In Memory

Donna Jean Coe (Tatum)

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04/15/16 12:04 AM #1    

Eric Lennart Pearson

Donna was a lovely woman and very talented as an actress;

06/12/16 04:03 AM #2    

John Allen Chase-Bizzell

Donna Coe, an entertainment writer and reviewer, died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Saturday morning, June 13, 1998 after a prolonged illness. On Thursday, she married her fiance, Jim Tatum, in her hospital room.

Ms. Coe was the comedy and cabaret reviewer at the NEW YORK POST from 1991 through 1995 and was the comedy columnist for the N.Y. DAILY NEWS from 1995 through March of this year. She also reviewed comedy and cabaret and contributed features to the News, in addition to her column. From 1994 until the time of her death she was also a comedy columnist for the trade publication BACK STAGE.

Raised in South Florida (born November 12, 1948) she graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors Degree in Theater. She later received her Masters in Theater from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Before coming to New York she performed with an improv group in Miami entitled "Intensive Care Unit" and after arriving here she performed standup comedy in Manhattan at such clubs as the IMPROV and the COMIC STRIP before turning to writing.

In addition to the publications mentioned above she was also a contributing writer to PLAYBOY, US MAGAZINE, TV GUIDE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, BILLBOARD, INSIDE HOLLYWOOD, and AGENT AND MANAGER, among others. From 1995 to 1997 she was the nightlife editor for CITY GUIDE magazine and the comedy editor for METROBEAT (an internet guide now called CITY SEARCH).

In the mid 90s she also was a talent consultant for Gallin-Morey Management and Sandollar Television Productions; sold a sit-com pilot "It's Beverly" to the FOX Network; and was a writer for "Comedy Buzz" on Showtime.

She is survived by her husband (Jim Tatum), who resides in Manhattan, and by a half brother, Arthur Schaefer of Brooklyn, NY. A funeral service, open to the public, was held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, 1076 Madison Avenue at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, June 16, 1998 followed by a burial service in upstate New York. A memorial service was held on July 12, 1998 in Manhattan.

06/13/16 05:21 PM #3    

Daniel Brunelle

I remember Donna as a beautiful girl, with a huge talent for the arts. She was always involved in acting and arts at Coral Park. Sad that she died so young, but wonderful that she seemed to have a rewarding career in her chosen profession. Only the good die young.


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