Anne Haney


Anne Haney, 67, the character actress who portrayed the family court supervisor in "Mrs. Doubtfire," Michael Douglas's secretary in "The American President" and a nun in "Changing Habits," died of congestive heart failure May 26 at home in Los Angeles.

Ms. Haney appeared in some 50 motion pictures and television programs over the past two decades. Her Hollywood career, which began in her mid-40s, ran the gamut of mothers, secretaries, teachers, judges, patients, nurses, nuns and bag ladies.

She had regular roles as housekeepers on Robert Wagner's 1985 television series "Lime Street" and on boxing champion George Foreman's 1993 series "George." She was a tough divorce lawyer on "Murder One," the mother of a decapitated gay man on "NYPD Blue" and an elderly leukemia patient determined to attend her grandchild's christening on "ER."

Marvin Montgomery

Banjo Picker

Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery, 88, the longtime banjo picker for the seminal Western swing band the Light Crust Doughboys, died of leukemia June 6 in Dallas.

Mr. Montgomery joined the band in 1935, four years after it was founded, and was still performing last month. The band was nominated for three Grammy awards, including a nomination this year in the category of Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album for "The Great Gospel Hit Parade: From Memphis to Nashville to Texas,"

W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel founded the Light Crust Doughboys to advertise his Fort Worth-based flour company, Burrus Mill, and its Light Crust Flour. It was a pioneer in the style of Western swing, a combination of jazz, country blues and fiddle music.

Roberto Arce Alvarez

Bolivian Ambassador

Roberto Arce Alvarez, 95, the Bolivian ambassador to the United States in 1979 and 1980, died of pneumonia May 27 at home in La Paz. He resigned as ambassador in July 1980 when Gen. Garcia Meza took control of the Bolivian government in a military coup.

A mining engineer, Mr. Arce condemned the nationalization of Bolivia's tin mines in 1953 and was exiled for 10 years. During his exile, he was a U.N. mining consultant to the governments of Burma, Indonesia and Iran. He returned to Bolivia in 1964 after having served as director of the U.N. resources and transport division.