Obituaries

New Video: Excerpts from Eartha Kitt's Archive Interview

December 31st, 2008

By now you've probably heard that the great performer and legendary songstress (and one of Batman's three "Catwoman"), Eartha Kitt died on Christmas Day, 2008 at the age of 81. The Archive of American Television was privileged to interview Ms.

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Producer / Director Alan Neuman Has Died -- Archive Interview Online

December 18th, 2008

TV Art Director and Sculptor Dick Stiles Passes

November 26th, 2008

Early TV Pioneer and Author Studs Terkel Has Died-- Interview Online

November 2nd, 2008

Interview Excerpt:

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Producer / Director E. Roger Muir Has Died-- Interview Online

October 28th, 2008

E. Roger Muir, who produced Howdy Doody (as well as such other early NBC series as Geographically Speaking, I Love to Eat, and The Chesterfield Club), has died at the age of 89.

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Art Director / Graphic Designer Louis Dorfsman Has Died -- Interview Online

October 28th, 2008

Louis Dorfsman, who designed every aspect of CBS's branding for forty years until his retirement in 1991, has died at the age of 90. In his later years he was the creative director for the Museum of Broadcasting (now the Paley Center for Media).
Mr. Dorfsman was interviewed by the Archive in May of 2000 by the Paley Center's Television Curator Ron Simon.

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Archive Interviewee Edie Adams has Died

October 17th, 2008

We're sad to report that legendary stage, screen and television performer Edie Adams died Wednesday at the age of 81. She was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 1999. We last saw her in June of 2007 when she helped us celebrate the Archive's 10th Anniversary.

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Peanuts Animator Bill Melendez Has Died

September 4th, 2008

Bill Melendez, who was the animator for the classic Peanuts television specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, has died at the age of 91. In his early career, he worked on numerous Walt Disney animated features from the 1940s.

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TV Golden Age Writer Tad Mosel has Died

August 26th, 2008

Manager Bernie Brillstein Has Died

August 8th, 2008

Bernie Brillstein, who represented many comedy legends and helped shephard classic television programming, has died at age 77.

Bernie Brillstein full 8-part interview will be online soon and can be viewed in its entirety at Academy Headquarters.

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