Milestones, Jan. 7, 1980

DIED. Rudi Dutschke, 39, firebrand champion of West German student radicalism in the '60s, and better known as Red Rudi; on suffering a seizure and drowning in a bathtub; in Arhus, Denmark.

DIED. Joan Blondell, 73, brassy blond film star for five decades; of leukemia; in Santa Monica. The daughter of vaudevillians, Blondell went to Hollywood in 1930 and made 54 films in eight years, mainly playing gun molls and chorines. Later she perfected the role of the blowsy, wisecracking blond in The Cincinnati Kid, Grease and TV's Here Come the Brides. "It's fine to start out as a curvy biz-whiz," she...

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