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Bonnie Jeane Churchill


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Bonnie Jeane Churchill Obituary
December 5, 1927 - July 17, 2017 Bonnie Churchill, born in Chicago, Illinois, came to Hollywood in the early 1930s with her sister Reba Churchill and their parents, Wesley "Roy" Churchill and Mildred Gibson Churchill. Dr. Churchill was an optometrist. Bonnie and Reba wanted to be actresses in the movies. Bonnie was cast at age 11 as a bratty kid in a 1938 Bob Hope movie called "Give Me a Sailor." Being around celebrities was exciting. Reba and Bonnie started going to movie premieres, waiting for the stars to walk the red carpet, then asked for an interview. The stars were amused by the "kid reporters," and stopped to grant the interviews. Bonnie and Reba wrote up their interviews about what they saw in Hollywood during the exciting 1930s and '40s. Stories were sent to local Beverly Hills newspapers to be delivered with the milk. Then came the big idea. The family decided to take a car trip back to Illinois, and stop in all the little towns along the route. Bonnie and Reba approached newspaper publishers and asked if they would purchase the stories about their adventures in Hollywood. The Hollywood reports were printed in many small newspapers which turned Bonnie and Reba into self-syndicated writers. By age 16, Bonnie had graduated from high school and was interested in becoming a professional Hollywood writer. She graduated from UCLA. For more than 60 years, Bonnie interviewed movie stars and television personalities and people of prominence. She traveled around the world and loved England, the home of her ancestors. Bonnie and Reba published many books and pamphlets about what movie stars and celebrities did to stay fit, glamorous and beautiful, and were recognized with many awards. Reba and Bonnie's columns were published in the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, as well as small town newspapers across the U.S. Bonnie and Reba were given their own television series in the 1960s, and were celebrity judges for national beauty pageants. Always positive and seeing only the best in people, Bonnie was "On-Z-Go," as her license plate read, living in Hollywood, the place where dreams come true for small town girls. Bonnie also produced celebrity interviews for radio stations across the United States, including CBS Radio and KRLA, providing in-depth interviews on the entertainment industry until 2013 when a major car accident ended her writing and radio career. Reba Churchill passed away in 1985, and is buried at Forest Lawn Glendale along with Mildred and Roy Churchill. Bonnie Churchill passed away on July 17, 2017. Services were held at Forest Lawn Glendale. Bonnie Churchill is survived by her cousins: Carol Churchill of Signal Hill, CA, Jennifer Churchill of Long Beach, CA, and Samantha Churchill of Signal Hill, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 22 to July 23, 2017
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