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Poet, matriarch of acting family

Dorothy Bridges, a poet, widow of Sea Hunt actor Lloyd Bridges and matriarch of the acting family that includes sons Jeff and Beau, died Monday of natural causes at her home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.

Born Dorothy Dean Simpson on Sept. 19, 1915, in Worcester, Mass., she was married to Lloyd Bridges for 60 years, until his death in 1998. The two met while performing in a play at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mrs. Bridges wrote poetry for five decades. In 2005, at age 89, she published You Caught Me Kissing: A Love Story.


Bass player with rock group ELO

Kelly Groucutt, former bass player with 1970s rock hitmakers ELO, died Thursday in Worcester, central England, after suffering a heart attack.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1971 by local musicians Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, ELO - short for Electric Light Orchestra - combined rock 'n' roll with orchestral arrangements replete with string sections, choirs and symphonic sweep.

Mr. Groucutt joined ELO in 1974 after leaving his previous band, Sight and Sound. He played bass and sang during ELO's heyday as one of the world's biggest rock acts. ELO had a string of British and U.S. chart hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down."

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