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Alice McGrath dies at 92; activist backed defendants in 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial
Alice McGrath dies at 92; activist backed defendants in 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial

Alice McGrath, a lifelong activist who first gained fame as a champion of the wrongly convicted young Mexican Americans in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon trial, has died. She was 92. McGrath died Friday at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura of an infection resulting from a chronic illness, said her daughter, Laura D'Auri. McGrath was taken to the hospital on Thanksgiving. McGrath's role in the infamous trial was celebrated in Luis Valdez's play "Zoot Suit," which debuted at the Mark Taper Forum in 1978 and was made into a movie in 1981. "She was one of the heroines of the 20th century," said Valdez, who remained a friend over the years. "In Los Angeles,...

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