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Alice Van-Springsteen, a Hollywood stuntwoman who doubled for Dale Evans throughout her career, died Sept. 13 at Point Loma Convalescent Hospital of pneumonia. She was 90.
Van-Springsteen worked as a stunt double for Evans in most of the Western star’s movies with husband Roy Rogers and in about half of the duo’s television shows.
Her first work as a film stuntwoman came in Will Rogers’ last movie, “In Old Kentucky” (1935). A member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, she went on to serve as a stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor (in 1944’s “National Velvet”), Marian Davis, Jane Wyman, Ingrid Bergman and Barbara Stanwyck (in “The Big Valley” TV series of the 1960s.)
Van-Springsteen performed during the Opening Ceremony at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and rode as a jockey, becoming the third woman ever to receive a trainer’s license for thoroughbred horses.
Before Evans married Rogers, she and Van-Springsteen were roommates, sharing a guest house at Bing Crosby’s home for about a year, according to the San Bernadino Sun.
Darcy Segobia, Van-Springsteen’s granddaughter, said Van Springsteen will be cremated and her ashes spread at Evans and Rogers’ gravesite in Apple Valley, Calif.
Warren Brown, a music executive whose work as a “song plugger” found hits for Frank Sinatra and others, died Sept. 15 in Carlsbad, Calif., after a lengthy illness. He was 82.
Brown played trombone with his brother’s band, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, until he went into the Navy in World War II.
At Leeds Music, Brown discovered “Strangers in the Night” for Sinatra and “Girl From Ipanema” for Antonio Carlos Jobin and helped market in the U.S. the albums “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Downtown” by Petula Clark and “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones.
After Leeds was sold to MCA, Brown served as vp of that company, later to become Universal Music, until his retirement in 1981.
Jacqui Landrum, who teamed with her husband to choreograph many Hollywood films, di ed Aug. 29 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 64.
Landrum and her husband, Bill Landrum, coordinated giant, writhing crowds and choreographed gyrating rockers in the biopics “Great Balls of Fire!” (1989) and “The Doors” (1991), respectively. The couple also worked on several Coen brothers films including “Barton Fink” (1991) and “The Big Lebowski” (1998), which featured a Busby Berkeley-inspired dance number set in a surreal bowling alley with Vikings, showgirls in bowling-pin hats and Saddam Hussein.
Landrum first worked as a choreographer for a 1960s TV show called “Hollywood a Go-Go.” She met her husband in 1969, and the pair worked as a team for 40 years. They were nominated for an Emmy for “Moonlighting” in 1987.
Robert Monroe, an agent, producer and actor, died Sept. 6 at Encino-Tarzana Medical Center after a long illness. He was 79.
Monroe started in show business as an agent, working with Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Peggy Lee and Nat “King” Cole, among others. He worked as a producer in the ’70s on the short-lived TV series “Jigsaw John” starring Jack Warden and the telefilms “The Great American Beauty Contest” and “Can Ellen Be Saved?”
Later, Monroe worked for Barry Diller at ABC, overseeing production and postproduction on many films in Los Angeles.
Monroe studied with Lee Strasberg and worked as an actor in the revivals of “Show Boat” and “South Pacific” and the play “Ready When You Are” starring Julie Harris on Broadway. He went on to teach acting classes.
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