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Producer John Coates Passes Away

John Coates

John Coates

John Coates, one of the pro­duc­ers behind the ani­mated fea­ture adap­tion The Bea­t­les’ 1968 film Yel­low Sub­ma­rine, has passed away. He was in his eight­ies. He died at home in Kent, Eng­land on Sun­day fol­low­ing a bat­tle with cancer.

Start­ing his career in film as a dis­trib­u­tor in Asia, he went on to become one of the most respected fig­ures in ani­ma­tion after work­ing on the Fab Four’s psy­che­delic hit in the late 1960s.

He worked with bosses at Britain’s Chan­nel 4 on The Snow­man, which became a Christ­mas favorite and was nom­i­nated for an Ani­mated Short Film Acad­emy Award in 1983.

Coates also over­saw the pro­duc­tion of an ani­mated film ver­sion of clas­sic children’s tale The Wind in the Wil­lows for U.K. ITV and brought Beat­rix Potter’s ani­mal char­ac­ters to life for a small screen series.

At the time of his death, he had been work­ing on an updated ver­sion of The Snow­man to cel­e­brate its 30th anniver­sary. The new film will air in Britain this December.

Land Before Time actor John Ingle Dead at 84

John Ingle

John Ingle

Actor John Ingle, who por­trayed Cera’s father in many incar­na­tions of The Land Before Time, died Sun­day in Los Ange­les. He was 84.

Ingle took over the role of schem­ing patri­arch Edward Quar­ter­maine on the soap opera Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in 1993. He made his last appear­ance in an episode that aired last week.

He voiced Cera’s father and/or the nar­ra­tor in the direct-to-video movies The Land Before Time II: The Great Val­ley Adven­ture (1994), The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giv­ing (1995), The Land Before Time V: The Mys­te­ri­ous Island (1997), The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus Rock (1998), The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000), The Land Before Time IX: Jour­ney to the Big Water (2002), The Land Before Time X: The Great Long­neck Migra­tion (2003), The Land Before Time XI: Inva­sion of the Tinysauruses (2005), The Land Before Time XII: The Great Day of the Fly­ers (2006) and The Land Before Time XIII: The Wis­dom of Friends (2007).

In addi­tion, he pro­vided the voice of Cera’s father in the 2007 ani­mated series The Land Before Time.

Ingle was Wise Paw in the 21-episode 1985 syn­di­cated series Paw Paws, a seg­ment of the ani­mated block The Fun­tas­tic World of Hanna-Barbera.

In Ani­ma­ni­acs, he voiced the Judge in the 1993 episode “La La Law.”

He was in the voice casts of the 1981 series Smurfs, in addi­tion to the 1997 Extreme Ghost­busters episodes “Seeds of Destruc­tion” and “Dead­lin­ers,” and the 1985 The Jet­sons episode “Elroy in Won­der­land.”

Ingle’s career lasted for over 30 years. He was seen in such live-action TV series as Days of Our Lives, ‘Big Love and The Drew Carey Show. His films included Bat­man and Robin and Heathers.

Born in Tulsa, Okla­homa on May 7, 1928, he grad­u­ated from Occi­den­tal Col­lege. He taught at Hol­ly­wood High School, UCLA and Bev­erly Hills High School before turn­ing to acting.

Grace-Lynne Mar­tin, his wife of 57 years, died on Feb­ru­ary 11 this year. John Ingle is sur­vived by their five daugh­ters, nine grand­chil­dren and three great-grandchildren.

Geoffrey Ammer, 62, was Disney marketing executive

Geoffrey Ammer

Geof­frey Ammer

Long­time Hol­ly­wood mar­ket­ing exec­u­tive Geof­frey Ammer, who worked with such ani­mated films as Toy Story 2, Mulan and A Bug’s Life, died Sun­day morn­ing at St. John’s Health Cen­ter in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. He was 62.

He died after being rushed from his home, where he had suf­fered a heart attack.

The Toledo, Ohio native recently founded his own inde­pen­dent mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pany, Clar­ius Enter­tain­ment, serv­ing as its pres­i­dent and CEO. Based in Bev­erly Hills, Clar­ius Enter­tain­ment had a num­ber of projects in early stages, but had not yet financed and released a film.

Friend and for­mer for­mer 20th Cen­tury Fox col­league Tom Sherak, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, said that Ammer was set on mak­ing the new firm work.

