Doris Dowling


Doris Dowling, 81, the deep-voiced brunette actress who appeared as the prostitute in Billy Wilder's classic "The Lost Weekend" and was the only American cast in "Bitter Rice," the film that spurred postwar revival of the Italian cinema, died June 18 in Los Angeles. No cause of death was reported.

Ms. Dowling captured major attention in Wilder's 1945 film about alcoholism, which earned Academy Awards for best picture, actor Ray Milland, director Wilder and its screenplay by Wilder and Charles Brackett. She also was cast as Alan Ladd's adulterous wife in "The Blue Dahlia" (1946).

In Italy, director Giuseppe de Santis hired her to star in "Bitter Rice" (1949) as the jewelry thief hiding among and transformed by the "Mondinas," or female rice workers, in northern Italy's Po Valley. She also was Bianca in Orson Welles's 1952 screen version of "Othello" and later worked in television.

Her marriage to bandleader Artie Shaw ended in divorce.

Leonel Brizola

Brazilian Governor

Leonel Brizola, 82, the former populist governor of Rio de Janeiro state who for 20 years opposed military rule in Brazil, died June 21 of a heart attack in a Rio de Janeiro hospital.

The fiery leftist leader was considered by some to be the real target of the 1964 coup by the armed forces that ousted leftist President Joao Goulart and ushered in a military dictatorship. Brizola had been widely viewed as Goulart's successor in the elections that had been scheduled for 1965.

After living in exile in Uruguay, the United States and Portugal, Brizola returned to Brazil in 1979, when then-President Joao Figueiredo signed an amnesty law. He quickly returned to politics, founding the Democratic Labor Party. He was elected governor of Rio de Janeiro state in 1982 and 1990.

Actress Doris Dowling appeared in "The Lost Weekend."