EmptyEvel Knievel, the motorcycle daredevil whose spectacular jumps over obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Nov. 30 of diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis in Clearwater, Fla. He was 69.
Immortalized in Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered "skycycle" and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. He suffered nearly 40 broken bones before he retired in 1980.
Knievel earned $1 million for his jump over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London — the crash-landing broke his pelvis — and more than $6 million for the 1974 Snake River Canyon jump.
Several of his jumps were shown on "ABC's Wide World of Sports," drawing huge ratings. The film of his failed New Year's Eve 1967 jump at Caesars Palace was directed by John Derek and filmed by Derek's then-wife, Linda Evans.
Knievel played himself on an episode of "The Bionic Woman," was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and starred as himself in Warner Bros.' feature "Viva Knievel!" (1977), which co-starred Lauren Hutton, Gene Kelly and Red Buttons.
Elaine Lorillard, a wealthy socialite who helped start the Newport Jazz Festival, died Nov. 26 of an infection at the Heatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport, R.I. She was 93.
Lorillard, the wife of a tobacco heir, is best remembered for her suggestion to jazz club owner George Wein that led to the creation of the Newport Jazz Festival, the first such gathering in the U.S. and the model for hundreds of similar celebrations worldwide.
The first event, in July 1954, attracted 11,000 fans to hear such jazz giants as Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday. The Lorillards led the nonprofit Newport Jazz Festival foundation for six years, providing financial support of their own and from their friends.
Marit Allen, a costume designer and fashion writer, died Nov. 26 of a brain aneurysm in Sydney. She was 66.
In a career that spanned 33 years, Allen worked on costuming with such directors as Stanley Kubrick, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Frank Oz, Ivan Passer, Alan Pakula, Stephen Frears, Steve Zaillian and Kathryn Bigelow. She most recently teamed with Oliver Dahan on "La Vie en Rose" and Mike Newell on "Love in the Time of Cholera." She had been working on Warner Bros.' "Justice League of America" at the time of her death.
At the request of British director Nicolas Roeg, she segued from editing and writing on British Vogue into costume design for such films as "Don't Look Now," "Bad Timing," "Eureka" and "The Witches."
Glenn Rose, a publicist and manager who represented some of the leading entertainment names in the era of the major studios, died Nov. 21 of a heart ailment at his home in West Hollywood. He was 89.
A native of Chicago, Rose began his career at 17 as a contract writer on local radio programs. His break came when he wrote a song for Milton Berle and was signed to write jokes for the comedian. He soon moved to Los Angeles and entered the public relations field with Alan Gordon and Associates. He became a partner in Gordon's firm before leaving to start his own public relations company.
Rose represented several important industry figures, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sean Connery, Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, Mae West and Lana Turner.
It was Rose who represented Turner after the death of her boyfriend Johnny Stompanato. He was stabbed by Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane, who said she was defending her mother from his assault.