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Milestones, Aug. 6, 1951

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Born. To Broderick Crawford, 39, Oscar-winning (All the King’s Men) cinema heavy, and Kay Griffith, 35, former actress, who won a suit last February for separate maintenance and custody of the unborn child: their first child, a son (they already have one adopted boy); in Hollywood. Name: Kelly. Weight: 9 Ibs. 4 oz.

Divorced. By the Honorable Francis David Langhorne Astor, 39, editor of London’s sedate Observer, second son of Virginia-born Lady Astor: Melanie Hausser Astor, after six years of marriage, one daughter; in London.

Divorced. By Sylvia Sidney, 40, stage and screen actress (An American Tragedy, Dead End): her third husband, Carlton Alsop, fiftyish, sometime radio producer and advertising executive; after four years of marriage, no children; in Los Angeles.

Died. William C. Johnson, 49, who joined Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co. in 1924 as a machinist’s helper, became executive vice president last February; of a heart attack; in Milwaukee.

Died. Colonel Vasily de Basil, 63, onetime Czarist Cossack cavalryman, who in 1932 founded the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with the largest segment of the late Impresario Diaghilev’s disbanded Ballet Russe; of a heart attack; in Paris. With such dancers as Danilova, Toumanova and Lichine he made the company popular and temporarily profitable (at least two of his U.S. tours grossed as high as $1,000,000 each).

Died. Henrik Ramsay, 65, onetime Finnish Foreign Minister, who was sentenced to 2½ years in prison for having been a member of Finland’s government during the wars with the Soviet Union between 1939 and 1944; of a heart attack; on the island of Gottland, Sweden.

Died. Commander John Kenneth Levison Ross, 75, railroad scion (his father: James Ross, a builder of the Canadian Pacific) who inherited $10 million in 1916, set up a racing stable which sent Canada’s only Kentucky Derby winner to the post (Sir Barton, 1919); after long illness; in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Died. Kelcey Allen, 75, drama critic for Women’s Wear Daily since 1915; of a heart attack; in Manhattan. The dean of Broadway’s critics, Allen wrote determinedly unliterary reviews which had a great influence on the boxoffice; his paper served the mammoth garment industry, making him top authority on what show a visiting buyer could enjoy on a spare evening.

Died. Dr. Albert C. Barnes, 78, discoverer of Argyrol, irascible collector of modern art; after a motor accident; in Phoenixville, Pa. (see ART).

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