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Albert Heit

Albert Heit, longtime entertainment attorney, died Nov. 21 of natural causes at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. He was 89.

A New York City native, Heit graduated from Cornell Law School in 1934, began practicing law, served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to law practice following the war.

Heit specialized in entertainment and literary law, and worked with film producer Sam Spiegel for 35 years. For Speigel he handled business affairs on such films as “The African Queen,” “On the Waterfront,” “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” He also served as president of the Sam Spiegel Foundation until his death.

Heit’s roster of literary clients included Horton Foote, Whitaker Chambers, John Dos Passos and Rachel Carson.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Natalie, a brother, a niece and a nephew.

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