Jane Hoffman, 93, who acted in more than 20 Broadway shows and was known for her portrayal of the character Mommy in two plays by Edward Albee, died July 26 at a hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. The cause of her death was not reported.
Ms. Hoffman appeared as Mommy, a perverse mother figure to the Young Man character in Albee's "The American Dream," in the first production of the play in 1961. She also performed as another character called Mommy in Albee's 1960 "The Sandbox" and appeared in the role of Grandma in the same play when it was revived in 1994 as part of a trio of Albee shorts.
Ms. Hoffman was in the original casts of such classics as Arthur Miller's "Crucible," Tennessee Williams's "Rose Tattoo" and Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children."
Laura Betti, 70, an Italian actress who worked with top film directors including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini and Bernardo Bertolucci, died July 31 in Rome after a heart attack.
Born Laura Trombetti in the northern city of Bologna, she started her career as a jazz singer before her acting debut in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960). She appeared in Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris" (1972) and "1900" (1976). The actress was remembered particularly for her long friendship with Pasolini. She appeared in seven of his films, including "Teorema" (1968).
After Pasolini was slain on a beach near Rome in 1975, Ms. Betti dedicated herself to preserving his memory and life's work, which included poetry as well as film. In 2001, she made a well-received documentary about him.
Joan Morgan, a British film star in the silent era who later wrote plays, died July 22 in a nursing home at Henley-on-Thames, England. She was 99 by her own account, but the Daily Telegraph of London reported that she might have been closer to 105. No cause of death was reported.
The daughter of film director Stanley Morgan, she made her screen debut in "The Cup Final Mystery" (1914). She appeared in "Little Dorrit" (1920), and worked with Thomas Hardy in a pioneering film of "The Mayor of Casterbridge." "He was amazed at motion pictures," Ms. Morgan once said, "but thought them something of a fad."
She turned down a Hollywood contract on her father's advice. With her appeal fading during the Flapper Age, she turned to writing film scripts -- including "The Minstrel Boy" (1937), her father's last film -- and 15 novels under the name Joan Wentworth Wood.
Cancer Patient, Fundraiser
Alexandra Scott, 8, a cancer patient who started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, died of her illness Aug. 1 at her home in Wynnewood, Pa.
Alexandra, diagnosed just before her first birthday with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for treatment. She took in $2,000 that first year, and a series of stands had raised a total of $200,000 after four years.
In June, lemonade stand fundraisers were set up in all 50 states, as well as in Canada and France, and Alexandra and her family appeared on Oprah Winfrey's TV program and the "Today" show.
Lalo Delgado, 73, an activist and poet who was considered "el abuelito," or the granddaddy, of the Chicano literature movement for pioneering writing that reflected a commitment to social justice and illuminated Latino heritage and struggles, died of cancer July 23 in Denver.
One of the first writers to emerge from the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Delgado was the author of 14 books, most of them self-published. Among the best known was "Chicano: 25 Pieces of a Chicano Mind," published in 1969.
He considered himself a "people's poet," who once said his primary mission was to chronicle Chicano events, victories and defeats from "a poetic perspective absent from newspapers and prose journals."
Tiziano Terzani, 65, longtime Asian correspondent for the German newsweekly Der Spiegel and Italian publications, died July 28 at his home near Florence. He had cancer.
Mr. Terzani was a Vietnam War correspondent who later reported from a number of Asian capitals. He had reported on the fall of Saigon and the Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia. He wrote a number of books, including "Giai Phong!: The Fall and Liberation of Saigon" (1976), "Goodnight, Mister Lenin: a Journey Through the End of the Soviet Empire" (1993) and "Letters Against the War" (2002).
The Florence-born journalist ran into trouble with Chinese authorities in 1984 and was expelled for allegedly trying to smuggle artifacts out of the country. He denied the allegations.