Lana Peters, author and daughter of Josef Stalin, dies at 85

Lana Peters, 85, the reclusive daughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling communists and made her a best-selling author, died of colon cancer Nov. 22 in Wisconsin.

Her death was confirmed by Mary Turner, a coroner in Richland County, where Ms. Peters had lived off and on after becoming a U.S. citizen in the 1960s.

Ms. Peterss defection in 1967 caused an international frenzy and was a public relations coup for an American government fighting communists in the jungles of Vietnam.

The Soviet premier, Alexei Kosygin, denounced Ms. Peters as morally unstable and a sick person.

At the time, Ms. Peters