Home Uncategorized Smokey, Dionne, Valerie Say Goodbye to Friend

I’m so sorry to report the death– belatedly– of Helen Cash Jackson. The wife of R&B great Chuck Jackson died on May 27th in Harlem. She was 70. Helen was an ethereal beauty, a beautiful intellect. She was a director at the New York State Council on the Arts for about 30 years. Last night she was mourned at Benta’s in a memorial service attended by Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, and Valerie Simpson, who, I am told, performed and brought the house down. Helen’s sister was the great actress Rosalind Cash, who was a fixture on TV and in theater before her own death from cancer. Chuck– whose hits include “Any Day Now” and “I Keep Forgetting”– and Helen have been long time supporters of the Apollo Theater for many many years as well. Helen was one of those people you just always looked forward to seeing. Condolences to Chuck and to all of her family and friends.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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