Monday, February 19, 2018
News Roundup

Prominent Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85

Win Tin, 85, an uncompromising journalist in Myanmar who helped opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi launch a pro-democracy movement against the brutal military regime and then endured nearly two decades in jail as one of his country's longest-serving political prisoners before gaining his release in 2008, died of respiratory problems Monday in Yangon, formerly Rangoon.

Richard H. Hoggart, 95, a pioneering British cultural historian who was most widely known outside academia as the star witness for Lady Chatterley's Lover in a 1960 trial that ended British censorship of that novel, died April 10 in London. His testimony was widely credited as the most persuasive in convincing a jury that D.H. Lawrence's graphic descriptions of sex between Lady Constance Chatterley and her husband's groundskeeper, Oliver Mellors, were not obscene.

Sue Townsend, 68, who beat the odds of a difficult early life to become one of Britain's most popular writers and social critics, chronicling life on the economic fringes of post-imperial Britain with insight and wit, died of diabetes April 10 in Leicester, England. She was best known as the creator of the Adrian Mole books.

Gregory White Smith, 62, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, died of a brain tumor April 10 in Aiken, S.C. He also was a co-author of a biography of Vincent van Gogh that challenged the widely held theory that the artist's death at 37 had been a suicide.

Phyllis Frelich, 70, a Tony Award-winning deaf actor who starred in the Broadway version of Children of a Lesser God, died of a rare degenerative neurological disease called progressive supranuclear palsy April 10 in Temple City, Calif. In 1986, Children of a Lesser God was made into a film, starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin.

Otto Petersen, 52, a ventriloquist who was the flesh-and-blood half of Otto and George, a comedy team renowned for vulgarity so scurrilous that it resulted in a ban on performing at the annual adult-film awards in Las Vegas, died in his sleep April 13 in Keyport, N.J. Still, he was popular with audiences and widely admired by other comics. On television, he was seen on Late Show With David Letterman and elsewhere.

 
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