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Marian Gibbons Obituary

Thursday, December 9th, 2010


Marian Gibbons; Hollywood preservationist and author, dies at 89



Marian Gibbons, Hollywood preservationist, actress, singer, author and a founder of Hollywood Heritage, passed away December 8 from lung cancer. She was 89.


Gibbons was born in1921 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and lived in Wisconsin and Arizona. She fell in love with Hollywood during a brief stay here in 1949 but her husband Jim’s business took them back to the Midwest.


Marian returned to Hollywood in the late 1970’s when she worked as a publicist with her daughter, Jane, an anchor for KNBC. Hollywood’s run-down appearance at the time inspired her, along with Christy Johnson McAvoy, Frances Offenhauser McKeal, Mildred Heredeen and Susan Peterson St. Francis to start Hollywood Heritage, Inc. Through the inspiration and hard work of these founders, Hollywood Heritage became the success story it is today.


A memorial is planned and more information will be released as soon as it is available. She will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.