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JEAN WALLACE, 66, a screen actress who had feature parts in a dozen Hollywood productions and was married to two stars, Franchot Tone and Cornel Wilde, died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage Wednesday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Among Miss Wallace's films, most of which were made in the 1940s and 1950s, were You Can't Ration Love, Song of India, Maracaibo and Lancelot and Guinevere. Miss Wallace, born Jean Walasek in Chicago, was a fashion model in her teens. ERIK RHODES, 84, a character actor who twice shared the silver screen with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, died Saturday in Oklahoma City. Mr. Rhodes played Italian characters in the Rogers-Astaire classics The Gay Divorcee, in 1934 and Top Hat in 1935.

DR. JULIAN WOLFF, 85, a physician who led a Sherlock Holmes fan club, died Monday in New York City of blood poisoning. Dr. Wolff headed the Baker Street Irregulars, as the club was known, from 1960 to 1986, and edited its scholarly quarterly, the Baker Street Journal, from 1961 to 1977. The Irregulars take their name from a fictional band of street urchins who aided detective Holmes in novels and short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

VLADIMIR V. SHCHERBITSKY, 71, a conservative former Politburo member and chief of the Ukrainian Communist Party for 17 years, died Friday, the Tass news agency reported Saturday in Moscow. The conservative party chief, who ran the Ukraine and its 50-million people with an iron fist, was retired from the ruling Politburo on Sept. 20 in a shake-up orchestrated by President Mikhail Gorbachev. He was relieved of his Ukraine post a week later.

BRENDAN CORISH, 71, former leader of the Irish Labor Party and deputy prime minister from 1973 to 1977, died Saturday in Wexford, Ireland, his family said.