They were finally get­ting ready to start. There is an ani­mated movie that will be released in Decem­ber. He was finally start­ing to enjoy the fruits of his labor in putting that com­pany together,” he said.

Ammer held a series of top mar­ket­ing posts at Dis­ney and other studios.

He helped release the live-action Dis­ney films The Insider, The Rock, 101 Dal­ma­tians, The Insider, Armaged­don and The Sixth Sense.

Born in Ammer grad­u­ated from Start High School in 1968. He received a degree in busi­ness from the Uni­ver­sity of Florida at Gainesville in 1977, mov­ing that year to Los Angeles.

Ammer left Fox in 1994 to join Cin­ergi Pro­duc­tions and head that studio’s world­wide mar­ket­ing. He then moved to the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany to become co-president of marketing.

Geof­frey Ammer is sur­vived by wife Mia Ric­chiuti Ammer; son Geof­frey George II, 7; daugh­ter Annie, 5; and sis­ters Con­nie Ulmer and Bon­nie Ammer.

A memo­r­ial ser­vice was held Fri­day morn­ing in the ball­room at the Bev­erly Hills Four Sea­sons Hotel.

Director, “Asterix” actor Pierre Mondy dead at 87

Pierre Mondy

Pierre Mondy

French film and the­atre actor and direc­tor Pierre Mondy, heard in two 1980s Asterix car­toon movies, died Sat­ur­day morn­ing at Pitié-Salpêtrière hos­pi­tal in Paris from a relapsed lym­phoma. He was 77.

Mondy had been ill for three years and had been hos­pi­tal­ized since late August.

He voiced Caius Obtus in Asterix et la Sur­prise de Cesar (Asterix vs. Cae­sar; 1985) and Cetinlap­sus in Asterix Chez Le Bre­tons (Asterix in Britain; 1986).

Born Pierre Cuq in Neuilly-sur-Seine on Feb­ru­ary 10, 1925, he first appeared on screen in Jacques Becker’s Rendez-vous de juil­let (1949). Dur­ing his career, he was seen in over 140 films.

He received inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion in 1960 for por­tray­ing Napoléon Bona­parte in the movie Auster­litz, directed by Abel Gance. Between 1992 and 2005, he appeared in the French TV series Les Cordier, juge et flic.

Mondy directed over 60 the­atre pro­duc­tions, includ­ing many at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. In 1973, he directed the first pro­duc­tion of La Cage aux folles, star­ring Jean Poiret and Michel Ser­rault (it was adapted into the English-language movie The Bird­cage).

He directed four films and 13 tele­vi­sion episodes, in addi­tion to writ­ing two TV screen­play adaptations.

His first three mar­riages, to actresses Claude Gen­sac, Pas­cale Roberts and Annie Fournier, all ended in divorce.

Pierre Mondy is sur­vived by his wife since 1991, actress Cather­ine Allary. He had two chil­dren with Fournier, includ­ing writer Lau­rent Mondy.

Ser­vices will be held Thurs­day after­noon at Saint-Honoré-d’Eylau church in Paris.

Lance LeGault was Junior in Home on the Range

Lance LeGault

Lance LeGault

Long­time char­ac­ter actor Lance LeGault, the voice of Junior the Buf­falo in the 2004 Dis­ney movie Home on the Range, died Mon­day at his Los Ange­les home, his daugh­ter Mary said.

Although his offi­cial Web site indi­cated that he was 75, the Inter­net Movie Data­base gives his birth­date as May 2, 1935, mak­ing him 77.

One of his best-known roles was as Col. Rod­er­ick Decker on the hit 1980s series The A-Team, his daugh­ter said.

In car­toons, he voiced Yank Jus­tice in the nine-episode, 30-minute 1985 series Big­foot and the Mus­cle Machines, part of Mar­vel Pro­duc­tions’ Super Sun­day block.

He also voiced Cle­tus McN­abb in the 2006 car­toon movie The Leg­end of Sasquatch and the Chief in the 2005 ani­mated video Tug­ger: The Jeep 4x4 Who Wanted to Fly.

Often play­ing stern colonels, the low-pitched, gravelly-voiced actor por­trayed Col. Glass in the 1981 com­edy Stripes, star­ring Bill Mur­ray and John Candy.

