Other Deaths Of Note


November 16, 2006

FRANCAIS `RUSTY' TULLIS, 70 Mother of `Mask' boy

Francais "Rusty" Tullis, who was portrayed by Cher in the movie Mask as the troubled mother of a boy with a disfigured face, died Saturday at a hospital in Montebello, Calif., nearly a month after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

Ms. Tullis was the mother of Roy L. "Rocky" Dennis, who was born with a disease that deformed his face and skull. He died in 1978 at age 16. The 1985 movie was based on his life.

Much like her movie character, Ms. Tullis was an avid motorcyclist who had brushes with the law.

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