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January 23, 2017 Bonnie Tiegel, for 20 years a major force at "Entertainment Tonight," CBS' leading weeknight show business program, died in the early hours of Jan. 23 of cancer. Her passing was covered by all the local TV stations and entertainment web sites. CBS' two shows, "ET" and "The Insider" paid tribute to Bonnie in their show's closing credits. She was 67 years old and is survived by her husband of 44 years Eliot and son Ken and his wife Diana, their three daughters Samantha, Lauren and Sophia and sister Elizabeth and brother Arnold and her many nieces and nephews. As a senior producer she helped mold the program's daily news features and was a strong contact among the multitudes of publicists eager to get their clients on the show. A graduate of Fairfax High School, she often attended reunions to connect with her many friends. Prior to joining "ET" as its been called, she worked at KABC on the Tom Snyder and Steve Edwards shows in the mid 1980s and worked on KTLA's 40th anniversary special and Channel 2's anniversary show in 1988. In addition to working on many Hollywood Christmas parade pre show telecasts with Steve Allen and Jayne Meadow in the late 1980s-early 1990s. She also worked on KTLA's morning news in 1990 and produced "Gotta Sing" on KTLA several years later. She won an Emmy for KTLA's 50th anniversary special. She was also involved with "You Asked For It" and the "Vicki Lawrence Show" prior to joining "Entertainment Tonight." On a personal note, she volunteered to give blood to study the results of the then new anti-cancer drug Keytruda which two years ago former president Jimmy Carter used successfully to free him of his cancer. Bonnie wound up using Keytruda in her own losing battle against cancer. A farewell celebration is planned for later.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2017
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