CALIFORNIA LIVES Notable Obituaries From the Archives
From the Archives: Deborah Kerr, 86; 'Eternity' star

Deborah Kerr, the acclaimed British actress whose versatile talent and refined screen persona made her one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1950s in films such as "From Here to Eternity," "The King and I" and "An Affair to Remember," has died. She was 86.

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From the Archives: Singer John Denver Killed in Plane Crash

John Denver, the earnest "country boy" who soared to fame in the 1970s with sunny, folksy, just-this-side-of-corny songs such as "Rocky Mountain High," died when an experimental plane he recently purchased crashed into Monterey Bay during a test flight. He was 53.

Denver's Long-EZ plane—a home-built, single-engine two-seater—plunged into a marine sanctuary thick with seals and sea otters Sunday afternoon.

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From the Archives: Film Star James Dean Killed in Auto Crash

James Dean, 24, one of Hollywood’s brightest new motion-picture stars, was killed early last night in a head-on collision at the rural town of Cholame, about 19 miles east of Paso Robles, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The young actor met death in his German-built Porsche sports car while en route to road races at Salinas.

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From the Archives: Roddy McDowall, Actor for 6 Decades, Dies at 70

Roddy McDowall, who like his near-lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor was that rarity, a child star who successfully made the transition to adult actor, died of cancer Saturday in Studio City. He was 70.

McDowall had a six-decade career, which in addition to movies encompassed theater and television. He become a versatile character player, whose work ranged from Shakespeare to horror pictures.

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From the Archives: Janet Leigh, 77; Memorable Shower Scene in 'Psycho' Established Her as a Major Star

Janet Leigh, Hollywood's perfect "nice girl" ingenue who memorably changed her acting image and earned an Academy Award nomination with her bloodcurdling screams as she was stabbed to death in Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho," has died. She was 77.

Leigh, who appeared in more than 60 motion pictures, died Sunday in her Beverly Hills home of vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels.

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From the Archives: Actress, Author Mary Astor, 81, Dies

Mary Astor, whose piercing eyes and finely honed features made her the quintessential star to one generation of Americans and whose portrayals of mature but flawed women kept her fame bright through yet another, died early Friday.

The longtime actress, who in her later years lamented the time she had spent before the camera, was 81 and died in the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills.

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