Other Notable Deaths


June 04, 2008


Movie director

Actor-director-producer Mel Ferrer, who starred in scores of movies and directed his late wife, Audrey Hepburn, in numerous others, died Monday at his ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., a family spokesman said.

Known for his good looks, Mr. Ferrer starred in such films as Lili, War and Peace and The Sun Also Rises.

In 1967, he produced the classic Wait Until Dark, a terrifying thriller in which Hepburn plays a blind woman terrorized in her apartment by drug dealers.


Kennedy campaign worker

William C. Battle, a former John F. Kennedy campaign worker, U.S. ambassador to Australia and retired textiles executive, died Saturday at University of Virginia Medical Center after suffering a stroke, according to a hospital spokeswoman and Hill and Wood Funeral Service.

He was the son of John S. Battle, who served as Virginia governor from 1950 to 1954. In 1969, William Battle made his own Democratic bid for governor, losing to Linwood Holton, the first Republican governor of Virginia since Reconstruction.

Mr. Battle served in the Navy during World War II and was in the same squadron in the South Pacific as Mr. Kennedy. He was awarded the Silver Star.

Later, Mr. Battle served as Kennedy's campaign manager in Virginia and as coordinator for the Southeastern states. After Mr. Kennedy's election as president, Mr. Battle was appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia, a position he held until 1964.

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