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Christie D'Zurilla

Christie D’Zurilla covers breaking entertainment and celebrity news. A graduate of USC, she joined The Times in 2003 as a copy editor and has more than 25 years of journalism experience in Southern California. As befits her beat, she has a high tolerance for inappropriate behavior.
Another Aretha Franklin distinction? She played the first concert at the Forum in Inglewood in 1968

In early 1968, Aretha Franklin was the first musical act to play at the Forum in Inglewood. "Miss Franklin ... easily demonstrated how she has topped the music business popularity polls," a Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote.

Aretha Franklin remembered as 'dear, dear friend' by music industry greats

After Aretha Franklin died Thursday, music industry bigwigs including Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Ken Ehrlich and Neil Portnow shared their grief over her passing. They remembered the hitmaker as a Grammy winner, a pioneer and a treasured friend.

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