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March 27, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Rene Andrieu, former editor in chief of the French Communist daily L’Humanite, died Thursday. He was 78.

When World War II broke out, Andrieu joined the French Resistance, and became a member of the Communist Party in 1942.

After the war, he became a diplomatic correspondent for the daily Ce Soir.

He joined the staff of L’Humanite in 1954 and was editor in chief from 1958 to 1984. He also was a close adviser to Georges Marchais, who headed the party for three decades.

Arthur S. Link

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ Arthur S. Link, a former Princeton University historian and leading scholar on Woodrow Wilson, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 77.

Long before the advent of modern word processing, Link began editing the 69-volume ``Papers of Woodrow Wilson″ _ published between 1966 and 1994. .

Link authored more than 30 books in all, including a five-volume biography of Wilson. He twice won the Bancroft Prize for the best book on American history.

Daniel Massey

LONDON (AP) _ Daniel Massey, an award-winning stage actor and member of a distinguished theatrical family, died Wednesday. He was 64.

Famous for his deep, mellifluous voice in such musicals as Stephen Sondheim’s ``Follies,″ Massey was ideally suited to Noel Coward’s drawing-room comedies, and won a Golden Globe award in 1968 for playing Coward in the movie ``Star″ with Julie Andrews as Gertrude Lawrence.

Broadway roles included his performance in the original 1963 production of ``She Loves Me,″ in 1973′s ``Gigi″ and 1996′s ``Taking Sides.″

Massey was the son of Canadian actor Raymond Massey and British stage star Adrianne Allen. His younger sister, Anna Massey, is a respected actress in plays, film and television.

John J. O’Connell

TACOMA (AP) _ John J. O’Connell, who served three terms as Washington’s attorney general, died Tuesday. He was 78.

O’Connell served as attorney general from 1956 until 1968, when he ran as the Democratic candidate for governor. He lost and returned to private practice.

Daisy Bell Strong

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Daisy Bell Strong, one of the oldest women in Ohio, died March 19. Family members said Mrs. Strong was 112 or 113 years old.

She had two children and 15 grandchildren.

Helen Westcott

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Helen Westcott, whose film career spanned more than two decades, died March 17 of cancer. She was 70.

Westcott, a founding member of the Stage Society, returned to live theater after a screen career that included ``The Gunfighter″ opposite Gregory Peck, ``Mr. Belvedere Goes to College″ and ``Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.″

At 7, she began a nine-year run as little Julia, the daughter of the title character in ``The Drunkard,″ at the Theatre Mart in Hollywood.

She starred as Lady Diana in the 1949 ``Adventures of Don Juan″ with Errol Flynn. Other films from the late 1940s to 1970 included ``Charge at Feather River,″ ``The Last Hurrah,″ ``Studs Lonigan,″ ``Hot Blooded,″ ``I Love My Wife,″ and ``Dancing in the Dark.″

Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney

MANHASSET, N.Y. (AP) _ Betsey Cushing Roosevelt Whitney, the widow of John Hay ``Jock″ Whitney and the first wife of James Roosevelt, died Wednesday. She was 89.

Whitney and her sisters were renowned in the 1930s and 40s for their marriages into some of the most prominent families in the country.

She inherited the bulk of one of the great American fortunes when Jock Whitney, financier and publisher of the New York Herald Tribune, died in 1982. In 1990, Forbes magazine estimated her wealth at $700 million.

Whitney married James Roosevelt, the eldest son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, on June 5, 1930. They were divorced in 1940. She married Jock Whitney two years later.

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