Donald Fedderson, 81, producer of television shows ranging from "My Three Sons" and "Family Affair" to the musical programs of Liberace and Lawrence Welk, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a long illness stemming from heart problems.
Noel Pointer, 40, a contemporary jazz violinist and composer, died Tuesday in New York of a stroke. He made his solo debut at age 13 as a classical violinist performing with the Symphony of the New World Orchestra in New York. He recorded seven solo albums, including "Phantazia," which went platinum. Two were nominated for Grammy Awards; "All My Reasons" and "Direct Hit."
E. W. Swackhamer, 67, who directed popular television series and movies, died Dec. 5 of a ruptured aortic aneurysm in Berlin, where he was on location for a new film. A resident of Encino, Calif., his credits included "MASH," "L.A. Law," "Murder, She Wrote," "Jake and the Fatman," "Bewitched," "The Partridge Family" and "The Flying Nun."
Lilia skala, who was in her 90s and was best known for her role as the mother superior in the film "Lillies of The Field," died Sunday in New York. Her performance in the 1963 "Lilies of The Field," which also starred Sidney Poitier, earned her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. On Broadway, she appeared in "Letters to Lucerne" and "Arms and the Man." Her television appearances included "The Goldbergs," "Kraft Theater" and "Search for Tomorrow."