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February 14, 2004

Martin Jurow,

92, a longtime studio executive and agent who produced Breakfast at Tiffany's and other classics, died Thursday in Dallas after suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than a decade.

As an independent producer, Mr. Jurow was responsible for giving Audrey Hepburn and Peter Sellers roles in Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Pink Panther.

Mr. Jurow also produced The Great Race with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood; Soldier in the Rain with Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason; The Hanging Tree with Gary Cooper; The Fugitive Kind with Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward; and Terms of Endearment.

In his Hollywood studio days, Mr. Jurow was executive assistant to movie titans Jack L. Warner and Hal B. Wallis.

Once a top-level agent for MCA and the William Morris Agency, Mr. Jurow was instrumental in the Broadway productions of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I, Guys and Dolls and The Music Man.

Edward Jablonski,

81, a distinguished biographer of such American composers as George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, died Tuesday of heart failure in New York.

The Gershwin Years, which he co-wrote with Lawrence D. Stewart, was based on many previously unavailable materials from the personal archives of the Gershwin family and their friends. The book was adapted for and produced on television, with narration by the celebrated songwriter Richard Rogers.

Mr. Jablonski also wrote Gershwin Remembered and a biography of lyricist and screenwriter Alan Jay Lerner. His last book was Irving Berlin: American Troubadour. At the time of his death, he was working on a new volume, Masters of American Song.

He also wrote several books on aviation and aerial warfare, including the four-volume series Airwar and two pictorial histories of both world wars.

Philip Schmidt,

81, a former brewery executive whose family made Olympia beer a Hollywood favorite with the slogan "It's the water -- and a lot more," died Wednesday in Washington state after a short illness.

Mr. Schmidt, a former mayor of Tumwater, Wash., and the grandson of Olympia Brewery founder Leopold Schmidt, got his first job in 1939 in the brewery gluing union labels on boxes. He retired in 1974.

At his retirement, the beer was at its peak, favored by actors Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford and known throughout the West Coast for its catchy slogan.

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