Ron Miller, who credited comedian Dick Gregory's Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet for saving him from life-threatening obesity, died Sunday of a heart attack in Gas City, Ind. He was 28. Mr. Miller weighed about 350 pounds at his death. In 1988, he weighed 624 pounds before joining the weight program. Mr. Miller lectured on the hazards of overeating at schools and in a newspaper column and had a cooking program on TV.
Julie Bovasso, an actress and playwright, died at 61 Saturday of cancer in New York City. Ms. Bovasso established the experimental Tempo Playhouse in New York and introduced works of the Theater of the Absurd. She won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in 1972 as best actress for her role in "The Screens" by Genet. She also won Obies in 1956 as best Off Broadway actress in "The Maids" and in 1970 as best playwright, director and actress for "Gloria and Esperanza."
Joe Pasternak, a Hungarian immigrant who rose through the film industry ranks to produce such films as "Destry Rides Again" and "Anchors Aweigh," died Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Mr. Pasternak, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, was 89. His more than 100 films included "The Merry Widow," "Top Hat," starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, and "Where the Boys Are," which became the blueprint for a string of 1960s teen-age movies. His 1939 "Destry Rides Again" featured James Stewart as a mild-mannered sheriff and Marlene Dietrich as a dance hall girl in a role that revitalized her career. Mr. Pasternak also fought for -- and won -- permission to film what is now a classic film sequence: Gene Kelly and a cartoon mouse dancing together in 1945's "Anchors Aweigh."