June 14, 1943 - November 21, 2013 Jo Ann Savitt Douglas of Palm Springs, California, passed away on November 21st, 2013 at her home in Palm Springs, surrounded by her family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The daughter of famed 1940's bandleader Jan Savitt, Jo Ann was born in New York City on June 14, 1943. Jo Ann was married to film producer Joel Douglas. Prior to her marriage, she worked as an Associate in Joel's company Legends and Icons. She was also an interior decorator, art dealer and headed Swete Air, a company specializing in hotel room accessories. Jo Ann had two daughters Jan and Marissa from a previous marriage. She was the daughter-in-law of Kirk Douglas and Diana Douglas Webster, and the sister-in-law of Michael and Peter Douglas. She is survived by her daughter Marissa and husband Cameron, and two grandchildren Charles and Lea. Jo Ann will always be remembered for her fierce loyalty, honesty and spirituality. There will be a memorial service on Friday, December 13th at 2:30pm at The Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jo Ann's name to the Sacred Heart School Scholarship Fund, 43775 Deep Canyon Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Published in Los Angeles Times on Dec. 6, 2013.