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Karla Burns, Who Broke a ‘British Tonys’ Color Barrier, Dies at 66 (Mon, 14 Jun 2021)
Her Olivier Award was for her signature role as Queenie in “Show Boat,” a part that once earned a Tony nomination. She later lost her voice in surgery and fought to regain it.
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Carol Jarecki, Respected Chess Referee, Dies at 86 (Mon, 14 Jun 2021)
She was known for her practical, no-nonsense approach at scores of major tournaments. She was also a pilot and a nurse and, with her husband, conquered the game of roulette.
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Richard Baron, Who Published Baldwin and Mailer, Dies at 98 (Mon, 14 Jun 2021)
As the risk-taking publisher of the Dial Press, he also released the satirical hoax “Report From Iron Mountain,” a “leaked” government report on the dangers of peace.
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Ned Beatty, Actor Known for ‘Network’ and ‘Deliverance,’ Dies at 83 (Mon, 14 Jun 2021)
In a career that spanned more than four decades and more than 150 movie and TV roles, Mr. Beatty was rarely the star but almost always made a strong impression.
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Donald York, Musical Director of Paul Taylor Company, Dies at 73 (Mon, 14 Jun 2021)
Mr. York, a former child prodigy who was raised on jazz and choral music, wrote scores that matched Mr. Taylor’s eclectic choreography.
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Mudcat Grant, American League’s First Black 20-Game Winner, Dies at 85 (Sun, 13 Jun 2021)
After 14 major league seasons, he wrote a book about Black pitchers and sang in nightclubs. “I made way more money in music than I did in baseball,” he said.
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Martha White, 99, Dies; Before Rosa Parks, She Sparked a Bus Boycott (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
The 1953 protest in Baton Rouge, triggered by her ejection from a bus for sitting in a “whites only” section, became a template for Martin Luther King.
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Herb Sturz, a Quiet Force in the Life of New York City, Dies at 90 (Sat, 12 Jun 2021)
His agenda and reach, in government and out, extended from criminal justice to urban planning, though his constituency — prisoners, the homeless, the elderly and more — hardly knew his name.
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Milton Moses Ginsberg, 85, Unconventional Filmmaker, Dies (Sun, 13 Jun 2021)
His movies about a psychiatrist’s disintegration and a werewolf in the White House originally bombed, but they both drew favorable attention many years later.
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Rezo Gabriadze, Who Created Magic Out of Puppetry, Dies at 84 (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
His productions, vivid and fanciful, played all over the world, including at Lincoln Center.
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Overlooked No More: Jobriath, Openly Gay Glam Rocker in the ’70s (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
His space alien persona and theatrical rock music drew comparisons to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character. But American audiences seemed unwilling to accept his sexuality.
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William Clinger Jr., 92, Dies; Led House Inquiries on Clinton (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
A nine-term Pennsylvania Republican, he oversaw investigations into the so-called Travelgate and Filegate matters. The Clintons were exonerated in both.
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Robert Katzmann, U.S. Judge With Reach Beyond the Bench, Dies at 68 (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
As chief of the Second Circuit in New York, he championed immigrants’ rights, judicial transparency and schooling the public on the law. In 2019 he dealt Trump a blow.
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Gottfried Böhm, Master Architect in Concrete, Dies at 101 (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
A recipient of his field’s highest award, he was known for his Brutalist designs, of churches in particular, in a postwar Germany trying to rebuild itself.
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Violetta Elvin, Glamorous Royal Ballet Dancer, Is Dead at 97 (Thu, 10 Jun 2021)
Celebrated for her strong technique and natural grandeur, she was a star soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet before finding a new audience in London.
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Jessica Morris, Whose Brain Cancer Was Her Cause, Dies at 57 (Fri, 11 Jun 2021)
After her diagnosis of glioblastoma in 2016, she founded an organization that advocated for patients and research.
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Ron Hill, Marathoner Who Set Record in Boston, Dies at 82 (Thu, 10 Jun 2021)
In 1970 he shaved more than three minutes off the earlier mark. He later set another record: running at least a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days (even after surgery).
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Michael Smith, a Voice for Justice Reform, Is Dead at 78 (Wed, 09 Jun 2021)
As head of the Vera Institute in New York, he spurred community policing and pressed for easing bail, profoundly influencing the law enforcement agenda.
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Stuart Silver, Designer of Museum Blockbusters, Dies at 84 (Wed, 09 Jun 2021)
He helped reinvigorate the Metropolitan and made its exhibitions into crowd-pleasing spectacles, providing a model for other fine-art museums across the country.
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Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99 (Thu, 10 Jun 2021)
Her acclaimed modernist but naturalist designs recognized the fragility of the climate and the social effects of parks and playgrounds.
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Jim Fassel, Who Coached the Giants to the Super Bowl, Dies at 71 (Tue, 08 Jun 2021)
He predicted that New York would make the playoffs when no one gave them much of a chance. Then they marched to the championship game, only to lose to the Ravens.
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Douglas Cramer, Producer of ‘Dynasty’ and ‘The Love Boat,’ Dies at 89 (Wed, 09 Jun 2021)
He had a hand in some of the biggest shows of the 20th century, often in partnership with Aaron Spelling. He was also a leading art collector.
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Robert Hollander, Who Led Readers Into ‘The Inferno,’ Dies at 87 (Tue, 08 Jun 2021)
He and his wife wrote an admired translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” and he began an innovative project to digitize centuries of scholarly commentary.
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