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Ismail Merchant, 68

Renowned for producing lavish and literary period movies ("Howards End," "The Remains of the Day") that looked many times more expensive than they cost, the Bombay-born Merchant was a master at charming investors. His partnership with Oregon-born director James Ivory and German-born novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala--the principals in Merchant Ivory Productions--lasted 44 years. They struck gold with "A Room With a View." Under his shrewd financial guidance, Merchant Ivory became more than a company name: it was a genre unto itself.

EDDIE ALBERT, 99

An actor in movies and television for more than 50 years, Albert was best known for his role as the befuddled Oliver Douglas on "Green Acres."

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