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Susan Brownstein dies at 64

Was talent clearance supervisor for Oscars, specials

Talent clearance supervisor Susan Brownstein died Sept. 20 in Los Angeles after a long illness. She was 64.

Her recent credits include the Academy Awards and ABC’s retrospective specials for “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She also worked on NBC shows including “Heroes” and the “ER” series finale and, for CBS, she cleared “Grammy’s Greatest Moments” and DVD bonus material for “The Twilight Zone,” “Gunsmoke,” “Perry Mason” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

Brownstein’s feature film credits include last year’s Disney documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty.”

She began her career in 1975 as an NBC page and worked as a personal assistant to Cher, Barry Manilow, Carrie Fisher, Tatum O’Neal, Jerry Belson and the rock band Blue Cheer.

Brownstein is survived by her husband, Paul, executive producer of PBS’ “My Music” specials; her son Aaron, who is on the production staff of NBC’s “Parenthood”; her mother; and a brother.

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