Larry Auerbach, Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 91

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He helmed episodes of soap operas including 'Love of Life' and 'One Life to Live'

Larry Auerbach, an Emmy-winning TV director who helmed such soap operas as Love of Life, died Saturday in La Jolla, Calif. He was 91.

His son, Scott Auerbach, confirmed in a statement that Larry died of complications from brain cancer, according to CBS News

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Larry's career included a 28-year run directing the CBS daytime series Love of Life. He was the first director hired by the show in 1951 and directed most of its episodes until it ended in 1980.

At the end of the Love of Life series finale, Larry was shown walking to each set to turn off the lights. 

Larry also directed episodes of the soaps All My Children, One Life to Live and Another World. He received a daytime Emmy award for outstanding directing for One Life to Live in 1984. He also helped Tootsie's filmmakers as they were researching soap operas.

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Larry served as the Directors Guild of America's national vice president and was named an honorary life member by the guild in 2004. 

"Larry worked tirelessly, out of love for his guild and his profession, to ensure better working conditions and stronger protection of creative rights for guild members, and he was instrumental in raising the profile of daytime serial directors, the genre to which he dedicated his career," the guild said in a statement.

Larry was born in the Bronx and graduated from Northwestern University. In Chicago, he served as stage manager for TV shows including Kukla, Fran and Ollie and Studs' Place.

He is survived by wife Gale and son Scott.

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