Obituaries for June 11, 2009

Tony Neely, Katherine Phillips Hughes, Howard Dayton

Tony Neely, a stage manager and production manager in New York and Hollywood for more than three decades, died May 19 of liver cancer at his home in Castaic, Calif. He was 66.

Neely came to Disney/ABC in Hollywood in the late 1970s. He coordinated the press and arrival areas at the Academy Awards for 22 consecutive years and managed a wide range of production activities including sitcoms, game shows, soap operas, pilots and events like the 1984 Summer Olympics. His credits also included the Daytime and Primetime Emmys and the NAACP Image Awards.

Neely worked as a stage manager for Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals "Two Gentleman of Verona" and "Raisin."

Katherine Phillips Hughes, the daughter of soap opera legend Ima Phillips and the creator of her own daytime drama, died May 12 at her home in Los Angeles after a brief illness. She was 65.

Phillips Hughes created "A World Apart," which ran on ABC from 1970-71. It mirrored her own childhood as one of two children adopted by an unmarried soap opera writer. Susan Sarandon played the heroine on the serial.

Phillips Hughes' mother was the creative force behind CBS' "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" and NBC's "Days of Our Lives."

Character actor Howard Dayton died May 31 of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Dayton appeared in such films as "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963) and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1969) and in TV shows including "Peter Gunn," "Cagney & Lacey," "Quincy M.E." and "General Hospital."
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