A number of people associated with cinema die each week, and often their deaths slip through public consciousness, depending on how famous or significant they were in the minds of most people. But just because some people were better known or more familiar or could be discussed at length in a full obituary, it does not necessarily mean they were more important than those we take for granted or fail to follow the careers of. These short mentions may put the "bit" in obituary, but hopefully the links to their full memorials will sufficiently give them due respects.

John Wrennel Balmer (c.1924-2006) - Balmer was an artist who was involved in the decor and design of cinemas, including New York City's Ziegfeld Theater, Boston's Charles Theater, Seattle's King Theater and Chicago's Esquire Theater. He entered the movie theater business as an usher and eventually became the Executive Vice President of Walter Reade Theaters. He died on April 19th in Long Branch, NJ.

Martine Bartlett(1925-2006) - An actress who worked almost thirty years, mostly on Broadway and in television, Bartlett appeared in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass and the memorable TV-movie Sybil, in which she played mother to Sally Field's sufferer of multiple personalities. According to the IMDb, she died on June 5th of renal failure.

Audrey Campbell(c.1930-2006) - She is familiar to the Mondo and sexploitation video crowds, but certainly not a household name. Her claim to fame was starring in the 1964 "Olga" series of s&m movies, including White Slaves of Chinatown, Olga House of Shame and Olga's Girls, as well as "sleazemeister" Joseph Sarno's film Sin in the Suburbs. She died on June 8th of undisclosed causes. (pictured above)

Michael Croucher(1930-2006) - A documentary filmmaker for the BBC, Croucher was a colleague of John Boorman when the better-known Deliverance director worked in television. The two worked together on the series The Newcomers, and became influential to a generation of British non-fiction filmmakers. (The Times obit)

Robert Donner (1931-2006) - Donner began acting at the suggestion of his friend and neighbor Clint Eastwood, who said he was humorous and had a good face. His first two appearances, in Rio Bravo and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, were uncredited, but he went on to a long and successful career with supporting roles in El Dorado, Cool Hand Luke and Rio Lobo. For the past thirty years he mostly worked in television and avidly participated in celebrity golf tournaments, and he worked up until this past year, making his final appearance in Hoot. He died on June 8th in Sherman Oaks, California, of a heart attack.  (Variety obit)

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