Some very sad news from the ranks of LA’s international entertainment journalist community. Per a report in Screen International, Swiss-born journalist Claudia Laffranchi was found dead in her LA apartment Tuesday by a friend. She was just 49.
Laffranchi was intricately involved with several film festivals, including a brand new one in Cancun that she attended in March. Like many LA-based foreign showbiz journalists, she contributed to a variety of outlets such as Italian newspaper Il Giornale, Swiss magazine Il Caffe, Swiss Italian TV and Radio RSI. From her website bio:
For Swiss television, Laffranchi produced a series of profiles of descendants of Swiss-Italian immigrants who moved to California at the beginning of the 20th century. She also produced and directed, together with Alberto Engeli, two 26-minute documentaries: Los Angeles, Switzerland, about young Swiss artists living in LA; and Hollywood, CH, a profile of three very successful personalities of Swiss heritage (businessman Fred Hayman, actor Vincent Perez and production designer Eugenio Zanetti).
Laffranchi was active on many other fronts as well. In 2008, she orchestrated a friendship soccer game between local celebrity team Hollywood United and an opponent made of up Swiss and Austrian LA-based personalities. RIP.