GRAMMY Winner Deborah Raffin Dies
GRAMMY-winning producer/actress and former Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter Board member Deborah Raffin died Nov. 21 following a battle with leukemia. She was 59. As an actress, Raffin landed several starring roles in films such as 40 Carats (1973), Once Is Not Enough (1975) and Death Wish 3 (1985), among others, and TV series incuding "Haywire," "Noble House" and "7th Heaven." In 1985 Raffin launched Dove Books-On-Tape with her then-husband, producer Michael Viner. The company published several audiobooks, including Stephen Hawking’s bestselling A Brief History Of Time and Norman Cousins' Anatomy Of An Illness and The Healing Heart. Raffin earned the sole GRAMMY of her career in 1993 for Best Spoken Word Album For Children as a credited producer on Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales. Raffin also served as executive producer on additional albums and reissues by artists including Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sarah Vaughan, among others.