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Theater marquee tribute for Lisa Josephsohn

August 23rd, 2009

In a Broadway-inspired tribute to a lifelong patron of the performing arts, publicist Elissa Josephsohn will be remembered with her name in lights on the Hawaii Theatre marquee tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday night.
Lisa, as her friends called her, died Thursday of cancer at her Sierra Drive home after a 2 ½ year battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
Burton White, Hawaii Theatre manager, said the marquee will post Josephsohn’s name, plus year of birth and death, in a gesture that would have thrilled her in life.
About 100 friends attended a private funeral service this afternoon at Temple Emanu-El to remember and say goodbye to the publicist who championed theater, music, ballet and other art forms. Her good friend, Broadway actor Richard Vida, delivered a warm and affectionate eulogy that revealed some little known facts from Lisa’s earlier life — as park ranger, Brownie scout — before she became a p.r. icon of stage, restaurants, ballet and music promotion.
Vida and White will produce a celebration of Josephsohn’s life from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hawaii Theatre. Details will be announced.

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