Maureen Dragone, Hollywood Foreign Press Association historian and daughter of one of the founders of the organization, died on February 8. She was 93. Dragone, the daughter of HFPA co-founder Nora Laing, was said to have been the only person to have been present at all 70 Golden Globes ceremonies. She authored Who Makes The Golden Globes Go Around, an account of the formation of the HFPA and had recently been honored with a lifetime membership in the association. As a journalist, Dragone interviewed hundreds of celebrities over the course of her career. In 1978 she founded the Youth In Film Association and produced the Youth In Film Awards to honor outstanding young performers under the age of 21 in the fields of film, television and music. In 2000, the association became known as the Young Artists Foundation, additionally honoring live theatre and presenting the Young Artists Awards ceremony. Among those honored with Young Artist Awards include Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore, Diane Lane, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson This year’s ceremony, to be held on May 5, will also include a memorial tribute to Dragone.
R.I.P. Maureen Dragone
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