A stunt dou­ble for Elvis Pres­ley, he had uncred­ited appear­ances in the King’s movies Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) and Roustabout, Viva Las Vegas and Kissin’ Cousins (all 1964). His voice was used for a while to nar­rate tour audio­tape at Presley’s Grace­land mansion.

LeGault also appeared in such movies as Coma and TV series includ­ing The A-Team. He had a recur­ring role on Dynasty in 1980 and 1981.

He did com­mer­cial voiceovers for such prod­ucts as Burger King, Dodge and 7-Up, his daugh­ter said. Glen Lar­son, cre­ator of the tele­vi­sion series Knight Rider, observed that LeGault’s voice was “four octaves lower than God’s,” she added.

Born in Chicago, LeGault grew up in Chill­i­cothe, Illinois.

Lance LeGault is sur­vived by Teresa, his wife of 35 years; daugh­ters Mary and Teresa; and sons Mar­cus and Lance.

Funeral arrange­ments were pending.

Bob Lambert, 55, led Disney’s digital transition


Bob Lambert

Bob Lam­bert

For­mer Dis­ney senior exec­u­tive Bob Lam­bert, who helped the Mouse House move from film to dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion, died sud­denly Fri­day of unnamed causes at his Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia home, his fam­ily announced Mon­day night. He was 55.

No other details were avail­able con­cern­ing the death of Lam­bert, a tech­ni­cal strate­gist at Dis­ney for 25 years.

While work­ing for Dis­ney Fea­ture Ani­ma­tion, Lam­bert real­ized a method to replace cel ani­ma­tion with CGI pro­duc­tion. He chose Steve Jobs’ Pixar to design the soft­ware and super­vised the col­lab­o­ra­tive process between the companies.

Lam­bert ini­ti­ated Disney’s longterm suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pixar and the devel­op­ment of a com­pletely new dig­i­tal film pro­duc­tion process, which brought Dis­ney an Acad­emy Award for Sci­en­tific and Tech­ni­cal Achievement.

As senior vice-president for world­wide tech­nol­ogy strat­egy and devel­op­ment, he was chal­lenged with look­ing “down the road and around the cor­ner” to help guide one of the world’s most inno­v­a­tive and forward-thinking com­pa­nies to suc­cess­fully engage in new busi­ness strate­gies. His group drove inno­va­tion in con­tent pro­duc­tion and distribution.

He and his team pio­neered award-winning dig­i­tal land­scape tran­si­tions and strate­gies in film, tele­vi­sion, e-commerce, social media and emerg­ing con­sumer media, often part­ner­ing with com­peti­tors and par­al­lel indus­tries to cre­ate new sea-change opportunities.

Lam­bert began at Dis­ney in 1985, leav­ing in May 2010 as part of a cor­po­rate restructuring.

Euro­pean Dig­i­tal Cin­ema Forum CEO David Monk described Lam­bert as a “coura­geous vision­ary.” Lam­bert and Dis­ney col­league Phil Bar­low, Monk remem­bered, were behind the piv­otal Euro­pean digital-cinema release in 2000 of Toy Story 2.

Lam­bert served as pres­i­dent of tech­nol­ogy oper­a­tions and licens­ing and chair­man of Disney’s inter­di­vi­sional tech­nol­ogy board, map­ping tech­nol­ogy and inno­va­tion approaches in new media with Disney’s world­wide busi­ness units and tech­nol­ogy part­ners. He served as Disney’s senior tech exec­u­tive in strate­gic plan­ning, M&A dili­gence, intel­lec­tual prop­erty and patent strat­egy, inter-industry rela­tions, stan­dards and reg­u­la­tory issues, and tech tal­ent recruitment.

He was chair­man emer­i­tus of the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern California’s Enter­tain­ment Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, a 17-company con­sor­tium ded­i­cated to con­sumer media trends, and had served as chair­man and CEO of USC/ETC.

Lam­bert was a founder and term chair­man of DCI, the six-studio con­sor­tium that suc­cess­fully pio­neered the tran­si­tion of more than 40,000 the­atres from film to dig­i­tal cin­ema world­wide. In his role as a dig­i­tal cin­ema indus­try leader, he served as a co-author of Under­stand­ing Dig­i­tal Cin­ema, a com­pre­hen­sive resource on all aspects of fin­ish­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing and dis­play­ing film digitally.

