Pilar Primo de Rivera, a fascist leader during and after the Spanish Civil War, died yesterday of a heart ailment in Madrid. She was believed to be 80 years old. In 1934 she co-founded the women's branch of the Falange, Spain's fascist movement, and participated in the right-wing government headed by the victorious Gen. Francisco Franco after the 1936-39 civil war. Her father, Gen. Miguel Prime de Rivera, headed the military junta that ran the country from 1923 to 1930. Franco named her Countess of Castillo de la Mota in 1960. She retired from the Falange in 1977, two years after Franco's death paved the way for a return to democracy.
Maurice Zolotow, 77, who wrote biographies of Hollywood celebrities including John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe, died Thursday night at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest. Mr. Zolotow wrote a novel, "The Great Balsamo," in 1946. His biographies include "Marilyn Monroe" in 1960; "Stage-struck: The Romance of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne" in 1965; "Shooting Star: A Biography of John Wayne" in 1974; and "Billy Wilder in Hollywood" in 1977. He strayed from the celebrity scene in 1983 when he wrote "Confessions of a Racetrack Fiend," poking fun at his favorite hobby.