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Art Ginsburg, a TV chef known as Mr. food, dies at 81

Art Ginsburg, 81, who billed himself as Mr. Food in 90-second televised cooking lessons — attracting nearly 4 million viewers for each, selling 8 million cookbooks and presaging today's proliferation of celebrity chef shows — died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday in Weston.

Connie Wald, 96, an elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the dinner parties she held for friends like Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, died on Nov. 10 in Beverly Hills.

Helmut Sonnenfeldt, 86, a confidant and top adviser to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who was credited with helping formulate the Nixon administration's policy of detente with the Soviet Union, died of Alzheimer's disease on Nov. 18 in Chevy Chase, Md.

Vladka Meed, 90, a weapons smuggler for the Jewish resistance in Poland during World War II who published a harrowing chronicle of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, died Wednesday in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson, 55, who was a chess champion in the Soviet Union and her adopted country, the United States, and once ranked among the world's top female players, died of brain cancer on Nov. 18 in Kirkland, Wash.

Bernard Lansky, 85, a Memphis haberdasher who dressed the royalty of rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll, including Elvis Presley, died of Alzheimer's disease on Nov. 15. He did not pick Presley's jumpsuits but chose the white suit for his funeral.

Art Ginsburg, a TV chef known as Mr. food, dies at 81 11/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 24, 2012 8:19pm]
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