Author and movie fan magazine editor Sylvia Wallace died Oct. 20 of natural causes in Brentwood, Calif. She was 89.
Born Sylvia Kahn in New York City, she was raised in the Bronx. As a teenager, she began working in the mailroom at Dell Publishing and was soon sent to Hollywood as Dell’s West Coast editor, making her, at 23, the company’s youngest editor. She was primarily in charge of Modern Screen, Dell’s show business fan magazine.
In Los Angeles, she met struggling writer Irving Wallace, and they married in June 1941. For several years, Wallace served as West Coast editor of Photoplay magazine, resigning in the late 1950s to become a full-time mother. She published two novels, “The Fountains” (1976) and “Empress” (1980). With her family, she co-authored “The Book of Lists #2” and “The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People.”
She is survived by her daughter Amy, a journalist; son David Wallechinsky, a writer; and two grandchildren.