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Douglas S. Cramer, Exec Producer on "Wonder Woman," "Dynasty" and "The Love Boat," Dies at 89

The TV mogul also worked on "Peyton Place," "The Brady Bunch" and "Batman" before partnering with Aaron Spelling.

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by Anonymousreply 51Last Wednesday at 8:01 AM

He had a great ass, but ……..

by Anonymousreply 1Last Monday at 10:47 AM

Involved in soo many iconic television shows of the 1970s and 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Monday at 2:16 PM

Just read up on him I hadnt realised that he was family and one of us kind of thing!

by Anonymousreply 3Last Monday at 6:11 PM

I will miss him most for his great beauty.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Monday at 6:20 PM

He looks like he might be a QUEEN.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Monday at 6:26 PM

All the Love Boat people are dying. Someone check on Lauren Tewes!!!

by Anonymousreply 6Last Monday at 6:28 PM

r6 OMG You are right! didnt Jane Powell appear on Love Boat?

by Anonymousreply 7Last Monday at 6:29 PM

R5, yes:

"Survivors include his husband, artist Hugh Bush."

by Anonymousreply 8Last Monday at 6:30 PM

He married gossip columnist Joyce Haber in 1967 and they had two children. Their daughter committed suicide.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Monday at 6:36 PM

r9 Does he have any grandchildren?

by Anonymousreply 10Last Monday at 6:40 PM

I don’t believe so R10.

He had a son too who died when he was in his late 40s. By all accounts, he and the son were estranged

by Anonymousreply 11Last Monday at 6:43 PM

Thanks r11 So he has no surviving descendants? His bloodline has died out and his widower will get the bulk if not all of his inheritance? Is his hubby a lot younger and handsome?

by Anonymousreply 12Last Monday at 6:46 PM

The husband certainly looks younger. They bought waterfront property in Florida in January of this year for $8 million. I’m speculating as an investment.

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Monday at 6:50 PM

Years and years of schlocky TV - Bravo.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Monday at 6:53 PM

Gave the public what they wanted, r14.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Monday at 6:57 PM

Oh Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Monday at 6:57 PM

Douglas and the ex on Tattle Tales

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by Anonymousreply 17Last Monday at 7:04 PM

Lynda Carter posted a nice tribute to him on her social media pages.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Monday at 7:05 PM

Cheers r13

by Anonymousreply 19Last Monday at 7:09 PM

Cramer was already a noted art collector during the run of the Love Boat. He personally asked Andy Warhol to make an appearance on the show, and Warhol agreed.

This is one of Warhol’s portraits of Cramer.

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by Anonymousreply 20Last Monday at 7:15 PM

Another Warhol portrait

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by Anonymousreply 21Last Monday at 7:16 PM

His husband is kind of attractive ... and now, I assume, Dynasty-level rich.

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by Anonymousreply 22Last Monday at 7:24 PM

I know we're in a golden age of TV today. Sure.

But give me the 70s and 80s with Norman Lear, MTM, Carol Burnett, Aaron Spelling/Douglas S. Cramer, Knots Landing, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Cheers, and Family Ties.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Monday at 7:27 PM

Looks on the clumsy side, r22.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 7:27 PM

Is his cast part of the installation piece?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Monday at 7:36 PM

"I know we're in a golden age of TV today. Sure."

"Sure?" Who told you "we're in a golden age of tv?" You must be kidding. I can't believe anybody would really think the shit on tv today constitutes "a golden age."

by Anonymousreply 26Last Monday at 7:39 PM

R26, not saying we are; not saying we're not; everyone's entitled to their opinion.

