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Maurice Valency, playwright, died New York 28 September, aged 93. Notable for his adaptations of Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (which starred Audrey Hepburn) and Durrenmatt's The Visit (featuring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne). Published a first novel, Ashby, when he was 81.

Jean Cain, actress, died aged 87. The voice of Britain's first speaking clock. After winning a competition in 1936 to record for "TIM", the telephone recorded time service, she took to the stage professionally.

Udom Patpongpanich, died Bangkok 30 September, aged 79. Developer of Patpong Road, Bangkok, as a "sin strip".