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Set decorator Leslie Frankenheimer dies

Emmy winner was married to entertainment attorney John Frankenheimer

Leslie Frankenheimer, a set decorator who won four Emmys and served as a governor on the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Directors Peer Group, died Jan. 22 in Los Angeles after a long battle with leukemia.

Frankenheimer, the wife of entertainment attorney John Frankenheimer, had most recently worked on the TV series “Ben and Kate” and “Bent” in 2012.

Her film credits included “Blade Runner,” “The Blues Brothers,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “One From the Heart,” “Rapid Fire,” and 2007’s “The Invasion.”

She shared Primetime Emmys for “Max Headroom” in 1987, “Buddy Faro” in 1999, the TV movie “James Dean” in 2002 (a year in which she was also nominated for “Emeril”) and HBO’s “Carnivale” in 2004.

Other TV credits include the series “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “L.A. Law,” “SeaQuest 2032,” “Karen Cisco,” “The Closer” and “Kitchen Confidential”

Leslie McCarthy attended UCLA and the New York School of Interior Design and Art Center College of Design. She worked at architectural engineering firms before becoming a set decorator.

She was a member of the Set Decorators Society of America, serving as co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee. She was also on the executive board for IATSE Local 44 representing set decorators.

In addition to her husband John, co-chair emeritus of law firm Loeb & Loeb, Frankenheimer is survived by a daughter and a son.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Donations may be made to City of Hope, Memorial: Leslie Frankenheimer (HCT/Dr. Stephen Forman), 1055 Wilshire Blvd., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Attention: Britta Bucholz.

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