Katy Jurado, 78, a Mexican actress who played sultry...

Deaths Elsewhere

July 06, 2002

Katy Jurado, 78, a Mexican actress who played sultry characters in some of the best American films of the 1950s and earned an Academy Award nomination, died yesterday.

Born Maria Cristina Jurado Garcia, she died of natural causes at her home in Cuernavaca. She had suffered from lung and heart ailments.

Most famous in the United States for her role as Gary Cooper's former mistress in the 1952 movie High Noon, she was nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar for her role opposite Spencer Tracy in the 1954 western Broken Lance.

She was divorced from actor Ernest Borgnine, who once called her "beautiful, but a tiger." Although that phrase defined her most famous film roles, she played a variety of characters in movies such as Under the Volcano, The Children of Sanchez and Barabbas.

Mark McGarrity, 58, an author and columnist who wrote mysteries under the name Bartholomew Gill featuring the witty, shrewd Irish detective Peter McGarr, died Thursday when he fell from a stairway.

Mr. McGarrity, who also was an outdoors columnist for The Star-Ledger of Newark, wrote more than a dozen McGarr mysteries - most recently The Death of an Irish Sinner. Other titles included McGarr on the Cliffs of Moher and The Death of a Joyce Scholar, which was nominated for the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Although Mr. McGarrity was born and raised in Holyoke, Mass., his works drew on his Irish heritage and his knowledge of the country's history. He had earned a master's degree in literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, after graduating from Brown University in 1966.

Wallace Wilkinson, 60, a former governor of Kentucky who helped the state start a lottery and overhaul its public schools, but whose business empire collapsed in bankruptcy after he left office, died yesterday.

Mr. Wilkinson had been fighting a recurrence of lymphatic cancer that first was diagnosed while he was governor. He died a day after suffering a massive stroke, his attorney said.

Mr. Wilkinson, a Democrat, was governor from 1987 to 1991. He ran as a fresh face, a self-made millionaire who started a used-book store as a teen and built it into a national company.

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