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Oct 25 2016
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I'm usually on top of major and minor celebrity passings, but I have been lax, hence this little catch-up:

PATRICIA BARRY: Early-TV actress and soap star Patricia Barry died at 94 (some say 93) mid-month and I totally Screen-capture-10missed it, even though I've been fixated on her presence on my list of the Greatest Living Stars 80 & Over. She was a captivatingly patrician presence on episodic TV, memorabily The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and in film.

KATHRYN ADAMS: Kathryn Adams, an original cast member of the 1939 classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as a Hitchcock player, died at 96 on October 14. Though she appeared in Kathryn-adams-1-sizedHunchback, she almost had the lead—until Charles Laughton insisted on Maureen O'Hara. O'Hara also just recent died in her nineties. (My list of surviving Hitchock leading ladies is here.)

TOM HAYDEN: Finally, anti-war icon Tom Hayden died yesterday at 76. Hayden was married to Jane Fonda at the height of his notoriety, and in spite of being scorned as a radical, served for many years in the California Senate.

BOBBY VEE: Fifties teen idol Bobby Vee died at 73 yesterday after battling Alzheimer's disease. His final performance was in 2011, not long after his diagnosis.