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Dorothy Jane Blair dies at 94

Was Warner senior production auditor

Dorothy Jane (Janie) Bateman Blair, an accountant in the movie industry for more than 65 years who retired from Warner Bros. Studios as senior production auditor at age 86, died of natural causes on June 2 in St. George, Utah. She was 94.

Blair was born in Decatur, Ill. Janie, her sister Mimi and brother Billy moved to Los Angeles with their mother in the early 1920s. She graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1935 and started her career in the entertainment industry immediately thereafter, going to work at the Hal Roach Movie Studios in L.A.

She began as an accountant with Columbia Pictures in 1938, then continued on at the Burbank Studios and Warner Bros. Her vast knowledge of union labor contracts made her a valuable asset in union negotiations and arbitrations.

Blair was named the longest living contributor to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in the early 1990s, for which she was presented by Warner Bros. and the Fund with a plaque and her name on the marquee at the studio’s theater on the lot in Burbank.

Jane is survived by a niece and nephew.

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