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Jeanne-Claude, artist, collaborator

SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2009

New York – Jeanne-Claude – whose collaboration with her husband, Christo, in creating massive environmental works of art, such as the 24-mile-long “Running Fence” in California in the 1970s, attracted worldwide attention for decades – has died. She was 74.

Jeanne-Claude, who, like her more famous husband, used only her first name, died Wednesday night in a New York hospital of complications from a brain aneurysm.

For years, Jeanne-Claude was known for being her artist husband’s hard-nosed business manager. But they reportedly collaborated in envisioning their attention-getting outdoor projects and began putting both their names on their work in the 1990s.

Edward Woodward, ‘Equalizer’ star

London – Edward Woodward, 79, an urbane and versatile British stage actor who gained his widest following on the TV drama “The Equalizer” as a disillusioned spy who offers his services to ordinary people, died of pneumonia Monday at a hospital in Cornwall, England.

Woodward appeared in Shakespeare productions opposite Michael Redgrave and showed flair in a musical comedy directed by Noel Coward. But he was well in his 30s before achieving popular success. He had leading roles in several exceptional films, including the eerie thriller “The Wicker Man” (1973) as a policeman who investigates the disappearance of a young girl and becomes ensnared in a pagan cult, and “Breaker Morant” (1980) as a scapegoated Australian soldier during the Boer War.

Woodward’s career was largely overshadowed by “The Equalizer,” which brought him five Emmy Award nominations during its run on CBS from 1985 to 1989. He played Robert McCall, who in retirement from espionage puts himself at the service of clients who have “exhausted all conventional means of law enforcement.”

Ken Ober, TV host, producer

Los Angeles – Ken Ober, who hosted the 1980s MTV game show “Remote Control” and helped produce the shows “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” has died. He was 52.

Ober was found dead Nov. 15 in his Santa Monica home. His agent, Lee Kernis, said Ober complained of headaches and flulike symptoms the previous night.

Ober hosted five seasons of “Remote Control” beginning in 1987. Contestants in lounge chairs were asked pop-culture questions from categories such as “Dead or Canadian?” The show featured early appearances by comedians Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn.


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