- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003

ALHAMBRA, Calif. The woman found fatally shot at music producer Phil Spector's home Monday was identified as an actress who appeared mostly in B-movies and commercials.
Lana Clarkson, 40, starred in the 1985 movie "Barbarian Queen" and had minor roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Scarface" and "Blind Date." She also appeared in numerous commercials and television shows, her attorney, Roderick Lindblom, said yesterday.
Mr. Spector, 62, was arrested for investigation of murder after police found Miss Clarkson's body at his castlelike mansion, authorities said. He was freed Monday night after posting $1 million bond.
Authorities wouldn't comment on her relationship with Mr. Spector.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Daniel Rosenberg said Miss Clarkson's body was found in the foyer of the mansion, which is 15 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
He said deputies found the weapon used in the slaying but declined to say where in the house it was located.
The call reporting that shots had been fired came from inside the residence, Lt. Rosenberg said. Authorities towed away a black Mercedes-Benz.
"I heard the boom, boom, boom. It was about three or four shots," neighbor Terrie Arias told Los Angeles television station KNBC. "I just ignored them because I never thought it was a shooting."
Mr. Spector lived alone and didn't have a girlfriend, said close friend Marvin Mitchelson, a prominent L.A. attorney. According to records, Mr. Spector bought the house in 1998 for $1.1 million.
Mr. Mitchelson said he and Mr. Spector had been trying to put together a movie about the music producer's life.
"His mental state has been great very rational, very together, super intelligent, a very funny man," the attorney said.
Attorney Robert Shapiro, whose clients have included O.J. Simpson, was representing Mr. Spector.
"I don't know answers to any of this," Mr. Shapiro said by telephone from the Alhambra Police Department before Mr. Spector's release.
Mr. Spector's "wall of sound" effect involved overdubbing scores of musicians to create a full, dramatic sound. The technique, which combined instruments, vocals and sound effects, changed the way pop records were produced.
It brought fame to singing groups like the Ronettes and the Crystals and resulted in a string of 1960s hits.
Mr. Spector's second wife was Ronnie Bennett, lead singer of the Ronettes. They divorced in 1974. He has five children from his marriages.

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