Obituaries for May 26, 2010

Lilian Crane and publicist Gerry Porter die


Lillian Crane, the wife of "Honeymooners" creator Harry Crane, died May 22 of age-related causes in Beverly Hills. She was 91.

Her son, Ed Scharlach, is a veteran TV writer and producer with credits that include "Happy Days," "Mork & Mindy," "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," "That Girl," "The Odd Couple," "The Dean Martin Show" and "Duckman."

Harry and Lillian, a native of Chicago, were together from 1953 until his death in 1999.

In addition to Scharlach, survivors include her daughter-in-law, Maribeth, and grandson Robbie Scharlach.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai in Burbank. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the institution created by the Cranes' dear friend, comedian Danny Thomas.


Veteran Hollywood publicist Gerry Porter died May 24 in Los Angeles of complications from lymphoma. He was 79.

Porter, a senior vp at Beverly Hills-based Hanson & Schwam PR for the past 15 years, did PR for such films as Stanley Kramer's "Inherit the Wind" (1960) and worked for Paramount Pictures and United Artists in New York. He also was in charge of publicity for Monte Hall's "Let's Make a Deal."

Porter's last studio campaign for Hanson & Schwam was representing Sunset-Gower Studios in Hollywood.

He is survived by his former wife, a son and daughter and four grandchildren.