Fayard Nicholas, 91, who with his brother Harold inspired generations of tap-dancers from Fred Astaire to Savion Glover, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of pneumonia and other complications from a stroke.
The Nicholas brothers were boys when they were featured at New York's Cotton Club in 1932. Though young, they were billed as "The Show Stoppers!" And despite the racial hurdles facing black performers, they went on to Broadway, then Hollywood.
Mr. Astaire once told the brothers that the acrobatic elegance of their "Jumpin' Jive" dance sequence in Stormy Weather (1943) made it the greatest movie musical number he had seen. In the number, the brothers tap across music stands in an orchestra with the exuberance of children stone-hopping across a pond. In the finale, they leapfrog seamlessly down a sweeping staircase.
Chris Penn, a younger brother of Sean Penn who played supporting roles in films such as Reservoir Dogs and Starsky & Hutch, was found dead Tuesday in his Santa Monica, Calif., home, authorities said.
There were no obvious signs of foul play, police said. Autopsy results were pending. Police said Mr. Penn was 40 years old, though several celebrity Web sites list his age as 43.
Andrea M. Bronfman, 60, an internationally noted philanthropist, died Monday at a Manhattan hospital of injuries she sustained after she was struck by a livery cab while walking her dog on East 65th Street. She had homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Fla. and Jerusalem.
The wife of Charles R. Bronfman, of the Seagram business empire, Mrs. Bronfman was a co-chairman of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. She was known in particular for her involvement with Jewish causes in the United States, Canada, and Israel.
Andrea Brett Morrison, known as Andy, was born in London, the daughter of an American mother, Doris, and a Scottish father, Hyam, who ran a women's clothing business. Both were deeply involved in Jewish and Zionist affairs; frequent visitors to the family home included David Ben-Gurion, Shimon Peres, and Golda Meir. She married Mr. Bronfman in 1982.
Marvin Brookman, 92, a rodeo stock contractor and member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died Monday at a nursing home in Wolf Point, Mont.
He kept his bucking stock on a 3,000-acre ranch 32 miles north of Wolf Point. He began supplying bucking stock to rodeos in 1941 and became a sanctioned stock contractor for professional rodeo in 1950. He had bucking stock selected for every National Finals Rodeo since the event began in 1959.
Moss Mabry, 87, a costumer designer who dressed Doris Day and helped fashion the style of movies such as Giant and The Way We Were, died Wednesday at a hospital in Oceanside, Calif., after a long illness.