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Lee Savin

Lee Savin, a prominent producer and industry attorney, died at home Jan. 20 in Laguna Niguel, Calif., of a brain tumor. He was 77.

Savin enjoyed a long career in New York and Los Angeles after his graduation from St. John’s University Law School. Over the years, he worked with Desilu, Paramount, Fox and Warner Bros.

He produced several independent films, including the 1971 production “Black Girl” starring Leslie Uggams and Brock Peters, directed by Ossie Davis and based on J.E. Franklin’s Off Broadway play.

“Black Girl,” said the 1972 Variety review, “is the best study of Negro family life since Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun.'”

Savin co-produced and executive produced numerous other pix, including “Executive Action,” the 1973 docu-style film starring Burt Lancaster, and “Brothers,” the story of a San Quentin inmate directed by Arthur Barron in 1977 for Warner Bros.

Other credits include first joint U.S.-Russian filmmaking venture, “The Blue Bird,” for 20th Century Fox, directed by George Cukor and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner and Cicely Tyson.

After semi-retiring in 1990, he produced a biweekly charity pet show hosted by his wife, actress Connie Hines. Savin was also an active member of the Producers’ Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

He is survived by Hines, his wife of 25 years.

Public services were to be held Jan. 28 at 11 a.m., Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Newport Beach.

Family suggests donations to the Lee Savin Memorial Pet Fund, P.O. Box 756, Dana Point, Calif., 92629 or the National Brain Tumor Foundation, 785 Market St., Suite 1600, San Francisco, 94103.

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