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May 6, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Addie McPhail, a dark-eyed actress in short-film comedies when she became the third and last wife of silent-movie star Roscoe ``Fatty″ Arbuckle, died of undisclosed causes April 14. She was 97.

After seven years of acting in a few feature films and low-budget short subjects including series called ``The Newlyweds″ and ``Winnie Winkle,″ she married Arbuckle in 1932 when she was 26 and he was 45.

Arbuckle’s film career was halted in the early ’20s because of a scandal that included two murder trials before he was acquitted at a third trial on a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Arbuckle had been one of Hollywood’s top comics and highest-paid actors until he was charged in 1921 with the murder of a young actress, Virginia Rappe. She died as a resulting of a ruptured bladder four days after collapsing in Arbuckle’s bedroom during a party in his San Francisco hotel suite.

Although he was acquitted Arbuckle could no longer get acting work. He directed low-budget comedies under the pseudonym William Goodrich and met McPhail in 1930 when he directed her in the comedy short ``Up a Tree.″

While they were engaged, she appeared with Arbuckle on a vaudeville tour in 1931 as he successfully staged a comeback. They were married in 1932 when Warner Bros. gave Arbuckle a chance to resume acting in films.

Arbuckle made a series of successful film shorts before he died in 1933 in New York City, just after the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

After Arbuckle died, McPhail appeared in seven more films including five in uncredited bit parts including roles in ``Body and Soul″ and ``Corsair″ and ``Girls Demand Excitement″ starring John Wayne. Her last film appearance was in ``Northwest Passage″ starring Spencer Tracy in 1940.

Suzy Parker

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Model-actress Suzy Parker, one of the most recognizable faces of the 1950s and a forerunner of the supermodel, died Saturday. She was 69.

Known in later life as Suzy Parker Dillman, Parker was recognized for her full, red hair and beautiful bone structure. She was the signature face for designer Coco Chanel, photographed by the likes of Richard Avedon and Milton H. Greene.

Author Eleanor Dwight once said Parker was ``the″ model of the 1950s. She was at one time the highest paid model, earning $200 an hour.

In 1957, Parker made her Hollywood debut in the musical ``Funny Face,″ starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

Parker’s other film credits include ``Kiss Them for Me″ (also 1957), opposite Cary Grant, and ``Ten North Frederick″ (1958) starring Gary Cooper. She also appeared in ``The Twilight Zone″ and ``Tarzan″ television series.

Waly Salomao

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Waly Salomao, a leading Brazilian poet known for his frequent collaborations with the Tropcalista movement, died of cancer Monday. He was 89.

Salomao rose to fame largely through his collaborations with Tropcalista musicians, who sought to combine influences like American rock ‘n’ roll with traditional Brazilian rhythms.

Salomao wrote song lyrics for several songs by Caetano Veloso, one of the movement’s founders, and in recent years he wrote lyrics for a new generation of artists.

He published his first book of poetry, whose title ``Me Segura que eu Vou Dar um Troco″ translates loosely as ``Hold me Back, I’m Going to Throw a Fit,″ in 1971.

Other titles by Salomao, include ``Labia″ or ``Lips″ and ``Surrupiador de Souvenirs,″ or ``Souvenir Thief.″

Earlier this year, he was named the national secretary of books by pop star-turned Culture Minister Gilberto Gil, a close friend of Salomao.

Walter Sisulu

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Walter Sisulu, an anti-apartheid activist who became one of the top leaders of the African National Congress, died Monday. He was 90.

Sisulu had been suffering from a long illness, according to the African National Congress.

As a founding member of the ANC’s Youth League, Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo helped convince the ANC to adopt active protests against the white-racist apartheid government.

He was banned by the government in 1954, detained without trial in 1960 and repeatedly arrested and harassed by the government in subsequent years.

He was sentenced to life in prison along with Mandela and other ANC activists on charges of sabotage in 1964 and served roughly 26 years in jail before being freed in 1989.

He was elected the party’s deputy president in 1991, a position he held until after South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994.

``His absence has carved a void. A part of me is gone,″ Mandela said in an impassioned statement that lamented the loss of his friend and confidant.

Carl Upchurch

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Carl Upchurch, an author and social activist who organized a nationwide gang summit after the Rodney King police beating, died Friday. He was 53.

His family declined to specify the cause of death.

A Philadelphia gang member as a teenager, Upchurch spent 18 years in reformatories and prisons. He later became a middle school teacher and founded the Council for Urban Peace and Justice.

His autobiography, ``Convicted in the Womb,″ was made into a movie by the Showtime cable network. Its premiere last year coincided with the publication of his second book, ``Breaking the Chains.″

Upchurch organized a gang summit after King was beaten in Los Angeles, spending 18 months visiting gangs around the country. In April 1993, 186 gang leaders went to Kansas City, Mo., and signed a pact not to kill.

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