Daniel Mann, the film director who guided Elizabeth Taylor to her Oscar-winning performance in "Butterfield 8" and directed the TV miniseries "How the West Was Won," died of heart failure Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 79. In addition to Miss Taylor, Mr. Mann directed some of Hollywood's most enduring stars, including Marlon Brando, Jimmy Stewart, Sophia Loren and Geraldine Page. He guided Shirley Booth to an Academy Award in his first film directing effort in 1952 in "Come Back Little Sheba," and he directed Anna Magnani in her Oscar-winning role in the 1955 film "The Rose Tattoo." In 1966, he directed "Our Man Flint," the satirical takeoff of the James Bond movies, and in 1971 he directed "Willard," a horror film about rats trained to kill the enemies of their owner. His other movies included "I'll Cry Tomorrow" in 1955, "Teahouse of the August Moon" in 1956, "Hot Spell" in 1958, "The Last Angry Man" in 1959, "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed?" in 1963, "Judith" in 1965 and "For Love of Ivy" in 1968.
Burrus Dickinson, 86, a publisher, educator and civic leader, died Monday in Eureka, Ill., where he was president of Eureka College from 1939 to 1954. He owned the Bement Register from 1936 to 1949, the Woodford County Journal from 1937 to 1982 and the Roanoke Review from 1955 to 1982.
Tasashi Imai, a prominent Japanese film director known for works dealing with social issues, died Friday of a brain hemorrhage at a hospital outside Tokyo. He was 79. Mr. Imai suffered a stroke Wednesday while on his way to Soka, just north of Tokyo, to make a speech at the opening ceremony for his latest film, "The War and the Youth," which depicts the 1945 U.S. air attack on Tokyo, officials at his production company said. Mr. Imai, the son of a Buddhist priest, joined Japan's Communist Party after World War II and was blacklisted by Toho Co., a major Japanese film company, after a strike in 1948. He remained active in leftist politics during the 1950s and '60s and directed movies as an independent filmmaker dealing with social issues, mainly from a woman's point of view. Mr. Imai's 1953 film, "The Tower of Lilies," depicted the deaths of young student nurses during the ground war on Okinawa in the closing days of World War II. Other acclaimed works include "The Blue Mountain Range," "The River Without Bridges," and "Brother and Sister."
Harlon B. Carter, who helped turn the National Rifle Association into one of the nation's most influential lobbying groups, died Tuesday of lung cancer in Green Valley, Ariz., at the age of 78. He was the NRA's chief executive officer and executive vice president from 1977 to 1985. During that period, the organization's membership grew from about 1 million to more than 3 million. He established 44 national shooting records for pistol, small-bore and military rifle.
Jacob I. Hartstein, 80, a leader in the expansion of New York's Yeshiva College, including its change to university status and formation of its medical school, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, died Tuesday of a heart attack in New York City. From the 1930s to 1953, he was an education professor, registrar, dean and director of the graduate school of the institution.
Milton Kestenberg, 79, a lawyer who helped Holocaust survivors win back property seized during World War II, died in New York Tuesday of cancer. A native of Poland, he emigrated to the United States in 1939. After the war, during which his mother and brother died in the Treblinka death camp, he represented survivors in German courts as they sought restoration of property and reparations. With his psychoanalyst wife, Judith, he founded two organizations to help children who survived the Holocaust: the International Study of Organized Persecution of Children in the Holocaust and the Association of Children Survivors.
Cyril Poitier, the older brother who helped raise actor Sidney Poitier, died in Miami Nov. 13 of cancer at the age of 80. He held several jobs over the years, from handyman to bell man to luggage carrier at Miami International Airport. He also got a taste of movie-making, playing bit roles in his brother's movies "Let's Do it Again," "Piece of the Action" and "Uptown Saturday Night."
Cedric Sandiford, who was nearly beaten to death by a mob of white youths in the Howard Beach racial attack Dec. 20, 1986, and later became the prosecution's key trial witness, died Tuesday of AIDS at the Veterans Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 41. His stepson, Michael Griffith, was struck and killed by a car on the highway as he tried to flee the gang, and three men were convicted of second-degree manslaughter while six others pleaded guilty or were convicted of lesser charges.
Samuel Ralph Sapirie, 82, a top official in Oak Ridge, Tenn., during the Manhattan Project and later manager of the Atomic Energy Commission's work there and in Ohio, died Monday in Englewood, Fla.