Milestones, Nov. 17, 1975

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Died. Pier Paolo Pasolini, 53, maverick Italian film director, poet and novelist; after being bludgeoned with a fence post and run over by his own Alfa Romeo driven by a 17-year-old boy whom he had picked up; in Ostia, Italy. A Marxist with a nostalgia for Catholicism, and a known homosexual, Pasolini managed to rouse the wrath of Italy's Catholics and Communists alike. In 1961 his first major film, Accattone, drew clerical criticism for its romanticizing of pimps and prostitutes. Three years later Pasolini made The Gospel According to St. Matthew, which angered the left with its reverence. Just before his death, he completed The 120 Days of Sodoma, based on a Marquis de Sade work and set in Italy's Fascist era.

Died. John Carmel Cardinal Heenan, 70, Archbishop of Westminster and Roman Catholic Primate of England; following a heart attack; in London. Heenan spent 16 years as a parish priest in a crowded East London district before becoming Bishop of Leeds in 1951, where he continued to perform the duties of parish priest and lived among the workers. Named Archbishop of Westminster in 1963 and cardinal two years later, Heenan became leader of 4 million Roman Catholics in England and Wales.

Died. Lionel Trilling, 70, far-ranging literary critic and educator (see EDUCATION).

Died. Ernst ("Putzi") Hanfstaengel, 88, whose piano playing soothed Adolf Hitler; in Munich. Son of a German art expert, Hanfstaengel was educated at Harvard and in 1921 went back to Germany, where he later became foreign press chief of the Nazi Party. Hanfstaengel broke with Hitler in 1937, spent most of World War II in the U.S., and returned to Germany in 1946.

Died. Annette Kellerman Sullivan, 90, Australian long-distance swimmer who became one of vaudeville's international stars; of a heart attack; in Southport, Australia. Kellerman outgrew her childhood bowleggedness and developed a figure that earned her such accolades as "the form divine" and "the diving Venus." In 1907 Kellerman shocked Boston by appearing at Revere Beach wearing a skirtless one-piece bathing suit and was promptly arrested for indecent exposure. On vaudeville stages in Europe and the U.S., Kellerman dived into a glass tank from heights of 75 ft.; she also starred in aquatic movies. In 1952 Kellerman's life story received a splashy MGM treatment in the film Million Dollar Mermaid, which featured Esther Williams and her wardrobe of 28 one-piece bathing suits.