ and ``Opening Night.″

The widow of Wisconsin state Sen. Edwin Rowlands, Miss Rowlands was also known for her portrait painting.

Crombie Taylor

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Crombie Taylor, an architect and preservationist who taught design at the University of Southern California for 23 years, died May 24. He was 85.

As a preservationist Taylor championed the historic work of 19th century architect Louis H. Sullivan, who designed the Art Institute of Chicago.

Taylor personally restored several buildings that Sullivan designed, and rediscovered, reproduced and exhibited Sullivan’s trademark stencil designs. He also prepared a major exhibition of Sullivan’s polychromatic, two-dimensional ornaments for the Smithsonian Institution.

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