Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

January 06, 2003

Conrad L. Hall, 76, a leading Hollywood cinematographer who was nominated nine times for Academy awards and won twice - for 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and 1999's American Beauty, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., of complications of bladder cancer.

Mr. Hall filmed nearly three dozen movies in a career that stretched more than three decades. He won honors including a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Cinematography in 1994 and an outstanding achievement award from the cinematography society in 1988 for Tequila Sunrise.

His films included The Professionals, In Cold Blood, The Day of the Locust and Searching for Bobby Fischer.

"Every film that he worked on was something beautiful to the eye, and very imaginative," said producer Richard Zanuck, who was head of production at Twentieth Century Fox when Mr. Hall made Butch Cassidy and worked with him on last year's Irish-American mob tale, Road to Perdition.

Born and raised in Tahiti, Mr. Hall was the son of James Norman Hall, co-author of the novels Mutiny on the Bounty and The Hurricane. He initially wanted to go into journalism, but after doing poorly in a creative writing class at the University of Southern California he looked for a new major by flipping through the course catalog, he told the Los Angeles Times last year.

"It started with A for astronomy, B for biology and C for cinema. I thought: `Cinema? You mean like movies? Rubbing elbows with stars? Making all that money?' For all the wrong reasons, I signed up, and then had a love affair with the visual language and learned to tell stories like my dad," Mr. Hall said.

His son, Conrad W. Hall, followed him in the profession, most recently filming Panic Room.

Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, 82, one of the "Gang of Four" British politicians who split from the Labor Party to form the Social Democrats, collapsed and died Sunday at his home in Oxfordshire, southern England.

A coal miner's son with a love of fine wine, Lord Jenkins also was a respected historian and a highly regarded biographer of Winston Churchill.

Born in Pontypool, Wales, Roy Jenkins attended Oxford University and served in the British Army during World War II. He was elected to the House of Commons for the Labor Party in 1948. As a rising political star in the 1950s and '60s, he helped liberalize British laws on abortion, divorce and homosexuality.

He served as home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer - head of the treasury - in Labor governments, and became the party's deputy leader. But he grew disenchanted with the party, which he perceived as anti-European.

In 1981, he and three other Labor leaders founded the Social Democratic Party. He became party leader in 1982, but the group was soon split by infighting. He and others merged with the Liberals in 1988 to form the Social and Liberal Democrats - now called the Liberal Democrats - while others stayed behind in a rump SDP that soon disbanded.

After losing his Commons seat in 1987, he was ennobled as Lord Jenkins of Hillhead. He was the author of volumes on former prime ministers Herbert Asquith and William Gladstone, and his 2001 biography, Churchill, became a best seller.

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