Deborah Raffin dead at 59: '7th Heaven's' Aunt Julie loses leukemia battle

deborah-raffin-seventh-heaven.jpgActress Deborah Raffin, whose film and television career spanned four decades, passed away on Nov. 21 after a battle with leukemia, her brother confirms to the LA Times. She died at age 59 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Raffin starred in the 1988 miniseries "Noble House" opposite Pierce Brosnan and appeared in over a dozen TV movies. She was perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Julie on "Seventh Heaven." As Rev. Eric Camden's alcoholic sister, Raffin brought plenty of "very special" episodes -- including one where she got a little too rough with 11-year-old Simon when he tried to hide the key to the liquor cabinet.

More recently, Raffin had appeared on episodes of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." In addition to her acting success, Raffin and her husband Michael Viner turned their small books-on-tape business into a multimillion-dollar venture. Their first bestseller was a recording of Stephen Hawkings' "A Brief History of Time."


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