* Peggy Converse; Actress on Stage, TV and in Film
Peggy Converse, 95, character actress on stage, screen and television who frequently co-starred with her husband, the late Don Porter. Converse, a 1927 graduate of Stanford University, began acting in high school. During her seven-decade career, she played more than 100 roles in stage productions throughout the United States and Canada, including "The Infernal Machine" on Broadway and "Taming of the Shrew" at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Her films included "Father Is a Bachelor" (1950) with William Holden and "The Accidental Tourist" (1988) with William Hurt and Geena Davis. On television, she guest-starred in episodes of "Perry Mason," "The Ropers" and, with husband Porter, "This Is the Life." She worked with Porter in national touring productions of "Any Wednesday," "The Best Man" and "Love and Kisses." Converse also was a poet and activist involved in Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society and American Women for International Understanding. On March 2 at her home in Los Angeles.
* Benny Martin; Fiddler With Flatt and Scruggs
Benny Martin, 72, a fiddler and songwriter who worked with country music legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Martin was critically acclaimed for his fiddling on the Flatt and Scruggs record "Dear Old Dixie," and played with the late bluegrass king Bill Monroe as well as with Roy Acuff before becoming an integral part of the Flatt and Scruggs "Foggy Mountain Boys." He performed at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s and recorded for the Pioneer Records label in 1946. Known for his rhythmic fiddling style, Martin also sang, played guitar and wrote songs such as "Me and My Fiddle" and "Ice Cold Love." Col. Tom Parker managed his career at one point, including a 35-concert tour as an opening act for Parker's most famous client, Elvis Presley. Born in Sparta, Tenn., Martin learned to play several instruments as a boy but favored the fiddle. He made his radio debut at the age of 8. On Tuesday at his home in Nashville.