Rose Hobart, 94, Actress
Broadway and Hollywood actress Rose Hobart died Aug. 29 in Woodland Hills, Calif. She was 94.
Hobart made her Broadway debut in "Lullaby" (1922), and classical and contemporary roles followed not only on Broadway, but also in London, L.A., and the USO camp shows (1944-45). Her film credits include "The Farmer's Daughter," "East of Borneo," "Mr. and Mrs. North," and more. On television, she was most known for playing Sister Margaret on "The Danny Thomas Show" and Mary on "Peyton Place."
Hobart was a SAG activist, a board member of SAG during the time of the Communist witch hunts in the U.S. She was blacklisted in 1949, when her film career came to an end. She once said that she believed she was cut out of industry opportunities not because of any Communist affiliation, but because of her fighting for better working conditions for actors.
In 1994, the actress wrote an autobiography, "A Steady Digression to a Fixed Point."
Entertainment lawyer and trustee of the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trusts, Robert H. Montgomery Jr., died of lung cancer Sept. 2, at his home in Sag Harbor. He was 77.
Montgomery was a partner at the Manhattan law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison for 40 years. His clients included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Louis Malle, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Isabella Rossellini. He also helped represent the late Joseph Papp in a legal battle against New York City, paving the way for decades of performances of Shakespeare in the Park.
It was through Montgomery's perseverance that the current revival of Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate" was produced; he worked for 20 years to find a producer for the project.
Montgomery served as a trustee of Vassar College Arts, as well as on the boards of the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor and the Manhattan School of Music.
Jack Nitzsche, 63, Composer
Oscar-winning songwriter, keyboardist, and arranger Jack Nitzsche died of cardiac arrest brought on by a recurring bronchial infection Fri., Aug. 25 in Hollywood. He was 63.
Nitzsche worked with musicians like Phil Spector, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Miles Davis. Collaborations with former wife Buffy Sainte-Marie ("Up Where We Belong," which won the Academy Award for Best Song from "An Officer and a Gentleman") and Sonny Bono ("Needles and Pins," a hit for the Searchers) won him fame, but the composer was most widely recognized for his film scores. His scores for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "An Officer and a Gentleman," were nominated for Academy Awards. Other film scores included the rock and soul documentary, "The T.A.M.I. Show," as well as "The Exorcist," "The Jewel of the Nile," "9fi Weeks," "Stand By Me," and "The Hot Spot," which brought together John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, and Miles Davis.