Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 09, 2004

Charles E. Andrews, 88, a writer at the dawn of television who helped create an informal, intimate approach to programming for Dave Garroway, Studs Terkel and other early stars, died July 2 in New York City.

As the writer for Mr. Terkel's show, Studs' Place, which chronicled the activities at a mythical bar and grill, Mr. Andrews wrote an outline of the plot. Actors then made up their lines. "Dialogue by the Cast," the closing credits read.

When Mr. Garroway moved from Chicago to New York to become the first host of the Today program in 1952, Mr. Andrews continued to work with him. Later, he wrote for Sid Caesar and produced The Arthur Godfrey Show, The Steve Allen Show and Candid Camera, among other programs.

Syreeta Wright, 58, a Motown recording artist and songwriter who collaborated with former husband Stevie Wonder in writing several hits, including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and "If You Really Love Me," died of breast cancer Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Ms. Wright was also known for her hit duet with Billy Preston, "With You I'm Born Again," from the 1979 film Fast Break.

She married Stevie Wonder in 1970. They divorced about two years later but remained friends and collaborators.

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