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LON S. VARNELL

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Lon S. Varnell, 77, who promoted Bill Cosby, Lawrence Welk, Elvis Presley and Liberace, died Feb. 17 in Nashville of cancer. Varnell, born in Adamsville, Tenn., spent the first half of his career…

BEATRICE DE LEON

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Beatrice de Leon, 90, who with her late husband ran the Q Theater, a London stock operation, for more than 30 years, died Feb. 16 in the London suburb of Kew. Before it closed in the 1950s, the…

DICK McNEELY

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Dick McNeely, 72, publicist and co-founder of Vegas Visitor entertainment weekly, died Feb. 4 in Las Vegas of lung failure. McNeely pulled many publicity stunts throughout his long career in Chicago…

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ROY LANHAM

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Roy Lanham, 68, comedian and musician whose voice and guitar playing can be heard on the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans hit “Happy Trails To You,” died Feb. 14 in Camarillo, Calif., of cancer. Lanham joined…

SHERMAN KUNKEL

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Sherman Lebrun Kunkel, 71, longtime tv cinematographer and member of the American Society of Cinematographers, died Feb. 10 in Reno, Nev., following a heart attack. A Los Angeles native, Kunkel…

PEARL DANIELS

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Pearl Daniels, 84, who helped run a national entertainment booking agency for over 40 years, died Feb. 10 in Seattle of heart failure. Born Adeline Pearl Klenman in Saskatchewan, she grew up in…

TEX JACKSON

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John W. (Tex) Jackson, 77, former president of Motion Picture Studio Grips, Local 80, Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, died Feb. 3 in Los Angeles of emphysema. Jackson was a freelance…

LUIS ESCOBAR

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Luis Escobar Kirkpatrick, fourth Marquis of Marismas del Guadalquivir, 78, Spanish actor, writer and legit director, died Feb. 15 in Madrid. Escobar was acting in a film at the time of his death…

JIMMY BURNS

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Jimmy Burns, 90, member of the vaudeville dance trio the Burns Twins & Evelyn, died Feb. 10 in Kansas City. He and his wife, Evelyn, and his brother, Edward, formed the tap trio in the 1930s. Edward…

LINDA MARMELSTEIN

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Linda Marmelstein, 55, exec in charge of production at Daniel Wilson Prods., died Feb. 18 in New York of cancer. She produced the six-hour miniseries “Hemingway,” among other programs. After serving…

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