Hillary Brooke,84, the elegant blond actress who played...

Deaths Elsewhere

June 02, 1999

Hillary Brooke,84, the elegant blond actress who played the "other woman" in dozens of movies and had a recurring role in the 1950s television situation comedy "My Little Margie," died May 25 in Bonsall, Calif., said a friend, Helen Lovass.

Although Miss Brooke was often tagged a "blonde bombshell," she once publicly challenged a psychology professor's claim that "intelligence can repel a man" and that smart actresses would frighten male fans. "Vacuity will never substitute for a glint of intelligence," she said.

Kenneth Dodson,91, who wrote popular books about his experiences in World War II, died May 24 in Stanwood, Wash., after a long battle with congenital heart disease, Parkinson's disease and malaria.

William Ringel,97, a judge who once ruled that Andy Warhol's "Blue Movie" is obscene because its graphic sex was portrayed "with no redeeming social value," died Thursday in New York.

Thomasina "Red Hawk Woman" Jordan,a civil rights activist and spiritual leader for Virginia's American Indians, died May 23 of cancer in Alexandria, Va. Her age was not released. She was chairwoman of the Virginia Council on Indians, a gubernatorial advisory board on matters relating to the state's eight recognized tribes.

John Burton Tigrett,85, an entrepreneur who amassed a fortune as a toy maker and bus company executive and was an adviser to politicians, businessmen and musicians, died May 18 in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Trigrett's most famous patent was probably for the "drinking duck" novelty toy known as the Glub-Glub, a whimsical bird that appears to drink water from a glass as it bobs up and down. He paid $800 for the patent in the 1950s and sold 22 million. He also invented children's mesh playpens after his son cut himself on a wooden one.


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