Me? I love the stuff I grew up on.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 9:04 PM

Shockingly, Candy Spelling hasn't offered her condolences.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Tuesday at 3:29 AM

Hubby looks like he's packing.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Tuesday at 3:55 AM

What do you expect from the likes of her, r28?

by Anonymousreply 30Last Tuesday at 5:44 AM

I thought the Hugh Bush thing was a joke but it's real!

by Anonymousreply 31Last Tuesday at 5:49 AM

Does he have a hugh bush?

by Anonymousreply 32Last Tuesday at 9:33 AM

Hugh fucks like a champ.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Tuesday at 11:22 AM

Has Joan Collins commented?

by Anonymousreply 34Last Tuesday at 12:59 PM

He had something to do with "Life with Lucy", if Love Boat, etc. didn't epitomize bad tv enough then Lucy's last series has to be the capper.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Tuesday at 1:11 PM

Thank you Mr. Cramer for years of WW spinning in the backyard as a young gayling.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Tuesday at 1:13 PM

R34, Dame Joan hasn't commented, either. Looks like we're left with Maureen McCormack, who must have a "Death Watch" Google alert on.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Tuesday at 4:26 PM

r37 I listened to a podcast last year I think were Joan seemed to allude to some of the shows producers in her view screwing her and other cast members over in terms of royalty rights? I could be mistaken? But if so that would likely in Joans view made Douglas S Cramer one of the culprits.Therein might lie the explanation for her silence?

by Anonymousreply 38Last Tuesday at 5:44 PM

I don't know him.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 12:26 AM

I dunno maybe it’s just me, but how tragic to not only outlive both his children, but to have a fractured relationship with his son, and lose his daughter to suicide. I know, I know, “but he had all that money…”. Anyone know more?

by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 2:15 AM

Eww, who cares?

by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 2:21 AM

R13 His husband gives me the same grifter vibes as Andy Cohen

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 2:23 AM
by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 6:35 AM

The Cramer family was a Greek Tragedy. Straight out of a Judith Krantz novel. Douglas Cramer was a fairly awful person...in that "I am a legendary TV producer and I get what I want" kind of way. He and Joyce Haber were quite the power couple at one time. But if Doug was awful, Joyce was amoral. She was Hedda Hopper's replacement and was 100% venal. She was widely viewed as the last influential gossip columnist. Joyce is 100% responsible for publishing what she knew to be a false story—blind item but completely obvious—in the LA Times about Jean Seberg being impregnated by a Black Panther. Seberg wasn't exactly stable but after that her career was completely over and her life went out of control and she was dead by 1979.

Joyce eventually died in 1993 after a very long and painful illness. She and Cramer had divorced by then. Doug recast himself as a playwright and artist in the 1990s. A year after Joyce's death Cramer hosted a small, clubby reading for a Roman a clef play he had written about her ("The Last Great Dish"). It was never produced but was supposed to have been vitriolic. Doug and Joyce had two children. Courtney died in 2004...at 33. Doug III at 48 in 2015. Courtney is buried in St. Louis with her paternal grandparents. Doug III in Forest Lawn with Joyce.

As far as Hugh Bush, he was a wannabe playwright at one time and his relationship with Doug began in about 1990 when Hugh was in his mid-twenties and Doug in his early sixties. Hugh was then recast as an artist and Doug became a first-rate art collector. They were based in River House in New York. Dealers kissed their asses, big time. For decades Hugh was referred to as Cramer's "collaborator," "friend," "client," etc. Only in later years did "partner," and then "husband" start. Doug has buckets of money. Probably more than Aaron Spelling. He was at it longer and better than Spelling. Candy Spelling had a wrapping room. Hugh Bush probably has a money counting room. Hugh stands to inherit it all.

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by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 7:19 AM

He looks how I picture all Datalounge soap opera caftan queens.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 7:20 AM

R44, thanks for the dirt!

by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 7:44 AM

[quote]Just read up on him I hadnt realised that he was family and one of us kind of thing!

Are you blind? I've never seen that man before and had no idea who he was and I immediately knew. Jesus, look at that ONE picture and you know,

by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 7:56 AM

[quote]Shockingly, Candy Spelling hasn't offered her condolences.

She's the Susan Dey of rich widows.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 7:57 AM

r47 True. He has that Marcus Bachmann look.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 7:58 AM

What an incredibly successful career he had

by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 7:59 AM

Yes, R49! Definitely that Bachmann look.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Wednesday at 8:01 AM
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