Tom Ewell. the wry-faced comedy actor who stood next to...


September 13, 1994

Tom Ewell. the wry-faced comedy actor who stood next to Marilyn Monroe when a blast of air blew her skirt up in the famous scene from the movie "The Seven Year Itch," died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 85.

Mr. Ewell, who had been staying at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills, died after a long series of illnesses, said his wife, Marjorie.

Born Yewell Tompkins on April 29, 1909, in Owensboro, Ky., he defied his family by abandoning his law studies for acting. At the depth of the Depression, he moved to New York and washed dishes while hunting for stage parts. He said he set a Broadway record by appearing in 28 flops over a 14-year period.

He co-starred with another sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield, in "The Girl Can't Help It."

Margaret Janus, 68, sister of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, died Sunday of a heart attack in Detroit. She helped her brother in his campaign for physician-assisted suicide, keeping his records and videotaping his consultations with people who sought his help in ending their lives. She was present with Dr. Kevorkian at the first 15 suicides he helped assist.

Godfrey Quigley, 71, a leading Irish actor, died Wednesday in Dublin, Ireland. He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. His roles during a stage career of more than 40 years ranged from Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw to the modern playwrights Hugh Leonard and Tom Murphy. In the 1950s, he was one of the founders of the Globe Theater, which developed a reputation for innovation.

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