co-producer of biographical documentaries. She was working on the life
stories of both the great jazz musician Lionel Hampton and Broadway
producer Hal Prince for Timeline Films. She was also putting the final
touches on her second invention.
Mrs. Ertz's book on paper toling was years in the making and ready to
be published. She was also excited about returning to another love --
sculpting. Her sculpture of her noted father, Isidor Goldberg, is admired
daily by thousands of scientists and visitors to the Isidor Goldberg
Electronics Wing of Technion University in Haifa, Israel. Mrs. Ertz took
after her accomplished father as an inventor, always experimenting,
always researching, but early on took her curious mind, compassionate
heart and hauntingly beautiful voice into another world -- the theater.
Leaving New York in the 1950s, the Ertzes settled in Albuquerque,
N.M., and soon became popular performers in theater and musical theater
circles. Mrs. Ertz was known for her tremendous emotional range,
meticulous research and comedic timing, which enabled her to transform
herself into characters.
The Ertzes moved to Newport Beach in 1969, and Mrs. Ertz is perhaps
best remembered at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse for her starting role
in "Woman of the Year," for which she received the Leading Lady of the
Mrs. Ertz and her husband both served on Costa Mesa theater's board.
Director Patti Tambellini said about her, "As an actress, she was a
charm, an absolute charm, also one of the most joyful and cooperative
actors I ever had."
John Flynn, the Timeline Films director of "The Lionel Hampton Story"
that Mrs. Ertz was helping to produce, called her "a person of great
passion and persistence and clarity of vision that energized everything
Mrs. Ertz is survived by her husband, daughters Beth Ertz and Bera
Dortoni, sons Gary and Scott Ertz, and grandchildren Christopher, Jarron
and Ashley Ertz.
A musical celebration of her life and a reception will be held at 3
p.m. today at Golden Circle Church, 600 Golden Circle Drive, Santa Ana.
Memorial donations may be made to the BASTIS Foundation, P.O. Box
2712-344, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, and will help to continue her