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Novelist Jaffe dies

By wire services
Published January 2, 2006

Rona Jaffe, the preternaturally youthful writer whose 1958 novel The Best of Everything told the melodramatic story of four nubile, cashmere-sweatered career girls torn between storybook romance and cutthroat corporate Manhattan, died of cancer Friday (Dec. 30, 2005) at University College Hospital in London. She was 74.

The Best of Everything drew on Ms. Jaffe's four-year employment at Fawcett Publications. Like many of her characters, Ms. Jaffe had numerous romantic adventures.

But she did not, however, ever marry, preferring to avoid what she once dismissively described as "the rat race to the altar." She leaves no survivors.

She wrote 15 more popular books, several using the quartet-of-women narrative approach, including 1976's The Last Chance and 1979's Class Reunion.

Actor De Angelis dies

Actor and comedian Richard De Angelis, who played Baltimore police Col. Raymond Foerster on the HBO crime drama The Wire, has died at age 73. Mr. De Angelis died of congestive heart failure Wednesday (Dec. 28, 2005) at his home in Silver Spring, Md. In an acting career that spanned four decades, he also appeared in Homicide: The Movie and the John Waters films A Dirty Shame and Cecil B. Demented , as well as in plays, TV commercials, radio spots and print ads. He performed standup comedy for many years under the name Ricky Roach.

Rapper shot while driving

Rapper Obie Trice, 28, a protege of Eminem, was shot Saturday on a Detroit highway, police said. Someone in another car shot through Trice's back window as he drove on the Lodge Freeway about 1:10 a.m., Michigan State Police said. Officials had no suspects. Trice, a Detroit native, managed to continue driving to the suburb of Southfield, where his girlfriend flagged down police.

Trice was taken to a hospital, treated and released. His 2003 debut album Cheers was produced by Eminem, and he also had a small part in the feature film 8 Mile.

[Last modified January 2, 2006, 12:26:00]

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