EmptyLou Dorfsman, a design director who helped mold the image of CBS for more than four decades, died Oct. 22 of congestive heart failure in Roslyn, N.Y. He was 90.
Dorfsman designed the set of "The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite" as well as the floor set for CBS' political convention coverage. He also implemented a custom-made typeface for all CBS graphic design called CBS Didot, which is still used today.
The son of a sign painter, Dorfsman was credited with CBS' most iconic designs, including print ads for CBS specials like its report "Of Black America," which showcased a black-and-white image of a black man with half his face painted in stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. The image became a symbol for race relations.
Dorfsman also came up with such memorable slogans as "Re-elected the Most Trusted Man America," for Cronkite's election coverage in 1972, and "Jackie of All Trades," for a Jackie Gleason special that showcased the comedian in 11 roles.
Dorfsman retired in 1987 after 41 years with CBS and at the behest of CBS founder William Paley became creative director of the Museum of Broadcasting.
Lauren Dombrowski, co-executive producer and a writer on Fox's late-night series "MadTV," died Oct. 8 of cancer at her home in Los Angeles. She was 51.
Dombrowski worked on the comedy sketch series, which debuted in 1995, for more than 11 years. She began her career as a stand-up comic and comedian and was one of the few women who performed regularly in Boston alongside friends Steven Wright, David Cross and Denis Leary.
Milton Katselas, an acclaimed acting teacher whose students included Gene Hackman, George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, died Oct. 24 of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 75.
Katselas, a protege of Elia Kazan who studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studios in New York, founded the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school in 1978 and continued to teach there until his death. Alec Baldwin, Patrick Swayze, Anne Archer, David Carradine, Giovanni Ribisi, Tyne Daly, Tom Selleck and Cheryl Ladd were among those also coached by Katselas.
The Pittsburgh native also was a successful director. He won a 1969 Tony nomination for his production of "Butterflies Are Free," then came to Hollywood to direct the 1972 film version starring Goldie Hawn. Other efforts included 1973's "40 Carats" starring Liv Ullmann and the 1979 telefilm "Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter," for which Bette Davis won an Emmy.
Gerard Damiano, director of the pioneering pornographic film that lent its name to the Watergate whistleblower known as Deep Throat, died Oct. 25 in Fort Myers, Fla., after suffering a stroke in September. He was 80.
Damiano's "Deep Throat" was a mainstream boxoffice success and helped launch the modern hard-core adult-entertainment industry. Shot in six days for just $25,000, the 1972 film became a cultural must-see for Americans who had just lived through the sexual liberation of the 1960s.
Warren Welch, a Hollywood set designer for more than four decades, died Oct. 15 in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
Welch served as head of Decorating, Property, Hair, Make-up and Costumes at CBS from 1968-87, then worked as director of production services at MTM Enterprises from 1987-94.
The Emmy-nominated Welch worked on more than 50 series episodes on shows including "Batman," "Gunsmoke, "The Wild Wild West," and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." His feature credits included 1967's "Tony Rome."
Charles Dugan, an actor and the father of actor-director Dennis Dugan, died Oct. 10. He was 96.
A successful businessman in Chicago, Charles Dugan retired to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He appeared in such films as "When Harry Met Sally …" (1989), "Beverly Hills Ninja" (1997) and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007).