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Deborah Raffin Dies at 59, Audiobook Pioneer and Actress

News from WebProNews: If you are heavily involved with the audiobook industry, I am sure that the name “Deborah Raffin” comes up from time to time. Raffin was an American actress who later went into audiobook publishing. Earlier in her career, Raffin started acting, and starred in various small roles in the 1970s, such as: 40 Carats (1973), Once Is Not Enough (1975), The Sentinal (1977), and Hanging on a Star (1978). During the time of Raffin’s acting, she met her future husband Michael Viner. The couple later launched an audiobook publishing company in 1985. During their audiobook publishing venture, one of the most well-known audiobooks that they released was Sharing Christmas (1990), which included small historical accounts from various celebrities and raised money for the homeless. According to IMDb, Raffin was the second … Read entire article »

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Deborah Raffin Dies: Actress, Audio Book Publisher Dead At 59

News from International Business Times: BY IBTimes Staff Reporter | November 23 2012 1:29 PM Actress Deborah Raffin, who became well-known relatively late in her life for launching a successful audio book company, has died of leukemia. She was 59. Raffin was diagnosed with leukemia about a year ago, her brother William told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. The actress and audio book publisher died Wednesday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Raffin’s death was mourned by many in the entertainment world. “Lovely lady — too young to die. RIP,” tweeted actress Morgan Fairchild. “Very sad to hear of the passing of my dear dear friend Deborah Raffin. Although I know life is eternal, my heart is heavy,” tweeted Shawn King, wife of Larry King. A Los Angeles native, Raffin got her start in acting in the 1970s … Read entire article »

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Actress, audiobook entrepreneur Deborah Raffin dies at 59

News from OregonLive.com: By The Associated Press OregonLive.com on November 23, 2012 at 7:10 AM, updated November 23, 2012 at 7:15 AM Actress and audiobook entrepreneur Deborah Raffin died Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Associated Press / 1983 LOS ANGELES — Deborah Raffin, an actress who ran a successful audiobook company with the help of her celebrity friends, has died. She was 59. Raffin died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her brother, William, told the continues on OregonLive.com >>> Read the full article Related News: … Read entire article »

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Deborah Raffin, Actress and Audiobook Entrepreneur, Dies at 59

News from Hollywood Reporter: Deborah Raffin, an actress and entrepreneur who launched audiobook powerhouse Dove Books-on-Tape with her husband, music producer Michael Viner, has died. She was 59. •Obituaries Raffin died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, her brother William told the Los Angeles Times. She was diagnosed with the blood cancer about a year ago, he said. PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2012 The blond Los Angeles native, who as a college student was spot……………. continues on Hollywood Reporter >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Los Angeles Times: Deborah Raffin, a film actress, veteran of television miniseries and entrepreneur whose company, Dove Books-on-Tape, became a major force in the audio book industry, died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. … Read entire article »

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Radio dramatist and audiobook producer dies

News from Sacramento Bee: LOS ANGELES – Radio dramatist and audiobook producer Yuri Rasovsky has died in Los Angeles at 67. His companion Lorna Raver tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/A7cIgg) that Rasovsky died of esophageal cancer on Jan. 18 at his Los Angeles home. In the 1970s, Rasovsky and his National Radio Theater of Chicago earned a Peabody Award for weekly radio plays. Rasovsky productions included “Craven Street,” an account of Benjamin Franklin’s life, and “Dateline 1787,” which employed 35 actors to convey the writing of the U.S. Constitution. His 2007 audio book “Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls” won three industry Audie Awards. Another Rasovsky audio drama, “The Mark of Zorro” with Val Kilmer as the adventurer, has been nominated for a spoken-word Grammy at the Feb. 12 awards show. What You Should Know … Read entire article »

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Radio dramatist and audiobook producer dies

News from Chicago Tribune: Associated Press 6:40 a.m. CST, February 6, 2012 LOS ANGELES— Radio dramatist and audiobook producer Yuri Rasovsky has died in Los Angeles at 67. His companion Lorna Raver tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/A7cIgg) that Rasovsky died of esophageal cancer on Jan. 18 at his Los Angeles home. In the 1970s, Rasovsky and his National Radio Theater of Chicago earned a Peabody Award for weekly radio plays. Rasovsky productions included “Craven Street,” an account of >>> Read the full article Related News: News from nwitimes.com: The Academy Award nominated film “The Artist” is attracting crowds as it tells a story of drama and humor in two hours — all without saying a world. JoBe Cerny isn’t surprised that people can be effectively drawn to the sounds of silence. He was doing the same decades before for one of … Read entire article »

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Yuri Rasovsky dies at 67; big name in radio dramas, audio books

News from Los Angeles Times: Radio drama was thought to be nearly extinct when Yuri Rasovsky launched the National Radio Theater of Chicago in the early 1970s, and he emerged as a major voice in its revival. One of his first productions was a radio adaptation of the 1920 silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” By 1978, producer-writer-director Rasovsky and his theater had earned a Peabody Award for the weekly radio plays that aired on a small Chicago station. After seeing the film “Star Wars,” Rasovsky was inspired to stage an aural spectacle, so the high school dropout — who had taught himself Greek — produced his own rough translation of the epic “The Odyssey of Homer.” The resulting, and acclaimed, series was heard on stations across the country in 1981 … Read entire article »

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