GUTHRIE--Lee. The brilliant and beautiful Lee Guthrie died July 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, California in the arms of her daughter, Cathleen Young. Born January 14, 1936, she came of age during the anti-war movement, the feminist movement and the civil rights era. She embraced all three as protestor and activist. As a young girl, Lee saw the movie HIS GIRL FRIDAY and found her true calling: newspaper reporter. In 1951, at the age of 15, Lee was a stringer for The Louisville Courier Journal. As the mother of three, Lee graduated from Oberlin College 1965. Lee was named Bureau chief of The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio then became the nightly news reporter for WERE Radio in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1976, Lee and her husband, Donald Young, Jr. moved to New York City - a place they fell in love with "instantly, madly and forever." While Donald worked as the news editor for WPIX 11 in New York City, Lee worked as a freelance writer, selling her first short stories: "In Search of the Perfect Christmas" to Redbook Magazine and "The Two of Us" to McCall's Magazine. Lee wrote three celebrity biographies: Jackie O; Woody Allen: A Biography; The Life and Loves of Cary Grant for Drake Publishers. Her work also appeared regularly in Cosmopolitan, Savvy, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine and The Field Syndicate. Lee managed the early career of her youngest child, actress Sean Young. Lee co-wrote several television movies with her older daughter, including A PLACE FOR ANNIE, the award winning Hallmark Hall of Fame production for ABC for which she won the HUMANITAS Prize and the Christopher Award. She was nominated for an Emmy as well as the prestigious Writer's Guild Award. She co-wrote and produced A Time to Heal for NBC. Lee was loved deeply. To our spirited, defiant, independent, sassy, acerbic Irish Princess: Go n-eiri on bothar leat. Slan agust beannacht leat. May the road rise with you. Goodbye and blessings on you.
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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 2, 2012