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Larry Gelbart Dead

The Our Gang Oscars

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

This year's Oscar producers, Adam Shankman and Bil Mechanic, were so dedicated to the quixotic task of luring in young viewers, that we were given a show full of presenters that appeared to have gone through puberty during the rehearsals.

Adieu Larry Gelbart...and Laugh Tracks

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anna Jane Grossman

Gelbart, who wrote Tootsie and many of the early episodes of M*A*S*H, spent years rejecting the industry's efforts to manipulate TV-watchers into emitting less-than-sincere laughs.

My Friend Larry Gelbart

Alan Alda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alan Alda

His genius for writing changed my life because I got to speak his lines -- lines that were so good they'll be with us for a long time; but his immense talent for being good company -- that's a light that's gone out.

Larry Gelbart, In Memoriam

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

Enjoy the work of Larry Gelbart. You will laugh until you hurt. And for those of us who were blessed to have known him, we will hurt until we laugh.

Larry Gelbart Dead: `M-A-S-H' Writer Dies At 81

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Larry Gelbart, the award-winning writer whose sly, sardonic wit helped create such hits as Broadway's "A Funny Thing Happened on t...