* Joan Mitchell, 66, an American painter whose canvases...


November 02, 1992

* Joan Mitchell, 66, an American painter whose canvases were a synthesis of expressionism and impressionism, died Friday in Paris, where she had lived off-and-on since 1955. The cause was not announced. Some critics thought she reinvented % 5/8 impressionism, adding a touch of American expressionism. Her works were regularly displayed in Paris and New York. In 1989, she received France's prestigious National Grand Prize for Painting.

* Ted Thomas, 88, a Broadway and Hollywood producer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Van Nuys, Calif. Mr. Thomas, whose name was originally Theodore Hertzl Thomashefsky, was the youngest son of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, pioneers of American Yiddish theater. He began his career at age 19 as assistant stage manager for Max Reinhardt's production of "The Miracle." He moved to California in the late 1930s as Paul Muni's personal producer. He became a story editor and screen-test director for several motion-picture studios and also wrote for television.

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