; Estelle Skolsky

Estelle Skolsky, 84, widow of Hollywood columnist and producer Sidney Skolsky , and a founding volunteer of the Fund Companion Program of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, died June 25 of complications from osteoporosis and osteoarthritis of the spine in Hollywood.

A New York City native, she moved to Hollywood with her husband in 1933 and they subsequently became a fixture of the Hollywood scene for many years.

Sidney Skolsky became a popular Hollywood columnist and confidante of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, and a producer of several Hollywood biopix, including “The Jolson Story” and “The Eddie Cantor Story.”

In addition to editing her husband’s daily column, she opened up their Hancock Park home to WWII servicemen for Sunday USO dinners. She also successfully led a fight against a neighborhood petition that sought to prohibit Nat King Cole from purchasing a home in the then all-white area.

Besides her volunteer work at the MPTF, she was also an original volunteer of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Sidney Skolsky died in 1983.

She is survived by two daughters.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

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