Other Notable Deaths


October 10, 2006

Frances Bergen, 84, a model and actress

Frances Bergen, 84, a model and actress who married ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and was the mother of actress Candice Bergen, died Oct. 2 at a Los Angeles hospital after a long illness,

Born Frances Westerman in Birmingham, Ala., she moved to Los Angeles with her mother after her father died. At 19, she attended a performance of The Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show and caught the attention of the vaudevillian who, with his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, hosted radio's then-highest-rated program.

After her marriage, Mrs. Bergen began a modeling career and became the face of the iconic "Chesterfield Girl" and "Ipana Girl" advertisements. She appeared in several movies and on her daughter's hit sitcom, Murphy Brown.

Isabel Bigley, 80, who won a Tony Award for her role in the 1950s Broadway musical classic Guys and Dolls, died of pulmonary disease Sept. 30 at a Los Angeles hospital.

In Guys and Dolls, she played role of Sarah Brown, the "mission doll" who entrances gambler Sky Masterson. The show ran for two years and earned her a 1951 Tony.

Dr. Marjorie G. Lewisohn, 87, an internist who was the first woman to be a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University, died Sept. 16 in New York City.

Dr. Lewisohn, who retired from her New York medical practice in 1999, was a 1940 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1943 graduate of the Hopkins School of Medicine. She was an associate clinical professor of medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, and in 1972 began the first of three six-year terms as a Hopkins trustee. She was a trustee emeritus at her death.

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