Marilyn Beck, Entertainment Journalist, Dead at 85

The Hollywood writer worked for the NY Daily News, and on television

Marilyn Beck and Elvis Presley (Credit: Stacy Jenel Smith)

Longtime Hollywood columnist Marilyn Beck, whose work was featured in the New York Daily News and on several television outlets, died Saturday at her home in Oceanside, Calif.

Beck’s death followed a three-year battle with lung cancer, according to her writing partner Stacey Jenel Smith, who wrote a touching tribute on their website Beck/Smith Hollywood.

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At the height of her work, Beck wrote a daily column that appeared in 500 newspapers, and she interviewed everyone from Richard Burton to Elvis Presley.

Beck worked for the Daily News for several decades, and later had long-running stints on the syndicated television show “PM Magazine,” and on E!’s “Gossip Show.”

She also provided entertainment reports for Los Angeles radio station KFI.

Marilyn Beck was 85.