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Posts Tagged ‘Don Leach’

Coastline Pilot Staff Mourn Loss of Beloved City Editor

Last summer, as part of her occasional “From Canyon To Cove” column updates about her fight with cancer, Coastline Pilot city editor Cindy Frazier relayed an encouraging diagnosis and the “rare sight” of a smile from her oncologist. Sadly, her pancreatic cancer persisted and on Wednesday, at age 60, she passed away after a valiant battle.

Despite her weakening condition, Frazier insisted on making the superhuman effort to take part in a reading at this spring’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Alisha Gomez, who stepped in as interim city editor, will continue in that capacity until a permanent replacement is found:

“Cindy was fiercely loyal to Laguna Beach,” said John Canalis, who supervised Cindy as editor of Times Community News South. “She championed her staff, freelancers and columnists, and took great pride in serving as a community editor. Our entire staff is grieving…”

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Cleopatra Stand-In Recalls Wonder of Working with Elizabeth Taylor

Recollections about the great Elizabeth Taylor continue to arrive, in all media forms.

At one end of the spectrum is a commemorative magazine published by American Media, parent company of Radar Online and The National Enquirer. At the other is a delightful piece by Joanna Clay in today’s Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, part of the LA Times family of community newspapers.

Eighty-two-year-old Britsh born resident Sydney Mack (pictured) spent a full year working as Taylor’s stand-in on the mega-budgeted 1963 epic Cleopatra, under the name Patricia Beattie. She became friends with the actress’ husband Eddie Fisher, and got to spend time with Taylor and Burton away from the set:

While out with the couple one day, Mack said she experienced a more vulnerable side of the actress. Taylor had walked away and Burton asked her to go check on her.

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