Motown great Eiddie Kendricks, 52, a founding member of the Temptations whose falsetto propelled such major hits as “Just My Imagination’ ” and “Get Ready,” died of lung cancer Oct. 5 in Birmingham, Ala. After leaving the group in 1971 (and changing his name to Kendrick), he scored the solo hit “Keep on Truckin’.”…
British actor Denholm Elliott, 70, an Oscar nominee for his work in A Room with a View, died of AIDS Oct. 6 on the Spanish island of Ibiza. He was equally at ease onstage opposite Laurence Olivier in Venus Observed as he was playing Eddie Murphy “s snooty butler in 1983’s Trading Places. Other films: Alfie, two Indiana Jones epics and Maurice….
Singer-actor-songwriter Paul Jabara, 44, who won a 1978 Oscar for his disco smash “Last Dance,” died of AIDS on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles. In addition to roles on stage (Hair) and screen (Midnight Cowboy), Jabara also penned such hits as Diana Ross’ “Work That Body.”…
Protean translator Ralph Manheim, 85, producer of more than 100 English versions of French and German works (including Hitler’s Mein Kampf), died Sept. 26 in Cambridge, England, of prostate cancer….
Bruce Vorhauer, 50, who in 1978 invented the Today contraceptive sponge, committed suicide in Missoula, Mont., on Oct. 1.
Actor and songwriter Paul Williams, 52, a 1976 Oscar winner for his tune “Evergreen,” will wed Hilda Keenan Wynn, 37, a former models’ agent who is actor Keenan Wynn’s daughter and comedian Ed Wynn’s granddaughter. The marriage next year will be No. 2 for both.
After a four-year courtship, LeVar Burton, 35, of Star Trek: The next Generation, and Stephanie Cozart, chief makeup artist for In Living Color, were married in Beverly Hills on Oct. 3….
NBA superstar Dominique Wilkins, 32, married Nicole Berry, 22, a premed student at Georgia Slate University, in Atlanta on Sept. 26. A ruptured Achilles tendon cost the 6’8″ Atlanta Hawks’ forward a shot at the Olympic Dream Team.
British rocker Jeff Lynne, 44, founder of the Electric Light Orchestra and more recently a Traveling Wilbury, and his wife, Sandra, are divorcing after 13 years of marriage and two daughters.
On Oct. 1, Simon & Simon star Jameson Parker, 44, was shot twice by North Hollywood neighbor Robert St. George, 52, during a wrangle over dog droppings. St. George had accused actress Darken Carr, Parker’s wife, of failing to clean up after her pets. Told of the dispute, Parker was confronting St. George on the latter’s porch when fired upon. He was hospitalized overnight for flesh wounds; St. George pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
Akio Morita, 71, co-founder of Sony Corp. and father of the Walkman, was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen of England for his contributions to British industry and Anglo-Japanese relations. But he can only use die title Sir by becoming a British citizen.