Margo Kaufman

Margo Kaufman, humorist, writer and radio commentator whose prolific career also included writing stints for TV and film, died Fridayof breast cancer at her home in Venice, Calif. She was 46.

Kaufman’s fans listened to her humorous commentaries on both KABC radio and National Public Radio in addition to reading her columns, travel pieces, articles and book reviews for the New York Times, L.A. Times and Cosmopolitan magazine. She was known for finding humor in life’s more mundane aspects such as her beloved pug dogs, which she considered “living proof that God has a sense of humor.”

Kaufman’s Hollywood connection included co-writing the 1979 feature “Love at First Bite” and an episode of the Carsey-Werner series “A Different World.”

She also wrote several humor books, including “1-800-Am-I-Nuts?” “This Damn House: My Subcontract with America” and “Clara, the Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life.”

Kaufman was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and in 1992 learned that it had spread.

She continued writing and holding speaking engagements as she coped with radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

“You just can’t get through life without a sense of humor these days,” she told an audience in 1993. “The most awful things can be really funny. You have to be able to laugh or it gets too depressing.”

In addition to her husband, Eric Mankin, Kaufman is survived by a son, her parents, a grandmother, a brother and a sister.

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