By Charles E. Cohen
October 14, 1991 12:00 PM

Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, 77, died of cancer in a French hospital, authorities announced on Sept. 25. The former SS officer, who fled to South America in 1951, was extradited to France in 1983 and sentenced to life imprisonment for ordering or participating in the torture and murder of thousands of Jews and Resistance members. “What is there to regret?” he once said. “I am proud to have been a member of the best military outfit in the Third Reich.”…

Oona O’Neill Chaplin, 66, daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill and widow of Charlie Chaplin, died of pancreatic cancer on Sept. 27 in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. Just 18 when she married the 54-year-old comedian in 1943, she was disinherited by her enraged father but lived a high-society life surrounded by friends including Gloria Vanderbilt. After Chaplin died in 1977, she remained in their 18th-century mansion overlooking Lake Geneva….

Reynold Abel Dorris, 23, whose struggle with fetal alcohol syndrome was depicted in the book The Broken Cord by adoptive father Michael Dorris, 46, died on Sept. 22 in Hanover, N.H., from injuries sustained when he was hit by a car. The elder Dorris’s account of his struggle to learn the causes of his son’s disabilities won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1989.

It has been revealed that vocalist Roseanne Cash, 36, separated from her husband, Grammy award winner Rodney Crowell, 41, in late May, after 12 years of marriage. Cash and Crowell have four daughters.

Designing woman Annie Potts, 38, and her husband, director Jim Hayman, also 38, are expecting in the spring. Producers of the series didn’t foresee Potts’s pregnancy when her character, Mary Jo Shively, began considering getting pregnant last season; now they’ll incorporate her family plans into the show. The actress has a son, Clay Senechal, 10, from a previous marriage….

Mia Farrow, 46, has added a ninth child to her brood. Five-year-old Sanjay was adopted in Hanoi on Sept. 23….

Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, 32, and wife Yasmin, 26, welcomed a new daughter on Sept. 28 in London. The couple’s first child, Amber Rose, is 2.

Former rodeo performer Victor DeCosta, 83, who has claimed for more than 30 years that he was the inspiration for Paladin, the character played by Richard Boone on the TV series Have Gun Will Travel (1957-63), has prevailed. On Sept. 23 a jury in Providence, R.I., ordered the show’s syndicator to pay DeCosta $3.5 million for trademark infringement. DeCosta, who began appearing under the name Paladin in 1947, told reporters: “This will show them who’s who.”

Pulitzer-prizewinning playwright David (Glengarry Glen Ross) Mamet, 43, married British stage actress Rebecca Pidgeon, 25, on Sept. 22 in Gloucester, Mass. The nuptials were his second, her first. Previously married to Lindsay Crouse, Mamet directed Pidgeon in Homicide, to be released this month.