Lila Shanley, 86, a pioneering Hollywood stuntwoman who...


November 21, 1996

Lila Shanley, 86, a pioneering Hollywood stuntwoman who performed swimming and diving feats for Dorothy Lamour in the 1937 film "The Hurricane," died Friday in Santa Monica.

She worked in motion pictures for almost six decades and appeared in more than 100 films under her professional name, Lila Finn. She was also the stunt double for Vivien Leigh in "Gone With the Wind," for Paulette Goddard in "Unconquered" and for Donna Reed in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Bill Doggett, 80, a rhythm-and-blues musician who scored a 1956 hit with "Honky Tonk," died Nov. 13 in New York. He evolved from a big-band jazz pianist and arranger in the 1930s and '40s to a rhythm-and-blues artist in the '50s. From 1952 to 1960, he led a combo that recorded good-time Saturday-night music for King Records. "Honky Tonk," a 12-bar blues song, sold 3 million copies by 1979.

Adeline Mart Nall, 90, the drama teacher who introduced James Dean to acting, died Tuesday in Fairmount, Ind. She taught for 35 years and retired as Fairmount High School's drama teacher in 1972.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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