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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…

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…

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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…

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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