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Maxine Cooper Gomberg, a Chicago-born actress best known for playing the secretary in the 1955 film noir classic "Kiss Me Deadly," has died. She was 84.
In "Deadly," private detective Mike Hammer specilaizes in divorce cases. His secretary Velda lures men into compro- mising postions for Hammer to photograph.
Ms. Gomberg was also a social activist, helping to organize actors, writers and executives to march in the 1960s with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Ala. She also marshaled the entertainment community to participate in protests against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons, among other causes.