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Bill Edwards

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Bill Edwards, a tall rodeo rider who turned to acting in the 1940s and later became a painter, died Dec. 21 in Newport Beach of pneumonia after a long struggle against an illness that attacked his…

Betty Rea

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Betty Rea, former Broadway actress and retired daytime television casting director for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” died Dec. 23 of respiratory failure in Los Angeles. She was 82. Rea…

  • TV

CLT/Ufa eyes soccer

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Amid heavy speculation on the future of tm3, European heavyweight CLT/Ufa has confirmed talks with the station's main shareholder, News Corp., on taking over the rights to European soccer Champions…

  • Film

Oscar Watch

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Robert Keene has been tapped to design the sets for this year’s Oscar telecast. This will be the second time the Emmy Award-winning production designer has been involved with the Oscars. His previous…

Dick Peabody

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Dick Peabody, the 6-foot-6-inch actor who portrayed the gentle giant farmboy Littlejohn on the 1960s TV series “Combat,” died Dec. 27 of prostate cancer in El Camino, a community near Placerville…

  • Biz

Exec Shuffle

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Bradley M. Fazzari has joined the Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co. as senior licensing manager of off-screen entertainment. Fazzari was formerly senior product manager for Mattel/Arco Toys.He will be…

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