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Minnie L. GentryStage, TV, movie actressNEW YORK...


Minnie L. Gentry

Stage, TV, movie actress

NEW YORK -- Minnie L. Gentry, a stage, TV and movie actress whose roles included Gram Tee on "The Cosby Show" and Aunt Bessie on the soap opera "All My Children," died Tuesday at 77.

Ms. Gentry appeared with Sidney Poitier in "Lysistrata" on Broadway.

Her other stage credits included "The Blacks," "Amen Corner," "Georgia, Georgia," "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death," "Black Girl" and "The Gentleman Caller."

She had small roles in such movies as "Jungle Fever" and "Brother From Another Planet."

* Robert Adley, 58, a Conservative member of Parliament for 23 years, died Thursday in London. He had been in an intensive care since suffering a heart attack last month. His death cuts the Conservative majority in the House of Commons to 18, and sets the stage for another special election test for Prime Minister John Major.

* Leigh A. Wiener, 62, a photographer whose pictures hang in the National Portrait Gallery, died at his home Los Angeles Tuesday of a rare blood disease caused by radiation exposure while covering atomic tests for Life magazine.

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