Fred Hayman, 90, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Beverly Hills street called Rodeo Drive into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, died Thursday in Malibu. He opened luxury clothing boutique Giorgio Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive in 1964, and as word spread that the world's most exclusive designer brands could be found there, stores like Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, Prada and Cartier quickly came to Rodeo.
Anne Jackson, 90, an actor of formidable range — from absurdist comedy to stark drama — who performed in more than two dozen Broadway shows, several opposite her husband, Eli Wallach, died of natural causes Tuesday in New York. Together they appeared in classics by Shaw and Chekhov; in dramas by Tennessee Williams and Eugene Ionesco; and, perhaps most notably, in offbeat comedies by Murray Schisgal. He died in 2014.
Howard Marks, 70, a Welsh-born, Oxford-educated drug trafficker who at his peak in the 1970s controlled a substantial fraction of the world's hashish and marijuana trade, and who became a bestselling author after his release from a U.S. prison in 1995, died of colorectal cancer April 10. Other details were not available. In his 1996 bestselling autobiography, Mr. Nice (Donald Nice was one of his aliases), he wrote that his induction into the drug trade followed a chance encounter with a Pakistani supplier.
Arthur Anderson, 93, an actor whose most enduring role was as the voice of Lucky Charms cereal's leprechaun, died April 9 in New York. He was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun, a mischievous cartoon redhead in a green coat, from 1963 to 1992. "Frosted Lucky Charms," he'd sing, "they're magically delicious." He started in the theater at the age of 10.
Peter J. Jannetta, 84, a neurosurgeon who as a medical resident half a century ago developed an innovative procedure to relieve an especially devastating type of facial pain, died Monday in Pittsburgh of complications from a brain injury suffered in a fall. Considered one of the foremost neurosurgeons in the world, he was renowned in particular for having identified the minute culprit responsible for trigeminal neuralgia — a condition causing agonizing facial pain — and for developing a way to vanquish that culprit through microsurgery on the brain.
Vladimir Kagan, 88, who brought a sensual aesthetic to modern furniture design, died of a heart attack April 7 in Palm Beach. He was one of the most sought-after designers of his era, his works housed in the homes of Hollywood celebrities and enshrined in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York and other institutions.
Joe Patten, 89, who spent much of his life restoring, preserving and living in Atlanta's fabulous Fox Theatre — twice saving the 1920s historic landmark from fire and demolition — died April 7 following a stroke. He was affectionately known as the "Phantom of the Fox."