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David Brown, ‘Jaws’ producer

NEW YORK – David Brown, a film and theater producer who helped bring to the screen two of the 1970s’ biggest hits, “Jaws” and “The Sting,” has died. He was 93.

Brown, the husband of longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, died Monday at his Manhattan home following a long illness, according to the Hearst Corp., which owns Cosmopolitan.

Brown came to Hollywood in 1953 and remained active into the 21st century. As a producer, he was nominated for the best picture Oscar four times, for “Jaws,” 1975; “The Verdict,” 1982; “A Few Good Men,” 1992; and “Chocolat,” 2000.

He also earned a spot in popular culture history for encouraging his wife to write her groundbreaking 1962 book, “Sex and the Single Girl,” which led to her fabled career at Cosmopolitan magazine.

Aaron Ruben, TV producer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Aaron Ruben, who produced such TV hits as “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and “Sanford and Son,” has died. He was 95.

His son, Tom Ruben, said the elder Ruben died Saturday at his Beverly Hills home from complications of pneumonia.

Aaron Ruben began his career after World War II as a comedy writer for radio shows featuring Milton Berle, Fred Allen and other stars. In the 1950s he moved into television, writing for comedy shows and directing.

In later years, he was a court-appointed special advocate for abused and abandoned children.

Susan Hill, women’s rights advocate

RALEIGH, N.C. – Susan Hill, a national women’s rights advocate and the owner of several abortion clinics around the country, has died.

Hill, who was 61, had breast cancer.

Hill focused on establishing clinics in rural areas, where women had no access to abortion services, and opened more clinics than anyone else in the United States, sometimes drawing 1,000 protesters at a time. She sued protesters 34 times for blocking entrances and physically preventing women from going into the facilities.

“She’s probably the toughest person I ever knew,” said brother Dan Hill. “People really wanted to kill her, and she never flinched.”


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