* Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, 80, leader of the...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

March 24, 1994

* Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, 80, leader of the controversial and conservative Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei, died of a heart attack yesterday in Rome. The bishop, a Spaniard, had been Opus Dei's leader since the death of the organization's founder, Monsignor Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, in 1975. Opus Dei (God's Work) has 77,000 lay members worldwide who receive spiritual guidance from the movement's 1,500 priests. The organization has for decades fended off criticism from liberal Catholics who accuse it of being secretive and elitist and of trying to create a church within the church.

* Giulietta Masina, 74, wife and leading lady of the late movie director Federico Fellini, died yesterday of cancer at the Columbus Clinic in Rome, where she had been admitted for exhaustion after her husband died on Oct. 31. The actress appeared in some of Fellini's best-known films, including "La Strada," "The Nights of Cabiria" and "Juliet of the Spirits." After nearly 20 years off the screen, she returned in 1985 to star with Marcello Mastroianni in Fellini's "Ginger and Fred." Her best-known role was Gelsomina, the waif who became the exploited companion of circus strongman Anthony Quinn in "La Strada." The 1954 movie won an Academy Award as best foreign film.

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