TV exec Alexandra “Alex” Middendorf died in Kensington, Md., on June 29 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 52.
She was an executive producer and program executive with cabler TLC from 1996 to 2003.
Middendorf was responsible for launching “Junkyard Wars,” which received a Prime Time Emmy nomination in 2001. She was also heavily involved in some of TLC’s early creative successes including producing 10 episodes the “Great Books” series, which earned a CableAce Award in 1997 as best educational or instructional series. She also oversaw several episodes of the “Understanding” series.
She also produced many specials including “Circumcision vs. AIDS in Africa,” for which she earned a 2002 New York Festivals GoldWorld Medal; “Vietnam: The Soldier’s Story”; and “Designer Babies: The Genetic Revolution.”
Prior to joining TLC, Alex was an associate producer at National Geographic Television, dedicated to the Natural History Unit.
Earlier in her career, she worked as an actress and stuntwoman — most notably as a Bond Girl in “Moonraker.”
She is survived by her husband, Chris, and a daughter and son.
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