Sally Raderman, a concert violinist who played for 45 years with Hollywood studio orchestras before settling in Camarillo in the early 1980s, has died. She was 81.
Raderman's career included a 10-year-stint with Frank Sinatra's orchestra and many years playing with such conductors as Meredith Willson, composer of "The Music Man."
Born Sarah Kreindler in San Francisco in 1912, Raderman was a child prodigy who practiced violin for five hours a day at home instead of attending school, said her daughter, Marisa Samuels.
Her first formal schooling came at age 12, when she attended the Curtis Institute, a music school in Philadelphia.
In a violin competition as a child, Raderman defeated Yehudi Menuhin, who was later to gain international fame, Samuels said.
Raderman worked for several years in orchestras for San Francisco radio stations before moving in the late 1930s to Los Angeles to play for MGM. There, she met Lou Raderman, violinist and concertmaster for the studio's orchestra, who became her second husband in 1950.