Other Notable Deaths


George Allen "Slim" Aarons, 89, a photojournalist who traveled the world to capture the essence of the rich and famous and made a career out of -- in his own words -- "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places," died Tuesday of a heart attack and stroke at a veterans home in Montrose, N.Y.

During a career that spanned more than five decades, Mr. Aarons photographed many famous faces of the 20th century, including Humphrey Bogart, Louis Armstrong, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and the Kennedys.

His most celebrated image was shot on New Year's Eve of 1957 in the Crown Room at Romanoff's restaurant in Hollywood. Called "The Kings of Hollywood," it showed Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, and Jimmy Stewart -- what Smithsonian magazine called "a Mount Rushmore of stardom," and the novelist Louis Auchincloss called "the very image of American he-men."

Mr. Aarons' work was published in magazines including Life, Town & Country, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. His photographs were collected in three books, among them A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, which was published in 1974 and became a collectors' item.

Thelma Bernstein, 95, a former singer and actress who was the mother of comedy filmmaker and actor Albert Brooks, died May 27 at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Discovered in a New York nightclub in the mid-1930s by a talent scout and signed to a contract by RKO, she had an uncredited part in the 1936 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical Follow the Fleet and supporting roles in New Faces of 1937 and The Toast of New York.

She gave up her career after marrying dialect comedian Harry Einstein, a fellow New Faces of 1937 cast member. He died in 1958 and two years later she married Irving Bernstein. Albert Brooks's given name is Albert Lawrence Einstein.

She played small roles in two Brooks comedies -- Real Life in 1979 and Modern Romance in 1981, in which she played her son's mother. She also was the inspiration for Mr. Brooks' 1996 comedy Mother.

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