Deaths of note from around the world:
Sybil Christopher, 83: Perhaps best-known outside of show business as the woman Richard Burton left to marry Elizabeth Taylor,. Christopher became a theater producer and nightclub founder. The Welsh-born Christopher was Sybil Burton when Richard Burton, her first husband, left her for Taylor in 1963. Two years later, she founded the club Arthur, which became a celebrity hangout. In 1991, she founded the Bay Street Theater with two partners and was its artistic director for 22 years. Died Thursday in New York City.
Dorothy DeBolt, 89: Adoption advocate who, with her husband, Bob, reared 20 children — six biological and 14 adopted. Their family was the subject of a documentary that won an Academy Award in 1977. She and her husband later founded a nonprofit adoption agency for special needs children based in Oakland, Calif. Died Feb. 24 in El Cajon, Calif.
Princess Lillian Craig, 97: Widow of Prince Bertil of Sweden, and a principal in a royal drama that ended a centuries-old custom that held that royalty could not marry commoners without penalty. Craig was the prince’s lover for 33 years until the couple was finally allowed to marry by Swedish King Carl Gustaf, who had succeeded his grandfather in 1973. She became Princess Lillian. Her husband died in 1997. Craig died Sunday in Stockholm.
Arthur Storch, 87: An exacting stage director who found success on Broadway and later became a force in regional theater. Storch once asked Eugene Ionesco to rewrite a play and goaded a young Aaron Sorkin to work harder. Storch’s successes on Broadway included 1964’s “The Owl and the Pussycat," 1965’s “The Impossible Years," and 1976’s “Tribute." He also directed experimental off-Broadway works and later founded the Syracuse Stage, an influential regional company. Died Tuesday in New York City.
Roy Brown, 96: Designer of the Edsel, perhaps the most flamboyant failure in automotive history. Brown was assigned by Henry Ford II in the 1950s to design a medium-priced car that would be distinctive. But the car flopped with the public and ended up costing Ford $250 million before it was discontinued in 1960. Brown later redeemed himself by designing the Ford Cortina, which became the cmopany’s top seller in Britain, and the Econoline van. Died Feb. 24 in Ann Arbor, Mich.