Laurie Beechman,43, the longest-running Grizabella in...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 11, 1998

Laurie Beechman,43, the longest-running Grizabella in Broadway's longest-running hit, "Cats," died Sunday in her White Plains home of complications from ovarian cancer, according to her agent, Jim Wilhelm.

She took on the part of Grizabella in the touring company of "Cats" in 1983, and four months later stepped into the part on Broadway, which she played on and off for more than five years.

Benjamin Bowden,91, a designer and inventor who created a futuristic bicycle called the Spacelander, died Friday in Lake Worth, Fla. In the 1940s, the British-born inventor designed the Healey sports car, a forerunner of the Austin-Healey, and an armored car for Winston Churchill and King George VI.

Adrian Marks,81, a former Navy pilot instrumental in saving 315 sailors from the sinking USS Indianapolis during World War II, died Saturday in Frankfort, Ind.

Leonie Rysanek,71, a celebrated soprano who gave more than 2,100 performances on the world's leading opera stages, died of bone cancer Saturday in Vienna, Austria.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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