Production exec and interior designer Jane Hoyt Thompson died June 25 in Laguna Niguel, Calif. She was 72. A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of her murder in her home. A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. July 18 at the O’Connor Laguna Hills Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Thompson was born in St. Louis and attended Briar Cliff College and Washington U. in her hometown. She moved to California in 1953 and was hired by Paramount Pictures in the steno pool. After working with various writers, directors and producers, including Hal Wallis, she became Jerry Lewis’ personal secretary and worked on his muscular dystrophy telethons.
She then joined Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin’s Tandem Prods. and was involved in such projects as “The Andy Williams Show” and numerous motion pictures including “Come Blow Your Horn” with Frank Sinatra.
Thompson left Tandem for a brief time to become executive assistant to Howard Koch, head of Paramount Studios and then moved to New York as assistant to writer Sidney Michaels on the Broadway play “Dylan” starring Alec Guinness.
She later returned to Tandem and worked with Lear as his assistant on such films as “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” and “Cold Turkey.” She also served as associate producer on the first season of “All In The Family.”
During a hiatus from the entertainment industry, she studied interior design and worked for many showbiz clients. In 1984, Thompson joined Marion Rees’ newly formed production company as a production executive. Among the company’s credits were the Emmy-winning “Love Is Never Silent.”
She retired to Laguna Nigel in 1996 and continued her design work with clients in both Laguna and Los Angeles.
She is survived by two cousins.
Donations may be made to: Laura’s House, 27129 Calle Arroyo, Suite 1822, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; the Gwen Bolden Foundation, 4315 Leimart Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008; and the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629.