John Charles Daly, 77 (at far right), the urbane, imperturbable host of TV’s long-running What’s My Line? game show, died on Feb. 24 in Chevy Chase, Md., of cardiac arrest. Starting in 1950, millions of prime-time viewers tuned in each Sunday to see the sesquipedalian emcee tug at his ear and say, “Sorry, panel!” when befuddled celebrity guessers (in photo, from left, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen) failed to identify that week’s mystery guest. When the show ended in 1967, Daly went on to a new line of his own as head of Voice of America. He also was an ace World War II correspondent for CBS and, from 1953 to 1960, a news anchor at ABC. Daly is survived by his wife of 30 years, Viriginia Warren, the daughter of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
Gulf War Romance Update: Crack CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, 56, on assignment in Baghdad, took a quick break from reporting the bombing to reach Israel electronically and propose to girlfriend Kimberly Moore, 23, an American currently appearing as an anchor on an English-language Israeli TV show. She accepted. Moore met Arnett when she was a college intern at CNN’s Washington bureau and had been living with him in Jerusalem before his posting to Iraq in January. Arnett, currently separated from his Vietnamese-born wife, Nina, has reportedly told Moore that he will marry her as soon as his duties in Baghdad are over and he divorces.
Country music legend Webb Pierce died at age 65 of congestive heart failure on Feb. 24 in Nashville. Between 1952 and 1958, Pierce recorded 42 consecutive Top 10 country hits, including such rustic classics as “I Ain’t Never” and “In the Jailhouse Now.” In recent years Webb had opened his palatial Nashville home to tourists, who came to gawk at his giant 81-foot by 30-foot guitar-shaped swimming pool and his custom-built white Pontiac convertible, which boasts pistol door handles, saddle seats and a steering wheel embelished with silver dollars. “Webb was one of country music’s pioneers who helped put Nashville on the map. I don’t think he was ever truly appreciated for the great vocal stylist he really was,” says fellow country music star Johnny Cash.
Coquettish British actress Emma Samms, 30, married Bansi Nagji, 26, a British lawyer, in a small private ceremony in London on Feb. 23. Nagji plans to follow Samms to Los Angeles and find a new job there. Although it is the first marriage for both, it’s not the first time that the Dynasty star has gone for the brainy type. In 1979 she was briefly engaged to composer Marvin Hamlisch, then 35.