PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Freda "Fritzi" Cohen, the first on-air drama critic in New England, passed away at her home in Portland Tuesday.
Cohen worked at WCSH from 1960 to 1983. In addition to her role as an on-air drama critic, Cohen wrote copy, produced features and full length documentaries on fashion and the arts scene, as well as profiled celebrities.
In addition to reporting on the arts, Cohen also performed on stage and in films -- as well as worked behind the scenes. She was most noted for her role in 1975's "Jaws." Cohen also appeared in an episode of "Route 66" as well as other movies and commercials.
Cohen grew up in New York, where she married her husband, Bob. They moved to Maine in 1946. Bob Cohen died in 1994.
Fritzi Cohen is survived by her daughter, Jill S. Cohen of Needham, Mass.; her partner, Jerrold Olanoff; her cat Lily Rose, and her best friend, Marilyn Goodreau.