EmptyJoseph De Marco, executive vp business affairs for Fox Searchlight, died June 19 in Los Angeles of apparent heart failure while undergoing emergency surgery. He was 48.
De Marco was one of the first employees at Searchlight, segueing to the company as vp business affairs when it was founded in 1995. He was instrumental in brokering deals for many of the company's most successful releases, including "The Full Monty" (1997), "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002), "Sideways" (2004), "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), "Garden State" (2004), "The Last King of Scotland" (2006), "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) and "Juno" (2007).
De Marco came to Fox in 1990 from the law firm Gold, Marks, Ring & Pepper.
Dody Goodman, the delightfully daffy comedian known for her appearances on Jack Paar's late-night talk show and as the mother on the soap-opera parody "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," died June 22 at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J. She was 93.
With her quirky, off-kilter remarks, Goodman received national attention on "The Tonight Show" when Paar was host in the late '50s.
She entered America's pop- culture consciousness as Mary's nutty mother on "Mary Hartman," which aired from 1976-78. She whined the singsong title during each episode's opening credits.
Goodman's film roles ranged from Tom Hanks' daffy secretary in "Splash" (1984) to Eve Arden's secretarial assistant in "Grease" (1978) and "Grease 2" (1982).
Bill Vince, a Canadian producer who received an Oscar nomination for 2005's "Capote," died June 21 of sarcoma at his home in West Vancouve. He was 44.
Vince began his career producing alongside his brother, Robert, then founded Infinity Features, where he produced such films as "Saved!" (2004) and the first two "Air Bud" films in the late '90s.
While undergoing treatment, Vince completed three more full-length films: "Stone of Destiny" (2008) and two projects set for next year, "Push" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."
His efforts helped pump $2 million into the restoration of the Golden Harvest Theatre on the east side of Vancouver, turning the abandoned facility into a boutique theater for private screenings.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for "Capote," said Vince "wore his heart on his sleeve."
"He'd fight with you, thank God. He knew how to hug, thank God. He was attracted to passion, therefore I was attracted to him," Hoffman said. "He stood by me, and I'll never forget it."
Georg Fenady, who directed more than 300 episodic television productions on dozens of shows during a four-decade career, died May 29 in Los Angeles. He was 77.
Fenady started as an assistant director in 1962 on "Combat!" and three years later was directing episodes on a regular basis. He went on to helm such series as "Garrison's Gorillas," "Emergency!" "Quincy M.E.," "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch."
His brother Andrew was a producer, and his nephew, Andrew Francis Fenady, is president of physical production at Universal Pictures.
Kermit Love, a costume designer who helped puppeteer Jim Henson create Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters, died June 21 of congestive heart failure in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 91.
Love also was a designer for some of ballet's most prominent choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. He designed costumes and puppets for film and advertising, including the Snuggle bear from the fabric softener commercials.
For "Sesame Street," which premiered in 1969, Henson designed the original sketches of Big Bird, and Love built the 8-foot-2 yellow-feathered costume.
Love also helped design costumes and puppets for Mr. Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster and appeared on the show as Willy, the fantasy neighborhood's hot dog vendor.