Max A. Hutto, 82, a pioneer in radio and TV broadcasting, died Friday in La Jolla.He directed such programs as “Fibber McGee & Molly” and “Father Knows Best.” With Armed Forces Radio, he did the first interview with Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, after release of the A-bomb on Japan. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter and three grandsons. A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church in Encinitas. The family asks donations be made to the American Lung Assn.
* * *Layne Britton Layne Britton, legendary Hollywood makeup artist, died Sunday in Marina del Rey from spinal stenosis. Among his clients were Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, John Belushi, John Candy and Jane Russell. He was under personal contract to Russell for 10 years during Howard Hughes’ ownership of RKO Studios. He was noted for his colorful attire, usually featuring red. Britton was president of Local 706, the makeup artists union, and was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Survivors include his wife, Leila; his son Layne, an entertainment lawyer at CBS; and daughter Devon, an actress. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.
* * *Regina Levey Lindenbaum Regina Levey Lindenbaum, head of Film Craft Prods., died Saturday in Westwood. She was 88. She married attorney Isadore Lindenbaum and became head of their company, Film Craft Prods., after her husband died. Film Craft, a soundstage facility in Los Angeles, was frequently used to produce pilots and TV ads. Among the early productions filmed at Film Craft was Betty White’s 1954 series “Life With Elizabeth.” Film Craft also was associated with the filming of Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life.” Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Hillside Memorial Park in West Los Angeles.
* * *Carlotta Monti Carlotta Monti, an actress whose stormy relationship with actor W.C. Fields was chronicled in a book and movie and who battled unsuccessfully for his fortune, has died. She was 86. Monti died Wednesday at the Motion Picture & Television Home & Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills after a long illness. The cause of death was not announced. Monti, the vivacious actress who appeared in such films as “The Merry Widow,” the original “Ben Hur” and “One Night of Love,” was Fields’ companion from 1933 until his death in 1946. Their relationship was the subject of the 1976 movie “W.C. Fields and Me,” starring Rod Steiger as Fields and Valerie Perrine as Monti. It was based on Monti’s book about the couple’s tumultuous years together. It was not until Fields died that she achieved her true fame through her struggle for a part of his $ 770,000 estate. She spent years fighting Fields’ estranged wife and relatives, including some who claimed to be illegitimate children. In the end, Monti was awarded two trust funds that paid her about $ 50 a week but she said the money ran out in 1954. She worked for 20 years as a technician for Technicolor until 1972. Monti is survived by a sister and a brother.
* * *Maroun Baghdadi BEIRUT, Lebanon — Franco-Lebanese movie director Maroun Baghdadi, noted for his vivid portrayal of Lebanon’s civil war, died Friday in Beirut. He was 43 . Police and radio reports said he plunged down an elevator shaft when the doors opened prematurely, but had no explanation for the malfunction. Baghdadi was internationally the best-known Lebanese filmmaker of his generation. He worked with American producer/director Francis Coppola and made several films in French that became hits in France. He won a Jury Prize at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival for “Hors la Vie” (Out of Life). Baghdadi is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.