Louise Klos Steiner Elian

Hollywood harpist

Louise Klos Steiner Elian, leading Hollywood harpist in the 1930s and ’40s whose music can be heard in the original scores of “Casablanca,” “Gone With the Wind,” “King Kong” and “The Jungle Book,” died July 7. In West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 96.

For 10 years, she was married to Max Steiner, one of Hollywood’s great composers. They had a son, Ronald. After their divorce, Elian spent several years playing for Broadway musical orchestras and also joined national touring companies like the Bolshoi Ballet and the Royal Ballet. She moved to West Palm Beach with her second husband in 1971.

Her store of memorabilia — film scores, photos, home movies and Steiner’s ink sketches — is preserved with the Max Steiner archives at Brigham Young U.

She is survived by a niece.

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