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Judy Arnold, 68; theatrical producer in L.A., N.Y., London

November 15, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Judy Arnold, 68, a theatrical producer who got her start in Los Angeles and moved on to Broadway and London's West End, died Saturday of a heart attack at her Encino home, her son Evan said.

Among her many productions in Los Angeles were several at the Tiffany Theatre, including "Give 'Em Hell, Harry" with Jason Alexander; "We Interrupt This Program" with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Garry Marshall, Laraine Newman and Julia Sweeney; and "The Disputation." Arnold also produced "I Remember You" with Tony Danza at the Falcon Theatre and "Equinox" at the Odyssey Theatre.

She took the comedy "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" from the Geffen Playhouse to Broadway in 2003 and then on to London. Her AD Productions was also credited for the musical "Bombay Dreams," which ran for 10 months on Broadway in 2004.

Arnold was born in Baltimore in 1939 and moved with her family to California as a child. She attended UCLA, where she majored in music with a special interest in opera. After earning her bachelor's degree, she worked with the university's Los Angeles Junior Programs, selecting and producing children's theater.

She married Newt Arnold, a prominent first assistant director for Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Peckinpah, Steven Spielberg and others. The couple had two sons: Jonathan, who is a lawyer, and Evan, an actor. Newt Arnold died in 2002.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, November 16, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Arnold obituary: The obituary of theatrical producer Judy Arnold in Thursday's California section gave the wrong year for the death of her husband, Newt. He died in 2000, not 2002.

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