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Deborah Raffin, Actress and Audio-Book Entrepreneur, dies at 59

Date November 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Actress Deborah Raffin, who went on to found a profitable audio-book company, died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 59.

Raffin's brother William told the Times that she had been diagnosed with the disease approximately a year ago. She died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The Los Angeles native landed early parts in the 1973 film "40 Carats" and in 1975's "Once Is Not Enough," adapted from the steamy Jacqueline Susann novel. In the 1980s, she became something of a TV-movie staple appearing in such fare as "Mind Over Murder," "Willa" and "For the Love of It."

She also starred in a short-lived TV series based on the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase film "Foul Play," assuming Hawn's role of Gloria Mundy.

Raffin and her husband, producer Michael Viner, launched the audio-book company Dove Books-on-Tape in the mid-'80s, publishing a profitable mix of titles that included Sidney Sheldon's "The Naked Face" and Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."

Viner and Raffin, who had one child together, divorced in 2005. Viner died in 2009.

In later years, Raffin had a recurring role on the WB drama "7th Heaven" and appeared in three episodes of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

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