'Showgirls' producer also worked in fashion

Charles Evans, who exec produced “Tootsie” and co-founded the Evan-Picone fashion firm, died June 2 in Manhattan of complications from pneumonia. He was 81.

Services will be held June 7 at 12 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St., New York.

The brother of producer Robert Evans, he also produced “Showgirls” and “Monkey Shines.”

He was working as a salesman in a women’s clothing store when he had the idea for women’s skirts with fly fronts, and asked his father’s tailor, Joseph Picone, to collaborate with him on a design. After co-founding Evan-Picone with Picone in 1949, he went on to form the Evans Partnership, a real estate development company.

In addition to his production activities with Charles Evans Productions, he served as national director of the Alzheimer’s Assn. and created the Crusade for Fire Detection after his former wife and their two daughters died in a house fire.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie; son, Charles Jr., a producer; a granddaughter; his brother Robert and a sister, Alice.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., care of Mark Hopkins, 225 North Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60601 or FDNY Foundation, 9 Metrotech Ctr., Room 5E-10 Brooklyn, NY 11201 or Helping Hands, care of Robert Stern, 541 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02134.

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