Donald Douglas Dies: Editor Known for ‘Murder She Wrote’ was 87

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Alexandra Del Rosario on October 14, 2020.

Donald Douglas, a film editor known for Murder, She Wrote; George Washington and The Eddie Capra Mysteries, has died. His family announced that Douglas died after a brief illness at Grace Pointe in Greeley, Colorado on October 3. Douglas was 87. …

When the 80s rolled around, he worked on the Golden Globe-winning Murder She Wrote, which starred Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, the show’s lead intellectual crime-solver and writer. Douglas directed a total of 53 Murder episodes and earned an Emmy nomination for his work in 1985. The nomination would be his second as he received another nod in 1984 for his work on the Barry Bostwick biopic series George Washington.

When Murder, She Wrote came to a close in 1991, so did Douglas’ editing career. In 1994 Douglas and his wife retired and moved to Greeley, Colorado. …

Deadline Hollywood 10/14

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