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Donna Andresen Freberg; Comedian's Wife, Producer

May 17, 2000

Donna Andresen Freberg, producer of her husband Stan Freberg's work in advertising, television, radio and recording, has died. She was 69.

Freberg, according to the comedian whom she married in 1959, died Friday in her Beverly Hills home of lung cancer.

Before her association with her future husband, Donna Andresen worked as assistant to producer Jack Donohue on the popular TV comedy shows "Martin & Lewis," "George Gobel" and "Red Skelton." She also aided Donohue with the "Colgate Comedy Hour" and two TV specials for Frank Sinatra and worked as executive assistant to Peter Lawford on his "Thin Man" series for MGM studios.

Originally described as Freberg's secretary when she joined him in 1958, Donna Andresen quickly became the satirist's producer and a year later his wife. She edited and produced his material throughout their marriage of more than four decades, including recordings, radio and television commercials, written materials and his syndicated radio show.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by their two children, Donna Jean Freberg Ebsen and Donavan Freberg, and a granddaughter, Rylee Jean Ebsen. Memorial services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Westwood Village Memorial Park.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be sent to the Children's Bureau of Southern California, Orange County Division, 50 S. Anaheim Blvd. Suite 241, Anaheim, CA 92805.

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