Douglas S. Cramer, producer of ‘Love Boat,’ ‘Surprise Girl,’ dies

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Douglas S. Cramer, who made a fortune producing top-rated tv exhibits similar to “Surprise Girl” and “The Love Boat,” after which spent it on trendy artwork at such a livid tempo that he had to purchase a second home simply to retailer all of it, has died at his residence on Martha’s Winery.

In an period of comfy, family-friendly programming, Cramer was a dominate participant within the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s at ABC, twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Tv earlier than teaming up with Aaron Spelling, then the undisputed czar of prime-time tv. Collectively they dominated the score wars with exhibits similar to “The Love Boat,” “Hart to Hart” and “Dynasty.”

Tv made Cramer rich, giving him the power to bask in his practically obsessive passion of amassing work, drawings and sculpture. By the Nineteen Nineties, Cramer had amassed greater than 500 items of artwork price roughly $100 million, Architectural Digest reported. Seventeen occasions his assortment was listed by ARTnews as one of many high 200 collections in America.

“I’ve all the time loved taking a look at and possessing issues,” he defined.

A mainstay within the L.A. artwork scene for years and a former Museum of Up to date Artwork board president, Cramer died June 4 of kidney failure at age 89, his husband, Hubert Bush, stated.

Cramer grew up in Louisville, Ky., and started his tv profession with Procter & Gamble overseeing daytime requirements similar to “Seek for Tomorrow” and “Because the World Turns.” Within the years forward, he helped oversee the prime-time cleaning soap opera “Payton Place” after which a string of long-running and wide-ranging TV exhibits — “The Odd Couple,” “The Brady Bunch and “Dynasty,” amongst them.

“We stroll a advantageous line, simply this facet of camp,” he instructed New York Journal in 1985, explaining his strategy to unraveling the story of a loveless, back-stabbing household in “Dynasty,”

He instructed the Louisville Courier-Journal that his compulsion for amassing artwork was possible fostered by his grandmother, who owned an vintage store. For causes he couldn’t clarify, he started amassing salt shakers, then postcards after which posters. His first huge splash was a Braque print he purchased for $350, paying it off in month-to-month installments.

In L.A., he went huge, shopping for paintings madly — Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Richard Artschwager, a listing seemingly with no finish. He grew to become so near Andy Warhol that he satisfied the artist to make a visitor look on “The Love Boat” in change for commissioning a number of of Warhol’s portraits.

The collected artwork, Cramer stated, was a meditative different to his frenetic workday on the studios.

“There’s one thing fantastic in how the artwork is, nicely, frozen,” he instructed the New York Instances in 1993. “At work, I’ll spend two or three or 4 hours taking a look at movie, at shifting photos. However once I come residence, the pictures cease.”

When his Bel-Air residence was overstuffed with artwork, he purchased a 66-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley to retailer the remainder. And when that too was crammed, he added a number of galleries on the property for the overflow.

The ranch, which grew to 420 acres, was finally bought to Firestone Winery and far of the artwork housed there was donated to MOCA, the Whitney Museum of American Artwork and the Cincinnati Artwork Museum, amongst others.

Cramer moved about freely between residences in L.A., New York Metropolis, Martha’s Winery, Connecticut, St. Martin and Miami, chasing the season or his whims.

His marriage to Hollywood gossip columnist Joyce Haber resulted in divorce within the Nineteen Seventies and their two youngsters, Courtney and Douglas, died in 2004 and 2015, respectively. He married Bush in 2006 after an extended partnership. In addition to his husband, he’s survived by a brother, Peyton.

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