One of the most prominent figures in celebrity journalism, Marilyn Beck, slipped away from us on May 31 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 85.
Never one to mince words or afraid to ask hard questions, Beck even enjoyed partaking in a little investigative work and did some snooping around into Denver, Colorado’s drug culture after the shooting death of playboy skier Spider Sabich in 1976. The handsome alpine ski racer was killed by girlfriend Claudine Longet, the ex-wife of singer Andy Williams.
Before helping to lay the groundwork for becoming a successful media personality, Beck started out as a newspaper and magazine writer. One of her first interviews was with Caryl Chessman shortly before his execution. She was the featured interviewer on “PM Magazine” from 1983 to 1988 and reported her celebrity stories on E! Entertainment’s “The Gossip Show” from 1993 to 1999. Trust by many in showbiz, it was Beck who Dick Van Dyke chose to help him go public regarding his alcoholism and it was Beck who Elvis gave his first interview to after leaving the military.
Marilyn Beck, who lived in Oceanside, California, is survived by her husband of 34-years, Arthur Levine, two children, two step-children, one granddaughter, three grandsons and one brother.