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Robert Dean Sanderson

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Robert Dean Sanderson, father of Daily Variety staffer Dean Sanderson, died Jan. 3 in Tarzana following a brief battle with cancer. He was 54. In addition to son, he is survived by three stepsons and…

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Pumpkins file suit

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Members of Virgin Records’ the Smashing Pumpkins have filed a $10 million lawsuit against Chrysalis Music seeking to have their music publishing contract declared null and void or rescinded. In a…

Diane Betty Abramson

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Diane Betty Abramson, dress designer and philanthropist, died Dec. 19 of lung and heart failure at her home in Beverly Hills . She was 86. Born Diane Betty Greer in Denver, she moved to Los Angeles…

FOX RALLIES TROOPS

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NEW ORLEANS — News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, whose vast media holdings include film, cable, satellite and print, stressed to Fox affiliates that broadcasting remains the core of the company…

Lillian Birnbaum

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Lillian Birnbaum, mother of casting director and TV writer Harriet Helberg, died Dec. 15 at her home in Marina Del Rey following a lengthy bout with colon cancer. She was 76. A native of New York…

Francis Feighan

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Francis Feighan, longtime publicist and entertainment reporter, died of a heart attack Dec. 27, 1996, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 53. A native of Cleveland, Feighan moved in 1965 to Los…

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