Before her 8 marriages

Elizabeth Taylor, 17, poses with fiance William D. Pawley Jr., 28, in 1949. (Associated Press / June 7, 1949)

Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald

Ex-wife of former Lakers owner

Barbara Jean Carnegie Berwald, 94, the first wife of media and sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke whose record divorce settlement precipitated his sale of the Lakers, the Kings and the Forum to Jerry Buss, died of heart failure Friday at her home in Purchase, N.Y., her grandson John Kent Cooke Jr. said.

She was born in 1917 in Port Perry, Canada, and soon after moved with her family to St. Catharines, also in the province of Ontario. She married Cooke in 1934, when she was 17 and he was a 21-year-old encyclopedia salesman bent on success.

They moved to California in 1960 and became U.S. citizens. Her husband acquired broadcasting, publishing, sporting and real estate holdings that were worth between $80 million and $100 million when the assets were divided in 1979, two years after they were divorced. They had been married 42 years and had two children, Ralph Kent Cooke and John Kent Cooke.

To finance the settlement of approximately $41 million ordered by Judge Joseph Wapner, Cooke sold his Los Angeles sports teams and the Inglewood arena, as well as a sprawling Northern California ranch, to Buss, who still owns the Lakers. The settlement was then a U.S. record.

She retained the couple's Bel-Air home, remained active in Los Angeles charities and later married Thomas Berwald.

Cooke, who married three more times, died in 1997.

Mike Lynn

Former Vikings general manager

Mike Lynn, 76, the longtime Minnesota Vikings executive who made the ill-fated trade with the Dallas Cowboys for Herschel Walker, died Saturday, the Vikings announced. He had been in failing health for years and died at his home in Holly Springs, Miss., his son Mike Lynn Jr. told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Lynn, the Vikings' general manager from 1975 to 1990, is best remembered for one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history. The team sent five players and seven draft picks to the Cowboys in 1989 for Walker, the running back Lynn considered the missing link to a Super Bowl run.

Walker never panned out in Minnesota, and Dallas used the riches of players and picks to lay the groundwork for three Super Bowl wins in the 1990s.

Known as a hard-nosed negotiator and one of the more colorful executives in Twin Cities sports history, Lynn rose through the Vikings' ranks under former owner Max Winter.

Lynn helped organize a front office that turned the Vikings into a consistent playoff contender that drafted and developed three Hall of Famers — Randall McDaniel, Chris Doleman and John Randle. Lynn also played a big role in drafting several future Pro Bowlers, including Joey Browner and Keith Millard, and claiming off waivers Cris Carter, a troublemaker in Philadelphia who blossomed into one of the best receivers of his era in Minnesota.

The Vikings won seven NFC Central Division titles and played in two Super Bowls while Lynn was general manager.

He also negotiated a deal with Winter that brought him 10% of the suite revenue from all Metrodome events over the life of the building, reaping a financial windfall for decades even after he left the team.

Lynn left the Vikings in 1990 to become president of World League of American Football, which folded after two seasons.

Born May 18, 1936, in Scranton, Pa., Lynn was raised in New Jersey and attended Pace University in New York. Before finishing college he moved to Memphis, Tenn., where he managed movie theaters and retail stores.

After an unsuccessful attempt to secure an expansion NFL team for Memphis, he was hired as a personal assistant to Winter in 1974.