Sheree North


Sheree North, 72, who aged gracefully from blond bombshell roles in the 1950s to older character parts in television shows such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Seinfeld," died Nov. 4 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications from surgery.

Ms. North initially was groomed to be a glamour girl who could substitute for the often unreliable Marilyn Monroe. She did replace Monroe in a 1955 film, "How to Be Very, Very Popular."

Ms. North's breakout role, which she got after an agent saw her dancing in a nightclub, was in the Broadway musical "Hazel Flagg." She won a Theatre World Award for that performance and repeated it in "Living It Up," a 1954 Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis musical comedy film version of the stage show. Her decades-long film career included performances in "The Outfit," with Robert Duvall, in 1973; "The Shootist," with John Wayne, in 1976; and "Defenseless" with Barbara Hershey and Sam Shepard, in 1991.

She may have been best known for her prolific television work; she earned Emmy nominations for appearances on "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Archie Bunker's Place." More recently, she had a recurring role on "Seinfeld" as the character Kramer's mother, Babs.

Emile Capouya


Emile Capouya, 80, who published literary giants such as Ezra Pound and James Joyce, and later his own collection of stories, died Oct. 13 at his home in East Meredith, N.Y. No cause of death was reported.

Besides Pound and Joyce, Mr. Capouya published works by Tennessee Williams and Jean-Paul Sartre while at New Directions Publishing Corp. He then worked as literary editor for the Nation from 1969 to 1981, and published articles and reviews for the New American Review, the New York Times and the Saturday Review.

In 1986, he and his wife, Keitha, founded New Amsterdam Books, a publisher of literary fiction.

Mr. Capouya wrote a collection of semi-autobiographical stories titled "In the Sparrow Hills" (1993). He also published a novella, "The Rising of the Moon," in 2003.

Maurice Rosenfield

Producer, Lawyer

Maurice Rosenfield, 91, a lawyer and Broadway and movie producer who introduced a young Robert De Niro to a wide audience, died Oct. 30 at his son's home in Lake Forest, Ill. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Rosenfield and his wife, Lois, financed and cast a 1973 on-screen version of "Bang the Drum Slowly," a book about a New York baseball team and two of its players -- a simple-minded, dying catcher, played by then-unknown De Niro, and his friend, a star pitcher, played by Michael Moriarty.

In 1980, the Rosenfields produced their first Broadway show, "Barnum," which included Glenn Close in her first leading role in a Broadway musical, and starred Jim Dale, who won a Tony Award for the title role.

Other Rosenfield-produced shows included a revival of "The Glass Menagerie" and a 1985 adaptation of "Singin' in the Rain."

As a lawyer, Mr. Rosenfield wrote a paper in 1941 that was credited with laying the groundwork for the modern class-action lawsuit. It argued that many claims too small to take to court could be lumped together into one lawsuit.

Mr. Rosenfield specialized in First Amendment cases. He helped Playboy fight censorship complaints in the magazine's early years and in 1964 successfully defended comedian Lenny Bruce against obscenity charges.

In 1967, he filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Lloyd Eldon Miller, who had been convicted of killing and raping an 8-year-old Joliet girl. Miller's conviction was overturned hours before his scheduled execution.

Bonne Bell Eckert

Cosmetics Executive

Bonne Bell Eckert, 82, retired chairman of Bonne Bell Cosmetics, which her father named for her when she was just 4 years old, died Nov. 3 at her home in Rocky River, Ohio. No cause of death was determined, but she may have suffered a stroke or heart attack, her daughter said.

The company's products, including Lip Smacker flavored lip glosses, are largely aimed at teens and pre-teens.

Mrs. Eckert was 4 in 1927 when her father, J.G. Bell, founded the Lakewood-based company in the basement of a rented house in Cleveland. Her first name was pronounced "Bonnie."

Mrs. Eckert's signature was used as the company's logo on such products as Ten-O-Six lotion, and her portrait appeared in advertising campaigns.

For more than 20 years, before retiring as board chairman in 1992, she traveled the world with her husband, William J. Eckert, who headed Bonne Bell's international division.

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