Jozef CyrankiewiczAP , Associated Press
Jan. 21, 1989 8:23 PM ET
WARSAW, POLAND WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Jozef Cyrankiewicz, the longtime prime minister who signed the 1970 agreement with West Germany formally establishing Poland's western border, died Friday. He was 77.
The official news agency, PAP, did not give the cause of death or say where the death occurred. He reportedly fell ill last last year but details of his ailment were not disclosed.
Cyrankiewicz, a World War II resistance fighter imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp, was prime minister in 1947 and from 1954 to 1970, during which Poland developed into a one-party state in the Soviet bloc.
On Dec. 7, 1970, he and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt signed the Warsaw Treaty recognizing the Oder-Neisse line as Poland's western border and abandoned West Germany's claim to the Reich borders of 1937. Norma Varden
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Character actress Norma Varden, whose stage, television and film career included such roles as comedian Jack Benny's mother and the housekeeper in ''The Sound of Music,'' died Thursday. She was 90.
She began making movies in the early 1930s in her native England. Among her English films were ''East Meets West,'' ''The Student's Romance,'' ''The Iron Duke'' and ''Fire Over England.''
Offers followed from Hollywood, where in addition to the ''Sound of Music'' role, some of her film credits included ''Random Harvest,'' ''The White Cliffs of Dover,'' ''National Velvet'' and ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.''
On television, Miss Varden was Benny's mother on ''The Jack Benny Show'' in the 1950s. George Cassidy
NEW YORK (AP) - George Cassidy, the official starter at New York Racing Association tracks for 53 years, died in his sleep early Saturday at his home in Brookville, N.Y. He was 82.
Cassidy was found to have liver cancer just before Christmas.
A native of Virginia, Cassidy was the first to implement the use of a starting gate in 1929.
In addition to starting races in New York, Cassidy served as starter at Hialeah and Churchill Downs. He retired in 1975.