Lady Oona Chaplin, 66, wife of the late comic actor Charlie Chaplin, died yesterday in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. Lady Oona was the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and the fourth wife of Chaplin, the internationally renowned comic hero. Together they had eight children. Lady Oona acquired her title when Chaplin was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975. Although Lady Oona's father strongly objected to their relationship, Chaplin frequently described their marriage as "perfect." After Chaplin's death in 1977, Lady Oona became reclusive while continuing to live at the couple's 18th-century mansion above Lake Geneva.
James J. Fahey, 73, a garbage-truck driver who became a best-selling author and gave his royalties to charity, died Monday of undisclosed causes at a veterans hospital in Bedford, Mass. Mr. Fahey, who lived in Marco Island, Fla., was the author of a 1963 book, "Pacific War Diary: 1942-45," consisting of memoirs he had written on loose sheets of paper during World War II, recounting his experiences as a seaman on a cruiser. The book was published by Houghton Mifflin at the suggestion of the historian Samuel Eliot Morison. "Personal narratives of wars by statesmen, generals and admirals are fairly numerous," Mr. Morison said, "but accounts by private soldiers and ordinary seamen are exceedingly rare. . . . The great merit of Mr. Fahey's book is that it gives the American bluejacket's point of view." He donated earnings from the book to help a priest build a church in India.