Milestones: Sep. 9, 1985

DIED. Ruth Gordon, 88, outspoken actress whose seven-decade career first peaked in the 1930s and '40s, when she reaped acclaim in such works as Broadway's A Doll's House (1937) and Hollywood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), then crested again in her 70s when she became a cult figure, especially for young people, in such offbeat films as Where's Poppa? (1970), Harold and Maude (1971) and, most notably, Rosemary's Baby (1968), for which she won a supporting actress Oscar; of a stroke; in Edgartown, Mass. Talented in many modes, she also wrote two hit plays in the 1940s (Over Twenty-One and Years...

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