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Joan C. Winston


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Joan C. Winston Obituary
November 26, 1937 - June 20, 2016 Joan Winston, nee Locker, passed away peacefully on June 20 at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, following a long illness. She was surrounded by her husband, Warren Winston, and her children in the preceding days. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Joan lost her parents Sidney and Lillian as a young child. Her aunt and uncle, Ruth and Sam Silk, raised her, along with their own daughter, Judy; the two, as close as sisters, remained so for the rest of Joan's life. In 1959, after attending the University of Vermont and Boston University, Joan married Robert L. Brenner, a law student at Harvard; they relocated to Los Angeles when Robert accepted a position with an entertainment law firm. There they raised three children, eventually divorcing. After they separated in 1971, Joan began writing, collaborating on several film and television projects. Joan was known for her brilliant and often wicked sense of humor and quick wit. At a school open house, her son's metal-shop teacher introduced himself: "Hi, I'm David's metal teacher." "Hi," said Joan. "I'm David's metal mother." Joan met Warren in 1975; they married in 1981. A lifelong supporter of labor unions, Joan was working for the American Federation of Musicians; later she went to work at the Screen Actors Guild; Warren, an immigration attorney, co-founded his law firm, Davis & Winston, in 1984. During their 40-plus years together, Joan and Warren traveled the world, dining in great restaurants everywhere, and enjoyed their home in Malibu, where Joan, a voracious reader, loved to cook fabulous dinners for family and friends. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010; other cancers followed. She is survived by Warren, her children Leslie, David and Johnny Brenner, and her grandchildren Anna, Sasha, Wylie and Milo. Following a cremation, her ashes will be scattered at sea. Joan's family and friends will remember her at a memorial lunch on Saturday in Pacific Palisades. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to Planned Parenthood.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 24, 2016
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