Prior to Dis­ney, Lam­bert was exec­u­tive direc­tor of devel­op­ment for Para­mount Pic­tures. He also directed devel­op­ment for West­ern Tech­nolo­gies, a con­sumer prod­ucts and enter­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy design firm.

As an inven­tor, Lam­bert held 30 domes­tic and inter­na­tional patents in media tech­nolo­gies. He was named an Indus­try Pio­neer by the ShoW­est national film and tele­vi­sion indus­try con­fer­ence, out­stand­ing alum­nus of Vir­ginia Tech, and received an Astro­labium Award from the Inter­na­tional Elec­tronic Cin­ema Fes­ti­val. He lea sym­posia on inno­va­tion and cul­tural change, and keynoted inter­na­tional trade events in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

He served on the board of direc­tors of start-up ven­tures and non-profits, includ­ing LLE, Inc, a firm pio­neer­ing eco-friendly laser-based light­ing sys­tems. He served on advi­sory boards of USC, Vir­ginia Tech, the Amer­i­can Film Insti­tute, the National Acad­emy of Sci­ence and the Star­bright Foun­da­tion, and sup­ported Invent­Now, an orga­ni­za­tion devoted to pro­mot­ing inno­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity and inven­tion in ele­men­tary and high school students.

A Vir­ginia native, he most recently was CEO of The Dig­i­tal Firm, an Los Angeles-based tech­nol­ogy invest­ment com­pany. He was exec­u­tive vice-president of strat­egy and inno­va­tion for The World Tech­nol­ogy Net­work. Last year, he helped launched City­Works (X)po, the first national con­fer­ence to exam­ine the rise of small cities.

Request­ing pri­vacy, the fam­ily said that it has no imme­di­ate plans for a memo­r­ial ser­vice. It asked that con­tri­bu­tions in his honor be sent to the Amer­i­can Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Animals.

Chicken Run” executive producer Jake Eberts dies

Jake Eberts

Jake Eberts

Montreal-born pro­ducer Jake Eberts, whose movies won 37 Oscars — includ­ing four for best pic­ture — died Thurs­day morn­ing in his home­town after a brief ill­ness. He was 71.

He was exec­u­tive pro­ducer of seven the­atri­cal ani­mated fea­ture films, includ­ing the 2000 hit Chicken Run, on which he part­nered with Jef­frey Katzenberg.

Oth­ers were The Nut­cracker Prince (1990), The Thief And The Cob­bler (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), Doo­gal and Renais­sance (both 2006), and The Illu­sion­ist (2010).

Born John David Eberts on July 10, 1941, he grew up in Mon­treal and Arvida, Que­bec. He attended Bishop’s Col­lege School in Lennoxville, Que­bec and grad­u­ated from McGill Uni­ver­sity (Bach­e­lor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing 1962) and Har­vard Busi­ness School (MBA 1966).

Eberts’s work­ing career began as a start-up engi­neer for L’Air Liq­uide in Spain, Italy, Ger­many and France. He then spent three years as a Wall Street investor. He moved to Lon­don in 1971, where he joined Oppen­heimer & Co., ris­ing to the posi­tion of man­ag­ing direc­tor of the British bro­ker­age and invest­ment com­pany in 1976.

With no appar­ent prior inter­est in film, he turned to film financ­ing in about 1977, and joined David Put­tnam in found­ing Gold­crest Films, an inde­pen­dent film pro­duc­tion com­pany, for which he served as pres­i­dent and CEO. His first ven­ture was the 1978 ani­mated movie Water­ship Down, directed by Mar­tin Rosen.

He pro­duced or financed over 50 films, includ­ing Char­i­ots of Fire, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Dances with Wolves, Dri­ving Miss Daisy, The Dresser, Local Hero, A River Runs Through It, Black Robe, Ocean and Grey Owl. He worked with such famed actors as Robert Red­ford, Ben Kings­ley, Mor­gan Free­man, Bruce Beres­ford, Richard Atten­bor­ough, Pierce Bros­nan and Albert Finney.

He was an extra­or­di­nary film pro­ducer and an extra­or­di­nary man,” said his close friend, Mon­treal direc­tor and fre­quent ten­nis part­ner Denys Arcand, a close friend and fre­quent ten­nis part­ner of Eberts. “He took film­mak­ing seri­ously. He felt cin­ema should be used to bet­ter mankind. This is a lofty stan­dard in an age where movies are being adapted from comic books. He had such noble ideals and morals.”

