Carmine Coppola, an Academy Award-winning composer and conductor who wrote the theme music for several Hollywood films, died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. He was 80. Mr. Coppola, the father of director Francis Ford Coppola, shared an Academy Award with Nino Rota in 1974 for best original dramatic score for "Godfather II," the second of three "Godfather" movies made by the younger Mr. Coppola. He also wrote the theme music for the original "Godfather" and scored three other of his son's films, "Apocalypse Now," "The Outsiders" and "Gardens of Stone." A classically trained flutist and composer, Mr. Coppola played and arranged music for New York's Radio City Music Hall and conducted Broadway musicals.
Emily McLaughlin, grand dame of the "General Hospital" soap opera for almost three decades, died of cancer April 26. She was 61. She had starred on ABC-TV's "General Hospital" since its first broadcast April 1, 1963, and last appeared as no-nonsense nurse Jessie Brewer on Feb. 13. The gentle nurse she portrayed persisted after losing two babies, enduring five marriages and suffering spots on her lungs, a hysterectomy and a nervous breakdown.
Walter Reder, a Nazi war criminal known as the "Butcher of Marzabotto" for ordering the deaths of hundreds of Italian villagers, died in a Vienna hospital, an Austrian news agency reported Thursday. He was 75. No date or cause of death was given. Mr. Reder, an Austrian who had been a major in Adolf Hitler's SS guard, returned to Austria in 1985 when he was paroled after almost 40 years in an Italian prison. After his parole, he was met at the airport by then-Defense Minister Friedhelm Frischenschlager, who shook his hand and escorted him to officers' quarters. This welcome for a war criminal was condemned worldwide.