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'I Love Lucy' director William Asher dies, aged 90

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William 'Bill' Asher, TV Land Awards 2006

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William Asher has died aged 90, it has been announced.

The director passed away in Palm Desert, California, according to local daily The Desert Sun.

Asher worked on I Love Lucy and Bewitched, and co-created The Patty Duke Show.

He also wrote the Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon movies Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.

Asher won an Emmy in 1966 for directing an episode of Bewitched, and was nominated at the Emmys on three further occasions.

He is survived by fourth wife Meredith, as well as son Brian Asher and daughter Liane Sears from his first marriage, and three children from his marriage to Elizabeth Montgomery - daughter Rebecca Asher, plus sons William Asher Jr. and Robert Asher.

Asher also leaves four stepchildren, nine grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Asher will be held on September 29 at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert.

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