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5 February 2015 4:22 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Robert Blees, Writer of Sirk’s ‘Magnificent Obsession,’ Dies at 96

5 February 2015 4:22 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Blees, a writer and producer for film and television who penned the screenplays for Douglas Sirk’s 1954 classic “Magnificent Obsession” and Joan Crawford film “Autumn Leaves,” died January 31 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 96.

Over the course of a show business career lasting more than four decades, Blees amassed a considerable number of credits in television, from “Damon Runyon Theater,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Peter Gunn,” “Zane Grey Theater” and “Kraft Suspense Theater” to the 1985 TV movie “Gidget’s Summer Reunion.” He was a  producer of series including “Combat,” “Bonanza” and “Cannon.”

Blees also served for decades on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

“While my tenure on Mptf’s board overlapped Bob Blees’ for only a few years, it didn’t take long to appreciate his grace and intellect as well as his compassion for the people of our industry,” said Mptf CEO Bob Beitcher. “Bob served »

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