Marjorie Reynolds,80, the actress who endeared herself to...

Death Elsewhere

February 13, 1997

Marjorie Reynolds,80, the actress who endeared herself to audiences as the long-limbed love interest of rivals Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in "Holiday Inn" and as the long-suffering television wife of William Bendix in "The Life of Riley," died Feb. 1 in Manhattan Beach, Calif., her family said yesterday.

The "Holiday Inn" classic, which featured Mr. Crosby singing "White Christmas," crowned her hard-won place in Hollywood.

Vladislav Bogomolov,78, who designed engines that carried cosmonauts into space and powered Moscow's nuclear missiles, died Sunday in Moscow. He worked on most of Russia's manned and unmanned spacecraft, including the Soyuz, Salyut and Mir craft and the Mars, Luna, Molniya and Kosmos space probes.

He also helped design the Soviet Union's "Vostok" rocket series, which in 1961 launched the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.

Jerzy Milewski,61, a former Solidarity leader and national security adviser to two Polish presidents, died Tuesday in Warsaw. The cause of death was not given.

Mr. Milewski was appointed chief of the national security office in November 1991 by President Lech Walesa. In 1993, he became deputy defense minister in a coalition government led by the former communists.

Eleanor Prescott,50, a producer for ABC News, died Sunday in Manhasset, N.Y., after being taken to the hospital with chest pains. She was a senior producer for "Good Morning America Sunday."

Jack Gordon Owens,92, a musician who created the "Bentonia style" blues, died Sunday in Bentonia, Miss. Mr. Owens, whose style was a rough variation of Mississippi Delta blues music using 12-string guitars and harmonicas, received the American Heritage Award in the early 1990s and the W. C. Handy Award, a blues honor presented in Memphis, Tenn.

Mario Henrique Simonsen,61, Brazil's former minister of finance and planning, died of lung cancer Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. He was the only Brazilian to sit on the board of directors of Citicorp, stepping down in 1995 because of failing health. He also sat on the boards of the Brazilian affiliates of Coca-Cola, Xerox, Mercedes-Benz and other major companies.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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