Longtime Hollywood columnist Marilyn Beck dies at 85

OCEANSIDE (CNS) – Marilyn Beck, whose celebrity news column appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News for three decades, has died, it was reported Monday. She was 85.

Beck, whose career in Hollywood journalism spanned the star system and the digital age, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in her Oceanside home Saturday after a three-year battle with lung cancer, her longtime writing partner, Stacy Jenel Smith, told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Beck was the last of the old school Hollywood-based newspaper columnists. At the height of her fame, some 500 papers around the world ran her five-days-a-week column, the Daily News reported.

She crossed over into television with her “Marilyn Beck’s Hollywood Outtakes” specials on NBC and long-running stints on the syndicated “PM Magazine,” and cable’s E! Channel “Gossip Show.” She also delivered celebrity reports on KFI-AM (640) radio.

Born in Chicago, she studied journalism at USC. She was married for a time to the late newspaperman Roger Beck. Her career took off in Los Angeles when her son Mark and daughter Andee were both in grade school.

Beck moved her column to New York Times Special Features in 1972 and for nearly a quarter-century wrote for Creators Syndicate. Stacy Jenel Smith will continue to write celebrity reports under the Beck/Smith Hollywood banner for Creators Syndicate.

Beck is survived by her husband, Arthur Levine, daughter Andee Beck Althoff and son-in-law Jim Althoff, son Mark and daughter-in-law Bonnie Saland, brother Mitchell Mohr, stepchildren Patty and Michael Levine, granddaughter Jeorgea Beck and grandsons Zeke Beck, Harry Althoff and Daniel Althoff.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a celebration of life in Oceanside, the Daily News reported. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the City of Hope.

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