Edith “Eddie” Landau, a producer who oversaw original programming such as “The David Susskind Show” and the anthology series “The Play of the Week,” died Saturday at her home during her tenure as executive vice president of National Telefilm Associates. He was 95.
Other series under Eddie’s purview as EVP included “The Mike Wallace Show”, “Open End”, “The Bishop Queen Show” and “One Night Stand”. He remained in the television production company till 1961.
July 15, 1927 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Born into a Jewish family, Eddie moved to New York in 1948 to pursue a career in entertainment. He first starred in “Gangbusters” and “Mr. District Attorney” before moving on to his executive position at National Telefilm Associates. At the time, the company was a start-up run by the late producer Eli Landau, whom Eddie eventually married.
Eddie continued to collaborate with her husband to create original projects such as “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in 1962. Adapted from Eugene O’Neill’s play of the same name, the film won acting awards for Katharine Hepburn, Dean Stockwell, Jason Robards. and Ralph Richardson.
Features such as 1964’s “The Pawnbroker” and the 1970 documentary “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” were similarly critically acclaimed, with both films receiving Oscar nominations. The latter was even added to the National Film Registry in 1999 for its illuminating first-hand footage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s contribution to the civil rights movement.
Eddie and Eli launched the American Film Theater in 1973, a venture that adapted dozens of plays into films for short theatrical runs. Out of a total of 14 films, highlights of the series include the Academy Award nominated “The Man in the Glass Booth”, “The Iceman Comes” and “A Delicate Balance”, again starring Hepburn.
From the 1970s onwards, Eddie continued to produce films such as “Hoscotch”, “The Chosen” and “The Holcroft Covenant” and made-for-television HBO features such as “The Deadly Game”, “Separate Table”, “Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson” and “The Christmas Wife.”
Eddie later began teaching at the West Los Angeles School of Law and became a member of the State Bar of California at the age of 55. Eddie went on to launch a Beverly Hills-based company called Nannies Unlimited to help foster parents find reliable childcare workers.
In recent years, Eddie has channeled his creativity through writing poetry. His five original volumes are titled “Laughter for Seniors: Anyone Who Can Make Fun of Himself,” “Life in Two Lines: Poems to Make Seniors Laugh,” “Life in the Age of the Coronavirus: Poems to Help Seniors Smile,” “Eddie’s Book of Wisdom” and “Eddie’s Anatomy Lesson.”
“I feel confident that you will never take part in violence / But I worry that at some point you may resort to silence,” Eddy wrote in one poem, reflecting on the importance of speaking out against injustice – an ideal he has espoused throughout his own career. occupation
Eddie is survived by his children, John, Tina and Kathy; her stepson, Les; and the family of his children.