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Among the 266 people killed aboard the four commercial planes that were hijacked in Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the United States were an Emmy-winning television producer, a celebrity photographer, and a news commentator.

Writer-producer David Angell, 54, who co-created "Frasier" and "Wings" with partners Peter Casey and David Lee, was a passenger, along with wife Lynn, on American Airlines Flight 11 -- the L.A.-bound American Airlines flight that departed Boston and crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The Angells were returning from their summer home in Chatham, Mass., where they had helped host a family wedding weekend.

A native of Rhode Island, Angell joined "Cheers" in 1983 as a staff writer; he'd been with Paramount Network Television ever since. Angell hooked up with Casey and Lee in 1985 and the trio became supervising producers on the hit comedy.

Angell, Casey and Lee then formed Grub Street Prods., which created "Wings," the NBC comedy that spent seven years on the network. After "Cheers" ended its run in 1993, the trio were tapped to create and executive produce "Frasier."

Grub Street disbanded in the late '90s, but Angell and Casey were developing new projects together.

Casey and Lee released the following statement:

"David Angell was not only our partner but also our friend for the past 16 years. He was a kind and gentle man with a quiet exterior that masked one of the sharpest comedy minds ever to write for television. We join their family and other friends in mourning their passing."

Berry Berenson

Actress and photographer Berry (Berenthia) Berenson, 53, wife of the late actor Anthony Perkins and the sister of actress Marisa Berenson, took Flight 11 to return to her Hollywood Hills home after a vacation on Cape Cod.

Her spokeswoman, Susan Patricola, called her "one of the loveliest, greatest people on the Earth.''

Berenson was married to Perkins from 1973 until his death in 1992, and she is survived by their two grown sons.

She was in the 1982 film "Cat People," the 1979 movie "Winter Kills" and the 1978 film "Remember My Name," which starred her husband, as well as the 1980 TV miniseries "Scruples." Berenson, whose grandmother was the fashion legend Elsa Schiaparelli, had just completed a book on designer Halston, and over the years shot many covers for Life magazine.

Barbara Olson

Barbara Olson, 45, was the wife of U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson. She was aboard American Flight 77 from Dulles International Airport when it crashed into the Pentagon. She twice called her husband as the plane was being hijacked and described some details, including that the attackers were using knife-like instruments.

Barbara Olson was a chief investigator for the House Government Reform Committee in the mid-1990s. She later became a lawyer on the staff of Senate Minority Whip Don Nickles, before branching out on her own as a TV commentator and private lawyer.

She was a frequent critic of the Clinton administration and wrote a book about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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