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Obituary: Jeannette Mazurki, copy pioneer and columnist

December 25, 2010

Jeannette Mazurki, a long time Glendale resident, died Dec. 15 in Santa Monica. She was 89.

Born May 7, 1929, in Chicago, Mazurki graduated Glendale High School in 1939, and what was then Glendale College in 1941.

She went on to write a weekly column for the Glendale News-Press before becoming the nation's first female "copy boy." She was featured for the trailblazing move in "Ripley's Believe It or Not."


She served for more than 30 years as motion picture editor and syndicated columnist for Copley Newspapers, during which she interviewed film and television stars, one of whom became her first husband, Mike Mazurki.

She founded the Young Republican Women's Club of Glendale.

She retired to Chicago after marrying Albert Linder, her grammar school boyfriend, and then returned to California to be near her two daughters.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle.

There were no services per her request. A celebration of life is being planned for sometime in February. Donations in her name may be made to Morris Animal Foundation, 10200 E. Girard Ave., Suite B430, Denver, Co. 80231.

FOR THE RECORD: This corrects Jeannette Mazurki's first name.

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