Obituaries

Winifred Gibson Rich, Frank Aletter die

Winifred "Winnie" Gibson Rich, a script supervisor in Hollywood for more than four decades, died May 10 in her sleep at her home in Mission Hills, Calif. She was 88.

Rich followed the career path of her mother, Dorothy Hughes, who also was a script supervisor and worked on many films including 1941's "Citizen Kane."

Rich supervised scripts on TV shows including "Quantum Leap," "The Bionic Woman," "Knight Rider," "Starsky & Hutch," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Father Knows Best," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Rat Patrol," "Family Affair," "Hazel" and "Petticoat Junction" and films including "Eight on the Lam" (1967) with Bob Hope, "Harper Valley P.T.A." (1978) and "Beethoven" (1992).

Rich, who was married to Ray Rich, a grip, was a charter member of IATSE Local 871. She served on the board of directors and as president and treasurer.

Frank Aletter, a veteran character actor who starred in the 1960s sitcoms "Bringing Up Buddy" and "It's About Time," died May 13 of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Aletter acted on Broadway and in films but was best known for his TV roles. In 1960-61 in "Buddy," he played Buddy Flower, an investment counselor living with his spinster aunts.
In "Time," which aired in 1966-67, he played an astronaut who travels back in time to the Stone Age. He also had regular roles on "The Cara Williams Show" in 1964-65 and in "Nancy" in 1970-71. Aletter appeared as a guest star in more than 100 series.

Aletter served for many years on the SAG board of directors. He married actress and former Miss America Lee Meriwether in 1958. The couple divorced in the early 1970s.

Kim Weiskopf, a sitcom writer on "Three's Company," "Married ... With Children" and "Full House," died April 22 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Encino. He was 62.

With longtime writing partner Michael S. Baser, Weiskopf also wrote for "One Day at a Time," "The Jeffersons," "Carter Country," "We Got It Made" and "Good Times."

The pair went on to write and produce three seasons of "Three's Company" then created the TV series "9 to 5," which was based on the movie.

A celebration of Weiskopf's life will take place June 5 at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills.

Egmont "Monti" Luftner, the former chairman of Arista Records, RCA Ariola and co-chairman of the Bertelsmann Music Group, died May 7 after he was hit by a truck at a recycling depot near Munich. He was 77.

The Austrian-born Luftner was one of the most charismatic personalities in the music business. In 1959, he founded the record company Ariola in Austria and Germany, and in 1978 he joined the board of Bertelsmann and became responsible for the worldwide activities of its music group.

As Arista chairman, he worked with Clive Davis from 1979 and discovered acts including Boney M and was involved with Whitney Houston's career in Germany.

In 1990, Luftner was vice chairman of BMG and worldwide president A&R, president and CEO of BMG Ariola GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). In 1991, he left BMG and founded Monti Media Consulting in Munich.
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