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Marilyn Petrone


1934 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Marilyn Petrone Obituary
July 23, 1934 - January 18, 2017 Music Industry Exec with Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Group It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Marilyn Petrone at her Beverly Hills home, surrounded by family and dear friends, January 18, 2017, at age 82, after a valiant battle with cancer. Marilyn, born Marilyn Chortkoff in Brooklyn, New York, moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was 11, where she attended City Terrace Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School in El Sereno. Her late father, Carl Chortkoff, was the founder of Hollyway Cleaners in Hollywood. Her music career took flight in the 60s when she moved to New York, first working at Dick Clark Productions, followed by fifteen years at United Artists Music Group, working directly with president Mike Stewart. She relocated to Los Angeles with United Artists in 1972, continuing to work with Stewart until the formation of Interworld Music Group, where she remained until the early 80's. During this period of time she was closely involved in the careers of top artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, War, ELO, Shirley Bassey, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Johnny Rivers. It was while living in New York that Marilyn met her soul mate and late husband Emiel Petrone, who as Senior Vice President of Phillips Corporate Alliance Group was instrumental in the successful launch of the compact disc and DVD formats. They were together for over three decades until his passing in 2004, and were the quintessential Hollywood power couple, loved throughout the entertainment industry. Marilyn is survived by her brother Milton Chortkoff (Edythe), brother Burt Chortkoff (Wilma), mother-in-law Mary Petrone, sister-in-law Annie Petrone, brother-in-law Frank Petrone (Suzanne), and many nieces and nephews. The family requests that any donations be made in memory of Marilyn Petrone to the City of Hope (cityofhope.org) or Tree People (treepeople.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 27 to Jan. 29, 2017
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