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 Kippie Kovacs

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Kippie Kovacs

  • Birth 4 Jan 1949
  • Death 28 Jul 2001 Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Remembrance, Lot 949, G-2
  • Memorial ID 6096309

Born the second daughter of comedian and television innovator Ernie Kovacs and his first wife Bette Wilcox. When the Kovacs' marriage disintegrated, Kovacs fought for custody of his daughters and in an extremely unusual move at the time, his petition was granted. The courts awarded Kovacs full custody of his children, possibly due to allegations of Wilcox's instability. Little Bette was three, Kippie eighteen months when their mother kidnapped them. Over two years Kovacs spent more than $50,000 searching for the children. Bette and Kippie were eventually discovered living in a small town in Florida and were returned to their father's custody with whom they grew up. Kippie married screenwriter Bill Lancaster, son of actor Burt Lancaster and had one daughter, Keigh. She died at 52 after a long period of ill health. Her epitaph reads: "Ernie's beloved daughter. Brave and beautiful. Adored sister, mother and friend. We all loved her so."

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: A.J.
  • Added: 17 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6096309
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kippie Kovacs (4 Jan 1949–28 Jul 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6096309, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .