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I Love Lucy, Bewitched director Bill Asher dies

The director and producer behind the television classics I Love Lucy and Bewitched has died. William Asher was 90.

Asher also directed Frankie and Annette film classics like Beach Blanket Bingo

William Asher, seated, joins Bewitched actors (from left) Bernard Fox, Casey Rogers and Erin Murphy in Salem, Mass. in 2005 for the unveiling of a statue honouring the series. TV and film director Asher has died at age 90. (Michael Dwyer/Associated Press)

The director and producer behind the television classics I Love Lucy and Bewitched has died. William Asher was 90.

His wife, Meredith, says he died Monday at a facility in Palm Desert, California, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Asher was best known for his work on I Love Lucy, where he directed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for 100 of the show's 181 episodes between 1952 and 1957.

He also produced and directed The Patty Duke Show and Bewitched, which starred his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery and Asher had three children together.

Asher brought Sally Field to TV screens in Gidget, and took the same sensibility to movies as director of the teen romps Beach Blanket Bingo and Beach Party, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

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