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Bob Baker dies at 90; puppeteer ran beloved theater, worked with movies
Bob Baker dies at 90; puppeteer ran beloved theater, worked with movies

For years, puppeteer Bob Baker's marionette theater hung on by a thread. In the end, it outlasted Baker, who died Friday at age 90 after an eight-decade career pulling the strings of his whimsical creations and delighting young and old alike. Baker died at his home in Los Angeles of age-related causes, said Greg Williams, a friend and puppeteer who worked with Baker for many years. Baker's theater, which occupies a former cinder block movie scenery shop west of downtown Los Angeles, is the oldest puppet theater in the United States. When it was opened in 1962 at the corner of 1st Street and Glendale Boulevard by Baker and business partner Alton Wood, it was an immediate hit...

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