The funeral for Hollywood pioneer Hal Roach, who created “Our Gang” and teamed Stan Laurel with Oliver Hardy, will be open to the public, a spokesman said.Roach, who died Monday at age 100, will be eulogized during a 7:30 p.m. funeral tomorrow at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westwood, said Richard Bann, Roach’s biographer. Roach will be buried in his hometown of Elmira, N.Y., in the same cemetery his mother, father, brother and Mark Twain–who he knew as a kid–are buried. Ted Thomas Ted Thomas, stage producer, television writer and the father of conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, died at home Oct. 28 of a heart attack at age 88. Thomas was born Theodore Hertzl Thomashefsky in New York City to Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, stars of Yiddish theater in America. In order to gain his own reputation, he changed his name to Ted Thomas and began his theatrical career at age 19 as the assistant stage manager on Max Rheinhardt’s production of “The Miracle.” In the late 1930s, Thomas came to California to work with actor Paul Muni. He also was a dialogue coach, story editor and screen test editor for Warner Brothers, MGM, Universal, Columbia and Republic Pictures. Later, he wrote for TV and was a self-taught painter and composer. In addition to his son, Thomas is survived by his wife Roberta Thomas and brother Harry Thomashefsky. A memorial service is planned for noon today at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Bruce Bird Bruce Bird, 44, a founder of Camelot Management and former record industry executive, died Oct. 31 in Calabasas of causes related to a cerebral hemorrhage. Bird began his career in 1968 at Liberty Record Distributing, later working for such labels as United Artists, Buddah and Casablanca. At Casablanca, where he served as president, he helped boost the careers of Donna Summer, Kiss and the Village People. He later created Camel Records in conjunction with MCA, moving eventually to form Camel Management, whose roster includes Damn Yankees, Vince Neil, Sass Jordan, Slapbak, Kurt Howell, Cameo and Tattoo Rodeo, among others. Bird was also a member of the board of directors of the Album Network and the Network Forty and was one of the keys in the establishment and fundraising efforts of the T.J. Martell/Neil Bogart Foundation Memorial Labs. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; three daughters, a son, two brothers, a sister and his mother. A viewing will be held today at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Charles Catholic Church in North Hollywood. In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Bird’s memory to the T.J. Martell/Neil Bogart Foundation Memorial Labs, 2100 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica 90404, Attn.: David Bubis.
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