Lyricist and songwriter
George Green, 59, who wrote lyrics for some of John Mellencamp's biggest hits, as well as songs for Barbra Streisand and others, died Sunday in Albuquerque of a rapid-forming lung cancer, his wife, Kathryn, told the Herald-Times of Bloomington, Ind.
Green was a boyhood friend of Mellencamp growing up in Seymour, Ind., and lived in Bloomington for many years before moving to New Mexico in 2001.
Green and Mellencamp co-wrote the 1980s hits "Hurts So Good," "Crumblin' Down" and "Rain on the Scarecrow," among others. He also co-wrote the title track for Streisand's 1997 album "Higher Ground," a song also recorded by Vanessa Williams, and others for Hall & Oates and Ricky Skaggs.
Director won three daytime Emmys
David Pressman, 97, a veteran television and stage director who won three daytime Emmy awards for directing the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," died Monday at his home in New York, his family announced. He had been in declining health.
Born Oct. 10, 1913, in Tbilisi in what is now the Republic of Georgia, Pressman came to the United States with his family when he was 9. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York and then became a teacher there while also acting in stage productions.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Pressman returned from Europe and began directing live shows for the emerging medium of television, including "Actors Studio" and other programs.
He also directed stage productions, including "The Disenchanted," a Budd Schulberg drama that opened on Broadway in 1958 and starred Jason Robards Jr., and a 1968 production of "Summertree" at Lincoln Center with David Birney and Blythe Danner.
Besides directing "The Defenders," "The Doctors and the Nurses," "N.Y.P.D" and other prime-time TV series in the 1960s, Pressman also began working in daytime drama. From the early '70s to the late '90s he directed "One Life to Live," winning three daytime Emmys.
Former collections director at L.A.'s MOCA
Robert Hollister, 59, a former director of collections and registration at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles who oversaw the installation and storage of the museum's permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions featuring the work of Ed Kienholz, Lucian Freud, Cy Twombly and other artists, died Aug. 16 at his home in Culver City, his family said. He had colon cancer.
In his key behind-the-scenes role, Hollister supervised the identification, cataloging, storage and safekeeping of artworks, many of which are delicate and highly valuable. Among the exhibitions he managed at MOCA from 1990 to 2009 were WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007) and Robert Rauschenberg: Combines (2006).
A New York native, Hollister graduated from UCLA in 1976. He worked as a printmaker and print curator at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles and as an independent fine art printmaker before joining MOCA.
Bass player with the Runaways, the Orchids
Laurie Hoyt, 53, who called herself Laurie McAllister when she played bass in L.A. bands the Runaways and the Orchids, died Aug. 25 in Eugene, Ore., according to her mother, Lavonne Hoyt. The cause was asthma.
Hoyt was the last in a line of bass players to pass through the Runaways, the legendary all-girl band depicted in the 2010 movie "The Runaways." She joined guitarists/vocalists Joan Jett and Lita Ford and drummer Sandy West in 1978 and performed with the band live, but the Runaways broke up several months later.
"I am so sorry to hear of Laurie's passing," Jett said in an emailed statement. "She was a good person and a good bass player. It was a great experience being in a band with her, as she was the last Runaways bass player before her own band, the Orchids, formed. I was still in touch with her and saw her last year at a show. It was as if no time had passed.
"My heart goes out to her family and friends, and most of all, to Laurie. Rock on girl."
Hoyt played bass and sang for the Orchids, another all-girl band that recorded one self-titled album for MCA.
After the Orchids disbanded, she moved to Amsterdam before returning to live near her hometown of Eugene.
-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports