Veteran TV newsman Hughes Rudd, 71, died Oct. 13 of an aneurysm of the aorta in the French city Toulouse, to which he had retired. Anchor of CBS Morning News from 1973 to 1977, and an ABC News contributing correspondent from 1979 to 1986, the Texas-reared Rudd once conceded that “television does some things well, but it cannot substitute for print.”…
Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who in 1971 won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in thawing the cold war, died, at 78, on Oct. 8 of intestinal cancer in Unkel, Germany. The illegitimate son of a Lübeck shopgirl, Brandt preached for a united Europe during his reign from 1969 to 1974 and is credited with normalizing relationships between West Germany and the Soviet bloc as well as with paving the way for the 1990 reunification of Germany….
Scholar Allan Bloom, 62, whose controversial 1987 best-seller, The Closing of the American Mind, decried the declining educational standards of American colleges, died of a peptic ulcer Oct. 7 in Chicago. A professor of social thought at the University of Chicago, Bloom advocated wider teaching of the classics….
Rosebud Yellow Robe Frantz, 85, a Lakota Sioux who was a great-grandniece of Sitting Bull, died of cancer Oct. 5 in New York City. Movie buffs have speculated that Frantz, who worked with Orson Welles on radio dramas in the 1930s, inspired that enigmatic Citizen Kane line, “Rosebud.”…
Actor John Hancock, who played cantankerous bartender Ike Johnson on the new CBS comedy Love and War, was found dead of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home Oct. 13. Born in Hazen, Ark., Hancock, who was in his early 50s, had a string of supporting roles in films (Bonfire of the Vanities, A Soldier’s Story) and on television, including recurring guest spots on Hardcastle and McCormick and Amen. During the past few seasons, he also played an exacting courtroom judge on NBC’s L.A. Law.
Heather Thomas, 35, of The Fall Guy, and Los Angeles entertainment lawyer Skip Brittenham exchanged vows Oct. 10 in Paris. The couple met at an industry benefit seven years ago; each has been married before….
Exbratpacker Ally Sheedy, 30, whose movies include WarGames, The Breakfast Club and Only the Lonely, and actor David Lansbury, Angela’s nephew, were wed at their L.A. home Oct. 10. They met last year while performing together in the off-Broadway play Advice from a Caterpillar.
Grammy-winning contemporary Christian recording artist Amy Grant, 31, and her husband, songwriter-producer Gary Chapman, 35, delivered their latest hit, Sarah Cannon, on Oct. 11 in Nashville. The 7 lb. 2½ oz. baby joins brother Matthew, 5, and sister Millie, almost 3.
British rocker Annie Lennox, 37, and Israeli documentary filmmaker Uri Fruchtman expect the birth of their second child in February. The couple, wed since 1988, have a daughter, Lola, nearly 2.