Edith “Eddie” Landau, the producer who oversaw original shows such as “The David Susskind Show” and anthology series “The Play of the Week” during her tenure as executive vice president of National Telefilm Associates, died Saturday at her home. Went. He was 95 years old.
Other series Eddie worked on as executive vice president included “The Mike Wallace Show,” “Open End,” “The Bishop Queen Show,” and “One Night Stand,” and she remained with the television production company until 1961.
Born to a Jewish family in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on July 15, 1927, Eddie moved to New York in 1948 to pursue a career in show business. He worked as a production coordinator on radio shows such as “Gangbusters” and “Mr. District Attorney” before taking an executive position with National Telefilm Associates. At the time, the company was a start-up run by the late producer Eli Landau, whom Eddie eventually married.
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Eddy continued to collaborate with her husband, producing original projects including “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in 1962. An adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s play of the same name, the film garnered acting awards for Katharine Hepburn, Dean Stockwell, Jason Robards. and Ralph Richardson.
Films such as 1964’s “The Pawnbroker” and the 1970 documentary “King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis” received similar critical acclaim, both of which earned Oscar nominations. The latter was included in the National Film Registry in 1999 for previously published footage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Eddie and Eli started American Film Theater in 1973, an initiative that adapted dozens of plays for film in a series of short theatrical performances. With a total of 14 films, highlights include the Oscar-nominated “The Man in the Glass Booth,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “A Delicate Balance,” starring Hepburn.
In the early 1970s, Eddie starred in “The Deadly Game,” “Separate Tables,” “Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson” and “The Christmas Wife.”
Eddie later attended the University of West Los Angeles School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar at the age of 55. Eddie founded an agency in Beverly Hills called Nannies Unlimited, which helps house parents find reliable childcare staff.
In recent years, Eddie has channeled his creativity by writing poetry. Its five original volumes are titled “Smiles for Seniors: Anyone Who Knows How to Laugh at Themselves”, “Life in Two Lines: Poems to Make Seniors Smile”, “Life in the Age of Coronavirus: Poems to Make Seniors Smile Grown Ups”. “, “Eddie’s Book of Wisdom” and “Eddie’s Anatomy Lesson”.
Eddie wrote in a poem, “I am sure you will never participate in violent acts, but I worry that at some point you may resort to silence.” defended throughout his career.
Eddie is survived by his children John, Tina, and Cathy; his stepson, Les; and the families of their children.