Variety Staff

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Pictured in collage, left to right, in the top row: Nia Peeples, John Tesh, Regis Philbin, Darkwing Duck, Kathie Lee Gifford, Michael Keaton, Judge Wapner, Jack Nicholson, Lee Horsley. Center row…

Freeman A. Davies


Freeman A. Davies, 79, former assistant head of postproduction at MGM, died Jan. 1 in Culver City, Calif., after a long illness. He worked at MGM from 1929 until his retirement in 1976. He began his…

Stephen Southard


Stephen Southard, 30, assistant director, died Dec. 20 in Sherman Oaks, Calif., of AIDS. Southard’s credits as assistant director included the films “Harry And The Hendersons” and “Jaws – The…

Eddie Barefield


Eddie Barefield, 81, saxophonist and clarinetist who played with many big bands, died Jan. 3 in New York of a heart attack. During his 60-year career, Barefield played with the Count Basie Orchestra…

Cecil Effinger


Cecil Effinger, 76, a composer who invented the Musicwriter, a typewriter designed for composers, died Dec. 22 in Boulder, Colo. In 1954 he received a patent for the Musicwriter, a typewriter…

Skase Ankles Oz’ Qintex


Christopher Skase has resigned as chairman of Qintex Australia Ltd. – a move he claims was prompted by the bankruptcy receiver’s inability to clip the company’s debt. However, he has not forfeited…

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