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‘Get Smart’ TV Producer Harry R. Sherman Dies at 87

‘Get Smart’ TV Producer Harry R. Sherman Dies at 87
Longtime producer Harry R. Sherman, best known for the TV series “Get Smart,” died on June 5. He was 87.

Sherman won Emmys three years in a row, beginning in 1976, for “Eleanor & Franklin,” “Eleanor & Franklin: The White House Years” and “The Gathering,” during a career in which he produced more than 50 miniseries, specials and movies-of-the week.

“Eleanor & Franklin” became the most-awarded miniseries ever, with 22 prizes, including a Peabody and Golden Globe.

Sherman started in the mailroom at the McA agency and was discovered by Directors Guild of America’s Joseph C. Youngerman, who tapped him to assist in building the DGA. Sherman worked his way up the ladder as a member of the guild and began his producing career in the 1960s with comedy “Get Smart.”

Sherman is survived by his son, Greg Sherman; his daughter, Allyson Biskner; two grandchildren; and his brother.
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Interview: Ed Asner Keeps Moving Forward in New Comedy ‘Let Go’

Chicago – Bring up the name Ed Asner, and immediately his legendary TV character Lou Grant comes to mind. Asner created the only TV character to successfully transition from a sitcom – “Mary Tyler Moore” – to the cutting-edge TV drama “Lou Grant.” But Asner has also been steadily working since those days, including his latest film “Let Go.”

Let Go” is a crazy quilt ensemble comedy, following the exploits of a parole officer (David Denman). One of his clients include Artie, portrayed by Ed Asner. The iconic TV and film actor gives a subtle late career performance as a small time robber who can’t understand why things change. There is a beautiful scene with Asner and actress Peggy McKay at the conclusion of the film, as Artie makes one last attempt at redemption. Ed Asner is no lion in winter, he is still roaring.

Released on DVD: Ed Asner as Artie
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Maureen Stapleton: 1925-2006

Maureen Stapleton: 1925-2006
Maureen Stapleton, the Oscar-winning actress who was revered for her roles on the stage and screen, passed away today in Lenox, Massachusetts, from chronic pulmonary disease. She was 80. Stapleton's matronly appearance belied a fiery emotional core, one she used to devastating effect in her most recognized dramatic roles. She began her career in the theater, attending the Herbert Berghof Acting School, then the Actor's Studio which she parlayed into her Broadway debut in nothing less than Burgess Meredith's 1946 production of "The Playboy of the Western World." She appeared in numerous stage productions including Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," and several Tennessee Williams efforts, including "The Rose Tattoo," for which she won her first Tony in 1951 for her role as Serafina Delle Rose. Her first film role was no less auspicious and presaged a storied career on film. She received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination in 1958 for her part in Lonelyhearts, opposite another Broadway lion, Montgomery Clift. She was nominated again for Best Supporting Actress in 1971 for her role as the unsuspecting wife of the despondent bomber in Airport and again in 1978 for her role as Pearl in Woody Allen's first "serious" film, the dour Interiors. She finally won the Oscar for her role as the brusque, radical anarchist Emma Goldman in Warren Beatty's Reds. Her second Tony was awarded to her for her part in Neil Simon's "The Gingerbread Lady" in 1971. She also won notice for her television roles, including winning the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Lead for Among the Paths to Eden and nominations for All the King's Men, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, The Gathering, B.L. Styker, Miss Rose White and Road to Avonlea. Stapleton was also notable in Bye, Bye, Birdie, Plaza Suite (with another long-time collaborator, Neil Simon), and Cocoon. She is survived by her son, Daniel Allentuck, a daughter, Katharine Bambery, and a brother, Jack Stapleton.

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