LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dorothy Bridges, a poet, widow of "Sea Hunt" actor Lloyd Bridges and matriarch of the acting family that includes sons Jeff and Beau, died Monday. She was 93.
Bridges died of natural causes at her home in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, family spokeswoman Jean Sievers said.
Born Dorothy Dean Simpson on Sept. 19, 1915, in Worcester, Mass., she was married to Lloyd Bridges for 60 years, until his death in 1998. The two met while performing in a play at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dorothy Bridges later appeared in a handful of movies and an episode of "Sea Hunt" with her husband, whom she called Bud.
She also coached her children, according to an obituary from the family.
Bridges wrote poetry for five decades. In 2005, at age 89, she published "You Caught Me Kissing: A Love Story." It included a collection of Valentine's Day poems she wrote to her husband each year, a practice she continued after his death.
Gregory Russell Dillon
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Gregory Russell Dillon, a Hilton Hotels Corp. executive who was a confidant of company founder Conrad Hilton and CEO Barron Hilton, died Wednesday. He was 86.
Dillon, a retired Hilton vice chairman and director emeritus, died at his Los Angeles home, according to a statement from a company publicist.
Born in Chicago, Dillon earned a law degree after World War II. In 1950, he was hired by the legal firm that was general counsel to the Hilton corporation.
He worked closely with Hilton for the next 13 years and was instrumental in a 1954 merger with the Statler hotel chain for $111 million, a then-unprecedented price for a real estate transaction. He joined the Hilton corporation in 1963 as an assistant to Conrad Hilton.
He traveled around the world to negotiate Hilton management contracts and established a corporate properties division that oversaw planning, financing and construction of Hilton projects.
He later held other executive posts and in 1977 was elected to the corporation's board of directors. He was named vice chairman and director emeritus in 1996.
In 1994, he became director of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which provides grants for causes ranging from providing clean water in African communities to combating homelessness in Las Vegas.
LONDON (AP) _ Kelly Groucutt, former bass player with 1970s rock hitmakers ELO, died Thursday. He was 63.
Groucutt's management said the musician died in Worcester, central England, after having a heart attack.
Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1971 by local musicians Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, ELO _ short for Electric Light Orchestra _ combined rock 'n' roll with orchestral arrangements replete with string sections, choirs and symphonic sweep.
Groucutt joined ELO in 1974 after leaving his previous band, Sight and Sound. He played bass and sang during ELO's heyday as one of the world's biggest rock acts. ELO had a string of British and U.S. chart hits during the 1970s and early 1980s, including "Livin' Thing," "Mr. Blue Sky" and "Don't Bring Me Down."
Groucutt left the band in 1983 but later toured with several successor acts, including ELO Part II and The Orchestra.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Sigurdur Helgason, an Icelandic airline executive who pioneered cheap flights that carried legions of backpackers between Europe and the United States in the 1960s and '70s, died Feb. 8. He was 87.
Helgason died on Mustique, a tiny private island in the Caribbean, an Icelandair spokesman said. No cause of death was given.
Helgason, who reportedly spent winters on Mustique after retiring, was CEO of Icelandair from 1974 to 1984 and then chairman of the board until 1991.
He previously ran Icelandic Airlines' U.S. operation in New York when it gained a big following among 20-somethings for its cheap flights to Luxembourg via Iceland, said the spokesman, Gudjon Arngrimsson. Icelandic merged with another airline in 1973 to become Icelandair, the country's flagship carrier.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Mary Jacobus, a veteran newspaper executive who in 2006 became president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Co.'s Regional Media Group, died Friday. She was 52.
Jacobus died of a sudden cerebral hemorrhage at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, The New York Times Co. said in a statement. She had been hospitalized after she unexpectedly became ill at work Feb. 2.
Since 2007, Jacobus also had been a member of the board of directors of The Associated Press, and she served on its Revenue Committee.
Jacobus had been named president and general manager of The Boston Globe, owned by The New York Times Co., in January 2006, then took the regional newspaper group job later that year.
The New York Times Regional Media Group has 15 daily newspapers and 24 weeklies, mostly in the southeastern United States and California, as well as regional magazines and Web sites.
Before that, Jacobus held a variety of newspaper executive jobs in several states.
Larry H. Miller
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Larry H. Miller, the car sales mogul who bought the Utah Jazz when they were a fledgling franchise in the NBA's smallest market and helped turn them into one of the league's most stable teams, died Friday. He was 64.
Miller died of complications from type 2 diabetes, the team said in a statement. He was at home and with his family, the statement said.
Miller had a heart attack in June 2008, then spent nearly two months in the hospital for complications from diabetes that nearly killed him. He was in a wheelchair after his release from the hospital and his medical problems continued, leading to the amputation of his legs six inches below the knee in January.
A tireless worker with a knack for the most minute details, Miller started his career in an auto parts shop, then built a car dealership empire that made him one of Utah's most recognized and influential people. Miller expanded his realm in 1985 when he bought a 50 percent share of the Jazz as the team appeared on the verge of moving to Miami.
Miller bought the rest of the team a year later, declining an offer that would have sent the team to Minnesota, and the team in the smallest media market in the NBA flourished and made two straight appearances in the NBA finals in 1997 and 1998.
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