Milestones: Mar. 4, 1985

DIED. Ina Claire, 95, actress of insouciant charm and wit who graced vaudeville in the pre-World War I era, silent films and later talkies, but mostly the Broadway stage, where she specialized from 1917 to 1954 in the highly varnished comedies of bad manners and good breeding (The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, 1925; Biography, 1932; Ode to Liberty, 1934) in which the characters misbehave in venomous, perfectly timed epigrams; in San Francisco.


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