Suzanne Flon

French Actress

Suzanne Flon, 87, an award-winning French film and theater actress who worked with Orson Welles and John Huston, died of complications from a stomach illness June 15 in Paris.

In a career spanning more than five decades, she received two Cesar Awards -- France's national film award -- and two Moliere awards for performance in the theater. She got her start in show business by serving as a secretary for French singing legend Edith Piaf.

Ms. Flon appeared in 1952's "Moulin Rouge," a drama directed by Huston, and in Welles's 1955 thriller "Mr. Arkadin." She received Cesars for supporting actress roles in 1984's "L'Ete Meurtrier" ("One Deadly Summer") and 1990's "La Vouivre" ("The Dragon").

Ron Randell


Ron Randell, 86, an Australian-born actor whose career included movies, television, radio and Broadway, died of complications from a stroke June 11.

Mr. Randell, a native of Sydney, was 17 when he began a career in radio. He moved into theater and in 1946 played the lead in "Smithy," about Australian aviation pioneer Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, which led to a Hollywood movie contract.

He appeared in dozens of films over the next 35 years, including "Follow the Boys," "The Longest Day," "King of Kings" and "The She-Creature." He also played Cole Porter in "Kiss Me Kate." He made guest appearances on television shows, including "Bewitched," "Mission: Impossible," "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke." He also performed on Broadway in such productions as "Bent" and "The World of Suzie Wong."

Ross Stretton

Ballet Director

Ross Stretton, 53, former director of the Australian Ballet and Britain's Royal Ballet, died of cancer June 16 in Melbourne.

Mr. Stretton started performing as a tap dancer and turned to ballet in 1976, becoming a principal artist of the Australian Ballet. In 1979, he moved to the United States and joined the Joffrey Ballet in New York before dancing with American Ballet Theatre.

He retired from dancing in 1990 and became artistic director of the Australian Ballet in 1997. In 2001, he was appointed director of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House in London, but he resigned in October 2002 and returned to Australia.

William Block Sr.

Newspaper Publisher

William Block Sr., 89, the longtime publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who helped orchestrate the purchase of its larger rival, died of pneumonia June 20.

He joined his family's company, Block Communications Inc., in 1936 and became publisher of the Post-Gazette 10 years later. He was co-publisher of the Pittsburgh newspaper and the Blade in Toledo for 46 years and chaired the family-owned company for 14 years until he retired in 2001.

In 1992, Mr. Block helped orchestrate the purchase of the Pittsburgh Press, then the city's largest newspaper, during an eight-month strike by delivery truck drivers at the Press and Post-Gazette. The Post-Gazette closed the Press after buying it from E.W. Scripps Co. in exchange for cash and the sale of the Herald of Monterey, Calif.