Tichi Wilkerson Kassel

Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
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Tichi Wilkerson Kassel
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Journalist | Publisher | Writer
Born Beatrice Noble on Oct. 5, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA
Died March 8, 2004 of complications from intestinal surgery in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Tichi Wilkerson Kassel was the former editor and publisher of the Hollywood Reporter and the founding president of Women in Film.

She inherited the Reporter in 1962 after the death of her first husband, William Wilkerson, who founded the daily trade publication in 1930. The couple met when her mother was Wilkerson's housekeeper, and married in 1947. The bride was 21 and the groom was in his 60s. It was her first marriage and his sixth.

As the Reporter's editor and publisher, Wilkerson Kassel quickly moved daily coverage in new directions, opening bureaus in New York, Paris and Tokyo, and making the television industry a prominent reporting beat. In 1988, she launched an electronic version of the paper, intended primarily to give members of the Hollywood community access to the day's headlines while they traveled.

Prompted by a 1973 article in her paper about the scarcity of jobs for women in Hollywood, she organized Women in Film, which helps newcomers in the business and provides scholarships for film school students. Women in Film now includes about 10,000 members worldwide.

She also wrote several books about her experiences: "The Hollywood Reporter: The Golden Years" (1984) and "Hollywood Legends: The Golden Years of Hollywood" (1988), both with Marcia Borie.

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