H.N. “Swanie” Swanson, 91, legendary Hollywood literary agent whose clients included William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Raymond Chandler, died on May 31 in Beverly Hills due to complications from a stroke. It was Swanson who, in 1924, suggested that F. Scott Fitzgerald change the title of his third novel from Trimalchio in West Egg to The Great Gatsby….
Coral Browne, 77, the tart-tongued Australian-born actress whose best film roles were in the British movies The Ruling Class (1972) and Dream-child (1985), died of breast cancer on May 29 in Los Angeles. Recently, she could be seen in ads for a bug repellent with Vincent Price, 80, her husband of 17 years….
Cartoonist Ed Dodd, 88, whose comic strip about an outdoor writer, Mark Trail, was environmentally sensitive long before it was chic to be ecominded, died after a long illness on May 27 in Gainesville, Ga. Dodd began Mark Trail in 1946 and retired in 1978….
Thomas C. Lasorda Jr., 33, only son of veteran Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, died of pneumonia and severe dehydration in Los Angeles on June 3. Tommy Jr., an artist, was a familiar figure in Los Angeles’s underground club scene.
Doogie Gets His Diploma: Neil Patrick Harris, 17, who plays a whiz-kid doctor on ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D., received his high school lambskin on May 23 at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.Mex. Though often an absentee student, Harris notched a 3.8 GPA and graduated a year early. Way to go, Doog!
Ice Iced, Baby: Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, 22, was arrested on June 3 for pulling a gun on a man who tried to sell him jewelry at 2:15 A.M. outside a supermarket in Studio City, Calif. If Ice is found guilty, he could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Comic genius Richard Pryor, 50, is recovering at his Bel Air home after undergoing triple-bypass heart surgery on May 29. Pryor, who suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Australia a year ago, also suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Swashbuckling actor and socialite Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 81, wed fashion consultant Vera Shelton, 50ish, on May 30 in New York City. Shelton, who met Fairbanks 26 years ago at a party in Acapulco, says, “His bright blue eyes and his very winning smile allured me.” Fairbanks was previously married to Joan Crawford (1929-33) and the late socialite Mary Lee Hartford (1939-88)….
Love, Italian Style: Ilona “Cicciolina” Staller, 41, the Italian porn diva turned member of Parliament, married American artist Jeff Koons, 36, on June 1 in Budapest.