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Milestones: Dec. 14, 1970

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Married. George Sanders, 64, the suavest of Hollywood villains (Death of a Scoundrel); and Magda Gabor, fiftyish, sometime actress and sister of Zsa Zsa, who divorced Sanders 16 years ago; he for the fourth time, she for the fifth: in a civil ceremony in Indio, Calif. Said Mama Jolie Gabor: “He just wanted to get back in the family. He missed me. I always liked George, but when a son-in-law comes back, I really like it.”

Died. Ruth Law Oliver, 83, pioneer aviatrix, the first woman to loop the loop in a plane, the holder of numerous speed and distance records, notably with her 680-mile flight from Chicago to Hornell, N.Y., and star of Ruth Law’s Flying Circus in the early 1920s; in San Francisco.

Died. Fritz von Unruh, 85, German dramatist, novelist and poet famed in the 1920s for his outspoken opposition to militarism; of a stroke; in Diez, Germany. Unruh’s moving description of the battle of Verdun in Way of Sacrifice became classic testimony to the cruelty of war. A founder of several anti-Hitler organizations and delegate in the Reichstag during the Weimar Republic, Unruh was a staunch anti-Nazi and went into voluntary exile, first in France, then in the U.S., refusing Hitler’s offer to make him “the modern Schiller.” Upon returning home in 1948, he spoke as a voice of Germany’s conscience, preaching that only personal acceptance of guilt could make up for the past.

Died. Dr. David de Sola Pool, 85, retired rabbi of New York City’s Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue and a world leader of Judaism; of pneumonia; in Manhattan. Pool was one of three Americans on the Zionist Commission to Palestine in 1919; the next year he was in charge of the distribution of American funds to Jewish war victims in Palestine and Syria. An authority on the history of Jews in America, he made it his mission to promote understanding of their important role in settling the New World. In Portraits Etched in Stone (1952), he described the arrival of the first group: 23 persecuted Spanish and Portuguese Jews who fled from Brazil to New Amsterdam in 1654.

Died. Nina Ricci, 87, Paris couturière who founded the design house bearing tier name; in Paris. Established in 1932, the house of Ricci quickly developed a reputation for graceful designs; then in the late 1950s, led the way with fashions featuring plunging necklines, fitted waists and belled skirts. By then, Ricci was also known for sensuous perfumes, but the unpretentious Mme. Ricci all the while maintained a low profile that made her the antithesis of her headline-making contemporary, Coco Chanel.

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