Milestones, Sep. 15, 1975

Died. Pierre Blaise, 20, French peasant woodcutter who starred in Louis Malle's provocative 1974 film Lacombe, Lucien; in a car crash along with two companions; near Montauban, France. Blaise, who had never acted before, bested 1,000 others who had tried out for the role of the squarejawed, peach-cheeked farm boy, Lucien Lacombe. Blaise had then starred in three other films, most recently the unreleased Par des Escaliers Anciens (By Way of the Old Staircase) with Marcello Mastroianni.

Died. Marshall Kay, 70, Columbia University geologist and early proponent of the theory of continental drift;...

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