Longtime film and TV production coordinator Beverly Jean Setlowe, who late in life became a noted wildlife photographer, died in Toluca Lake on April 24 after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 76.
Setlowe began her entertainment industry career in the 1960s as a publicist for ABC-TV in San Francisco, promoting nationally syndicated shows shot there, including those starring Tennessee Ernie Ford and Gypsy Rose Lee. She moved to Los Angeles, when her husband Rick Setlowe, then Variety’s S.F. correspondent, was appointed the paper’s lead film critic.
Beverly segued into television and motion picture production, most notably on the Emmy-winning “Eleanor and Franklin” and “Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years” and then with DGA and Motion Picture Academy president Arthur Hiller’s Golden Quill Prods.
Setlowe graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, later doing graduate work at UCLA. While at the Art Institute she interned as a photographer on the location shoot of the 1968 film “Bullitt.” Her candid studies earned its own exhibit at the Art Institute’s Diego Rivera Gallery. (Her shots of the movie’s star, Steve McQueen, are currently on display at the Decor Art Gallery in Studio City.) Subsequent work and photo essays were published in the San Francisco Chronicle-Examiner Sunday rotogravure California, the art magazine San Francisco Camera and TV Guide.
She first became a volunteer in the Wildlife Waystation while still working in film production. Her studies of the animals at the Wildlife Waystation have been widely published, and at the time of her death, Setlowe was editor of the Wildlife Waystation magazine.
Setlowe was born in Yankton, S.D., and grew up in the Midwest.
In addition to her husband, the novelist Richard Setlowe, she is survived by son David Higgs; grandson Chase Dillon, a producer on Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live”; and granddaughter Hailey.
A Celebration of Beverly Setlowe’s life will be held at the Wildlife Waystation, 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd., Angeles National Forest, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. Donations may be made to the Wildlife Waystation.