Sad Week In Show Business

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It happened last week. We lost three Hollywood greats who brightened our lives from both in front of and behind the camera: Milton Berle, director Billy Wilder, and Dudley Moore. CBS News Sunday Morning reported March 31.

Milton Berle

Milton Berle, 93, the acerbic, cigar-smoking vaudevillian who eagerly embraced a new medium and became "Mr. Television" in the dawn of the video age, died Wednesday, March 27, at his California home. His wife, Lorna, and several family members were at his side.

Berle had been under hospice care for the past few weeks. The cause of death was not immediately released. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

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Dudley Moore

British-born actor and comedian Dudley Moore, who starred in "10" and "Arthur," died Wednesday, March 27, at age 66 after a long battle against a rare brain disorder.

Moore died at the Plainfield, N.J., home of his caregiver, surrounded by family. A private funeral service was planned.

A jazz pianist as well as an actor and comic, Moore became one of Hollywood's most improbable sex symbols in the 1980s thanks to his starring role opposite sultry Bo Derek in "10".

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Billy Wilder

Filmmaker Billy Wilder, 95, the Austrian-born cynic whose gifts for writing and directing led to such classics as "Sunset Boulevard," "Some Like it Hot" and "Double Indemnity," died Wednesday night, March 27, at his home, said George Schlatter, a producer and longtime friend. Schlatter said Wilder's health had been failing in recent months.

Schlatter said he believed his friend of 40 years had been suffering from a bout with pneumonia.

As co-writer, director and producer of the 1960 film "The Apartment," Wilder collected three Oscars, the only person to do so for one film. Among his other classics: "Sunset Boulevard," "Double Indemnity," "Stalag 17," "The Lost Weekend," "The Seven Year Itch," "Some Like It Hot" and "Witness for the Prosecution."

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  • Ellen Crean

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