Longtime Paramount Employee Laurice Lillian Abdo-Moore Dies

Assistant worked alongside producer, former Academy president Howard W. Koch Sr. for 30 years.

Laurice Lillian Abdo-Moore, whose career at Paramount Pictures spanned more than 50 years, died May 11 in Los Angeles after an extended hospitalization. She was 87.

For more than three decades, Abdo-Moore worked as personal assistant to Howard W. Koch Sr., starting when he was named to head film production at Paramount in 1964. She continued with him when he formed his own production company in 1966 and when he produced eight Oscar telecasts and served two terms as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1977-79.

Abdo-Moore worked with Koch as he produced such films as The Odd Couple (1968), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), A New Leaf (1971), Plaza Suite (1971), Star Spangled Girl (1971), Once Is Not Enough (1975) and Airplane! (1980).

Born Sept. 19, 1923, in Salem, Mass., Abdo-Moore moved to Hollywood in 1944. Her brother, Francis Abdo, was the studio doctor at Paramount and got her into the secretarial pool, and she went on to work for director Alfred Hitchcock and veteran studio executive Luigi Luraschi, among others.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis M. “Micky” Moore; step-daughters Patricia Newman and Sandra Kastendiek Drake; niece Patricia Schneider; and nephews George Abdo, Joe Abdo and Walter McGrail.

A private service was held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.  Those wishing to make a donation in her memory may contribute to the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles.

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