Magazine article Variety

Died:: Merv Adelson Oct. 23.1929

Magazine article Variety

Died:: Merv Adelson Oct. 23.1929

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Merv Adelson, the Lorimar co-founder who produced some of TV's biggest hits of the 1970s and '80s, had a career marked by highs and lows that were equally spectacular. Adelson, who died Sept. 8 at 85, was once one of the most powerful independent moguls in Hollywood, but later lost his fortune on bad bets during the early dotcom era and in the meltdown that followed the merger of AOL and Time Warner.

Adelson married one of the most famous women in the world, Barbara Walters, not once but twice in the 1980s.

Adelson grew up delivering groceries to the stars in Beverly Hills for his Russian immigrant father, from whom he borrowed money to start the first 24-hour supermarket in the gambling boomtown of Las Vegas. Adelson and his partner Irwin Molasky found an investor for their Vegas developments in Desert Inn owner Morris "Moe" Dalitz. It was the first of his associations with mobsters, which would dog Adelson for the rest of his life. He went on to develop other projects, notably the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., which opened in 1965.

But Adelson made his biggest fortune on the success of Lorimar, the production company he founded in 1968 with seasoned producer Lee Rich.

The company scored with the 1971 TV movie "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story," which led to the long-running CBS series "The Waltons. …

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