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Documentary Filmmaker and Editor Bette Jane Cohen Dies

Filmmaker Bette Jane Cohen, who made the documentary “The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner,” died after a long illness in Los Angeles on Oct. 19. She was 62.

The 1990 documentary captured the only onscreen interviews with the celebrated Los Angeles architect Lautner and helped bring his work to the attention of the public, eventually leading to LACMA acquiring his Sheats/Goldstein house. Cohen had recently completed a 25th anniversary update to the documentary.

She was recently working on a documentary about the Swiss architect Albert Frey, who spent much of his career in Palm Springs.

Cohen also worked in the film editing department on films including “Meteor,” “Lady in White,” “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” and Prince’s “Under the Cherry Moon.”

She is survived by her husband Dr. Steven Zeitzew, son Jacob, parents, sisters, brothers, extended family and friends.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City.

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