Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 27, 2003

Halina Grabowski

75, a Polish soldier in the 1944 Warsaw uprising against German occupiers, died Wednesday in Cleveland.

As a 16-year-old, Mrs. Grabowski was wounded and became a prisoner of war during the 61-day rebellion. She was later awarded Poland's A.K. Cross and four other medals for her exploits in the Armia Krajowa, or Home Army.

She and her husband moved to Cleveland in 1952, and she was reunited with three sisters the next year. She worked for Society National Bank in the payroll department for 20 years.

She was an officer of the Polish-American Congress and a member of Polish Veterans Combatants and the SPK Polish service organization.

Andrea King

84, a leading lady and character actress who often played the "bad girl" in movies of the 1940s and 1950s, died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes.

She appeared in three dozen movies during a five-decade career, including Hotel Berlin, God Is My Co-Pilot and The Man I Love. Her last big screen role was in 1994's The Color of Evening.

She also had TV appearances on shows ranging from Lux Video Theatre in 1950 to Murder, She Wrote in the 1980s. Miss King's early work in television earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Miss King was born Georgette Andre Barry in Paris. She was given her screen name by Jack Warner of Warner Bros., which signed her to a contract in 1944.

Barney Oldfield

93, who worked as an aide to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II and later became a press agent for Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor and Ronald Reagan, died yesterday in Los Angeles.

Mr. Oldfield had been ill for the past two weeks and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died, said longtime friend Loren Tobia. He had suffered from cirrhosis of the liver brought on by diabetes.

Mr. Oldfield was born in Tecumseh, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He never forgot Nebraska, giving scholarships and donating to programs valued at more than $3 million through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

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