PASSINGS: Pauline Betz Addie, Giorgio Tozzi, Harry Redmond Jr., James Woodress, Mark Dantzler
Pauline Betz Addie

1940s tennis champion in Hall of Fame

Pauline Betz Addie, 91, a champion tennis player who won Wimbledon in 1946 without dropping a set during the entire tournament, died Tuesday at an assisted-living facility in Potomac, Md., the International Tennis Hall of Fame said. She had Parkinson's disease.

She reached the finals of the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open) every year from 1941 to 1946, winning the title four times (1942, '43, '44 and '46). Besides winning Wimbledon on her first try, she won the mixed doubles championships at the 1946 French Open.

Born Aug. 6, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio, she grew up in Los Angeles and was introduced to tennis as a child by her mother, a physical education teacher.

After graduating from Los Angeles High School, she attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and graduated in 1943 with a degree in economics.

Her career was cut short at the height of her success in 1947 when she and Sarah Palfrey Cooke were declared professionals for exploring the possibility of making a pro tour. She was barred from future major competitions, which allowed only amateurs to enter until 1968.

Addie, who was known for her backhand and court agility, embarked on a professional career touring the country with fellow female pro Gussie Moran and top male stars such as Jack Kramer and Bobby Riggs.

"I remember that even after I'd already won the nationals I was still working as a waitress," Addie said in a 2005 interview with the Washington City Paper. "That's just the way it was."

A longtime teaching professional in the Washington, D.C., area, Addie was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1965 and continued playing into her 80s.

She was the widow of Bob Addie, a sportswriter for the Washington Post and the now-defunct Washington Times-Herald.

Giorgio Tozzi

Opera singer and Broadway performer

Giorgio Tozzi, 88, an eminent bass-baritone who spent 20 years with the Metropolitan Opera and often toured in stage musicals, died of a heart attack Monday in Bloomington, Ind., according to media reports.

At his best, Tozzi was imposing on stage, "a singer of uncommon versatility, warmth and intelligence," according to the "New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians."

After appearing on stage in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" in 1957, Tozzi regularly reprised his role in the musical. The 1958 film version also used his singing voice, which was dubbed for actor Rossano Brazzi's.

Tozzi's repertory included title roles in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and "The Marriage of Figaro." He also created the role of the doctor in the 1958 premiere of Samuel Barber's "Vanessa" at the Met, which began featuring him in 1955.

He was born George John Tozzi in Chicago on Jan. 8, 1923, and began using the operatic-sounding "Giorgio" at the suggestion of a record executive.

At DePaul University, he studied biology but eventually turned toward voice.