D’Amore deaths ruled murder-suicide

Couples bodies found Friday in Venice, Calif. home

This article was updated on Dec. 20, 2006.

Police confirmed Tuesday that the deaths of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated makeup artist Hallie D’Amore and her photographer husband, Richard D’Amore, were the result of murder-suicide.

Their bodies were found Friday in their Venice, Calif., home after Hallie D’Amore failed to show up at work and a person went out to check on her, according to LAPD Det. Michael DePasquale, who added that authorities figure the pair had been deceased a full day before that.

According to DePasquale, it appears Hallie D’Amore, 64, shot Richard D’Amore, 66, in bed and then took her own life. The detective said she had left a two-page note for survivors and that the shootings were apparently prompted by “domestic discord.” He added that the investigation will be wrapped up “in a day or two.”

Hallie D’Amore, who most recently worked on the upcoming film “Wild Hogs” and U.K. TV series “Women in Law,” was Oscar nominated in 1995 for her work with Daniel C. Striepeke and Judith A. Cory on “Forrest Gump.” She won an Emmy for “Normal” (2003) and was nominated for 1993’s “Gypsy.”

Her nearly 50 other credits include “Havoc,” “Christmas With the Kranks,” “The Princess Diaries” and “The Princess Diaries 2,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “XXX” and “XXX: State of the Union,” “Dr. T and the Women,” “Runaway Bride,” “Patch Adams” and “Apollo 13.”

Richard D’Amore was a renowned photographer whose works are in a number of stars’ collections and have appeared in various publications as well as galleries and exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, including one earlier this year in the Galerie Lavignes Bastille, Paris.

Survivors include two daughters, Lissa Colantoni and Julee [cq] Bramson; their spouses; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 6 (this is a change from the previously announced date) at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.