Matilda "Babe" Bitzenburger, 86, a national champion...

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June 05, 2000

Matilda "Babe" Bitzenburger, 86, a national champion archer who taught movie stars such as Vivien Leigh and Tony Curtis, died Sunday in Oregon. She was 96. Mrs. Bitzenburger, known as the Annie Oakley of the bow and arrow, appeared in newsreels and television shows in the 1940s, '50s and early '60s dressed in movie-star cowgirl regalia. In 1929, she married Henry A. Bitzenburger, who was a competition archer. She soon picked up a bow and turned out to be a natural. She sold the beauty salon she owned to devote more time to the sport and began entering competitions. By 1946, she had won all but one of the male national field tournaments, and in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949 she was the National Field Archery Association women's national champion. She gave up the sport when her husband died in 1972.

Joseph J. O'Donohue IV, 88, a former New York socialite who moved to California when his money ran out, died of a heart attack Wednesday in San Francisco. Once dubbed "the most beautiful boy in New York," Mr. Donohue was well known in New York City's social circles, entertaining celebrities Josephine Baker, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Gore Vidal and assorted royalty. O'Donohue was born in 1912 in New York to a family that had amassed a considerable fortune, mainly through real estate holdings and the operation of a ferry service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Excessive spending and bad money management ended the high-flying lifestyle Mr. O'Donohue had become accustomed to and in 1958 he moved to San Francisco, where he led a relatively quiet life that included friendships with the city's social circle.

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