Deb­o­rah Jane Fine

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFETRIBUT­ES -

May 16, 1942 - De­cem­ber 2, 2019

On De­cem­ber 2nd, 2019, Deb­o­rah Fine passed away at the age of 77 at her res­i­dence in San Rafael, CA. She was born in New­ton, MA to Muriel and Irv­ing Fine. In 1951, her fam­ily moved to Bel Air to start their new life in sunny Cal­i­for­nia. In 1960, Deb­bie en­rolled at UCLA where she re­ceived a B.A. in English, af­ter which she earned a grad­u­ate de­gree in Li­brary Sci­ences from Sim­mons Univer­sity in Bos­ton.

Re­turn­ing to L.A., Deb­bie first worked for the ar­chi­tect, Vic­tor Gruen, and then dis­cov­ered her pas­sion for film re­search work­ing for the Kel­lam de For­est Re­search Com­pany. In 1973, she was hired by Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola at Amer­i­can Zoetrope where she pro­vided es­sen­tial his­tor­i­cal re­search for The God­fa­ther Part II, Apoc­a­lypse Now, The Black Stal­lion, among other clas­sic films. Af­ter work­ing on More Amer­i­can Graf­fiti, she was hired by Ge­orge Lu­cas at the Egg Com­pany. Deb­bie moved to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia where she lead the cre­ation of the Lu­cas­film Re­search Li­brary. Most notably, she did re­search on the block­buster Star Wars and In­di­ana Jones se­ries. In 1980, Deb­bie was named di­rec­tor of re­search at Lu­cas­film. She en­cour­aged the pur­chase of the Paramount Stu­dios re­search li­brary, which Lu­cas ac­quired in 1987. She man­aged the mas­sive re­search be­hind the 3-sea­son his­tor­i­cal drama se­ries The Young In­di­ana Jones Chron­i­cles, as well as su­per­vised the cat­a­logu­ing and man­age­ment of the LFL film archives. The Skywalker Ranch Re­search Li­brary un­der Deb­bie’s supervisio­n con­tin­ued to grow and train fu­ture film re­searchers un­til her re­tire­ment in 1995.

In her re­tire­ment, Deb­bie stud­ied paint­ing, worked on her own nov­els, and con­tin­ued her life­long pur­suit of learn­ing. She al­ways had a knack for games, Scrabble and Hearts be­ing her fa­vorites. She was smart as a whip and had a dry sense of hu­mor. She was loved and ad­mired by her friends, peers, and fam­ily. Deb­bie will be deeply missed. She is pre­de­ceased by her sis­ter, Laura and sur­vived by her nephew, Nick Eli­afan.

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