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PASSINGS: Bill Monroe, John Strauss

Bill Monroe

Host of NBC's 'Meet the Press'

Bill Monroe, 90, who hosted the long-running Washington political television show "Meet the Press" for nearly a decade, died Thursday at a Washington-area

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nursing

home.

Monroe was the NBC show's fourth moderator, from 1975 to 1984, and interviewed prominent political figures ranging from

President Carter

to Secretary of State

Henry Kissinger

.

Tim Russert

, the best-known host of "Meet the Press," assumed the host's chair in 1991 after a series of short stints by others after Monroe's departure.

Monroe's daughter, Lee Monroe, said her father had taken a fall in December that put him in a nursing home and he had not been well since.

Bill Monroe was born in New Orleans on July 17, 1920. He graduated from Tulane University, served in

World War II

and later began

at the New Orleans' NBC affiliate, WDSU.

In 1961, he moved to Washington, where he became NBC's bureau chief. He worked on the

"Today Show,"

winning a Peabody Award in 1972, and succeeded Lawrence Spivak as host of "Meet the Press" in 1975.

John Strauss

Composer won an Emmy and Grammy

John Strauss, 90, a film and television composer and music editor/supervisor who composed

the theme for the

1960s sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?"

and won a Grammy Award in 1984 as the producer of the "Amadeus" soundtrack album, died Monday

at a nursing home in West Los Angeles

after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

During his nearly five-decade career, Strauss

shared an Emmy Award for sound editing on the 1977 TV movie "The Amazing

Howard Hughes

."

Strauss, who once was married to actress

Charlotte Rae

,

wrote the theme song for 1950s sitcom "The

Phil Silvers

Show" and scored

the 1976 Elaine May film "Mikey and Nicky." On "Amadeus," he was the music coordinator and is briefly seen on screen as a conductor.

As a sound editor or sound effects editor, his credits include

Woody Allen

's "Take the Money and Run," "Bananas" and "Everything You Always

Wanted

to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)".

Strauss was born in New York City on

April 28, 1920, and served in the Army in France and North Africa during World War II.

After the war, he

studied at the Yale School of Music.

He taught briefly at New

York's

High School of Performing Arts

and composed two ballets for the

Joffrey Ballet

.

His

opera

"The Accused" was performed by Patricia Neway and televised on "NBC Opera Theatre."

Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
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