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Update: Matthew Perry will not appear in person at the Friends reunion. According to Time, representatives for the actor noted that he will be starring in a play in London at the time but "may tape something for the tribute."
After years of close calls, the original six stars of hit NBC comedy Friends will be reuniting for a two-hour tribute special to director James Burrows that will air on NBC on February 21st.
Christine Gazel Ballard died peacefully at Windsor Terrace Nursing Home in Van Nuys, Calif., on January 2, 2016. She was 68.
Ballard worked as associate director for “The Golden Girls,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “Benson,” gradually working her way up to directing episodes of “Night Court,” “Charles in Charge,” “It’s a Living” and “Alice.” She followed that up working in production on “The Tony Danza Show,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “According to Jim.” In May 1994 she received an Emmy for writing, producing and directing a Los Angeles TV special entitled “Women Pioneers.”
Ballard was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., graduating from Indiana University with a degree in radio and television in 1969; while at Indiana she was very active in Wius, the campus radio station. After moving to Terre Haute, Ind., and working at station Wtwo as staff director for several years, Christine headed for California in »
- Carmel Dagan
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