Deborah Handelman, who worked in entertainment law in Los Angeles for four decades, died April 17 after a 2 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 63.
Handelman began her career as an entertainment paralegal at Silverberg, Rosen, Leon and Behr. In 1984 she joined Embassy Entertainment Home Entertainment, overseeing contract administration. There she aided in acquiring the rights to the Samuel Goldwyn and Janus libraries, “Victory at Sea,” “The March of Time” and many other film packages.
From 1989-2004 Handelman worked at Armstrong Hirsch as a senior legal assistant, representing the firm’s clients in their development and production of television series and movies, most notably “Everyone Loves Raymond.”
Later Handelman joined Loeb & Loeb as entertainment contract specialist.
Deborah Sue Handelman was born in Brooklyn, the youngest of three children. She graduated from the U. of Indiana School of Music in 1971 as a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship scholar. She received an MFA from UCLA in the Theatre Arts, Television and Motion Picture division.
Handelman is survived by a sister; a brother; a niece and three nephews; and a grandnephew.
Donations may be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Network aka “PanCan.”