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Jessica Savitch
Birth: Feb. 1, 1947
Kennett Square
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1983
New Hope
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA

Television Journalist. She was the first woman to anchor a major network newscast (NBC Nightly News). Her personal and professional lives were plagued by her temper tantrums, drug abuse, and many alleged love affairs. Savitch died when the car she was traveling in plunged into the Delaware Canal during a rainy night. There were two movies made based on her life, Lifetime's "The Jessica Savitch Story" (starring Sela Ward) and the loosely-based feature film "Up Close And Personal" (starring Michelle Pfeiffer). 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  David Savitch (1925 - 1959)
  Florence Goldberger Savitch (1918 - 1997)
 
 Spouse:
  Donald Rollie Payne (____ - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Auto Accident (Drowned)
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Dec 28, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 19213
Jessica Savitch
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- muffin
 Added: Jul. 29, 2014

- Pearl
 Added: Jun. 27, 2014
I used to watch u do the news you were my role model. You were amazing I had no idea how much pain you had in your life . I was sad when I heard the news of your passing, I'll never forget where I was that day so many years ago. God bless you , jessica, I...(Read more)
- dackfan
 Added: Jun. 15, 2014
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