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Moira Lister, an actress known for the elegance she brought to a range of plays, films and television productions in a career that spanned more than 60 years, died Oct. 27 in Cape Town, South Africa. She was 84.
Her many film appearances included parts in “A Run for Your Money” (1950), “The Cruel Sea” (1953), “The Yellow Rolls-Royce” (1965), “Stranger in the House” (1967) and “Not Now Darling” (1973), but the theater was her preferred medium.
She came to Britain from South Africa during World War II and soon had success as a sex symbol playing five roles in Peter Ustinov’s “Love of Four Colonels.”
She starred in plays by Sacha Guitry, Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan. For her performance in “Move Over Mrs. Markham,” she won the Variety Club of Great Britain’s award as the best stage actress of 1971.
Lister continued to perform into her 80s, most recently in London with her one-woman show about Coward.
Tom Murphy, who won a Tony Award for his role as the discontented Irishman in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” died Oct. 6 in Dublin of complications of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 39.
In the Druid Theater Company’s production of Martin McDonagh’s “Leenane,” which opened on Broadway in 1998, Murphy portrayed Ray Dooley, who was vociferously bored with provincial life.
Murphy also appeared in several Irish films, including “Michael Collins” and “Adam and Paul,” a critically praised 2004 movie about two Dublin drug addicts.
Robert J. “Bob” Mauch, a teenage actor in the 1930s, died Oct. 15 at London House convalescent hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., of complications from a heart condition, said his wife, Georgia. He was 86.
Mauch and his twin brother, William, often were billed as the Mauch Twins. Robert was best known for his role as the prince in “The Prince and the Pauper,” a 1937 film that featured William as the pauper.
Robert Mauch eventually left acting for a second career as a film editor.
Melvin Sattler, former head of the motion picture legal affairs department at Universal Studios, died Oct. 11 from complications of lymphoma. He was 88.
Sattler entered the legal department of Universal Studios in 1947 and rose to vp of the studio before he took over legal affairs. He retired as a consultant to MCA-Universal in 1991.
His history at Universal spanned the years of transition from “Francis the Talking Mule” to “Jaws” and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” He was part of the Universal team that sold Universal Studios and its historic lot to MCA.
Arnold Broido, chairman of the Theodore Presser Co., a leading publisher of symphonic and concert music, and treasurer of the ASCAP board of directors, died Oct. 25 at the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford, Penn. He was 87.
He studied piano at the Mannes School, Juilliard and Ithaca College, from which he graduated in 1941. After that, he joined the Coast Guard.
After the war, with no teaching jobs open, he joined Boosey & Hawkes as head of the stockroom and became editor. His career took him to Century and Mercury Music, then to E.B. Marks, Frank Music Corp., Boston Music and, finally, in 1969, to Theodore Presser as president.
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