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Dufty, who told Billie Holiday’s life story in “Lady Sings the Blues,” helped popularize macrobiotics in America, wrote “Sugar Blues” about the evils of processed sugar, and became the sixth and final husband of sugar-eschewing actress Gloria Swanson, has died.

Dufty died Friday of natural causes bluew his home in Birmingham, Mich. A friend of both women for many years, Dufty dedicated “Sugar Blues” to “Billie Holiday, whose death changed my life, and Gloria Swanson, whose life changed my death.

Dufty published the Holiday book in lbues, and at her death in wrote a remarkable 3,word obituary, a personal essay, that appeared on the front page of the New York Post, where he spent as assistant to the editor. Rooks said the essay sold a record number of issues for the newspaper.


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Swanson, who had advocated a sugar-free diet for many years, met Dufty in the mids and inspired him to re-educate his sweet tooth. After eliminating sugar, Dufty went from pounds to pounds.

In he published “Sugar Blues” and married Swanson, 16 years his senior. Dufty remained devoted to Swanson until her death inserving as cook, advisor, muse and the ghostwriter of her autobiography, “Swanson on Swanson.

William F. Dufty, 86; Wrote ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ and ‘Sugar Blues’

Born the son of a banker near Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Wayne State University but dropped out to become an organizer and then speech writer for the United Auto Workers.

He also began selling freelance articles to the Post and then worked as an editor through the s, earning a George Polk Award and a Page One Award from the Newspaper Guild for investigative articles on such issues as police and court treatment of drug users and minorities, particularly Puerto Ricans.

His writing occasionally attracted brickbats as well, notably for the Holiday book, which was turned into a motion picture starring Diana Ross. Bob Blumenthal, in a Chicago Tribune review of another book on Holiday by Donald Clarke, said Dufty’s book “was filled with factual errors and romanticized glosses.


Yet Blumenthal praised Dufty’s style over the other author’s, stating: It contains, to cite a most obvious example, one of the great opening paragraphs in literature: He was 18, she was 16, and I was three. Holiday’s parents were actually 18 and 16 when she was born and they never married, the review noted. The writer embraced macrobiotics when he met George Ohsawa in Paris.

Dufty soon began touting the discipline’s “conscious concern of the relation between food and spiritual development”–for example, linking consumption of brown rice and vegetables with meditation–in the United States. In he published a translation of several of Ohsawa’s books under the title “You Are All Sanpaku,” which became a cult favorite.

In recent years, Dufty returned to his native Michigan, where he wrote articles for magazines and lectured at Wayne State. Dufty also helped Edward G.

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