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July 06, 2008

Producer Eric Lieber Dies

Created Love Connection

Eric Lieber, a television producer whose credits included the long-running dating show Love Connection, died July 2 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lieber, who was 71, died from complications of leukemia

Lieber created Love Connection in 1983 after decades producing other game shows, as well as talk shows featuring Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mike Douglas.

Hosted by Chuck Woolery, Love Connection aired until 1995. Lieber was also executive producer of the 1998-99 reprise of the series, with Pat Bullard as host.

A native of Vienna, Austria, Lieber emigrated to the U.S. as an infant. He grew up in New Jersey and began his television career in New York City in the 1950s.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a granddaughter.

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