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PR Pro, TV Producer Jane Lipstone Dies at 82

Bizzer was mother of ICM's Greg Lipstone

TV exec Jane Lipstone, who worked as a public relations professional and as a producer of lifestyle docus, died in her Los Angeles-area home on March 25. She was 82.

Lipstone got her start in 1976 at The Landsburg Co., where her husband of 56 years, Howard Lipstone, served as prexy and CEO. At Landsburg she began her TV career as the distribution and marketing director for Leonard Nimoy’s syndicated paranormal skein “In Search of…” Subsequently, Lipstone became VP of PR for the company.

Her achievements at Landsburg include introducing the unscripted “That’s Incredible!” and heading the PR efforts on a number of network skeins, such as “Those Amazing Animals,” “Gimme A Break” and “Kate and Allie,” among others, as well as more than 50 pics produced by the company.

In 1988 Lipstone began producing, through Jane Lipstone Prods., health-related docs, as well as educational and fundraising vids. Credits include “The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure,” hosted by Larry King; “Campaign for the 21st Century,” featuring Kirk, Michael and Peter Douglas; and “The Crying Classroom,” with Carrie Fisher.

Born in Chicago on Jan. 9, 1931, Jane matriculated at Purdue U. In addition to her TV career, Lipstone raised two children and was actively involved in her community: She served as Prexy of The San Fernando Valley Symphony Assn. and joined in 1991 the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s fundraising efforts. Lipstone joined the Medical Center’s Board of Directors in 1992 and the Exec Board in 1997. In 1993 she was elected a Life Trustee.

She is survived by her husband; her brother, Ira; sons, Lewis, owner of Westside Media Group, and Gregory, partner at ICM Partners; and three grandchildren.

A service will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made in Lipstone’s  memory to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Donations can be made online at cedars-sinai.edu/Giving/ or mailed to: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Community Relations and Development/Development Services, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 2416, Los Angeles, Calif., 90048.

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