Savitch, Jessica

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Savitch, Jessica Gender: F
Jessica Beth Savitch
born on 1 February 1947 at 11:51 (= 11:51 AM )
Place Wilmington, Delaware, 39n45, 75w33
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°00' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°19 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 27°49'


American broadcast journalist, reporter and anchor for CBS affiliates, a congressional correspondent. An attractive and ambitious blonde, she began in broadcast while still in high school in 1964. She worked for CBS for three years in Texas and five years in Philadelphia, PA before going national. There were reports that she moved up the ladder with her looks rather than her broadcasting skills and that she mumbled her news delivery, however there was no question that she was gifted in communicating with the TV camera, reaching her audience with impact. She won an award for her one-hour documentary "Lady Law."

Savitch's personal life was a running melodrama with one abortion, one miscarriage, anorexia, two failed marriages and a gradual immersion into cocaine and amphetamines. Her first marriage lasted ten months. Her second, to Dr. Donald Payne, ended after five months when she found him hanging by the dog's leash in the couple's Washington DC townhouse.

Driving with her fiancé, Martin Fischbein, vice-president of the New York Post, on 23 October 1983, they had a bizarre accident. In the rain Fischbein turned into the canal, mistaking it for the road, and when the car plunged into the swollen canal, they both drowned, New Hope, PA.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Payne, Donald (born 23 January 1936). Notes: Bitter very


  • Work : New Job 1964 (Began her broadcasting career)
  • Relationship : Marriage 6 January 1980 in Manhattan (First husband, Mel Korn)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 21 March 1981 in Washington (Second husband, Donald Payne)
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  • Death of Mate 1 August 1981 in Washington (Donald Payne, suicide by hanging, age 45)
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  • Death by Accident 23 October 1983 at 7:20 PM in New Hope (Car went into canal; age 34)
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Source Notes

Ida McGinness, her agent for ten years, quotes B.C. in MH 4/1986.

(Gar Osten quotes her for the same date, 1947, 11:55 AM. The paperback "Golden Girl" by Alanna Nash gives the same date, 1947, and reports that she sometimes gave out 1948.

Charlotte Ltutin in MH Ext 10/1986 reports that she was given the year 1948, 9:30 AM, over the phone by an employee of People magazine, and that "NBC, ABC and CBS plus her own book all give 1948." Library reference gives 1948, Kenneth Square, PA.)


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Blonde)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Cocaine and amphetamines)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Eating Disorder (Anorexia)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (First marriage ten months, second marriage five months)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Traumatic event (Second husband hanged himself)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Second husband hanged himself)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Miscarriages (One)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sex Organs (One abortion)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Drowned in canal ditch)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Broadcast TV journalist)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Awarded for a documentary)