Guido Di Tella

Argentine Official

Guido Di Tella, 70, the Argentine foreign minister who helped mend relations with Britain after the 1982 Falkland Islands war, died Dec. 31 at a hospital in Buenos Aires. He had a stroke.

Dr. Di Tella, a former ambassador to the United States, was foreign minister under then-president Carlos Menem in the 1990s when Argentina and Britain reconciled after the war over the Falkland Islands.

Julia Phillips

Movie Producer

Julia Phillips, 57, a movie producer who in 1973 made history as the first woman to win a best picture Oscar -- for "The Sting" -- and who later published a scandalous 1990 autobiography, "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again," died of cancer Jan. 1 in her West Hollywood home.

Colorful and sharp-tongued, Ms. Phillips was known as a creative player in the freewheeling 1970s, when young Hollywood filmmakers were gaining clout. She won the Academy Award as co-producer of the blockbuster "The Sting" and went on to co-produce Martin Scorsese's acclaimed "Taxi Driver" in 1976, followed by director Steven Spielberg's 1977 hit "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Donald C. Spencer

Mathematician

Donald C. Spencer, 89, a prize-winning American mathematician who was a professor emeritus at Princeton University, died Dec. 23 in Durango, Colo. The cause of death was not reported.

He had collaborated with his colleague Kunihiko Kodaira to develop the modern theory of deformation of complex structures. The theory has become important in fields ranging from geometry to mathematical physics.

Eileen Heckart

Actress

Eileen Heckart, 82, the lanky, gravel-voiced actress whose skill with comedy and drama won her an Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of a dominating mother in "Butterflies Are Free" and who also won two Emmys and a special Tony for career excellence, died Dec. 31 at her home in Norwalk, Conn. She had cancer.

Ms. Heckart, who was awarded a special Tony in 2000 for her lifetime of theater work, appeared in numerous television series. Her TV work included a role as Mary Tyler Moore's foreign correspondent aunt in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Edward G. Jordan

Conrail Chief

Edward G. Jordan, 72, the first chairman and chief executive of Conrail who was known for his ability to turn around struggling corporations and organizations, died of esophageal cancer Dec. 26 in Bend, Ore.

In 1974, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to head the U.S. Railway Association. He was chosen in 1975 to take the helm of the Consolidated Rail Corp., or Conrail, the federally assisted corporation created to salvage the bankrupt and poorly run Northeast rail system. He resigned in 1980.

Paul Hubschmid

Swiss Actor

Paul Hubschmid, 84, a Swiss actor who starred as Johnny Vulcan alongside Michael Caine in the 1966 film "Funeral in Berlin" and was often cast as the handsome charmer in German movies, died of a pulmonary embolism Dec. 31 in Berlin.

Mr. Hubschmid worked in Hollywood between 1948 and 1953 under the name Paul Christian. He had starred in such English-language productions such as 1949's "Bagdad" with Maureen O'Hara, directed by Charles Lamont. He also appeared in the spy comedy "No Time for Flowers" and "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms."

Clinton D. McKinnon

California Democrat

Clinton Dotson McKinnon, 95, a California Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1949 until 1953, serving as the last representative for all of San Diego County, died Dec. 29 in San Diego. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1952, Mr. McKinnon was defeated by incumbent Republican William Knowland for a U.S. Senate seat. He then returned to his regular profession -- running small California newspapers.

Cassia Eller

Brazilian Singer

Cassia Eller, 39, an irreverent singer of Brazilian rock music whose fame peaked this year with the sale of about 250,000 copies of her "MTV Unplugged" album, died Dec. 29 in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. A hospital spokesman said that Ms. Eller, who admitted using cocaine, died of "external intoxication."

Shunning middle-class Brazilian morals, Ms. Eller was open about her 13-year relationship with another woman and loved to provoke people with unconventional punk haircuts or by showing her breasts in televised shows.

William A. Dougherty

Lawyer

William A. Dougherty, 77, a lawyer who gained public attention for his defense of Christopher Boyce, the "Falcon" of the spy duo portrayed in the book and film "The Falcon and the Snowman," died Dec. 26 at his home in Villa Park, Calif. He had prostate cancer.

Mr. Dougherty, a specialist in federal court cases, took on Boyce's defense in the 1970s. Boyce was one of two young men convicted of selling government secrets that he obtained through his job with TRW to the Soviet Union through its embassy in Mexico City.

Frankie Gaye

Singer

Frankie Gaye, 60, a singer whose combat experience during the Vietnam War in the 1960s was credited with influencing his older brother Marvin's Motown album "What's Going On," died Dec. 28 in Los Angeles after a heart attack.

Like his brother, Frankie Gaye began singing in church as a youngster. He later was a background singer on many of his brother's albums. On his own, he composed the soundtrack to the 1979 film "Penitentiary" and toured extensively in the United States and England.

He also released the singles "Extraordinary Girl" in 1989 and "My Brother" in 1990.

Ralph Sutton

Pianist

Ralph Sutton, 79, a stride pianist who carried on the tradition of Thomas "Fats" Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "the Lion" Smith, died Dec. 30 at a Denver hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Sutton, who at 19 was playing with legendary trombonist Jack Teagarden, was one of his generation's most masterful stride artists. He used his tremendous agility to form driving rhythmic patterns with his left hand while maintaining the melody with the right.

Judy Delton

Children's Author

Judy Delton, 70, the author of more than 200 humorous children's books who was best known as the author of the "Pee Wee Scouts" series, the "Kitty" series and the "Angel" series, died of a blood infection Dec. 31 in St. Paul, Minn.

The "Kitty" books were based on her experiences growing up and attending parochial school in St. Paul, and the "Angel" series was based on the experiences of her daughter Jennifer and son Jamie.

Ms. Delton's "Pee Wee Scouts" series has sold more than 7.5 million copies.

John Grigg

British Biographer

John Grigg, 77, a writer who won praise for his three-volume biography of former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and stirred controversy with his criticism of Queen Elizabeth II, died Dec. 31 in London. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Grigg, who also published a biography of Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman to belong to Parliament, was born in London and attended Oxford University.

For much of his life, he was a newspaper reporter and columnist and an editor. He wrote a column for the Guardian newspaper from 1960 until 1970 and for the Times of London in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Ian Hamilton

British Biographer

Ian Hamilton, 61, a highly regarded British poet and biographer whose unauthorized book about American novelist J.D. Salinger was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court, died in London on Dec. 27. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Hamilton, who was regarded as an incisive critic and editor, published two collections of poetry. In the 1970s, he edited the New Review magazine and published a biography of poet Robert Lowell.

Masajiro 'Mike' Kawato

Fighter Pilot

Masajiro "Mike" Kawato, 76, a Japanese Navy fighter ace during World War II who shot down his American rival, Marine Corps officer Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, and then became good friends with him, died Dec. 17 in Seattle. The cause of death was not reported.

In 1977, he met Boyington, commander of the famed Black Sheep Squadron and a Medal of Honor winner, at a luncheon in Los Angeles.

Without a word, the pilots hugged and received a standing ovation.

GUIDO DI TELLAEILEEN HECKARTJULIA PHILLIPS