Obituaries for June 17, 2009

Ada Thompson Bey and Benjamin Hartigan die

Ada Thompson Bey, a set coordinator in Hollywood for nearly three decades, died June 6 of cancer at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 59.

The Los Angeles native worked on such TV shows as "ER," "The George Lopez Show," "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," "Women's Murder Club" and "Girlfriends" and films including "Liar Liar."

A memorial service will take place at noon June 20 at Tropico de Nopal Gallery Art in Los Angeles.

Benjamin Hartigan, a publicist at Disney who later fashioned a career as an actor, died April 14 in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 86.

At Disney, Hartigan did publicity for projects including "The Incredible Journey" (1963), "Emil and the Detectives" (1964), "The Jungle Book" (1967) and "Snowball Express" (1972).

Later, Hartigan had small roles in such features as "The Hunt for Red October" (1990) and "Switch" (1991)," the 1988 miniseries "War and Remembrance" and series including "Night Court," "Mama's Family," "Moonlighting" and "Dynasty." He was featured in Madonna's music video for 1994's "Bedtime Story."
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