He was such a smart and elo­quent man, yet he was also such a hum­ble man and such a gen­er­ous man — he gave to so many causes,” said pro­ducer Denise Robert, Arcand’s wife and film col­lab­o­ra­tor. “He brought out the best in every­body. It’s a great loss for us, but it’s also a great loss for the world.”

It’s a huge loss for the film com­mu­nity, but also for mem­bers of his extended fam­ily,” said the producer’s brother, Jay Eberts. “He touched the lives of so many and brought so much light into the world. He was an inspi­ra­tion to us all.”

Mon­treal film pro­ducer Kevin Tier­ney described Eberts as some­one scarcely seen nowa­days in the movie busi­ness: “A great entre­pre­neur with a great esthetic sense. They just don’t make them like him any more.”

In 1985, Eberts founded Allied Film­mak­ers, based in Lon­don and Paris, an inde­pen­dent fea­ture film devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion company.

Eberts served as media advi­sor to Par­tic­i­pant Media and the Abu Dhabi Media Com­pany. He sat on the board of the Sun­dance Channel.

A res­i­dent of Lon­don and Paris for 50 years, Eberts was chair­man of National Geo­graphic Films (which dis­trib­uted March of the Pen­guins) and trustee emer­i­tus of the Sun­dance Institute.

In 1991, Eberts pub­lished My Inde­ci­sion Is Final, his auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal study of the film indus­try. In 1992, he became an Offi­cer of the Order of Canada. Eberts was awarded hon­orary doc­tor­ates by McGill Uni­ver­sity in 1998, Bishop’s Uni­ver­sity in 1999 and Trent Uni­ver­sity in 2005.

Eberts’s most recent project, the IMAX 3D doc­u­men­tary Jerusalem, is sched­uled for release in 2013.

I could never be a direc­tor because I could never stand focus­ing all that time on just one project,” he said last year in a Mon­treal Gazette inter­view. “I’m much more the exec­u­tive producer.”

Eberts began, oddly enough, as an engineer.

Peo­ple wouldn’t think of some­one with a chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing back­ground to end up in the movie world,” he said. “But life can take you down these won­der­ful paths.”

Besides his brother, Jake Eberts is sur­vived by his wife Fiona and their adult chil­dren: sons Alex and Dave and daugh­ter Lindsay.

The funeral is pri­vate. Plans for a memo­r­ial will be announced soon.

Dobie Gillis actor Steve Franken dies at 80

Steve Franken

Steve Franken

Comedic char­ac­ter actor Steve Franken, who por­trayed brag­gart rich kid Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. in the 1959–63 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, died Fri­day in Los Ange­les. He was 80.

The cause was can­cer, his wife Jean said.

The sec­ond cousin of Min­nesota Sen­a­tor and humorist Al Franken, he por­trayed Bud in the 2001 the­atri­cal car­toon movie The Trum­pet of the Swan.

Franken voiced Pro­fes­sor Eugene Atwa­ter in the short-lived 1996 Warner Bros. ani­mated series Road Rovers.

He guested as the voice of Run­dle in the 1993 Bat­man episode “The Mechanic,” and was Mr. Beal in the 1999 Deten­tion episodes “Lit­tle Miss Pop­u­lar” and “Com­edy of Ter­rors.” In 2000, he guested as Mr. Janus in the Sta­tic Shock episode “Grounded.”

Franken pro­vided addi­tional voices in Smurfs (1981), The Adven­tures of Don Coy­ote and San­cho Panda (1990) and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (1997).

He was born Stephen Robert Franken in Queens, New York on May 27, 1932. A Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate, he began act­ing in New York City in such plays as Inherit the Wind, the fic­tion­al­ized drama about the Scopes “Mon­key Trial.”

He appeared six times in dif­fer­ent roles on the sit­com Bewitched.

Franken guested in 1963’s “The Case of the Deadly Ver­dict,” the only Perry Mason episode in which the famed fic­tional lawyer had a client who was convicted.

In 2004, his role in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis won him a TV Land Award nom­i­na­tion for Favorite Fash­ion Plate — Male.

His first mar­riage, to Julia Carter, ended in divorce.

Besides his wife, Steve Franken is sur­vived by their daugh­ter, Anne; two daugh­ters from his first mar­riage, Emily Franken and Abi­gail Glass; and two grandchildren.

