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Frank Yablans dies at 79; top executive at Paramount and MGM/UA
Frank Yablans dies at 79; top executive at Paramount and MGM/UA

Frank Yablans, a longtime film executive and screenwriter who held top posts at Paramount Pictures and MGM/UA, died early Thursday of natural causes at his Los Angeles home. He was 79. His son Eddy, an agent at ICM Partners, confirmed his death. Born Aug. 27, 1935, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where his father was a cab driver, Yablans worked up the studio ranks from a salesman traversing theaters across the Midwest to a marketing executive. He became president of Paramount Pictures in 1971 when he was in his mid-30s. His marketing work on the 1970 Arthur Hiller-directed romance "Love Story" is often cited as the impetus for his promotion to studio head at such a young...

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