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Herman L. Ripps


Herman L. Ripps, 82, retired MGM sales executive, died Jan. 29 of pneumonia in Santa Monica, Calif. Ripps started at MGM in 1928 as a theater checker and retired in 1971 as assistant general sales…

Franco Tonelli


Franco Tonelli, 56, professor of drama, film studies and French at the U. of California, Irvine, died Jan. 22 in Laguna Beach of cancer. He started his career as an actor with several Italian theater…

James Cleveland


The Rev. James Cleveland, 59, the so-called “king of gospel” who taught a 9-year-old Aretha Franklin to sing gospel and inspired countless other artists, died Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. The three-time…


Irma Chernichaw


Irma Chernichaw, former actress and comedian, died Jan. 17 in Teaneck, N.J., after a long illness. She had appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Center Opera and in summer stock and…

Skid Weiss


Seymour (Skid) Weiss, 66, national director of communications for the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp., died Jan. 31 in Burbank, Calif., after a prolonged illness. Weiss joined WEA in 1971, the year the…

Edward A. Blatt


Edward A. Blatt, 88, a theater and film director, writer and producer, died Feb. 12 of a heart attack. He directed John Garfield and Sidney Greenstreet in the 1943 film “Between Two Worlds.” Born in…

Bob Leslie


Bob Leslie, 64, actor, comedian and writer whose career spanned films and Broadway, died Feb. 4 in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes. Leslie’s film credits include “Catch The Black Sunshine,” “Mako…

Hugh McPherson


Hugh McPherson, 77, bandleader, jazz enthusiast and veteran broadcaster, died Feb. 3 in Charleston, W. Va., after a short illness. In his early years, McPherson toured the U.S. with his band in New…

Walter Hurst


Walter Hurst, 60, attorney and publisher of over two dozen law and reference books covering the arts and entertainment, died Jan. 24 in Los Angeles, of cancer. Specializing in copyright and trademark…

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