Robert Maxwell


Robert Maxwell, 68, the autocratic and flamboyant head of a tangled media empire that ranges from broadcasting and newspapers to helicopter leasing, died Nov. 5. He was lost at sea while cruising in…

A Tale Of Two P-P-V Events


Pay-per-view concerts continue to be hit-and-miss enterprises, with word that one high-profile special is gathering steam while another has been canceled. Jim English, senior v.p. of programming at…

Don Becker


Don Becker, 83, longtime soap opera writer, died Oct. 18 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., of cancer. With Carl Bixby, Becker wrote the radio soap “Life Can Be Beautiful,” which ran for 17 years. It went off the…

Edward Arnold Was The Master


The French have Alain Resnais’ elegant “Stavisky” and the Italians can count Francesco Rosi’s conspirational “The Mattei Affair.” But no recent American film of note has been based on an actual case…

Gene Tierney


Gene Tierney, 70, the beautiful but troubled actress who starred in such 1940s films as “Heaven Can Wait,” “Laura,” “Leave Her to Heaven” and “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” died Nov. 6 in Houston. She…

Donald Churchill


Donald Churchill, 60, actor and playwright whose output usually concerned the comic side of matrimony, died Oct. 29 in Fuengirola, Spain, apparently of a heart attack. Churchill was in Spain filming…

News Reigns In Holland


Sunday night is TV night in Holland. Six of the week’s top 10 shows are screened in primetime, which is the focus of increasing competition between pub nets Nederland 1,2 and 3 and Luxembourg-based…

Irwin Allen


Irwin Allen, 75, the flamboyant film and TV producer-director whose name became synonymous with disaster movies in the 1970s, died Nov. 2 in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering a heart attack at…

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