Laurice “Laurie” Abdo-Moore, an employee at Paramount for more than 50 years, of which more than 30 were spent as personal assistant to Howard W. Koch Sr., died of natural causes on May 11 in Los Angeles after an extended hospitalization. She was 87.
Born in Salem, Mass., Abdo-Moore moved to Hollywood in 1944. Her brother, Francis Abdo, was the studio doctor at Par, and he got her into the secretarial pool. In the early years she worked for director Alfred Hitchcock and Paramount exec and producer Luigi Luraschi, among others.
She worked for Koch starting when he was the head of the studio and continuing when he moved into film production. She worked closely with him on numerous pictures, including “The Odd Couple,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “A New Leaf,” “Plaza Suite,” “Star Spangled Girl,” “Once Is Not Enough” and “Airplane.” She also worked closely with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences during the time that Koch was president and was directly involved when he produced several of the Academy Awards telecasts.
Survivors include her husband, Dennis M. “Micky” Moore; two stepdaughters; and niece Patricia Schneider, who worked at Paramount herself for 38 years.
Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.