Variety Staff

Donna Coe


Entertainment writer and critic Donna Coe, a former stand-up comic, died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan June 13 following a lengthy illness. Coe married her fiance, Jim Tatum, in her hospital…

  • Film

Lew Chudd


Lew Chudd, founder and president of Imperial Records, the indie record label that launched the career of Fats Domino, died Tuesday of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 86. A native of Toronto…

Theresa Merritt


Actress Theresa Merritt, who starred in the TV series “That’s My Mama,” died June 12 of skin cancer in Calvary Hospital, New York. She was 75. Born in Emporia, Va., Merritt made her stage debut at…

  • Biz



Two years after she left the percentery, Geena Davis has returned to Creative Artists Agency. Davis ankled ICM. where she has been represented since December 1996, and joined CAA Wednesday. Davis…

Steve Sanders dies at 45


Steve Sanders, who was part of the Oak Ridge Boys for nearly a decade and sang on some of the million-selling group's later hits, died early June 10 in his Florida home. His wife told police he shot…

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