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Ed Kelleher

Playwright, screenwriter and journalist

Playwright, screenwriter and journalist Ed Kelleher died May 14 in Fairfax, Virginia. He was 61.

Kelleher was associate editor and critic from 1986 to 2002 for the industry magazine Film Journal Intl.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he graduated from Fordham U. As Edouard Dauphin, he wrote the “Drive-In Saturday” movie column for the rock magazine Creem. He acted as publicist for CBS records in the early 1970s and later as tour manager and personal publicist for Melanie. During the 1970s, he served on the editorial staff of Billboard and Cashbox.

His theater credits include “Space Cadets,” produced at the Ohio Performance Space in N.Y.; “Ace of Diamonds,” written with singer-songwriter Melanie; and “Stand-Ins,” which was adapted for screen in 1997.

Kelleher’s screenwriting credits include cult horror films “Invasion of the Blood Farmers,” “Shriek of the Mutilated,” “Prime Evil,” “Lurkers,” “Madonna” and “Voodoo Dolls,” several of which were adaptations of novels co-written with Harriette Vidal.

Kelleher also authored “Your Heart in Your Mouth,” a biography of punk rock performance artist Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics, and “David Bowie: A Biography in Words and Pictures.”

Kelleher’s last screenwriting project was “Tom Neal,” a fictionalized drama about the ill-fated star of the classic film noir, “Detour,” which was co-produced in 1945 by Kelleher’s uncle, Martin Mooney.

He is survived by a brother.

Donations may be made to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 10045 Riverside Drive, 3rd Floor, Toluca Lake, CA 91602, or to The Dramatists Guild Fund.

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