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Milestones, Mar. 18, 1996

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JAILED. F. LEE BAILEY, 62, attorney; for contempt of court; in Tallahassee, Florida. He helped spring O.J. Simpson, but now Bailey is behind bars for failing to obey a judge’s order to hand over $25 million in stock that the U.S. government claims as its own but the celebrity lawyer considers payment for legal services rendered to a drug-trafficking client.

DIED. VICTOR CRAWFORD, 63, antismoking activist; of throat cancer; in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1992 the lifelong smoker learned he had terminal cancer, and in his final months he became an eloquent crusader against tobacco. In Maryland he helped win passage of the sort of smoking restrictions he had once worked against as a lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute.

DIED. LUDWIG FREIHERR VON HAMMERSTEIN-EQUORD, 76, anti-Nazi conspirator; in Berlin. Part of the ill-fated July 1944 attempt by German officers to kill Hitler and end World War II, Hammerstein-Equord helped seize army headquarters. When it was retaken by SS troops, he escaped and hid until the defeat of the Third Reich.

DIED. MARGUERITE DURAS, 81, writer; in Paris. The author of 35 novels, she frequently used the land of her birth, colonial French Indochina, for her spare but expressive portraits of the redemptive and destructive power of love. Her most popular was 1984’s L’Amant (The Lover), an autobiographical novel that depicts the social and sexual tensions between a poor French 15-year-old and her wealthy Asian lover. In film her biggest success was the screenplay for Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1960).

DIED. MINNIE PEARL, 83, comedian; in Nashville, Tennessee. Offstage she was Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, the elegant, sophisticated neighbor of Governors. But onstage she was the country cutup whose raucous “Howww-dee!,” price-tag-bedecked hat ($1.98) and 50-year search for a “feller” made her an institution at the Grand Ole Opry, where she debuted in 1940. For 20 years, she displayed her fearlessly corny humor on TV’s Hee Haw.

DIED. JOHN CARDINAL KROL, 85, archbishop; in Philadelphia. During his 27 years of leading the nation’s sixth largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, the Polish-American prelate was an opponent of abortion and nuclear weapons, a master builder of some 100 churches and a player in Vatican politics, where he was a force behind the rise of John Paul II to the papacy and an adviser on financial matters.

DIED. MEYER SCHAPIRO, 91, art critic, historian and lecturer whose insights into the broad social context of everything from Romanesque sculpture to modern painting influenced scholars, curators and creators of art from the 1930s to the present; in Manhattan.

DIED. LYLE TALBOT, 94, character actor; in San Francisco. His hard-edged good looks got him cast as the heavy in Golden Age Hollywood–and when they softened, as friendly neighbor Joe Randolph on TV’s surreally suburban Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the ’50s and ’60s.

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