John Addison, 78, a composer best known for his Oscar- and Emmy-winning scores for movies and television, including the music for the 1963 film "Tom Jones," died of a stroke Monday in Bennington, Vt. He won an Academy Award for "Tom Jones" and was nominated for another for "Sleuth." He won his Emmy for the theme of "Murder, She Wrote."
Robert Marasco, 62, a playwright and novelist known for such hair-raising works as "Child's Play," died of lung cancer Dec. 6 in New York. "Child's Play," a melodrama about evil occurrences in a Roman Catholic boys' school. It later became a movie starring James Mason and Robert Preston.
Pradeep, 83, a master of Hindi poetry and a favorite of Indian prime ministers and paupers, died Friday in New Delhi after suffering from acute bronchitis. The poet, who used one name, received India's highest honor, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, this year for lifetime contribution to cinema. His soulful film lyrics, many sung by him, stirred the hearts of millions for decades and became classics.
Tony Tanner, 63, a writer, literary critic and popular professor who introduced the study of American literature at Cambridge University, died of cancer Dec. 5 in England. His books included "The Reign of Wonder," a 1965 study of the work of Henry James, Mark Twain and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and "Venice Desired," in 1992. Most recently, he edited and wrote introductions for a series called "Shakespeare for Everyman."
Pub Date: 12/13/98