April 15, 2001

Nicolas Clermont, 59, who produced some of Canada's best-known films, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Montreal. Mr. Clermont produced the biography "Bethune: The Making of a Hero" in 1990, starring Donald Sutherland as pioneering doctor Norman Bethune. Mr. Clermont, born in Neuilly, France, also produced the Irish drama "This Is My Father" with Aidan Quinn, James Caan and Stephen Rea; "Free Money" with Marlon Brando and Mira Sorvino; and "Eye of the Beholder," a thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd. He produced "The Art of War," an action film starring Wesley Snipes that became the top-grossing Canadian film of 2000.

Eugene Goltz, 70, an investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Houston Post and shared another with reporters at the Detroit Free Press, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Silver Spring, Md. Mr. Goltz also worked at Newsday, the Kentucky Post, the Washington Times and the Dayton Daily News. As a reporter for the Houston Post, he exposed government kickbacks in Pasadena, resulting in the paper's only Pulitzer. At the Free Press, he shared in the paper's 1968 Pulitzer for its coverage of Detroit's 1967 riots.

Jerome Lindon, 75, for more than half a century the head of a French publishing house that put Samuel Beckett and other top authors on the literary map, died in Paris of cancer Monday. He was 75. Mr. Lindon joined the Editions de Minuit as an intern in 1946 and took over the struggling publishing house two years later, at age 23. Editions de Minuit took off when it turned out Beckett's "Molloy," which was refused by other publishing houses. Mr. Lindon gained two Goncourt prizes, France's most prestigious literary award, for his publishing house.

Wanda Sciaccaluga, 80, a former prima ballerina at La Scala opera house, died in Palermo, Italy, last week. She became famous in the 1940s for her work with Hungarian choreographer Aurel Milloss. In the 1950s, she opened a ballet school in Milan, which soon became popular.

Graziella Sciutti, 73, an Italian soprano and opera director whose purity of sound and deft characterizations won her admiration in Mozart, Puccini and Verdi roles, died Monday in Geneva. The cause of death was cancer, according to the Associated Press. She studied at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome.

Sully Boyar, 77, a character actor who worked in films, on television and in theater, died March 23 while waiting for a bus in Queens, where he lived. He appeared in films including "The Panic in Needle Park," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "The King of Marvin Gardens," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Car Wash," "Fort Apache, the Bronx" and "Prizzi's Honor." He appeared on Broadway in the 1977 revival of David Rabe's "Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel." His television credits included roles in "Barney Miller," "Kojak," "Charlie's Angels," "Law and Order" and, most recently, "The Sopranos."

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