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Kate Coscarelli

Kate Coscarelli

D.O.B.: July 6, 1927 (St. Louis, MO)

D.O.D.: December 11, 1964 (Los Angeles, CA)

Cause of Death: Lou Gehrig's disease

Location: Westwood Memorial; Section D

Biographical Notes:

Kate Coscarelli best-selling fiction was known for its adroit portrayals of strong, mature women coping with life changes in glamorous worlds.

A late-blooming author, Coscarelli did not begin writing novels until she was 56, after her two children were grown. 

Her six novels, which included "Fame and Fortune" in 1984, "Perfect Order" in 1985 and "Heir Apparent" in 1993, drew heavily from her own experiences and social settings, featuring female protagonists who were divorcees, executives, widows of executives, military wives, celebrities and socialites. Her plots involved romance and intrigue, and she was compared to two other popular authors, Danielle Steele and Judith Krantz. 

"Kate Coscarelli," wrote critic and novelist Carolyn See, "has her finger on the pulse of the female half of the married nation." 


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