Ava Ostern Fries, wife of producer Chuck Fries, whose experience inspired the film “Troop Beverly Hills” as a Beverly Hills Girl Scout leader. Died October 2. He was years old.
Born in Dexter, Md. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Tulsa U. He began teaching and acting before joining Danny Thomas Productions as a development executive. He then formed his own production company, Avanti Enterprise, which produced the “Born Famous” TV series with the children of the rich and famous. The series leads to the 1989 Shelley Long comedy “Troop Beverly Hills”, which is based on Fries’ own experience leading his daughter’s scout troupe, memorable for her camp dance numbers, celebrity cameos and extraordinary costumes.
A sequel to “Troop Beverly Hills” was announced in 2000.
Fries was active in many charities and worked to give young people opportunities in drama education.
He served on the board of directors of the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles for more than two decades. He was also the founding vice-president of the American Film Institute Associates and The International Film Society; Has served on the board of the Children’s Burn Foundation; And was a member of The Producers Guild of America and Women in Film.
Fries is now honored by the National Organization of Women, for her contributions to the community and the arts. As Vice Chairman of the Board and a longtime member of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), she honored Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1994 and presided over her husband Chuck.
After the death of her daughter, Camilla Eastern Markman – a supporter of The Westside Children’s Center in West Los Angeles – organized and presided over the WCC’s Big Hearts Club for the benefit of children in foster care.
Her husband Chuck Fries died in April. He left his daughter Diane Sherry case; Honest sons Charles M. Fries, Susan Fries-Hostka, Chris Fries, Diane Fries, Mike Fries, Alice Fries and John Fries; 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.