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Golden Globes® Announces Passing of Longtime Member Judy Solomon
Solomon Oversaw Growth of Globes and Innovated Many of its Well-Known Features
The Golden Globes® announced the passing of long-time member Judy Solomon yesterday morning. The former six-term president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was 91 years old.
“We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Judy Solomon. The loss is profound, but we take this opportunity to celebrate her incredible achievements in helping evolve the Golden Globes into the world-spanning award it is today,” said Helen Hoehne. “We are grateful for her support and leadership during her 67 years of membership with the HFPA.”
Born in Romania and raised in Israel, Solomon eventually moved to the United States where she started a family and built her career in journalism. She quickly became an accomplished entertainment feature writer for various publications in Israel and earned praise for her insightful and thought-provoking features.
Solomon joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1956 and swiftly became involved in many innovative changes to the Golden Globes that have left a permanent mark today, including the introduction of Dick Clark to the awards and the sealing of an agreement for his eponymous production company, Dick Clark Productions, to begin what would prove to be a long-term association producing the iconic award show.
She was also instrumental in the move of the awards from its long-time home at the Cocoanut Grove Club at the Ambassador Hotel to its new home at the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Not only did Judy love the HFPA, but she also loved Hollywood,” added Hoehne. “She loved the people she met, the executives she collaborated with and the rich tapestry of films and television that audiences around the world enjoyed.”
During her tenure, she supported the work of foreign journalists in the United States and expanded the Association’s philanthropic support of the arts, education, film restoration and journalism using proceeds from the awards show.
A deeply private person, Solomon avoided industry tributes and efforts to memorialize and recognize her accomplishments as a pioneering female leader in the entertainment industry at a time where women were not visible in key leadership roles, preferring instead to shine the spotlight on others.
She is survived by her daughters Donna Sloan, and Deborah Solomon, son-in-law Stephen Sloan and her granddaughter Ashley Sloan.
Funeral services will be announced by the family shortly.