Louise Brough Clapp
Top-ranked tennis player of the 1940s, '50s
Louise Brough Clapp, 90, a former top-ranked tennis player who learned the game on Beverly Hills'
Born Althea Louise Brough on March 11, 1923, in Oklahoma City, she moved to Beverly Hills as a child. By her early teens she was competing in junior tennis tournaments and became national champion in the 18-and-under category in 1940 and '41.
A dominant serve-and-volley player, she had a remarkable run at
She also won 17 titles at the U.S. Championships (including 1947 women's singles), three at the
During World War II, Wimbledon went dark and Brough played tennis exhibitions for soldiers until competition resumed.
"I remember going back to England and having to play on different courts because of all the war damage," she told The Times in 2000. "Center Court couldn't be used because it was bombed out."
Consistently ranked among the world's best female tennis players during her career, she reached the No. 1 spot in 1955.
A year after retiring from elite tennis competition in 1957, she married Dr. Alan Clapp, a Pasadena dentist. He died in 1999.
She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967.
Veteran actor known for 'Little House on the Prairie''
Richard Bull, 89, a character actor best known for portraying shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV's "Little House on the Prairie," died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital in Woodland Hills, fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said.
A resident of what was once known as the Motion Picture and TV Home, Bull died of natural causes after being hospitalized with
Bull was among the supporting cast of the 1974-83
Among the movies he appeared in were "High Plains Drifter" (1973) and "The Parallax View" (1974).
He also acted in local theater productions, sometimes opposite his wife of 65 years, actress Barbara Collentine.
TV executive helped develop
Michael Filerman, 75, an executive at Lorimar Productions who helped develop the TV dramas "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "Falcon Crest" before moving on to produce Broadway plays, died Jan. 25 in Los Angeles. He had non-
A Chicago native born May 4, 1938, Filerman earned a degree in communication arts from the University of Illinois in 1960. While serving in
In the early 1970s, Filerman moved on to series development, first with Paramount and then with Lorimar beginning in 1976.
He became executive producer on "Dallas," the series about a feuding, oil-rich Texas family created in 1978 by David Jacobs. Filerman continued developing the prime-time soap opera genre by serving as executive producer on "Flamingo Road," set in small-town Florida and showcasing actress Morgan Fairchild; "Falcon Crest," starring Jane Wyman as matriarch of a powerful family of vintners; and "Knots Landing," a potboiler set in a suburban cul-de-sac.
His goal was always to entertain, Filerman said in an interview with The Times in 1981, when all four shows were on the air.
"Life can be real dull, and in 48 minutes we have to show something that's different than the lives we lead," he said.
Countering criticism of the shows, he added, "If people are telling me my shows are trash, then the American public likes trash. It's obvious people are watching; everybody is watching."
He was also executive producer for "Sisters," "The Client" and other TV series.
In recent years, Filerman's Broadway credits included the Tony-winning revivals "The Norman Conquests" and "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and the 2012-13 hit "Nice Work if You Can Get It" with Matthew Broderick.
Times staff and wire reports