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Donna Coe

Entertainment writer and critic Donna Coe, a former stand-up comic, died at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan June 13 following a lengthy illness. Coe married her fiance, Jim Tatum, in her hospital room June 11.

Coe, a resident of Manhattan, was 45.

In the mid-’90s, Coe wrote for Showtime’s “Comedy Buzz” and was a talent consultant for Gallin-Morey Management and Sandollar Television Prods.

Coe was a contributing writer to Playboy, Us, TV Guide, Billboard, Inside Hollywood and other publications. From 1995-97, she was the nightlife editor for City Guide, and the comedy editor for an Internet guide, Metrobeat.

She was the comedy and cabaret reviewer at the New York Post from 1991-95, and comedy columnist for the New York Daily News from 1995 through March of this year. She also reviewed comedy and cabaret and contributed features to the Daily News. From 1994 until the time of her death, she was also a comedy columnist for the trade publication Back Stage.

Earlier, She was a member of a Miami improv group, Intensive Care Unit, and performed standup comedy in New York at such clubs as the Improv and the Comic Strip before turning to writing.

Coe is survived by her husband and a half-brother. A memorial service is being planned for July 12 in Manhattan.

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