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January 28, 1988 | Associated Press
The estate of NBC anchorwoman Jessica Savitch will get more than $8 million from four defendants in a settlement of a lawsuit stemming from her drowning more than four years ago, sources in the case said. Savitch, 35, and a companion, New York Post executive Martin Fischbein, 34, drowned on Oct. 26, 1983, when the car in which they were riding plunged from a restaurant parking lot into a canal in New Hope during a rainstorm.
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September 4, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Already the subject of two books, Jessica Savitch now returns to TV posthumously in back-to-back programs on Lifetime. "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story" stars a peroxided Sela Ward ("Sisters") in a movie based on Gwenda Blair's book about the troubled NBC correspondent-anchorwoman who died in a 1983 auto accident after a stormy life and career on television.
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NEWS
September 3, 1995 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sela Ward is having a tough day. She arrives 30 minutes late at the Four Seasons hotel restaurant to discuss her Lifetime movie "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story," airing Monday. Apologizing profusely for the delay, Ward explains that her 14-month-old son Austin was so upset when he saw her leaving that she stayed until he stopped crying.
NEWS
September 3, 1995 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sela Ward is having a tough day. She arrives 30 minutes late at the Four Seasons hotel restaurant to discuss her Lifetime movie "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story," airing Monday. Apologizing profusely for the delay, Ward explains that her 14-month-old son Austin was so upset when he saw her leaving that she stayed until he stopped crying.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 1995 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
Already the subject of two books, Jessica Savitch now returns to TV posthumously in back-to-back programs on Lifetime. "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story" stars a peroxided Sela Ward ("Sisters") in a movie based on Gwenda Blair's book about the troubled NBC correspondent-anchorwoman who died in a 1983 auto accident after a stormy life and career on television.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
We get letters. . . . Lots of mail has come in, including a "letter" purportedly from the late Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood and Janis Joplin, claiming they are all married to Elvis Presley, who we now know is alive and selling aluminum siding. Also, dozens of letters have arrived as part of an organized protest against NBC's cancellation of that fine series "A Year in the Life." Meanwhile, the mail here is headed by letters responding to a column about two biographies of the late NBC anchor/correspondent Jessica Savitch ("Almost Golden" by Gwenda Blair and "Golden Girl" by Alanna Nash)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It helps to wear a gas mask when watching "A Current Affair." Otherwise, you could be overcome by the fumes. The syndicated Fox series, airing here at 10:30 weeknights on KTTV Channel 11, frequently reeks in its quest to reach the pinnacle of tabloid TV. But Monday's lead segment--reviewing the calamitous life of the late NBC anchorwoman/correspondent Jessica Savitch--really stunk up the place. Savitch died in an auto accident Oct. 24, 1983.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Not all Miss America contestants aspire to be brain surgeons. Five of 10 finalists in the 1984 pageant said they wanted to be TV anchorwomen, Alanna Nash reports in "Golden Girl," her coming book about the swift rise and swifter fall of the late Jessica Savitch, whose flash success at NBC probably had legions of young women dreaming of glamorous jobs in newscasting. Scheduled for release in August or September, Nash's book is one of two on Savitch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1985
Major corporations and law firms recently packed one of downtown's most exclusive restaurants, paying $3,000 a table to attend a charity fund-raiser. The dinner honoree was Fran Savitch, a top aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. The impressive turnout was no surprise to those who know Savitch. "I've sat with Fran at a lot of the major dinners for the mayor," said Christopher Stewart, executive director of the Central City Assn., a downtown business group.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1988 | Stacy Jenel Smith
Sharon Gless as Jessica Savitch? Well, almost. A well-placed source tells us that negotiations are down to details for the blond half of television's "Cagney & Lacey" to take on the role of the late NBC anchorwoman. Robert Chartoff is producing the TV adaptation of Gwenda Blair's "Almost Golden," the bio that portrayed a deeply troubled and drug-abusing Savitch as her broadcasting career declined.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
It helps to wear a gas mask when watching "A Current Affair." Otherwise, you could be overcome by the fumes. The syndicated Fox series, airing here at 10:30 weeknights on KTTV Channel 11, frequently reeks in its quest to reach the pinnacle of tabloid TV. But Monday's lead segment--reviewing the calamitous life of the late NBC anchorwoman/correspondent Jessica Savitch--really stunk up the place. Savitch died in an auto accident Oct. 24, 1983.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
We get letters. . . . Lots of mail has come in, including a "letter" purportedly from the late Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood and Janis Joplin, claiming they are all married to Elvis Presley, who we now know is alive and selling aluminum siding. Also, dozens of letters have arrived as part of an organized protest against NBC's cancellation of that fine series "A Year in the Life." Meanwhile, the mail here is headed by letters responding to a column about two biographies of the late NBC anchor/correspondent Jessica Savitch ("Almost Golden" by Gwenda Blair and "Golden Girl" by Alanna Nash)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Not all Miss America contestants aspire to be brain surgeons. Five of 10 finalists in the 1984 pageant said they wanted to be TV anchorwomen, Alanna Nash reports in "Golden Girl," her coming book about the swift rise and swifter fall of the late Jessica Savitch, whose flash success at NBC probably had legions of young women dreaming of glamorous jobs in newscasting. Scheduled for release in August or September, Nash's book is one of two on Savitch.
NEWS
January 28, 1988 | Associated Press
The estate of NBC anchorwoman Jessica Savitch will get more than $8 million from four defendants in a settlement of a lawsuit stemming from her drowning more than four years ago, sources in the case said. Savitch, 35, and a companion, New York Post executive Martin Fischbein, 34, drowned on Oct. 26, 1983, when the car in which they were riding plunged from a restaurant parking lot into a canal in New Hope during a rainstorm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1985
Major corporations and law firms recently packed one of downtown's most exclusive restaurants, paying $3,000 a table to attend a charity fund-raiser. The dinner honoree was Fran Savitch, a top aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. The impressive turnout was no surprise to those who know Savitch. "I've sat with Fran at a lot of the major dinners for the mayor," said Christopher Stewart, executive director of the Central City Assn., a downtown business group.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Offbeat TV news savant Linda Ellerbee, herself launching a TV production company, told NBC's Bob Costas that NBC management refused to intervene when the late NBC anchorwoman Jessica Savitch developed serious personal problems, including drug use. Ellerbee says on the premiere of the late-night talk show "Later With Bob Costas," to air Aug. 22, that she and other NBC correspondents did what they could to reach out to Savitch, but she died before they could do anything.
NEWS
September 18, 1989 | From Times wire service s
The city editor of the Philadelphia Daily News has resigned after a joke he inserted into a news release was mistakenly printed, the newspaper announced today. Tom Opdyke had slipped the joke into an announcement of scholarships being established in memory of the late NBC newswoman Jessica Savitch, who drowned in 1983 when the car in which she was riding plunged into the Delaware Canal.
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