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Obit…Robert Nudelman

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Robert Nudelman, 52; fought to preserve Hollywood landmarks

 

 (Los Angeles Times)

 

By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

May 8, 2008

 

Robert Nudelman, a leading Hollywood preservationist who campaigned to restore such landmarks as the El Capitan Theatre and the Cinerama Dome, has died. He was 52.

 

Nudelman was visiting Tucson when he was found dead Tuesday at his father’s home, said Fran Offenhauser, vice president of Hollywood Heritage, a group Nudelman helped lead for years.

 

“There probably isn’t a single historic building or development project in Hollywood that Mr. Nudelman didn’t have a part in,” Offenhauser said in a statement.

 

Nudelman began his activism in 1978 by fighting to save MGM’s old Lot 2 in Culver City, a 10-acre site that included sets from the films Gone With the Wind and King Kong.

 

The effort failed but Nudelman dedicated the rest of his life to the preservation of Hollywood history and landmarks — with mixed success.

 

In 1990, he helped persuade Disney to spend $6 million to restore the El Capitan to its original splendor. A hard-fought attempt to prevent the Hollywood Bowl’s acoustic shell from being demolished was lost; a new shell debuted in 2004.

 

Nudelman was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1956 and studied theater arts at the University of Arizona.

 

At the time of his death, he was working with Debbie Reynolds and her son Todd on the Hollywood motion picture museum she plans to open in Tennessee.

 

valerie.nelson@latimes.com

 

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“Robert Nudelman: A Tireless Defender”LA Weekly, May 8, 2008

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