B. Karen Lamm, actress, producer and former wife of Chicago’s Robert Lamm and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, died of heart failure June 29 at her home in Playa del Rey, Calif. She was 49.
The Baton Rouge, La., native moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 and met her first husband, keyboardist Lamm, at the Whisky-a-Go-Go. They married and divorced in the early 1970s. Lamm went on to marry Beach Boys drummer Wilson in 1976 and again in 1978.
Lamm co-wrote the Beach Boys’ song “Baby Blue” for the “L.A. (Light Album)” release and was featured as backup vocalist and songwriter on Wilson’s solo album “Pacific Ocean Blue.”
Wilson drowned in 1983 in Marina del Rey, Calif., and Lamm subsequently contributed to many of his biographies, including the recent ABC miniseries “The Beach Boys Story.”
As an actress, Lamm was featured in more than 150 national commercials, TV movies, miniseries, series and films. She had leads in several small films, including “The Unseen” and “Loose Shoes,” guest-starred on “Columbo” and “The Dukes of Hazard” and starred in a number of plays at the Strasberg Theater.
Later, Lamm was attracted to the creative and business responsibilities of producing. She helped produced miniseries “The Menendez Brothers” and UPN series “The Watcher.”
Lamm is survived by her mother, a sister and a brother.
The family has set up an email account (firstname.lastname@example.org
) for those wishing to contact them regarding Lamm.
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