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Milestones, Sep. 12, 1955

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Married. Mamie Van Doren (real name: Joan Lucille Olander), 22, bosomy Hollywood starlet (Yankee Pasha); and Ray Anthony, 33, bandleader; both for the second time; in Toledo.

Married. Veronica Lake (real name: Constance Keane), 35, cinemactress (I Married a Witch); and Joseph McCarthy, 40; she for the third time, he for the second; in Traverse City, Mich.

Married. Frank Lloyd, 66, two-time Academy Award-winning Hollywood director (for Divine Lady, 1928; and Cavalcade, 1932); and Virginia Kellogg, 47, script writer (Caged); both for the second time; aboard a yacht as it steamed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Divorced. By Frances Langford, 39, jukebox, radio and film songstress: Jon Hall, 42, sometime breechclouted star of South Sea island films (The Hurricane); after 17 years of marriage, no children; in Titusville, Fla.

Divorced. James Michener, 48, novelist (The Bridges of Toko-Ri), winner of a 1947 Pulitzer Prize (for Tales of the South Pacific); by his second wife, Vange A. Nord Michener, 33; after seven years of marriage, no children; in Philadelphia.

Divorced. By Mary Astor, 49, longtime cinemactress (The Maltese Falcon): fourth husband Thomas Wheelock, 51, sometime stock broker; after ten years of marriage; no children; in Los Angeles.

Died. Colonel Graham W. West, 43, much-decorated U.S. commander of a Spitfire squadron in World War II who lost both legs fighting a ground fire near a booby-trapped Nazi plane in Tunis in 1943, recovered to fly with artificial legs in the D-day Normandy invasion; after a short illness; in Enterprise, Ore.

Died. Willi Baumeister, 66, topnotch West German nonobjective painter whose work was banned by Hitler; of a stroke; in his Stuttgart studio.

Died. Dr. Friedrich von Prittwitz und Gaffron, 71, onetime (1927-33) German Ambassador to the U.S. under the Weimar Republic, one of the founders of Chancellor Adenauer’s Christian Democratic Party; of arthritis; in Munich.

Died. George Francis (“Old Worcester”) Booth, 84, editor and publisher of Massachusetts’ Worcester Telegram and the Evening Gazette (circ. 157,678); in Gloucester, Mass.

Died. E. Lansing Ray, 71, longtime editor and publisher of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; of a heart attack; in Rye Beach, N.H. Ray sold the newspaper to Manhattan’s S. I. Newhouse last spring (TIME, April 4), but remained as publisher.

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