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Milestones: Aug. 5, 1985

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SEEKING REDIVORCE. Cristina Ferrare, 34, Los Angeles TV talk-show host; and John De Lorean, 60, ex-automaker and the ex-husband she thought she had divorced in California last April; in Somerville, N.J. Ruling on a petition by De Lorean challenging the California court’s jurisdiction, a New Jersey judge declared their Golden State divorce invalid. Rather than appeal, lawyers for Ferrare, who is remarried to TV Executive Anthony Thomopoulos, decided on a normal Garden State divorce, with a hearing now scheduled for early autumn.

HOSPITALIZED. George Wallace, 65, Democratic Governor of Alabama; for special surgery to relieve some of the “phantom pain” he has suffered (“It hurts in areas where I’m supposed to be dead,” he says) since the 1972 assassination attempt that left him a paraplegic; in Englewood, Colo. Wallace reported that he felt less pain in his legs after the operation, which involved opening the spinal column and inserting 80 electrodes to deaden nerves.

DIED. Joseph C. (“Mickey”) Shaughnessy, 64, comic actor whose instantly identifiable mug betokened deftly played stereotypes, usually a sailor, a thug or an Irishman, in 40 movies, including From Here to Eternity (1953), Jailhouse Rock and Don ‘t Go Near the Water (both 1957); of lung cancer; in Cape May Court House, N.J.

DIED. John Canaday, 78, art critic and author whose gracefully expressed but frequently combative views appeared in the New York Times from 1959 to 1977; of pancreatic cancer; in New York City. He had catholic but conservative taste, and his several well-received books included the multivolume Metropolitan Seminars in Art (1958-60) and The Lives of the Painters (1969).

DIED. James King Kern (“Kay”) Kyser, 79, bandleader and self-styled “Old Perfessor” of radio’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge from 1933 to 1949, whose weekly mix of dance music, comedy and quiz questions drew as many as 20 million listeners and earned him a remarkable $1 million in 1940; of a heart attack; in Chapel Hill, N.C. A popular USO entertainer in World War II, he had several hits, including On a Slow Boat to China and the nonsense ditty Three Little Fishes. He retired from performing in 1950 and worked thereafter for the Christian Science Church.

DIED. Ewen Montagu, 84, British lawyer and judge who in 1943 as a Royal Navy lieutenant commander led the counterespionage team that created “the man who never was,” one of the major intelligence hoaxes of the war; in London. The ploy, recounted in Montagu’s 1953 book (later a movie), involved a body that washed up on the coast of Spain outfitted in a Royal Marines uniform and with papers indicating that the next Allied thrust would come in Greece and Sardinia, not Sicily. The German high command fell for the ruse, and the beaches of Sicily were only lightly defended when the Allies landed in July 1943.

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