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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 June 22 at her Bel-Air home of natural causes. Krantz's books have been translated into 52 languages and sold more than 85 million copies worldwide.Jerry Carrigan, a celebrated session drummer heard on famed recordings from Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, died in June. Carrigan played with most of country music's biggest names, as well as pop and folk stars, and even crafted ad jingles during his long career.No cause of death was given, but the Brazilian singer, composer and guitarist had been struggling with health problems.Martin Charnin (seen here with wife Shelly Burch), the Tony Award-winning lyricist behind Broadway's "Annie," died July 6 after suffering a minor heart attack."Grandma" Mary, who worked as a real estate broker, is survived by son Jim Bob and daughter Deanna, 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, with several more on the way.Most recently, Jessa and Ben Seewald welcomed their third child, daughter Ivy Jane Seewald, at their Arkansas home on May 26. Jessa is the fifth child of Jim Bob and Michelle."She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter, and it never got old for her.
Herman Wouk, the versatile, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such million-selling novels as “The Caine Mutiny” and “The Winds of War” whose steady Jewish faith inspired his stories of religious values and secular success, died on May 17, just 10 days shy of his 104th birthday.Morrison may be best remembered as a literary genius who wrote about black people for other black people, yet her work had universal appeal. He occasionally appeared in its sketches, including in episodes hosted by Christopher Walken and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.