Prolific scribe was guild leader


Linda Dangcil, a dancer and actress who played Sister Ana on the ABC series "The Flying Nun," died May 7 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after an eight-year battle with throat cancer. She was 67.

Dangcil appeared as a teenager during the mid-'50s with Mary Martin in the Broadway and TV versions of "Peter Pan," and co-director Jerome Robbins selected her as one of the principal dancers in his 1961 film "West Side Story."

The San Francisco native played Sister Ana, a nun in Convent San Tanco near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 37 episodes of "Flying Nun" alongside star Sally Field. The series ran from 1967-70.

Dangcil appeared as Elena on the PBS bilingual children's series "Villa Alegre" and guest-starred on numerous TV series including "Rawhide," "The Rifleman," "Stagecoach West," "The Judge" "The Bold Ones" and "Here Come the Brides" (as an Asian woman opposite Bruce Lee).

Her work as a voice actress included several cartoon characters, most notably in the '80s syndicated series "Jem."

On stage, Dangcil sang and danced several roles in the first national tour of "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles. She most recently appeared on the L.A. stage in the role of Sally in the East West Players production of "Follies."

Among Dangcil's survivors is her husband, jazz musician Dick Hamilton.

Peter Rogers, a producer on all 31 "Carry On" films, died April 14 at his home in Gerrards Cross outside London, Pinewood Studios said. He was 95.

Rogers produced all of the innuendo-laden "Carry On" films, starting with "Carry on Sergeant" in 1958, and continued working at Pinewood until early this year. His last credit was as a co-producer on "Blood and Chocolate," a 2007 made-for-television horror/ romance film.

Kiyoshiro Imawano, leader of the groundbreaking Japanese rock band RC Succession and later a solo act, died May 2 of lymphatic cancer in Tokyo. He was 58.

RC Succession started as a Ventures cover band in 1966 but moved on to be one of the leading rock bands in Japan with its 1972 hit record "Shoki No RC Succession."

From that time the act was a staple of the Japanese rock scene, and it also received international attention. In 1982, RC Succession took part in the high-profile "The Day of R&B" festival, at which Chuck Berry headlined.

Unusual for Japan, Imawano was active politically and recorded anti-nuclear tracks as well as speaking out against war and for Tibetan freedom.

During his later years, Imawano performed under his own name and was a favorite at the industry-leading Fuji Rock Festival. He appeared at the festival, which started in 1997, in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005. He was scheduled to appear in 2006 but was diagnosed with throat cancer and canceled.