Judith Crist Obituary


Judith Crist dies at 90; film critic ‘most hated by Hollywood’



Often caustic, Judith Crist was the longtime critic for the ‘Today’ show and ‘TV Guide.’ She was also the first woman to become a full-time film critic at a major American newspaper.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2012


As one of America’s most widely read and influential film critics from the 1960s through the ’80s, Judith Crist was known for her often-caustic reviews that earned her a reputation as “the critic most hated by Hollywood.” Director Billy Wilder once joked that inviting Crist to review a film was “like asking the Boston Strangler for a neck massage.” Director Otto Preminger referred to her simply as “Judas Crist.”


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