JOAN ALEXANDER , 94
Voice of Lois Lane
Actress Joan Alexander, who was the voice of Lois Lane in the 1940s radio Superman and in an animated television version in the 1960s, died May 21 at New York Presbyterian Hospital of an intestinal ailment, according to her daughter, the novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Ms. Alexander first worked as a model before moving on to radio serials.
She played the loyal secretary Della Street in Perry Mason, then characters on radio soap operas and dramas.
But her most famous role was as Lois Lane, the Daily Planet reporter continually rescued by Superman.
Ms. Alexander did voice-overs in animated Superman shorts playing in movie theaters during World War II.
She also did the voice in the 1960s for a CBS television Saturday morning cartoon, The New Adventures of Superman.
Ms. Alexander's third husband was Arthur Stanton, an auto distributor who helped introduce the Volkswagen "Beetle" to America.
He died in 1987, leaving her $70 million.
DAVID EDDINGS, 77
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Fantasy writer David Eddings, who wrote more than two dozen novels, died Tuesday of natural causes at his Carson City, Nev., home, his family announced.
Mr. Eddings' novels included the multivolume Belgariad and Malloreon series. Many were written with his wife, Leigh, who died in 2007. His last book was The Younger Gods, published in 2006.
In 1973, Mr. Eddings published High Hunt, a non-fantasy story that explored themes of manhood and coming of age for four men on a hunting trip shortly after the Vietnam War.
Several years later, Mr. Eddings read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and decided fantasy writing was his calling.