Chris Costner Sizemore, 89, whose multiple personality disorder was published as the startling and bestselling book The Three Faces of Eve in 1957, died of a heart attack July 24 in Ocala. The book by her two psychiatrists inspired the 1957 film of the same title that earned Joanne Woodward an Oscar for playing the title role, a woman who veers from mousy housewife (Eve White) to reckless barfly (Eve Black) until a sympathetic psychiatrist helps her find her “true” self (Jane) through hypnosis.
Steven C. LaTourette, 62, a centrist Ohio Republican who announced his retirement in 2012 after nine terms in Congress saying he was disgusted with partisan gridlock, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday in McLean, Va. When he decided not to seek re-election, he expressed his contempt for tea party representatives, calling them obstructionists.
Seymour Papert, 88, a visionary educator and mathematician who well before the advent of the personal computer foresaw children using computers as instruments for learning and enhancing creativity, died of kidney and bladder infections July 31 in Blue Hill, Maine. He was one of the leading educational theorists of the last half-century and a co-director of the renowned Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Marni Nixon, 86, the American cinema’s most unsung singer, died of breast cancer July 24 in New York. Classically trained, she was throughout the 1950s and ’60s the unseen — and usually uncredited — singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn inMy Fair Lady, among many others.
Gloria DeHaven, 91, a pert actor who debuted at 11 in Charlie Chaplin’s silent-movie masterpieceModern Times, sang and danced her way through musicals starring Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, and bestowed on Frank Sinatra his first onscreen kiss, died of a stroke July 30 in Las Vegas. She often played vulnerable, pouty-lipped ingenues in movie musicals of the 1940s and ’50s.
Robert Rosencrans, 89, a daring cable television industry pioneer who was instrumental in creating C-SPAN, the unfiltered public affairs network that faithfully covers government proceedings and civic events, died of a stroke Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. He saw the public affairs programming as a chance to educate and inform.
Ahmed Zewail, 70, a science adviser to President Barack Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales, died Tuesday. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he had been a faculty member and administrator for years, announced the death but did not provide further information. A native of Egypt, he was the first Egyptian and Arab to win a Nobel in science.