Deborah Raffin, who was diagnosed with leukemia approximately a year ago, dies at the age of 59 in her native Los Angeles. According to her brother, William, she passed away on Wednesday, November 21, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Raffin, the daughter of 20th Century Fox contract player Trudy Marshall, had roles in movies such as “Forty Carats” and “Once Is Not Enough.” She also starred in television miniseries, most notably playing actress Brooke Hayward in “Haywire” and a businesswoman in “Noble House,” based on the James Clavell saga set in Hong Kong.
The former television star began her career as an actress in 1973, with her role as Trina Stanley in 40 Carats. Between 1973 and 1987, she starred in a total of 11 films.
In the mid-80’s, she and her husband, producer Michael Viner, opened and audio book company called Dove Books-on-Tape. After having some financial setbacks, they chose to sell the business in 1997.
They divorced in 2005, after having one child together. Viner passed away in Beverly Hills, California on August 8, 2009, due to cancer; he was only 65.
Besides her brother, William, of Malibu, Raffin is survived by her sister, Judy Holston, and her daughter, Taylor Rose Viner, both reside in Brentwood.
Her services will be held Sunday, Nov. 25, at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City at 1 p.m.