Marilyn Petrone of Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Dead at 82

Marilyn Petrone
Courtesy of East West Media

Marilyn Petrone

Artists she worked with include Kenny Rogers, War, ELO, Shirley Bassey and Bobby Womack.

Marilyn Petrone — the music industry executive who has worked with such top artists as Ike and Tina Turner, War, ELO, Shirley Bassey, Bobby Womack, Kenny Rogers, Paul Anka and Johnny Rivers — has died, according to Sheryl Feuerstein of East West Media. She was 82.

Petrone, who worked at both Dick Clark Productions and United Artists Music Group, died at her Beverly Hills home on Wednesday from cancer.

Born Marilyn Chortkoff in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved to Los Angeles with her family at age 11, growing up in El Sereno, Calif.

In the 1960s, Petrone moved back to New York, where she worked at Dick Clark Productions. She then spent 15 years at United Artists Music Group, working with then-president Mike Stewart.

She moved back to Los Angeles in 1972, continuing to work with Stewart at United Artists. And in 1977, when Stewart formed Interworld Music Group, a joint venture with Bertelsmann, she worked at the new company until the early 1980s.

Petrone was married to the late Emiel Petrone, who was the senior vp of Phillips Corporate Alliance Group, which helped to launch the compact disc and DVD formats.

Services will be held Jan. 22 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family requests that donations be made in her memory to City of Hope and Tree People.

This story originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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