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Cultural figures among the victims

By Marc Balinsky
CNN Showbiz Today Reports

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The man who helped create "Frasier" and actor Anthony Perkins' widow were among the victims killed when their flight from Boston to Los Angeles crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York on Tuesday. And a frequent commentator on CNN, Barbara Olson, was on the ill-fated aircraft that struck the Pentagon.

David Angell, the Emmy-winning co-creator of "Frasier" and "Cheers," and his wife, Lynn, were aboard American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles when it was hijacked and hit the World Trade Center. The Angells were returning to Los Angeles from their summer home in Massachusetts. Angell, who also wrote episodes of the TV comedy "Wings," shared six Emmy Awards for his television work. He was 54.

Born to an aristocratic family, Berry Berenson was also on Flight 11 to Los Angeles. The actress and photographer was returning from a Cape Cod vacation when the airliner crashed into the New York skyscraper. Berenson, who appeared in "Cat People" and "Remember My Name," was married to actor Anthony Perkins from 1973 to the time of his death in 1992. She was the granddaughter of Paris fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and sister of actress and model Marisa Berenson. She is survived by two sons, one of whom, Osgood Perkins Jr., co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in "Legally Blonde." Berry Berenson was 53.

A frequent CNN legal commentator, Barbara Olson, the wife of U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson, was aboard American Flight 77 from Dulles International Airport when it crashed into the Pentagon. She twice called her husband from the plane as it was being hijacked and described that the attackers were using knife-like instruments. Olson was a chief investigator for the House Government Reform Committee in the mid-1990s, and later became a lawyer on the staff of Minority Whip Don Nickles. She then branched out on her own as a TV commentator and private lawyer. Olson was 45.

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