Tatiana Riabouchinska, 84, a Russian-born ballerina who...

Deaths Elsewhere

September 04, 2000

Tatiana Riabouchinska, 84, a Russian-born ballerina who was an internationally celebrated star in the 1930s and 1940s, died Aug. 24 in Los Angeles of heart failure.

She won renown for her classical performances, including the title role of "Giselle," but was most identified with a part she didn't actually dance: the hippopotamus ballerina in Walt Disney's 1940 animated movie "Fantasia." Disney animators sketched her at rehearsals.

Lancelot Ware, 85, a British barrister who was the co-founder of Mensa, the society for intellectually gifted people, died Aug. 15 in a nursing home in Surrey, England.

Harry Oppenheimer, 91, the billionaire South African businessman who led the world's largest diamond and gold mining companies for a quarter-century, died Aug. 19. The cause of death was unclear.

As chairman of diamond giant De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., Mr. Oppenheimer was credited with marketing diamonds as the ultimate gift of love - an advertising campaign that culminated in the famous "A Diamond is Forever" slogan.

Edward Craven Walker, 82, the inventor of the lava lamp and an enthusiastic nudist who made movies promoting life in the buff, died of cancer Aug. 15 in London, said his family. The product was launched in 1963.

Ole C. Risom, 80, an influential publisher of mass-market books for children, died of cancer Aug. 19 in Manhasset, N.Y. He was vice president and art director of Golden Books Western Press from 1952 to 1972 and then vice president and associate publisher of the juvenile division of Random House from 1972 to 1990.

Scott M. Cutlip, 85, a journalism professor and author credited with helping to establish public relations as a legitimate field of academic study, died Aug. 18 in Madison, Wis.

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