TV Obits: Mann, Day, Levin, Westmore
by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2007 1:41PM
A roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.
- Laraine Day: She was probably best known for starring in such movies as Foreign Correspondent, Mr. Lucky, The Locket, and several Dr. Kildare movies, but she also had a variety show of her own in the 1950s and was a panelist on I've Got A Secret. She later made appearances on such shows as Murder, She Wrote, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Lou Grant, Medical Center, Airwolf, Hotel, and others. She was also known as "The First Lady Of Baseball" because of her marriage to Leo Durocher. She died in Utah at age 87.
- Delbert Mann: He directed the classic movies Marty and That Touch of Mink. He also directed many TV movies, including Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident, Lily in Winter, Incident in a Small Town, Jane Eyre, The Last Days of Patton, Kidnapped, David Copperfield, and many others. He also directed episodes of Playhouse 90, Goodyear Television Playhouse, and The Philco Television Playhouse. He died of pneumonia at age 87.
- Ira Levin: He was best known for the many movies made from his novels and plays, including Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, The Boys From Brazil, Deathtrap, No Time For Sergeants, and A Kiss Before Dying. He also wrote for several TV shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Lights Out, and The General Electric Hour. He died in Manhattan at age 78.
- Monty Westmore: He was a veteran makeup artist (part of a famous makeup artist family) who worked on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet back in the 50s and then went on to work on such movies as Jurassic Park, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Rio Lobo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, The Shawshank Redemption, Chaplin, Hook, The Late Shift, Black Rain, Alien Nation, The Verdict, The Towering Inferno, and many others. He died at age 84.