‘Troop Beverly Hills’ Creator Was 87 – The Hollywood Reporter

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Ava Ostern Fries, the producer and creator behind cult basic Troop Beverly Hills, has died. She was 87.




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Fries died Oct 2., her rep introduced. Further particulars of her demise weren’t instantly obtainable.



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The author and producer was most acknowledged for her work on the 1989 journey comedy Troop Beverly Hills. The film, starring Shelley Long and Tori Spelling, portrays a rich housewife who decides to steer her daughter’s wilderness group. The movie was primarily based on Fries’ expertise running her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. The characteristic later grew to become a cult basic for its message, style, and dance numbers. Fries served as a producer on the film. 

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Fries created a manufacturing firm, Avanti Enterprises, and produced the 1987 tv collection Born Famous. The present highlighted the lives of youngsters born into rich or movie star households.



She was additionally a philanthropist who labored to assist youngsters achieve entry to the theater and theater education schemes. Fries served on the board of administrators for Los Angeles’ Center Theater Group for over twenty years. Additionally, Fries was president of the Center Theatre Group Affiliates and a founding co-chair of the American Film Institute Associates and The International Film Society. The National Organization of Women honored her for her contributions to the neighborhood and the humanities.

Born in Dexter, Missouri, Fries studied on the University of Tulsa and earned a level in English and theatre arts. She then moved to Los Angeles to show whereas additionally working as a tv actress and studying about jobs behind the digital camera. 

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Sherry Case, stepchildren Charles M. Fries, Suzanne Fries-Hostka, Chris Fries, Dyanne Fries, Mike Fries, Alice Fries, and Jon Fries, 22 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Her husband, Charles W. Fries, was a veteran tv producer and govt who died in April at age 92. 

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