Judith Crist, author and influential film critic for more than three decades, died today at her home in Manhattan. She was 90. Crist joined the New York Herald Tribune in 1945 and in 1963 became the first woman to be appointed a full-time film critic at a major American newspaper. A reviewer for New York magazine, Crist was also a regular on The Today Show from 1963 until 1973 discussing film. As well as being a founding contributor to New York magazine, she also wrote for TV Guide until 1988 and other publications. A Harris Poll of moviegoers in the 1960s cited her as their favorite critic. In 1968, Film Quarterly called her “the American critic with the widest impact on the mass audience”. Crist’s talents weren’t just confined to the movies. She won a George Polk Award in 1951 for a series on education for the Herald Tribune. The founder of the TarryTown, N.Y. Film Festival that ran until 2006, Crist made a cameo at a fictional film fest in Woody Allen’s 1980 film Stardust Memories. Up until recently Crist taught at the Columbia Journalism School.
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