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Art Director Guild Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Art Director Guild Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees
Scenic artist Albert “Obie” Obregon, Emmy-nominated set designer Cate Bangs and senior illustrator Joseph Musso will join previously announced Emmy-winning production designer Rene Lagler as recipients of the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. The honors will be presented during the 21st annual Adg Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC Studios, heading the studio’s scenic art department. His credits include The Bob Hope Show, Days of Our Lives, Peyton Place, Sanford and Son, The Tonight Show, Welcome Back, Kotter and Wheel of Fortune. He worked on variety...
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Art Director Guild Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Scenic artist Albert “Obie” Obregon, Emmy-nominated set designer Cate Bangs and senior illustrator Joseph Musso will join previously announced Emmy-winning production designer Rene Lagler as recipients of the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. The honors will be presented during the 21st annual Adg Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

Obregon spent 29 years at NBC Studios, heading the studio’s scenic art department. His credits include The Bob Hope Show, Days of Our Lives, Peyton Place, Sanford and Son, The Tonight Show, Welcome Back, Kotter and Wheel of Fortune. He worked on variety...
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Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93

Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93
Norman Abbott, the nephew of comedian Bud Abbott who directed numerous 1960s and ’70s sitcoms such as “Get Smart” and “The Brady Bunch,” died July 9 in Valencia, Calif. at the age of 93.

Born in New York, Norman Abbott was raised by his mother and his uncle, Bud Abbott, the straight man of the legendary comedy team of Abbott and Costello, as well as his aunt Florence Abbott and uncle Harry Abbott of Barnum & Bailey.

Norman Abbott served in World War II in the original Navy Seals unit, and was encouraged by his uncle to join the family business. He started his five decade career in show business as a radio announcer on “The Colgate Family Hour” and as stage manager on the “I Love Lucy Show.”

He went on to direct some of television’s most loved sitcoms, including “The Jack Benny Show,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 1965. He directed numerous episodes of “Leave It To Beaver
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R.I.P. Eydie Gorme

The singer and classic TV performer has died at the age of 84. Eydie Gorme passed away on today in Las Vegas after a short undisclosed illness. A well known nightclub performer in New York, Gorme joined Steve Allen’s local TV show in 1953. She soon was partnered with another singer on the show Steve Lawrence and the duo moved upward with Allen in 1954 when his show became NBC’s Tonight Show in 1954. The couple married on December 29, 1957. The next year, The Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Show debuted on NBC and lasted one season. Still, both solo and with Lawrence, the Grammy winner would show up on the small screen often over the next three decades. Gorme appeared on the Gary Moore Show, What’s My Line?, Password All-Stars, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bob Hope Show, the Carol Burnett Show among other. As well as a big music hit
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Jack Shea dies: 'Jeffersons,' 'Designing Women' director was 84

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Jack Shea, a director who was president of the Directors Guild of America at one time, has passed away at the age of 84. A family spokesman says it was due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Shea's biggest credits included over 100 episodes of "The Jeffersons" and nearly as many episodes of "Silver Spoons." He also directed episodes of "Designing Women," "Growing Pains" and "Sanford and Son," plus several Bob Hope Christmas specials from U.S. military posts around the world.

Shea was elected as president of the Directors Guild of America in 1997 and was known for advocating diversity in hiring and local production during his tenure.

The director was nominated for two directing Emmys. One for "The Bob Hope Show" and one for "Designing Women," the episode that gave us this gem of a scene (video below).

Shea is survived by wife Patt, daughter Shawn and sons Bill, Michael and John Francis III,
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'Brady Bunch' Creator Sherwood Schwartz Dead at 94

'Brady Bunch' Creator Sherwood Schwartz Dead at 94
Producer Sherwood Schwartz, the Emmy-winning creator of such hit TV shows "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 94.

"He had a lot of favorite projects and a lot of favorite shows and his favorite one was always the next one," his son and producing partner, Lloyd J. Schwartz, told TheWrap. "He didn't really die. He just ran out of time to do things."

The father and son were working
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Kathryn Grayson dies at 88

Kathryn Grayson dies at 88
Kathryn Grayson, the lilting soprano who starred in the classic MGM musicals "Show Boat," "Kiss Me Kate" and "Anchors Aweigh," died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home. She turned 88 last week.

Grayson's longtime companion and secretary, Sally Sherman, said Thursday that the actress died of natural causes.

Grayson also was professionally linked with Howard Keel, with whom she co-starred in three movies. With him, Grayson sang and acted as the riverboat belle Magnolia in "Show Boat" (1951); as a Parisian dress shop owner in "Lovely to Look At" (1952) -- in which she sang Jerome Kern's "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" -- and as a high-strung actress in "Kiss Me Kate" (1953).

Later in their careers, Grayson and Keel performed together in nightclubs -- she was a coloratura soprano, he was a baritone -- and toured in summer stock.

Born as Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick on Feb. 9, 1922, in Winston-Salem, N.C., she
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