Anya Seton, 86, author of several critically acclaimed historical and biographical novels including "Foxfire" and "Dragonwyck," died of heart failure Thursday at her home in Old Greenwich, Conn. The daughter of English author and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton and American travel writer Grace Gallatin, she published her first novel, "My Theodosia," the story of Aaron Burr's daughter, in 1941. "Dragonwyck," a Gothic tale set in the Hudson River Valley, was her second book and was made into a 1946 film starring Vincent Price as a feudal overlord who tyrannizes his tenants, kills his wife and has a romance with a distant relative.
Alexis Minotis, 84, Greece's best-known tragic actor, died yesterday following a stroke. He spent 65 years in the theater, and was best known for his roles in classical Greek tragedy. He was artistic director of the Greek National Theater from 1964 to 1967, when he was removed by the military junta which ruled the country for seven years. He got his job back when democracy was restored in 1974, but was removed again in 1981 when the Socialist Party took office. His wife, the late actress Katina Paxinou, won an Academy Award in 1943 for best supporting actress in the film of Ernest Hemingway's novel "For Whom The Bell Tolls."