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Shirley Hemphill

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Actress and comedian Shirley Hemphill, who played a wisecracking waitress in the 1970s TV series “What’s Happening!!” died Dec. 10 of natural causes at her home in West Covina. She was 52. Hemphill…

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World Briefs

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GERMANY German licensing, production and distribution outfit Advanced Medien has taken German-language rights for the next five years to all pics from the L.A.-based Unified Film Organization (UFO)…

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Jill Craigie

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Jill Craigie, the film director who made documentaries about British coal miners and a community’s efforts to rebuild after World War II and the wife of former British Labour Party leader Michael…

Andrew Russell

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Andrew Russell, an Emmy-winning scribe who wrote for “The Honeymooners,” “The Jackie Gleason Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” died Nov. 18 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was…

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Exec Shuffle

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Jenifer Hosack has been tapped VP of Western region sales for cabler Lifetime. In her new post, Hosack will oversee development and management of all West Coast ad sales efforts. Previously, Hosack…

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