Lasky, Betty

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Lasky, Betty Gender: F
Bessie Lasky
born on 11 October 1922 at 23:50 (= 11:50 PM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°12' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°54 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 01°16'


American author and film historian, known for her book RKO: The Biggest Little Major of Them All (1984) and the "Roots of Hollywood" chapter in Hollywood Archive: The Hidden History of Hollywood in the Golden Age (2000).

She was the daughter of pioneering producer Jesse L. Lasky, a key founder of Paramount Pictures and Bessie Mona Ginsberg Lasky, a painter known for her depictions of the California missions. Her brother, Jesse L. Lasky, Jr., was the screenwriter of over 50 films, including a long partnership with the DeMilles.

She grew up in and around Hollywood, piquing her interest in film history. Her writing career began as a screen story analyst for RKO Pictures, the Selznick Company and the Hamilburg Agency, as well as a position editing and writing for The Players Showcase Magazine.

In the 1970s, she worked with attorney Terrys T. Olender to preserve film artifacts saved by the City of Los Angeles in the Lincoln Heights Jail.

Lasky died of pneumonia on the afternoon of 7 January 2017 at her home in Los Angeles at age 94.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate ("Bessie Lasky").


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Father)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 94)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian (Film)
  • Vocation : Writers : Magazine/ newsletter
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction