Lou Jacobs, 89, for more than 60 years the pre-eminent clown at the Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus, died on Sept. 13 in Sarasota, Fla. Sporting his trademark tiny hat and exaggerated makeup, the 6’1″ Jacobs would ride into the big top lucked into a 2-foot-by-3-foot car. His classic routines included zipping around in a motorized bathtub or on water skis….
Millicent Fenwick, 82, the patrician, pipe-smoking Republican who served two terms in Congress and as the prototype for Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury character Lacey Davenport, died after a long illness on Sept. 16 in Bernardsville, N.J. A former Harper ‘s Bazaar model and Vogue editor, Fenwick was elected to Congress in 1974 at the age of 64. “All the media would say was ‘pipe-smoking grandmother,’ ” she once recalled. “I said, ‘For God’s sake, hardworking grandmother, same number of syllables.’ “…
Actress Ruth Nelson, 87, whose career spanned more than 60 years in film and on Broadway, died of cancer and various complications on Sept. 12 in Manhattan. She was last seen onscreen as Robert De Niro’s mother in Awakenings (1990).
Tennis legend Arthur Ashe, 49, who announced in April that he had AIDS, suffered a mild coronary on Sept. 10 and was listed in stable condition at a Manhattan hospital. Doctors say the attack, less serious than the one Ashe had in 1979, is unrelated to his HIV-positive status….
Letter turner Vanna White, 35, who had announced during a taping of Wheel of Fortune on Sept. 11 that she and restaurateur husband George Santo Pietro, 45, were expecting their first child, miscarried within days.
The Dice Man Wed-deth: Comedian and professional Brooklynite Andrew Dice Clay, 34, married longtime girlfriend Trini in a private ceremony on Sept. 4 in Los Angeles. They have been together six years and have a 2-year-old son, Max. “I knew I wanted to marry Trini within six minutes of meeting her,” said Clay, “but I’ve been busy for the past six years.”…
Celebrity biographer kitty kelley, 50, author of best-selling volumes on Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan, wed allergist Dr. Jonathan Zucker at her Georgetown residence in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12. It was the second marriage for both.