Jo Van Fleet,an Academy Award-winning actress who made a...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 12, 1996

Jo Van Fleet,an Academy Award-winning actress who made a career playing mothers on stage and in such films as "East of Eden" and "Cool Hand Luke," died Monday in New York.

She was said to be 81, although some reference books gave her age as 76.

In her first screen appearance, she won the 1955 Oscar for best supporting actress as the mother of James Dean's character in "East of Eden." Two years later, she won a Tony Award as best supporting actress for her role as Jessie Mae Watts in Horton Foote's "Trip to Bountiful."

Franklin D. Israel,50, a Los Angeles architect and set designer whose designs captured the creative energy of the entertainment industry, died of AIDS-related pneumonia Monday in Los Angeles. He designed sets at Paramount, working on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and with French filmmaker Roger Vadim on his "Night Games."

Ellsworth P. Smith,100, who directed the award-winning art department at the Hoover Co., died Sunday at his home near Canton, Ohio. He joined the vacuum sweeper manufacturing company in 1920. Under his direction, Hoover's art department won numerous national advertising awards, especially for its annual reports.

Chiyo Uno,98, a leading Japanese writer whose tempestuous love affairs scandalized the nation in the 1920s and 1930s, died of pneumonia Monday in Tokyo.

Al Poulin,58, a French-Canadian New England mill hand's son who had such an appetite for language that he lived the life of BTC poet in a world that sometimes seems to value typesetters more, died Wednesday at a hospital in Brockport, N.Y., the Erie Canal town he made a center of contemporary American poetry. He was the founding editor of BOA Editions, one of the United States' premier poetry publishers. His wife, Boo, said the cause was complications of the pulmonary disorders that had forced him to step down a decade ago as professor of English at the state college at Brockport.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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