Obituaries for June 30, 2009

Elizabeth Matthews, Gerald Harman Jr. die

Elizabeth Matthews, a feature film location manager, died June 15 at her home in Nashville after a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 50.

Matthews was honored as the 2006 Location Manager of the Year by the Location Guild of America for her work on "Next." Her team on "Iron Man" received a finalist award in the competition for top location team of 2007.

Matthews was a location manager on films including "Chaplin" (1992), "Ed Wood" (1994), "L.A. Story" (1991), "The Road to Wellville" (1994), "Last Dance" (1996), "Phenomenon" (1996), "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996), "Mousehunt" (1997), "The Odd Couple II" (1998), "Practical Magic" (1998), "Galaxy Quest" (1999), "America's Sweethearts" (2001) and "Tears of the Sun" (2003).

Gerald Harman Jr.
, a longtime director of financial planning for NBC on the West Coast, died May 18 of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Harman worked at NBC for 23 years until 1980, when he left to pursue a career as an investment counselor. At the Peacock, he wrote an official Financial Planning Department Manual for all staffers to follow. The guidebook listed specific "how to" instructions on NBC's recommended day-to-day spending policy.

Harman began his showbiz career in theater exhibition for the Fox West Coast Theatres circuit, serving as assistant manager of the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. He also was assistant manager of the Fox Los Angeles moviehouse downtown.