Death in Hollywood: Sandrick, Mark–Director Astaire-Rogers Musicals, Heart Attack, Age 44

In 1945, Mark Sandrich was in pre-production on a follow-up to Holiday Inn called Blue Skies, starring Bing Crosby and featuring Irving Berlin’s music.

At the same time, Sandrich was serving as president of the Directors Guild.

Insisting that he could complete all of his assignments and feeling pressure to be an involved and loving family man, Sandrich died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 44.

At the time of his death, Sandrich was considered to be one of the most trusted and influential directors in Hollywood.

His interment was at Home of Peace Cemetery.