Thea Astley (78) award-winning Australian author whose books often chronicled life in small Outback towns. Astley died of a heart attack eight days before her 79th birthday, in Sydney, Australia on August 17, 2004.
Dr. Sune Bergstrom (88) Swedish biochemist who shared the 1982 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for unraveling the secrets of prostaglandins, a family of hormones with a wide array of biological functions. Bergstrom died in his native Sweden on August 15, 2004.
(Burnu) Acquanetta (83) famed Wyoming-born B-movie actress best known for her role in the film Tarzan & the Leopard Woman (1946). Acquanetta, who chose to use only her last name, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Ahwatukee, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, on August 16, 2004.
Henrietta Barnard (99) with her husband, Lawrence Barnard (better known as Slim; d. 1975), Henrietta Barnard was host of a popular TV travel program in Los Angeles in the mid-‘60s. She died in her sleep of heart failure, in Los Angeles, California on August 20, 2004.
Semiha Berksoy (94) prima donna of the Turkish opera whose career spanned more than half a century. Known as an eccentric character for often wearing heavy make-up, Berksoy had been under treatment for kidney and lung complications after heart surgery in July when she died in Istanbul, Turkey on August 15, 2004.
Elmer Bernstein (82) prolific film composer who created a theme for The Magnificent Seven, jazz for The Man with the Golden Arm, and nostalgic notes for To Kill a Mockingbird. Bernstein’s career spanned 70 years and earned him 14 Oscar nominations, an Oscar win (Thoroughly Modern Millie ), and an Emmy. He died in his sleep in Ojai, California on August 18, 2004.
Susan Mary Alsop (86) widow of political columnist Joseph Alsop (d. 1989) who proclaimed that she saw “no future in being an ordinary person” and became a celebrated political hostess and later an author. Susan Alsop died of pneumonia in Washington, DC on August 18, 2004.