RALEIGH, Va. (AP) _ Ethel Casey, a soprano who once sang at New York’s Carnegie Hall, died early Wednesday in a fire at her home. She was 69.
Her 1961 appearance at Town Hall in New York City introduced works by Arnold Shoenberg and other contemporary composers to the United States.
She sang at Carnegie Hall in 1962, and was the vocalist that year for the International Western Festival at the Seattle World’s Fair.
The fire destroyed Mrs. Casey’s Steinway grand piano tuned for her voice, and ruined another grand piano and a lifetime collection of records, tapes and paintings, said her sister, Mary Burnett.
Investigators have not found the cause of the fire but consider it accidental.
LONDON (AP) _ Edna Deane, the world champion ballroom dancer famous for being the girl ``who’s danced with the prince of Wales,″ died Wednesday. She was 90.
Deane was born Edna Morton Sewell to British parents in the Orange Free State, now part of South Africa. In 1907, her family returned to England, where she trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
She danced to fame in Britain during the 1920s using the stage name Edna Deane. Prince Edward _ later King Edward VIII _ was so entranced by her at a ball that he asked her to dance nine times.
The dances inspired Herbert Farjeon, a playwright and songwriter, to pen the popular song ``I’ve Danced With a Man, Who’s Danced with a Girl, Who’s Danced with the Prince of Wales.″
In 1933, Deane and her partner Timothy Palmer won the British and world ballroom dancing championships. She retired from professional dancing in 1935 and became a choreographer and writer.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Louis Malle, the French director of the landmark American films ``Pretty Baby,″ ``Atlantic City″ and ``My Dinner With Andre,″ died Thursday from lymphoma. He was 63.
Malle, the husband of ``Murphy Brown″ star Candice Bergen, finished his 25th and final film, ``Vanya on 42nd Street,″ last year.
The daring director rarely shied away from difficult, often sexual, subject matter and provocative photography over a career that spanned more than 40 years. His films explored everything from incest and Nazi collaboration to child prostitution and bigamy.
His versatility ranged from the documentary style of the 1956 film ``Le Monde du Silence″ (``The Silent World″), for which he won an Oscar with oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, to 1992′s stylish sex drama ``Damage.″
His autobiographical and deeply felt Holocaust story ``Au Revoir, Les Enfants″ (``Goodbye, Children″) in 1987 won seven Cesars, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards, and was nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar. The film followed Malle’s childhood friendship with a sensitive, timid Jewish schoolmate who is turned over to Nazis and sent to die in a concentration camp.
The shock of that experience is what led him to become a filmmaker, Malle said after the movie won the coveted Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film festival.