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July 12, 1991 - Image 147

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-07-12

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Actor Loses
Cancer Fight

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

— NAME —

# 1



Special to The Jewish News

year be filled


with health and

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happiness for


ctor Michael Landon,
54, who died July 1 of
cancer, was the son of
a mixed marriage who iden-
tified as a Jew throughout
his life.
The television star, whose
roles in "Bonanza," "Little
House on the Prairie" and
"Highway to Heaven" made
him one of the most familiar
faces to American and
overseas viewers for three
decades, was born Eugene
Maurice Orowitz in Forest
Hills, N.Y.
His father was Eli
Orowitz, a publicist and
theater manager. His
mother was Peggy O'Neill, a
Catholic actress. The con-
flicts between his parents
scarred his childhood, as did
anti-Semitic snubs by
classmates in the largely
Protestant town of Coll-
ingswood, N.J., where he
was one of two Jewish boys
attending the school.
Although slight of build,
he became a national high
school champion in the
javelin throw, and received
an athletic scholarship to
the University of Southern
California. He believed that,
like the biblical Samson,
much of his prowess derived
from his long hair.
He stumbled into an acting
career accidentally, when he
accompanied a friend to an
audition. Eugene Orowitz,
rather than the friend, got
the role, and he changed his
name to Michael Landon.
Although not publicly
connected with Jewish
causes or institutions, he
was a major contributor to
the United Jewish Fund in
Los Angeles for many years.
Five years ago, Mr. Lan-
don became associated with
a Malibu Reconstructionist
Mr. Landon asked that his
two youngest children, Sean
and Jennifer, be given Heb-
rew names. The mother of
the two children, Cindy —
Mr. Landon's third wife and
surviving widow — par-
ticipated in the ceremony,
and although retaining her
Mormon faith, accepted the
Hebrew name of Ziona.
Besides his extensive tele-
vision work as actor, director
and writer, Mr. Landon
made two autobiographical
films, The Loneliest Runner
and Sam's Son, which allud-
ed to some of his anti-
Semitic experiences as a
teenager. fl

May the coming

to all
our friends
and relatives.

all our family

All greetings arriving after the deadline will appear
in the following week's edition.

and friends.

— NAME —

# 2

These are samples of the personal
greetings being offered. They will
be published in the Rosh Hashanah
issue of The Jewish News,
Sept. 6, 1991.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, Aug. 28


— NAME —



We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.

— NAME —



To All Our
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
health and prosperity.

— NAME —

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.


— NAME —



May the New Year Bring
To All Our Friends
and Family — Health,
Joy, Prosperity
and Everything
Good in Life.



May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.


SEND TO: The Jewish News Greetings
27676 Franklin Road
Southfield, Mich. 48034

(Please print name to appear in greeting)

Please insert my New Year's Greeting #

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