Edith MeiserActress, writer, producerNEW YORK -- Edith...


Edith Meiser

Actress, writer, producer

NEW YORK -- Edith Meiser, 95, an actress, writer and radio producer, died Saturday of a heart attack.

She appeared in more than 20 Broadway shows over 50 years, including "The New Way" in 1923, "Garrick Gaieties," "Sabrina Fair" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in 1960. Her film career included "The Middle of the Night," "It Grows on Trees and "Queen for a Day."

She performed with the Marx Brothers on radio and wrote scripts for Helen Hayes' first radio serial, "The New Penny."

She also wrote mystery novels and a play, "The Wooden O."

* Nina Nikolaevna Berberova, 92, a Russian-born author who left her homeland in 1922 and returned decades later as a U.S. citizen, died Sunday after a long illness at a Philadelphia nursing home. She was a poet, novelist, playwright, arts critic and biographer. Her novellas have made the best-seller list in France. A novel, "The Accompanist," was recently turned into a film in France. Among her other works were her autobiography, "The Italics Are Mine"; a 1937 biography of Tchaikovsky; and a play, "Madame," which was staged in Paris in 1938.

* Sir John Moores, 97, whose Littlewoods stores and soccer betting empire made him one of Britain's richest men, died in his sleep Saturday night at his home in Formby, near Liverpool. A bricklayer's son who started out at 14 as a post office messenger, Sir John eventually amassed a personal fortune estimated at more than 1.5 billion pounds ($2.25 billion), according to the British journal Money Magazine and the "Guinness Book of Records."

* Bruno Pontecorvo, 80, a physicist and pioneer in the study of sub-atomic particles, died Friday of pneumonia in Dubna, a city outside Moscow, where he directed a high-energy physics laboratory.

* Victor Ganzer, 81, an aeronautics engineer who designed the swept wing that made modern jetliners possible, died Friday of cancer in Seattle.

* Dr. Benjamin H. Kean, 81, a tropical disease expert who helped discover the cause of travelers' diarrhea and played a disputed role in the Iran hostage crisis as physician to the shah of Iran, died Friday of cancer in New York. He reportedly told President Carter in 1979 that the deposed shah was near death and needed medical treatment in New York. President Carter's decision to let him in the United States led to the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and the seizure of 50 hostages by Muslim extremists.

* Bernadine C. Washington, a broadcast executive and founding member of the civil rights group Operation PUSH, died Saturday of cancer in Chicago. She was in her 70s.

* Annette Giacometti, 70, the widow of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, died in Paris Sept. 19.

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