People: Romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

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Romance novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

Writer Judith Krantz, whose million-selling novels such as "Scruples" and "Princess Daisy" engrossed readers worldwide with their steamy tales of the rich and beautiful, died Saturday at her Bel-Air home. She was 91.

Krantz's son Tony Krantz, a TV executive, confirmed her death by natural causes on Sunday afternoon. He said he'd hoped to re-create the "Scruples" miniseries before her she died but it is still in the works.

Krantz wrote for Cosmopolitan and Ladies Home Journal magazines before discovering, at age 50, the talent for fiction that made her rich and famous like the characters she created.

Her first novel — "Scruples" in 1978 — became a best-seller, as did the nine that followed. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. They inspired a series of hit miniseries with the help of her husband, film and television producer Steve Krantz.

Her husband died in 2007 at age 83. The couple had two sons, Tony and Nick, a stockbroker, and two grandchildren.

Arlo, Nora Guthrie reign over Mermaid Parade

Woody Guthrie's children, Arlo and Nora Guthrie, were king and queen of this year's Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Saturday's colorful spectacle of participants in zany aquatic costumes ushered in the New York summer for the 37th time.

This year, the corner of Mermaid Avenue and West 35th Street in Brooklyn is being named Woody Guthrie Way.

The songwriter famous for "This Land is Your Land" and his wife moved into a modest first-floor apartment on Mermaid Avenue in 1943, and that's where the siblings grew up.

Arlo is famous singer-songwriter in his own right, most famous for "Alice's Restaurant."

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The parade was founded in 1983 to promote the historic amusement park district and what Coney Island advocate Dick Zigun calls its "wacky art."

The parade now has a global following and is staged each year on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

Reality TV bounty hunter's wife in coma

The wife of reality TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman is in a medically induced coma, a report said.

Beth Chapman is in the intensive care unit of Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday.

A representative for the family released a statement Saturday night saying that only immediate family have been given access to the 51-year-old.

The Chapmans starred in the reality TV series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and recently appeared in "Dog & Beth: On the Hunt," both of which were filmed in Hawaii.

Chapman was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2017 and said in November that the cancer had returned despite surgery.

Chapman was hospitalized in April because of fluid accumulation in her lungs and underwent a procedure to relieve pressure, the family said.

The couple's Da Kine Bail Bonds office in Honolulu and a storefront for a Dog the Bounty Hunter shop closed in January.

The family asked the general public to "please pray for Beth" while also sending "sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers throughout Beth's battle with cancer," the statement said.

Today's birthday: Actress June Lockhart is 94. Actress Barbara Montgomery is 80. Singer Carly Simon is 74. TV personality Phyllis George is 70. Rock musician David Paich (Toto) is 65. Actor-writer-director Ricky Gervais is 58. Rapper-producer Richie Rich is 52. Rock musician Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 47. Actress Linda Cardellini is 44. Actress Busy Philipps is 40.

— The Associated Press


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