Alex Comfort, 80, a British author who gained...

Deaths Elsewhere

March 29, 2000

Alex Comfort, 80, a British author who gained international fame for his best-selling "The Joy of Sex," died Sunday in Oxfordshire. The cause of death wasn't immediately available. He had suffered a series of strokes in the past nine years and was in a nursing home. "The Joy of Sex," published in 1972, sold 12 million copies worldwide and was translated into two dozen languages. Billed as the "gourmet guide to lovemaking," it contained text and illustrations.

Paul Calinescu, 98, known as the father of Romanian cinema and a winner of the top prize at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, died Saturday in Bucharest.

In the early 1930s, Mr. Calinescu made Romania's first professional documentary films. "Tara Motilor," a 1938 production dedicated to the Romanians living in the Western Carpathian Mountains, was awarded the top prize in the documentary category at the Venice Film Festival.

Jim Cash, 59, a screenwriter who co-wrote films such as "Top Gun" and "Dick Tracy," died Friday in East Lansing, Mich. Mr. Cash was a professor of English and American thought and language at Michigan State University. Mr. Cash worked with Jack Epps Jr. in writing films such as "Legal Eagles" and "The Secret of My Success."

Jack Haley, 65, who helped usher in the golden age of surfing from the 1940s to the 1960s, died Sunday of cancer in Seal Beach, Calif. Mr. Haley, who won the first U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in 1959, was inducted last year into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame and the Seal Beach Surfing Hall of Fame.

He also served for many years as a Seal Beach lifeguard.

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