James Kotsilibas-Davis

Hollywood biographer

Hollywood biographer to Marilyn Monroe and Maurice Barrymore, James Kotsilibas-Davis died of a heart attack Feb. 12 in New York. He was 62.

A native of Worcester, Mass., the Greek Kotsilibas-Davis attended New York’s Bard College. He served in the army before moving to New York City.

Historian and author of books telling of Hollywood past, Kotsilibas-Davis penned “Great Times Good Times: the Odyssey of Maurice Barrymore”(1977), “The Barrymores: The Royal Family in Hollywood” (1981) and “Performing Arts Resources: The Drews and The Barrymores.”

In 1987, he wrote bio “Myrna Loy: Being and Becoming.” He collaborated with photographer Milton H. Greene, in 1998, to create “Milton’s Marilyn.” His work in progress upon his death was a bio on Dorothy and Lillian Gish.

Consultant to TV documentaries, James Kotsilibas-Davis worked on the stories of Myrna Loy, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Barrymores.

Kotsilibas-Davis penned articles for Life, Travel and Holiday, and Firehouse magazines, as well as critiqued film for Penthouse.

He is survived by his sister and brother.

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