Ken Walker, 91, was animator for Disney and H-B

Ken Walker

Ken Walker

Ani­ma­tor and direc­tor Ken­neth David “Ken” Walker, whose work for Dis­ney included such mem­o­rable films as Alice in Won­der­land and Fan­ta­sia, died August 18 in Laguna Hills, Cal­i­for­nia. He was 91.

A mem­ber of the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica, he worked for Dis­ney from 1940–42 and 1945–52. He was filmed as one of Disney’s lead­ing ani­ma­tors on the “Dis­ney Car­toons” episode of You Asked For It, which can cur­rently be seen on YouTube.

Walker also worked for many other notable com­pa­nies, such as Colum­bia Pic­tures and Hanna-Barbera. He was the founder and sole owner of N.Y.C. Totem Pro­duc­tions from 1965 to 1971. In 1981, he founded Fun­ny­bone Films in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, where he remained owner for 20 years.

In TV, he ani­mated Mil­ton the Mon­ster (1965), Bailey’s Comets (1973) and The Great Grape Ape Show (1977). He ani­mated the ABC After­school Spe­cials The Incred­i­ble, Indeli­ble, Mag­i­cal Phys­i­cal, Mys­tery Trip (1973) and The Mag­i­cal Mys­tery Trip Through Lit­tle Red’s Head (1974).

Walker ani­mated the TV spe­cials The Bear Who Slept Through Christ­mas (1973) and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (1982), as well as the TV-movie Clerow Wilson’s Great Escape and The Mad Mag­a­zine TV Spe­cial, both made in 1974. He was a pro­duc­tion designer for the 2000 spe­cial It’s the Pied Piper, Char­lie Brown and a tim­ing direc­tor for the 1994–94 series Skele­ton War­riors.

He was a char­ac­ter ani­ma­tor for the 1982 H-B fea­ture film Heidi’s Song and an ani­ma­tor for the 1992 hybrid movie Cool World. As well, he ani­mated the the­atri­cal 1974 short Trail of the Lone­some Pink and was ani­ma­tion direc­tor of the inde­pen­dent 1966 short Seeds of Discovery.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4, 1921, Walker grad­u­ated from North Hol­ly­wood High School in the win­ter of 1940. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific The­atre from 1942 to 1945.

Ken Walker was pre­de­ceased by his first wife, Sally Har­riet (Shep­pard) Walker, and sec­ond wife, Helen (Jacob) Walker.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Car­olyn Vera (Phillips) Walker; son Ken­neth Alfred Walker of Mur­ri­eta, Cal­i­for­nia; daugh­ters Sue (Walker) Bing­ham of Ver­adale, Wash­ing­ton and Lynne Sperry (Walker) Blader­groen of Savan­nah, Geor­gia; brother George August Gewehr of Tuc­son, Ari­zona; grand­chil­dren Glenn Michael Walker, Tiffany Cole Moss, Lind­sey Suzanne (Bing­ham) Skin­fill, Ian and Kyle Blader­groen; and great-grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler Walker, Gabriella Rae Skin­fill and Aubrey Bladergroen.

A ser­vice will be held at 12:45 p.m. Mon­day August 27 at River­side National Cemetery.

Stand-up comedienne Phyllis Diller dead at 95

Phyllis Diller from Mad Monster Party

Phyl­lis Diller from Mad Mon­ster Party

Phyl­lis Diller, a pio­neer of female stand-up com­edy, died Mon­day morn­ing at her Los Ange­les home sur­rounded by fam­ily, sources close to the come­di­enne said. She was 95.

She died peace­fully in her sleep and with a smile on her face,” long­time man­ager Mil­ton Suchin told the Asso­ci­ated Press.

Her health had been declin­ing since a recent fall which hurt her wrist and hip, sources told TMZ. She had been liv­ing in home hos­pice care.

She com­bined wild cos­tumes, untamed hair and a rau­cous laugh with self-deprecating mono­logues to cre­ate one of comedy’s most pop­u­lar characters.

Diller was famously car­i­ca­tured as The Monster’s Mate in the 1967 Rankin-Bass stop-motion movie Mad Mon­ster Party. She voiced the Queen in the 1997 Pixar film A Bug’s Life. Among her other car­toon movies were The Nut­cracker Prince (1990, as Mouse­queen), Hap­pily Ever After (1990, as Mother Nature) and Casper’s Scare School (2006, as Aunt Spitzy).

