Deborah Raffin Dies at 59

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Deborah Raffin Dies at 59
Deborah Raffin, who had brief but successful careers both as an actress - 7th Heaven, among other shows - and a book publisher, died of leukemia last Wednesday, a family member told the Los Angeles Times. Raffin was 59 and reportedly had battled the disease for about a year. Starting out, the blonde Californian was often compared to the young Grace Kelly, People noted in a 1979 profile. Her mother, Trudy Marshall, had been a bit player for 20th Century Fox in the '40s, and her father was a wealthy meat broker. When Raffin was a sophomore at Valley College in Van Nuys,
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