Milestones, Apr. 6, 1959

Died. Grant Withers, 55, once popular cinemactor who in 1930 eloped with 17-year-old Loretta Young, eventually chalked up five wrecked marriages, hit the bottle ("They threw a net over me and hauled me to a sanitarium"), was reclaimed by his friend John Wayne, who got him parts in Wayne pictures (Wake of the Red Witch, Fort Apache); by his own hand (an overdose of barbiturates); in North Hollywood.

Died. Raymond Chandler, 70, mystery novelist (The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Lady in the Lake), screen adapter (with Billy Wilder) of Double Indemnity, creator of glib, tough-talking Private Eye Philip Marlowe; in...

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