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 Karyn “Cookie” Kupcinet

Karyn “Cookie” Kupcinet

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Nov 1963 (aged 22)
West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Skokie, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 3532 · View Source
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Actress. She was murdered the week after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and many Kennedy Conspiracy theorists believe that she had been killed to silence her. Her murder has never been solved. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Chicago "Sun Times" columnist Irv Kupcinet. She began her acting career playing summer stock on stage. Actor-Producer Jerry Lewis discovered her, and encouraged her to come to Hollywood. She obtained small bit roles on television, including "Hawaiian Eye" and "Perry Mason", and in 1961, won the role of 'Carol' on the "Gertrude Berg Show". She appeared in two movies, "The Ladies Man" (1961), with Jerry Lewis and in a 1960 movie called "The Little Shop of Horrors", under the name of Tammy Windsor. Her nude body was found on Saturday, November 30, 1963 on the couch in her West Hollywood, California, apartment, and the coroner determined she had been strangled, and had been dead about three days. Her body was found on its side on the couch, the apartment door was unlocked, and the television set was on. A bowl of cigarettes, a coffee pot, and a lamp had been knocked over to the floor. While working in Hollywood, she took the diet pill, desoxyn, and police estimate that she had taken 80 of the pills in the five days prior to her death. Conspiracy theorist Penn Jones, in his book "Forgive My Grief" reported that a telephone operator overheard her say "The President is going to be killed" about 20 minutes before Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Jones claimed that Kupcinet was the caller, and that she was killed November 24, not November 28, as the coroner had ruled. Her supposed advanced knowledge of the assassination has never been satisfactorily explained. When her name was listed on a 1992 NBC Today Show broadcast of mysterious deaths associated with the JFK assassination, her father wrote a column blasting those who linked her to the assassination, calling such a connection "an atrocious outrage" and claiming that there was no justification or verification to make such a charge. In 1971, her parents founded the Karyn Kupcinet International Science School in Chicago, in her honor, and since it's founding has graduated a number of scholars and scientists.

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  • Added: 8 Sep 1998
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Karyn “Cookie” Kupcinet (6 Mar 1941–28 Nov 1963), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3532, citing Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Skokie, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .