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August 7, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
June Van Dyke, producer of fashion shows and a wardrobe coordinator who was a longtime assistant to costume designer Edith Head, has died. She was 69. Van Dyke died Friday in her Los Angeles home of respiratory complications. For many years, Van Dyke managed the Cinema Glamour Shop, which sells movie and television stars' donated clothing and costumes to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund. She also was a tireless worker with the Screen Smart Set Auxiliary of the fund.
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November 9, 2000
Mary Sinclair, whose model-perfect appearance earned her a CBS contract in the early days of live television in the 1950s, has died. She was 78. Sinclair died Sunday in Phoenix, publicist and personal friend Suzanne Wickham said Tuesday in Los Angeles. Born and reared in San Diego, Sinclair moved to New York City to become a Conover model in the 1940s.
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October 7, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
To celebrate what it has produced over the years, Pierce College officials are looking for distinguished former students to honor as part of the school's 50th anniversary activities. College officials are seeking nominations of Pierce alumni who have made their mark in the community, in education, or on the job, or who have devoted their time to helping others. Organizers said they decided to honor outstanding former students because the mission of the college is to create community leaders.
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November 8, 2000
Rita A. Edelman, who lived a life filled with celebrities and philanthropy, has died at the age of 90. Edelman died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was the widow of prolific television and motion picture producer Lou Edelman, whose films included the 1951 biopic of songwriter Gus Kahn, "I'll See You in My Dreams." Hollywood luminary Louis B. Mayer was best man at the couple's wedding on Sept. 1, 1933.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
The nonprofit Affordable Housing USA has approved an additional $200,000 for its "California Dream" program, which helps first-time homeowners with down-payment assistance. The program provides grants between $1,000 and $4,000--depending on credit history and income level--to people with the resources to make mortgage payments, but lacking the money for a down payment.
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February 12, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peggy Robertson, Alfred Hitchcock's personal assistant who worked on his motion pictures for more than 30 years, has died. She was 81. Robertson died Friday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills after a long illness. Born in London, Robertson was working as a script supervisor at England's Denham Studios when she met Hitchcock.
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September 17, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thomas Ralph Fries, an editor and producer nominated for an Emmy for "Bitter Harvest" starring Ron Howard and Art Carney, has died at the age of 47. Fries died Sept. 10 after a long cardiopulmonary illness. Born to the business, he was the son of veteran executive producer Charles W. Fries and grew up to study at Cal Arts. During his student days, Fries began working in the editorial department of Columbia Pictures, reading scripts and novels for use by the film industry.
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December 1, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Card Walker, a mailroom employee who rose to become the first chief executive at the Walt Disney Co. who wasn't a member of the Disney family, leading the company from 1971 to 1983, has died. He was 89. Walker, who oversaw the development of Walt Disney World, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in La Canada Flintridge, the company announced. During his tenure, Walker brokered the deal for the company's first international theme park: Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in 1983.
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 1995 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE
Sometimes you just go with the flow. Curves and a bit of whimsy are characteristic of furniture designer Wolfgang Meyer-Raessler's line, which has been used in films, including "Wall Street," and on the sets of shows for ABC, CBS, NBC and MTV. The Gloria chaise longue ($2,190), Institution club chair ($990) and Serpente and Barocco valets ($250 each) are examples of Meyer-Raessler's use of contours and natural shapes to create the illusion of motion.
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