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  • Chris Beachum
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    Film memoriam for people passing away late February, 2019 through early February, 2020.

    Danny Aiello (actor)
    Jim Alexander (sound)
    Bibi Andersson (actor)
    Rene Auberjonois (actor)
    Ben Barenholtz (executive)
    Rudy Behlmer (historian)
    Frank Biondi, Jr. (executive)
    Zev Braun (producer)
    Kobe Bryant (producer)
    Diahann Carroll (actor)
    Seymour Cassel (actor)
    Larry Cohen (writer)
    Tim Conway (actor)
    John Corso (production designer)
    Valentina Cortese (actor)
    William J. Creber (production designer)
    Doris Day (actress)
    Stanley Donen (director)
    Kirk Douglas (actor/producer)
    Billy Drago (actor)
    Robert Evans (executive)
    Peter Fonda (actor)
    Robert Forster (actor)
    Harriet Frank, Jr. (writer)
    Samuel Gelfman (producer)
    Leonard Goldberg (executive)
    Steve Golin (executive/producer)
    Rutger Hauer (actor)
    David Hedison (actor)
    Katherine Helmond (actor)
    Buck Henry (writer/director/actor)
    Norman Hollyn (composer)
    Terry Jones (actor/writer)
    Igo Kantor (composer)
    Ann Lambert (costume designer)
    Peter Larkin (production designer)
    Paul LeBlanc (make-up artist)
    Ron Leibman (actor)
    Edward Lewis (producer)
    Mildred Lewis (producer)
    George Litto (executive)
    Branko Lustig (producer)
    Carol Lynley (actor)
    Michael Lynne (executive)
    Bill Macy (actor)
    Barry Malkin (editor)
    William Manger (sound)
    Mardik Martin (writer)
    Peter Mayhew (actor)
    Mark Medoff (writer)
    Sylvia Miles (actor)
    Lawrence Paull (production designer)
    D.A. Pennebaker (documentarian)
    David Picker (executive/producer)
    Suzan Pitt (animation)
    Bernie Pollack (costume designer)
    Michael J. Pollard (actor)
    Andre Previn (composer)
    Hal Prince (director)
    Milton Quon (animator)
    Sid Ramin (composer)
    Terry Rawlings (editor)
    Alvin Sargent (writer)
    Sid Sheinberg (executive)
    John Singleton (director/writer)
    Bernard Slade (writer)
    Dan Taylor (visual effects)
    Carol Titelman (executive)
    Rip Torn (actor)
    Piero Tosi (costume designer)
    Anna Udvardy (producer)
    Zaza Urushadze (director)
    Agnes Varda (documentarian)
    Stephen Verona (director)
    Joss Williams (visual effects)
    Richard Williams (animator)
    John Witherspoon (actor)
    Morgan Woodward (actor)
    Franco Zeffirelli (director)

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    Julie Adams (actress) passed away February 3rd, but was not in the In Memoriam at the Oscars.

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    And she won’t be next year either, but Donen will be. They had already locked the package before the weekend when he died.

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    André Previn, who was the four-time Oscar-winning conductor behind Gigi, Porgy & Bess, Irma LA Douce, and My Fair Lady, has died at the age of 89.
    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2019/02/28/517960940/andre-previn-musical-polymath-has-died-at-age-89

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    Actress Katherine Helmond passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/katherine-helmond-dead-whos-the-boss-star-89-877766

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    I thought Stanley Donen was already dead.

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    He died the day before the Oscars.

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    The Academy finally updated their memoriam page for deceased voters since mid-October. Several names from the previous 2018-19 Film Memoriam thread can now be officially confirmed as Academy members such as Paul Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Frawley, William Goldman, James Karen, Gloria Katz, Michel Legrand, Penny Marshall, Gregg Rudloff, as well as some other names I posted about in that forum that didn’t necessarily make Chris’ main list.

    As for this new thread, both Stanley Donen and Andre Previn are confirmed as deceased voters on the memoriam page. There’s also plenty of other members whose deaths weren’t widely reported on by entertainment media, many of whom who died before the Oscars, such as:

    Del Acevedo (makeup artist)
    Hesper Anderson (Oscar-nominated writer)
    David Arnold (sound editor)
    Richard L. Bloch (executive)
    Bernard P. Cutler (set designer)
    Raymond Fielding (visual effects artist)
    Walter A. Gest (sound mixer)
    Jim Miller (Oscar-nominated film editor)
    Leslie Pound (publicist)
    Edward Rossi (sound editor)
    Michael Seymour (Oscar-nominated production designer)
    Terry Windell (visual effects artist)

    https://www.oscars.org/about/memoriam

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    Marketing executive Michael Gray, who invented the electronic press kit, passed away. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-gray-dead-veteran-hollywood-marketing-executive-was-87-1192524

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    Sid Sheinberg, who was the Universal executive that discovered Steven Spielberg, has died at the age of 84.
    https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1047811-sid-sheinberg

    I remember him being talked about a lot on the special features/audio commentaries for the Back to the Future trilogy. He especially gave a lot of notes to Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale on the script for the first film. He had them change the title of Christopher Lloyd’s character from Professor Brown to Doc Brown because he thought the former sounded corny. He had them change Doc’s companion, Einstein, from a monkey to a dog because no movie featuring a monkey had ever been successful. Then, the filmmakers asked about the two Clint Eastwood movies, Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, which Sheinberg responded with “that was an orangutan”. He also suggested to them that they name Lea Thompson’s character Lorraine (after his wife, actress Lorraine Gary). Though the most egregious note he gave was to change the title. He did not think audiences were going to get Back to the Future as a title. The new title he suggested was Spaceman From Pluto, whereas instead of Marty posing as Darth Vader from Planet Vulcan, he’d be Darth Vader from Planet Pluto. Neither Zemeckis nor Gale liked the suggestion at all, so they went to their executive producer, Steven Spielberg about it. Spielberg replied to Sid saying “Thanks for the joke. We all got a kick out of it”.

    When the original novel of Schindler’s List was published in 1982, Sid Sheinberg sent a review of the novel from the New York Times to Steven Spielberg, who did express enough interest to the studio in buying the film rights, only to start filming in 10 years. Spielberg at the time wasn’t sure if he was mature enough to make a film about the Holocaust, even wanting to pass the project on to other directors before officially deciding to take it on himself. Spielberg had that and another project in the works at Universal when Sheinberg gave Schindler’s List the greenlit, but only on the condition that he’d make Jurassic Park first.

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