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Television, movie actress

Suzanne Pleshette, best-known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife on television's long-running Bob Newhart Show, died of respiratory failure Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, her attorney Robert Finkelstein said. She had undergone chemotherapy for lung cancer in 2006.

The beautiful, husky-voiced TV, film and theater star died just days before a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Bob Newhart Show, a hit throughout its six-year run, starred Mr. Newhart as a Chicago psychiatrist surrounded by eccentric patients. Ms. Pleshette - as his sardonic wife - provided the voice of reason.

Ms. Pleshette began her career as a stage actress. She met future husband Tom Poston when they appeared together in the 1959 Broadway comedy The Golden Fleecing but didn't marry him until more than 40 years later. In 2000, both were widowed, and they got together, marrying the following year. He died last year at 85.

Ms. Pleshette launched her film career with Jerry Lewis in 1958 in The Geisha Boy and went on to appear in numerous television shows, including Have Gun, Will Travel; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Playhouse 90; and Naked City.

Among her movie credits were Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, Support Your Local Gunfighter and several Disney comedies, including The Shaggy D.A. and Blackbeard's Ghost.

More recently, she appeared in several episodes of the TV sitcoms Will & Grace and 8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter.

LOUIS DE CAZENAVE, 110 World War I veteran

Louis de Cazenave, one of the last French World War I veterans, died in his sleep Sunday at his home in Brioude in central France, his son said.

The last known French veteran of World War I is Lazare Ponticelli, also 110.

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