HANDOUT PHOTO:   Virna Lisi, a multifaceted Italian actress who found herself hostage to the sultry looks that sparked her career and who quit Hollywood in the 1960s after being typecast in bombshell roles, died Dec. 18 in Rome. She was 78.  (The United Artists)

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Virna Lisi, sultry Italian actress who proved her dramatic mettle, dies at 78

Ms. Lisi was typecast as a bombshell in Hollywood but drew acclaim in the 1994 drama “Queen Margot.”

‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ writer dies at 77

Before his songwriting career, Mr. Henley was known for his raucous falsetto on “Bread and Butter.”

Franz M. Oppenheimer, Margaret F. Oppenheimer

Franz M. Oppenheimer, Margaret F. Oppenheimer

The German-born lawyer and his wife, a teacher, died at 95 and 93.

Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, dies

Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, dies

Clifford, the clumsy, lovable canine, helped teach millions of youngsters how to face the world.

Richard C. Hottelet, one of the last of the ‘Murrow Boys,’ dies at 97

Richard C. Hottelet, one of the last of the ‘Murrow Boys,’ dies at 97

Mr. Hottelet was a CBS reporter mentored by Edward R. Murrow during World War II.

Phil Stern, photographer of Hollywood’s elite, dies at 95

Phil Stern, photographer of Hollywood’s elite, dies at 95

Mr. Stern created memorable images of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and other stars of music and film.

David Garth, political consultant and kingmaker, dies at 84

David Garth, political consultant and kingmaker, dies at 84

The sought-after political adviser helped elect governors, senators and big-city mayors.

Sy Berger, Topps baseball card designer, dies at 91

Sy Berger, Topps baseball card designer, dies at 91

He created the color portraits of major league ballplayers, which were

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James Traficant dies at 73

Ohio congressman, 73, was convicted on corruption charges and served time in prison.

Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

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Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

The former singer, actor and dancer dies at age 93.