Former WCSH theater critic Fritzi Cohen dies | News
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.
Funeral services are scheduled at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave., Portland on Thursday August 9 at 1:00pm with Rabbi Carolyn Braun officiating. Interment will follow in Temple Beth El Memorial Park, Portland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals C/O Marilyn Goodreau P.O. Box 10, 279 River Rd, South Windham, ME. 04082.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St, Portland.