Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

April 11, 2005

Debralee Scott,

52, an actress who appeared in the sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and some of the Police Academy movies, died of natural causes Tuesday at her home in Amelia Island, Fla.

She came from a family of show-business insiders. Her eldest sister, Scott Bushnell, produced many of director Robert Altman's films.

She got her first major role at age 22, playing Cathy Shumway on Mary Hartman. She later played the role of "Hotsy" Totsy on the show Welcome Back, Kotter, and acted in 1984's Police Academy and 1986's Police Academy 3: Back in Training.

Al Wasserman,

84, an Academy Award-winning maker of documentaries, died March 31 of lung cancer in Manhattan.

Mr. Wasserman, who was a pioneer in his field, created programs that ranged from news documentaries to dramatic re-enactments. An early movie documentary he wrote, First Steps, about physical therapy for disabled children, won an Academy Award in 1947.

As a staff writer, director and producer at CBS from 1955 to 1960, he made several films for The Search, an early television documentary series about research done in universities. It won a Sylvania Award for network public service. After moving to NBC in 1960, he became the founding producer of NBC's White Paper series.

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