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A. Fredric Leopold

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LEOPOLD, A. Fredric A. Fredric Leopold, a prominent entertainment lawyer and former mayor of Beverly Hills, died January 1, 2008, at the age of 88. Leopold was founder of the law firm of Leopold, Petrich & Smith. He was described in a 1997 Los Angeles Times cover story as "the dean of the Hollywood script vetters". He was profiled in a 2001 Los Angeles times Calendar story headlined "He's the Insurance Policy", referring to his importance in obtaining coverage for productions and publications. He was a past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, which honored him with a "Lifetime Achievement" award. Active in politics, Leopold served as the twice mayor of Beverly Hills from 1967-1968 and 1971-1972, was a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1968, Treasurer of the Democratic State Committee and Vice Chairman of the Los Angeles County Council of Mayors. His name is memorialized on a mock law firm on "Main Street" in Disneyland as he represented Walt Disney during the development of the site. Leopold served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, earning five battle stars. He volunteered for damage control/bomb disposal. He was a law review graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was named Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar after the Supreme Court Chief Justice. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College. He is survived by his beloved wife, Joan; sister, Muriel Freeman; his four children, Georgena Felicia, Dorian Dreyfuss, Fredric Leopold and Tess Leopold; stepson, Michael Wilmeth; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held January 25th, at 11:00 a.m., at Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary. Donations in his name may be made to the Los Angeles Opera, Community and Education Department, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2008
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