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TV Obits: Bates, Davidson, Finn, Allen

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2007 12:21PM

The Phantom and Jeanne BatesA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Jeanne Bates: She was best known as Nurse Wills on the 1950s medical series Ben Casey. She appeared on many TV shows over the years, including That 70's Show, Wings, The Young and the Restless, Dallas, Three's Company, Quincy, M.E., Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files, Cannon, The Saint, Hawaii Five-O, The Twilight Zone, and many others. She also appeared in several movies such as Die Hard 2, Grand Canyon, Eraserhead, the 1943 The Phantom serial, and the 1951 version of Death of a Salesman. She died of cancer at age 89.
  • Jennifer Davidson: She was a Senior Vice President at Cartoon Network and helped launch Adult Swim. She died of a sudden illness at age 38.

  • Mali Finn: She was a casting director who worked on such shows as Wonderfalls, Gideon's Crossing, Independent Lens, as well as the Matrix movies, Titanic, L.A. Confidential, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Phone Booth, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, Green Mile, Batman Forever, True Lies, The Client, Terminator 2, and many others. She died of melanoma at age 69.

  • Marit Allen: She was a costume designer on the Scarlett miniseries and several TV movies, as well as the movies The Justice League of America (which she was working on at the time of her death, it's due in 2010), Love in the Time of Cholera, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk, Eyes Wide Shut, Mrs. Doubtfire, and many others. She died of a brain aneurysm at age 66.

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