Chatichai Choonhavan,76, a cigar-smoking wine-lover known as...


Chatichai Choonhavan,76, a cigar-smoking wine-lover known as Thailand's "no problem" prime minister during the now-collapsed economic boom, died of cancer complications yesterday in Bangkok.

Maidie Norman,85, an actress who played a black servant in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" but rewrote her lines to get rid of "old slavery-time talk" and give the role more dignity, died Saturday in San Jose, Calif. She had lung cancer.

Dr. Emily Mudd,99, a one-time college dropout who trained to be a landscape architect before becoming a pioneering marriage and family counselor, died Saturday at her home in Haverford, Pa.

Natasha Gelman,86, who with her husband, Jacques, amassed a group of 20th-century European paintings and sculptures and who was a friend and patron of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many other Mexican painters, died Saturday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, after a long illness.

Jean Faust Snyder,75, a former ballet and Broadway dancer who entertained the troops in a touring production of "Oklahoma" during World War II, died Tuesday in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Brad Singer,45, owner and founder of a chain of Arizona music stores, died Sunday in Phoenix of complications from a viral infection and lupus. After working at a record store, he opened his first Zia Record Exchange store, stocked entirely with his own collection. There now are eight Zia stores.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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