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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…

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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…

LIT PICKS

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Gossip columnist tells all Hyperion Books has inked a seven-figure deal with gossip columnist Liz Smith to write her memoirs. The as-yet-untitled tome will span Smith’s career, beginning in the…

NEW TOON LAWSUIT

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As a federal court trial over ownership of the rights to “Rocky & Bullwinkle” got under way Friday, cartoon-ist Ted Key has filed a separate lawsuit seeking a court-ordered accounting of profits…

Miller ankles post at SPE

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Dennis Miller, who had corporate oversight of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s worldwide TV division, has resigned as exec VP for SPE with the intent of exploring other options, the studio announced…

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