Elaine Rich, a producer on “Charlie’s Angels” and “Dynasty,” died Oct. 31 in Beverly Hills after suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. She was 84.
Rich began her career as a film researcher for Fox Studios in New York and went on to become an assistant director of commercials. She and her husband, (the late) director Mickey Rich formed Double Rich Prods. and produced and directed many commercials in Miami.
In 1976 they moved to L.A., where Rich began as an assistant to the producer and then associate producer on “Charlie’s Angels.”
She was a producer of the series from 1979 until 1981, when she became line producer on “Dynasty”; she continued with the latter show until 1989. She was among those recognized when “Dynasty” was nominated for the outstanding drama series Emmy in 1982.
After “Dynasty” Rich produced TV movies including “Hotel,” which became a series; “Making of a Male Model”; “She Was Marked for Murder”; “Single Women/Married Men”; “Dynasty: The Reunion”; and “Star.”
Rich was born Elaine Mestel in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College for one year.
Survivors include daughter Lisa Rich, chief operating office and executive producer at production company Smuggler; son Josh Rich, a crew member on “Shameless”; son-in -law Robbie Greenberg, a cinematographer; and four grandchildren.