In 2008, she starred along­side Deb­bie Reynolds as the voice of Pelops (the Don­key) in Chi­nese stu­dio San­toon Pro­duc­tions’ ani­mated fea­ture film Light of Olympia.

As well, she voiced the Sugar Plum Fairy in the direct-to-video The Nut­ti­est Nut­cracker (1999).

She was heard as her­self in the 1970 TV spe­cial The Mad, Mad, Mad Come­di­ans and as the White Queen in the 1987 spe­cial Alice Through the Look­ing Glass.

Diller guested as her­self in “A Good Medium is Rare,” a 1972 episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

She voiced her­self in the Robot Chicken episodes “Oper­a­tion: Rich in Spirit” and “Easter Bas­ket,” Mrs. Claus in “Easter Bas­ket” and “Robot Chicken Christ­mas Spe­cial,” Hooker in “Easter Bas­ket,” and Mrs. Dorsey in “Oper­a­tion: Rich in Spirit.”

In Fam­ily Guy, she guested as Peter’s mother, Thelma Grif­fin, in the episodes “Mother Tucker” (2006), “Peter’s Two Dads” (2007) and “Padre de Familia” (2007). The Adven­tures of Jimmy Neu­tron: Boy Genius cast her as Grandma Neu­tron in 2002’s “Granny Baby” and 2004’s “Mater­notron Knows Best”/“Send In the Clones.”

Other voice roles were in Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (1973; as Detec­tive Phyl­lis Dex­ter in “The Lady Detec­tive”), Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers (1990; Dr. Jane Goodair in “Smog Hog”), Cow and Chicken (1997; Red’s Mom in “Pro­fes­sor Long­horn Steer”), Hey Arnold! (1996; Aunt Mitzi in “Grandpa’s Sis­ter”), The Pow­er­puff Girls (1998; Mask Scara in “A Made Up Story”), Ani­ma­ni­acs (1998; Suzie Squir­rel in “The Sun­shine Squir­rels”), The Wild Thorn­ber­rys (1999; Sam in “Two’s Com­pany”), and King of the Hill (1999; Lil­lian in “Escape From Party Island”).

In live action, she hosted “Spooks and Magic,” a 1972 episode of Disney’s The Mouse Fac­tory, and appeared in the 1989 TV spe­cial A Yabba-Dabba-Doo Cel­e­bra­tion!: 50 Years of Hanna-Barbera.

Diller was fit­ted with a pace­maker after suf­fer­ing a 1999 heart attack.

Phyl­lis Ada Dri­ver was born in Lima, Ohio on July 17, 1917. She began her career in 1952. A 1955 club book­ing sky­rock­eted her to suc­cess: sched­uled for two weeks, she stayed 89.

Diller made her tele­vi­sion debut in 1958 as a con­tes­tant on Grou­cho Marx’s game show You Bet Your Life. After mov­ing to Web­ster Groves, Mis­souri in 1961, Diller honed her act in St. Louis clubs such as Gaslight Square’s Crys­tal Palace.

She became famous with her 1960s TV spe­cials along­side Bob Hope. Later that decade, she starred in The Phyl­lis Diller Show, as well as a vari­ety show called The Beau­ti­ful Phyl­lis Diller Show. In addi­tion, she was also a reg­u­lar on Laugh In.

After well-publicized plas­tic surgery, Diller posed for Play­boy. How­ever, the pho­tos remained unpublished.

Diller told a filthy joke in the 2005 movie The Aris­to­crats.

She “broke the way for every woman come­dian,” Joan Rivers said dur­ing a recent appear­ance on Watch What Hap­pens Live.

In addi­tion to her tele­vi­sion, film and stage work, Diller made five records, wrote four best-selling books, and per­formed on piano with over 100 sym­phony orchestras.

Her two mar­riages — to Sher­wood Ander­son Diller from 1939 to 1965 and actor-singer Warde Dono­van from 1965 to 1975 — ended in divorce. She con­stantly men­tioned her fic­tional hus­band “Fang” in her stand-up act. Her part­ner, lawyer Rob Hast­ings, died in 1996.

Phyl­lis Din­ner was pre­de­ceased by two sons and a daugh­ter. She is sur­vived by daugh­ters Sally and Suzanne, four grand­chil­dren and a great-granddaughter.

Plans for ser­vices are pending.