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Kathy Lee Dellar


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Kathy Lee Dellar Obituary
September 22, 1949 - April 17, 2017 Kathy Dellar of Los Angeles passed away unexpectedly at home on April 17, 2017. She was 67. Kathy was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, the daughter of Harriett Forbstein Dellar and Melvin Dellar, both with motion picture family backgrounds. She grew up in Beverly Hills and graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1967. In her senior year Kathy was elected Senior Class Secretary and named Student Body Commissioner of Art, "Most Easy Going," and "Friendliest Girl." Her joy of life abounded. She graduated from USC with a B.A. in Cinema in 1972 and continued with post-graduate work. Editing came naturally and soon she was cutting film and sound for a variety of projects such as the feature film "Richard Pryor Is Back, Live in Concert," television's "I'm a Big Girl Now" and "That's Incredible," episodes of documentary-related shows like "Real People" and "America, America," and music videos by The Pretenders and Manhattan Transfer. She also edited a number of electronic press kits including "Field of Dreams" and "Bull Durham." Then, as a member of the Directors Guild of America, she produced and directed "The Sights and Sounds of Christmas," a best-selling evergreen home video that continues to be popular after 30 years. This holiday classic features compelling visuals and recordings by Bing Crosby, Pat Boone and Nat King Cole. Kathy's keen intelligence, unbridled creativity, jovial sense of humor, often flamboyant attire, and outgoing and engaging personality made her stand out in a crowd. If you met Kathy, you'd remembered her. Kathy is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Michael and Leslye Dellar of Napa Valley, CA, nieces Leslie Dellar Hagel (Matthew) of Lafayette, CA, and Stephanie Dellar of Moraga, CA, grandnephews Sam and Henry Hagel, and grandniece Grace Hagel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Kathy's name to Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, 3200 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034, Attn: Development, or www.vistadelmar.org. A memorial celebration of Kathy's life will be held at 11 am on Sunday, May 7 at Beth Olam/Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 30, 2017
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