As the scroll with the names of the dead from Tuesday’s terrorist outrage began to unfurl agonizingly slowly, America – and Hollywood – went into mourning for its victims of the attacks.
The tight-knit entertainment community knew it could not escape the nightmare, particularly as three of the four doomed aircraft were bound for Los Angeles. And Wednesday, the full impact of the loss was beginning to be felt when the passenger manifests were released.
One passenger was an Emmy-winning writer who died with his spouse, another a young cameraman who leaves behind his pregnant wife. Still another was a beloved actress and photographer, and another was the wife of a top Warner Bros. executive – she died in an inferno with her mother.
Being mourned by family and friends in the entertainment community were “Frasier” co-creator David Angell; actor-photographer Berry Berenson, 53, the widow of actor Anthony Perkins; CNN commentator Barbara Olson, 45; Fox Sports Net cameraman Tom Pecorelli, 30; and Carolyn Beug, a former Walt Disney Records senior vp and the wife of Warner Bros. Records executive John Beug. She was traveling home to Los Angeles with her mother.
Others victims included Daniel Lewin, 31, founder and chief technology officer of Web content provider Akamai Technologies; Edmund Glazer, 41, chief financial officer of MRV Communications, which makes fiber-optic components for telecommunications systems; Garnet “Ace” Bailey, 53, director of pro scouting for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings; and Mark Bavis, 31, an amateur scout for the Kings.
All were passengers on the hijacked airliners.
Memorial services for Angell and his wife, Lynn, will be held at noon Monday at the Catholic cathedral in Providence, R.I., Angell’s hometown.
The service will be conducted by Bishop Kenneth Angell, David Angell’s brother. David and Lynn Angell had attended a family wedding in Cape Cod, Mass., with Kenneth Angell and were flying back to Los Angeles on the doomed aircraft. It is not known yet if a service will be held in Hollywood.
Additionally, a memorial fund has been established for Pecorelli’s widow, Kia Pavloff, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child. The fund has been set up in the name of Kia Pavloff c/o Bruce Brar, Washington Mutual, 22001 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, Calif., 91346. Pecorelli had worked at Fox Sports Net since it started in 1996. Before that, he was at E! Entertainment Television.
A spokeswoman for Berenson said the actress-photographer was returning from Cape Cod to Los Angeles to see her sons, Elvis Perkins, 25, a musician, and Osgood Perkins, 27, an actor (“Legally Blonde”).
Berenson, the sister of Marisa Berenson and granddaughter of designer Elsa Schiaparelli, also is survived by her daughter-in-law Sidney. Berenson was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was one of the planes that slammed into New York’s World Trade Center.
A spokesman for MSNBC, for whom TV personality and lawyer Olson also worked, said Wednesday that plans had not yet been announced for a memorial service. Olson was a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines jetliner that crashed into the Pentagon in Washington. She telephoned her husband, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, during the hijacking.
Responding to Beug’s death and to the tragedy, Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Roger Ames wrote employees: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic events. The dimensions of the tragedy mean that many of us have been touched by loss. My hope is that your loved ones are safe and well. To those of you who have lost family members or friends, we offer our prayers and deepest condolences.”