LOS ANGELES – Deborah Raffin, a film actress, veteran of television miniseries and entrepreneur whose company, Dove Books-on-Tape, became a major force in the audio book industry, died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was 59.
She was diagnosed with the blood cancer last year, said her brother, William.
The blond, California-born actress first came to attention in the mid-1970s playing “pretty girl” roles in movies such as “Forty Carats” with Liv Ullman and “Once Is Not Enough,” based on the salacious novel by Jacqueline Susann.
She later tackled more substantial parts in television miniseries, playing legendary actress Brooke Hayward in “Haywire” (1980) and a businesswoman in “Noble House” (1988).