ALICE GHOSTLEY, 81. b. August 14, 1926. Esmerelda on TV’s Bewitched (1966-72), Ghostley was a Tony-award winning Broadway actress who also costarred the superhero’s moth in the short-lived comedy Captain Nice (1967), and as Bernice on Designing Women (1986-93). She guested on numerous TV shows and appeared in movies like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Graduate, and Grease. Genre appearances included Addams Family Renuion (1998) and TV episodes of Disney’s Hercules, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and Kolchak, The Night Stalker, among others. In her many comedic roles she appeared as a befuddled homemaker type. Died in Studio City, California, September 22, following a lengthy battle with stroke and colon cancer.
ROBERT JORDAN, 58. b. 1948. James Oliver Rigney, Jr., wrote books as Robert Jordan, including the Wheel of Time (11 best-selling novels), Eye of the World, and Great Hunt series. He also wrote many Conan books. Died September 16.
PERCY RODRIGUES. B. June 13, 1918 in Quebec, Canada. Character actor with a wonderful voice who appeared as Commodore Stone in Star Trek episode, creator of a computer intended to operate star ships and instead, naturally, runs amok. Appeared in movies and numerous TV shows. Of genre interest, provided a voice in Galaxina (1980) and appeared in The Legend of Hillbilly John (1974) based on the Manley Wade Wellman fantasy novels, and TV episodes of Gemini Man, Planet of the Apes, The Starlost, and the Gene Roddenberry TV movie/pilot Genesis II. Of kidney failure September 6.
LORETTA KING HADLER, 90. Star of Edward D. Wood movie, Bride of the Monster. As depicted in the Johnny Depp starrer, Ed Wood, Hadler was hired because Wood mistakenly believed she would bankroll the movie. Later appeared in two movies in the 70’s. Died September 10.
KARL HARDMAN, 80. Appeared in the cult classic Night of the Living Dead (1968) as the father of the beseiged family (the others were played by his wife and daughter) until the daughter turns into a zombie and hungrily attacks them. Hardman did the electronic sound effects work for the movie. Both he and his wife did makeup. Also appeared in Santa Claws (1966). Died September 22.
CHARLES B. GRIFFITH, 77. Screenwriter, director. Best known for his Roger Corman movies. Wrote the cult fabvorite Little Shop of Horrors, as well as Attack of the Crab Monsters, Not of This Earth, Bucket of Blood, and more. Died in San Diegho, California September 28.
LOIS MAXWELL, 80. Miss Moneypenny, M’s comely secretary, in the earliest 14 James Bond films. Of cancer in Perth, Australia, September 29.