At the top of the in-house obituary for Marilyn Beck, who passed away over the weekend at age 85 after a three-year battle with lung cancer, there is a great picture of Beck with Elvis Presley and a reminder of this reporter’s place in the entertainment journalism pantheon:
Beck was the last of the old school, high-powered Hollywood-based newspaper columnists with some 500 papers, domestic and international, running her five-day-a-week column at the height of her fame. That was in addition to her NBC Marilyn Beck’s Hollywood Outtakes specials, her long-running stints on television’s syndicated PM Magazine and E! Channel Gossip Show, her reports on LA radio station KFI and her books.
Following a divorce, Beck set up shop in a Beverly Hills canyon home on El Roble Lane. For a time, she wrote alongside her daughter Andee. It was also from that hillside abode that Beck embraced the Internet very early on. She cited George Burns as a favorite interview subject, feuded with Robert Blake and gained the trust of various other Hollywood stars during her long career.
Beck remarried in 1980 and had taken recently to extensively traveling the globe with second husband Arthur Levine. Her co-columnist Stacy Jenel Smith will continue to write Hollywood reporters for The Creators under the Beck/Smith and becksmithhollywood.com banners. RIP.[Image of Beck, Smith via: Facebook]