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Celebrity Deaths in Television

  • Ann Meara, 85 (1929 - 2015)

    Ann Meara

    By SANDY COHEN and FRAZIER MOORE, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. She was 85. No other details were provided. The Stiller family released...

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  • Marty Pasetta (2015)

    Marty Pasetta

    The Associated PressLA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Marty Pasetta, a television veteran who directed Academy Awards telecasts for most of the 1970s and 80s, has died.Pasetta died Thursday night in La Quinta, California, after being hit by an unattended car that was apparently left running. He was 82.Pasetta directed 17 Oscar telecasts from 1972 to 1988. He also directed several Grammy Awards, The...

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  • William Bast, 84 (1931 - 2015)

    William  Bast

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — William Bast, a TV writer who co-created the 1980s "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" during a four-decade career, has died. He was 84.His friend, Niki Marvin, tells the Los Angeles Times that Bast died on May 4 at a Los Angeles care facility from Alzheimer's disease.Bast wrote for numerous TV shows and received an Emmy nomination for his 1977 adaptation of ...

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  • Maria Elena Velasco, 74 (1940 - 2015)

    Maria Elena  Velasco

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican actress and comedian Maria Elena Velasco, best known for her character "The Indian Maria," has died at age 74.The Mexican film institute announced through its Twitter account that Velasco, also a screenwriter and director, died Friday, but did not specify the cause.Velasco's "La India Maria," which exaggerated stereotypes about Mexico's indigenous...

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  • Grace Lee Whitney, 85 (1930 - 2015)

    Grace  Lee  Whitney

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant on the original "Star Trek" series, has died. She was 85.Whitney died of natural causes Friday in her home in the Central California town of Coarsegold, about 50 miles north of Fresno, her son Jonathan Dweck said on Sunday.Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being...

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